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Sec Kerry: State has 'massive amount of overclassification'

Location:
Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
United States
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Secretary of State John Kerry said that federal agencies like his own are often overly cautious with sensitive national intelligence. Sec Kerry’s remarks come as his predecessor, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, is facing criticism for using a private e-mail server during her tenure at the State Department.

FCC accused of locking down Wi-Fi routers, but the truth is a bit murkier

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
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The Federal Communications Commission is considering new restrictions that would make it harder for users to modify Wi-Fi routers, sparking controversy and an apparent misunderstanding over the FCC’s intentions.

Why the FCC's Autodialer Ban Will Be Great for Innovation

Location:
Vision Critical
200 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada
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For you and me, the end of autodialing means more peaceful mealtimes. For telemarketers and market researchers determined to stick to outdated models, it will likely mean the end of their businesses. But for those who innovate instead of digging in their heels, it's a blessing.

Google Nears Re-entry to Mainland China

Location:
Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
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Google is prepping a special China app store for Android devices and extending its Android Wear software for wearable devices there.

Tools for Tailored Learning May Expose Students’ Personal Details

Location:
USA
United States
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2

If the efforts by state legislators to restrict the use of student data are any guide, the e-mail addresses and search queries of the nation’s schoolchildren are a hot commodity.

The US government is not spending enough on cybersecurity

Location:
Bank of American Merrill Lynch
100 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28255
United States
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In the past 12 months, the US government has not fared well against cyberattacks, and the budget may give an insight why.

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