President Obama

Cuba about to go online as Diplomacy wins out

Cuba about to go online as Diplomacy wins out

Before you get too tucked into this article, or any news regarding the United States’ new diplomatic views on Cuba, just know this: as it stands, a Cuban resident can’t read any of it. Say what you like about the content or context of any article on any site you read, but the people of Cuba by and large aren’t going to read it. They can’t. That’s likely to change over time, as the free-flow of information is coming their way.

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Obama calls for 50,000 police body cameras

Obama calls for 50,000 police body cameras

President Obama has called for the use of body cameras by police officers across the nation, doing so with a request for $263m in funding. This funding will go towards 50,000 body cameras, as well as improvements to law enforcement training. The announcement follows the tragedy and protests that have rocked Ferguson, Missouri and other regions in recent time, though the issue itself has been brewing for much longer. "This is not a problem just of Ferguson, Missouri," said President Obama. "This is a national problem. But it's a solvable problem."

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Here’s what Obama’s net neutrality stance really accomplished

Here’s what Obama’s net neutrality stance really accomplished

Today, President Obama sided with you and I. Like most of you reading this (sadly, not all), “Barry” wants his Internet free and open, just like it is right now. Barry wants to be able to check his stock quotes and brag his holdings up via Facebook, just like he can (but probably doesn’t) today. though the FCC doesn’t necessarily have to heed his words any more than they would yours or mine, the leader of the free world siding with his constituents makes a bolder statement than any — well, statement.

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President Obama officially wants a free and open Internet

President Obama officially wants a free and open Internet

Nearing the end of his second and final term, President Obama is attempting to leave us with the Internet we all want. The ongoing discussion about “net neutrality” is nuanced in some very important ways, but Obama is on our side. Via a statement and accompanying video, Obama says he is urging the FCC to “do everything they can to protect net neutrality for everyone”. No “fast lanes”, no “tiered offerings”, no nonsense. Our President wants a free and open Internet, too.

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President Obama voices opposition to Internet ‘fast lanes’ proposal

President Obama voices opposition to Internet ‘fast lanes’ proposal

Having campaigned in support of net neutrality during the 2008 election, President Barack Obama last week spoke out in opposition to recent FCC proposals that threaten to bring about "paid prioritization." Obama said he was against the creation of internet "fast lanes," which would allow ISP to charge users a higher price for faster speeds when it comes to content and data.

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Google X VP now USA’s new Chief Technology Officer

Google X VP now USA’s new Chief Technology Officer

Today the White House has named Google’s Megan Smith the United States’ new Chief Technology Officer. President Obama has also named former Twitter lawyer Alexander Macgillivray the new Deputy US CTO.

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Snowden considered leaks earlier, held off for Obama election

Snowden considered leaks earlier, held off for Obama election

Edward Snowden has revealed this week that if it had not been for an impending election of Barack Obama in 2008 as President of the United States, he might have leaked NSA documents earlier. He speaks up this week on how he began to consider whistle-blowing in 2007, during "the Bush period, when the war on terror had gotten really dark."

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President Obama is on our side when it comes to net neutrality

President Obama is on our side when it comes to net neutrality

Speaking at the US Africa Leaders Summit, President Obama had some interesting remarks regarding net neutrality. The ongoing discussion has clearly worked its way into the White House, and the President’s comments could indicate there is internal discourse on the matter.

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President Obama may order drone privacy guidelines

President Obama may order drone privacy guidelines

Between firework shows and people being harassed for simply flying them around, drones are a hot-button topic of late. The FAA is looking to rule on where drones should and shouldn’t fly, but that’s not the whole story. President Obama will reportedly be making a decision on privacy laws as they relate to drones.

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Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Potentially catastrophic internet security exploits like Heartbleed should be publicized rather than covertly used for surveillance, President Obama has reportedly told the NSA and other intelligence divisions, although exceptions to the rule will still see the US rely on loopholes for its spying and monitoring. Heartbleed pitched the National Security Agency back into the headlines on Friday, after anonymous sources claimed it had discovered the OpenSSL flaw at least two years ago, but opted to keep it secret so as to use it for stealing passwords and other data.

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White House objects to Obama’s World Series ‘selfie’

White House objects to Obama’s World Series ‘selfie’

A seemingly innocent moment during a World Series celebration has drawn the ire of the White House. When the Boston Red Sox took to the White House earlier this week in celebration of their World Series win, David “Big Papi” Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama. The resulting backlash has now reached top level officials.

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Legislation to end NSA phone records collection revealed

Legislation to end NSA phone records collection revealed

A source speaking to The New York Times on Tuesday hinted at upcoming legislation that would aim to end the NSA's controversial bulk phone records collection. Today the Obama administration has introduced that legislation, getting it in a day sooner than the original deadline given to the Department of Justice.

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