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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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NSA bulk phone record collection targeted with upcoming legislation

NSA bulk phone record collection targeted with upcoming legislation

The NSA's bulk phone records collection has been a hot topic since first surfacing amidst the Edward Snowden leaks last year. According to a source that has spoke to The New York Times, it is also the topic of upcoming legislation to be proposed by President Obama that would put an end to the controversial program.

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President Obama nabs first verified Quora profile: Q&A is taking place

President Obama nabs first verified Quora profile: Q&A is taking place

Today Quora launched verified profiles, allowing well-known individuals to verify that they are the face behind the digital profile. The first person to get a verified profile on the website was President Obama, who is now holding a Q&A session about the Affordable Care Act, which is currently underway.

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NSA senior lawyers claims tech companies were aware of data collection

NSA senior lawyers claims tech companies were aware of data collection

Tech giants in the US were not as innocent, or at least not as ignorant, as they claim. This was the revelation dropped by NSA general counsel Rajesh De appearing before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board this Wednesday.

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US ceding Internet control

US ceding Internet control

You may call it a face-saving effort, but it looks like the Obama administration is taking some good measures to do damage control after the NSA disclosures fiasco. Presently, the Commerce Department of the U.S. government has a hold over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. This is a body that manages Internet names and addresses and other technical functions that assist computers across the globe to find correct servers and websites. When their contract expires in 2015, the governing agency plans to give up its control and put into place a neutral alternative.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to complain about the US government presenting a threat to the internet, claiming to be "confused and frustrated" by the recent spying and surveillance scandals. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security" Zuckerberg wrote, "we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

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