The controversy around the NSA’s recently exposed surveillance program has triggered an important public debate about user privacy and Big Data transparency, according to Tresata founder Abhishek Mehta. He provided his take on these two topics in a Q&A session … Continue reading ?
Google has asked the court overseeing terrorism-related surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency to allow the company to publish information on the number of surveillance requests it receives. The Internet company, in a filing with the U.S. Show More Summary
To celebrate the start of its 2013 Summer Reading Program, the Seattle Public Library set up and knocked down this domino maze consisting of 2,131 retired books. Wait -- books get to retire? Why would a book need to retire? "Boogers between the pages." Sick! Hit the jump for the video and wish you were there to knock it over before it was supposed to be.
Google is going to court to try to bring more transparency to the government's surveillance program—and maybe to beef up its public image on privacy along the way. The company will file a petition with the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court demanding that it be allowed to provide more...
The US government is planning a series of "Grand Challenges" to the public and the research sector of science, the latest of which involves keeping vigilant watch over our skies.
As much as the federal government would like it to, the public outrage at the scope of its PRISM program has yet to die down, despite any good the program may have served in the interests of national and local security. The revelations...Show More Summary
Want to know all the code names for America's massive intelligence gathering programs? Just browse through the "intelligence analysts" who post their resumes on the public career networking site LinkedIn. ANCHORY, NUCLEON, TRAFFICTHIEF,...Show More Summary
AT&T kicked off their Street Charge program today, opening solar-powered public charging stations across New York’s five boroughs. The Street Charge program grew out of the aftermath Hurricane Sandy, which devastated a huge chunk ofShow More Summary
The Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning program at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) is pleased to announce the publication of a new free ebook: Becoming and Being: Reflections on Teacher-Librarianship, edited by Jennifer Branch-Mueller, Kandise Salerno, and Joanne de Groot....
Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaked documents, everyone in the world can learn a lot about what the NSA was up to with the PRISM data mining program. Except the people who should have been overseeing it in the first place, as it turns out. Show More Summary
Last week, Higher Ed Watch took a look at some of the gainful employment policy questions raised in the over 900 public comments submitted to the Department of Education. While policy discussions will ultimately be the most important...Show More Summary
President Barack Obama assured the American people yesterday that the NSA warrantless surveillance programs are entirely “transparent.” He then promised to extradite and prosecute the man who told the public about it. None of that causes any pause for the White House or its supporters. It makes perfect sense. Indeed, it helps explain how Obama […]
NYPD boss Ray Kelly, not a man known for his commitment to civil liberties, is getting lots of attention this morning for saying that the NSA's top secret electronic spying program should not have been secret at all. Why is Ray Kelly so sanguine? Read more...
In this case the strong support of the public for these programs -- which cuts across party and demographic lines -- overcame the power of corporate money and the political elite. When push came to shove, not enough politicians were prepared to go against the strongly held views of their constituents.
A judge in New Hampshire ruled Monday that a tuition tax-credit program that allows public money to be used for religious school education violates the state constitution. Three groups — Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire … Continue reading ?
When it comes to confronting childhood obesity, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conclude that community-based approaches are important. A systematic review of childhood obesity prevention programs found...Show More Summary
Two weeks ago, the first leaks regarding the National Security Agency’s troubling spying programs’ became public, leading to calls for increased scrutiny in how these actions affect the American public. In the intervening weeks, however, the focus has shifted away from the potential violation of civil liberties and towards the functions of the NSA in [...]
Revelations over the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program have much of the general public in uproar, but in terms of the controversy's impact to enterprise IT, some CIOs have measured, albeit watchful reactions....Show More Summary
The Wikimedia Foundation is the latest high-profile technology company to issue a public statement on PRISM, a confidential program created by the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect large amounts... Keep reading ?
In the wake of a public revelation of "PRISM", a top secret intelligence gathering program run by the U.S. National Security Agency in which Apple was reportedly among a number of companies providing the government with direct access...Show More Summary