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August 28, 2014

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July 21, 2014

U.S. Chamber Backs Senate Intelligence Cybersecurity Bill

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is supporting Senate legislation aimed at improving sharing of cybersecurity threat information between the government and private industry.

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July 8, 2014

A Name to Know: 3PLA — China’s Version of the NSA

“The Third Department of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Department” is a mouthful, but you can be sure that you’ll be hearing more of its abbreviated name: 3PLA. Spy-watchers say the agency “is central to China’s military strategy, tasked with monitoring and analyzing much of the world’s communications—including embassy cables, corporate emails and criminal networks—for foreign threats and competitive advantages,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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July 7, 2014

Cybersecurity Bill in Senate Committee, Quietly, on Tuesday

CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to mark up its long-awaited cybersecurity bill.

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July 2, 2014

Surveillance Program Produces ‘Valuable and Effective’ Information, Watchdog Says

CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta writes that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has concluded that the “government’s use of controversial intelligence authority used to target the communications of foreigners has been legal and useful, in contrast to accusations from several lawmakers who have labeled such programs as ‘backdoor’ surveillance on Americans.”

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June 9, 2014

New Defense Blog: Five By Five

Today CQ Roll Call launches the second of its Policy Pulse blogs, Five by Five. Written by longtime CQ reporter Tim Starks, the blog will cover defense and national security issues, including lots of topics of interest to Technocrat readers. Full story

June 5, 2014

Snowden Revelations, a Year Later: Shock, Risk and Skewed Claims

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Students of the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel uncoil a placard Thursday showing Snowden as part of a campaign by German activists to gain asylum for him. (Carsten Rehder/AFP/Getty Images)

Surveillance policy hasn’t changed much. The disclosures have the potential to spur more transparency. Efforts to make changes haven’t gone far enough. The leaks caused unprecedented damage. The whole story isn’t being told. Those thoughts and more can be found in commentary published today about the one-year anniversary of the Edward Snowden disclosures.

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June 3, 2014

Anti-NSA Campaign, FISA Hearing Set for Snowden Anniversary

To protest the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance activities, a group of tech companies is banding together to push for tougher website encryption and wider use of privacy tools. It’s not the only high-profile event happening on June 5, the anniversary of the publication of the first Guardian story spurred by the Edward Snowden leaks.

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May 30, 2014

Chinese Hacking Case Riles Up Pa. Lawmakers

Two Pittsburgh-area House members want federal agencies to spell out whether they have the authority to impose sanctions on companies that use cyber-espionage to steal trade secrets.

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May 15, 2014

Plan X, the Military’s Cyberwar Dashboard

At a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing this week, Alabama Republican Richard C. Shelby asked the head of the military’s top research agency about the status of Plan X, a mysterious-sounding cyberwarfare program that is still in development. It’s been in the news before — a few months ago contractor Raytheon was hired to handle part of the project — and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a public Web page for it. But it’s not the kind of thing that officials frequently speak about for the public record.

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May 14, 2014

FBI Gets Behind Industrial Espionage Bill

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Whitehouse (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The FBI says it supports Senate legislation intended to crack down on industrial espionage, including work by hackers who are never actually present in the United States, reports CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Scholtes.

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