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July 21, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is supporting Senate legislation aimed at improving sharing of cybersecurity threat information between the government and private industry.
July 8, 2014
“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.
July 7, 2014
CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to mark up its long-awaited cybersecurity bill.
July 2, 2014
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.”
June 9, 2014
June 5, 2014
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.
June 3, 2014
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.
May 30, 2014
May 15, 2014
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.