Obama's NSA Reforms Come Up Short

In a major speech Friday morning, President Obama scaled back the NSA's surveillance operations and redefines how we collect intelligence overseas. In brief, he ordered the end of the bulk telephony metadata program (in its current from) and spying on foreign leaders. Beyond that, though, the future remains murky. » 1/17/14 11:57am 1/17/14 11:57am

The Grim Future of a World Without Net Neutrality

A federal court dealt a deadly blow to net neutrality on Tuesday by striking down the FCC's open Internet rules and practically inviting broadband providers to offer preferential treatment to companies willing to pay for it. It was a deadly blow, but did it really kill net neutrality dead? » 1/14/14 2:25pm 1/14/14 2:25pm

President Obama Will Announce NSA Reforms on January 17

It's really happening, folks. On January 17, President Obama will remark on "the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process" for reforming the country's intelligence practices, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday. » 1/10/14 3:03pm 1/10/14 3:03pm

Bloomberg Businessweek's Obamacare Cover Is Perfect

In case you haven't noticed, it's been kind of a rough year in Washington. And it's especially rough for one guy in particular. Freshly inaugurated and Instagram-friendly, President Obama promised a new, tech-savvy future for America. The latest cover of Bloomberg Businessweek pretty much sums up how that's working… » 10/31/13 9:29am 10/31/13 9:29am

The Army's Cybersecurity Training Videos Are Embarrassing and Sad

For the past few years, the government's been relentless about making the American people respect the importance of cybersecurity. Obama's given speeches, written newspaper columns, and issued executive orders to drive that point home. This is serious business! So why are the Army's own instructional videos so silly? » 10/16/13 5:23pm 10/16/13 5:23pm

The NSA Has No Idea What "Transparency" Means

Back in June after the first reports based on Edward Snowden's leaks were published, President Obama boldly defended the NSA spying programs. He even called them "transparent." But boy oh boy have the folks over at the NSA let him down on that count. » 8/21/13 1:26pm 8/21/13 1:26pm

Obama Will Reform Spy Programs But Won't Call Snowden a Patriot

President Obama announced a series of reforms to the country's surveillance practices on Friday at his first full press conference in nearly three months. The actions the administration is taking are many, and there's still a lot that's up in the air. One thing's for sure, though. Obama does not think Edward Snowden… » 8/09/13 4:03pm 8/09/13 4:03pm

Want To Know Everything About Everyone? Work the Prism For Palantir!

"I applied for a writer job at Palantir," a California journalist tells Front! "They specialize in using artificial intelligence to analyze data, something like that. My [Republican friend] works there. I have a few tidbits from the hiring process—they are sort of menacing, in retrospect." It's apparently a tough place to… » 6/07/13 5:58pm 6/07/13 5:58pm

Obama's Now Picking Foreign Targets for a Future Cyberwar

What a week ol' Barry's been having in Washington! First, there was that scoop about the NSA spying on all the Verizon customers. Then, there was this PRISM scandal about how intelligence agencies are basically spying on everyone all the time. Now, there's news that he's making a hitlist of foreign countries to hit… » 6/07/13 5:23pm 6/07/13 5:23pm

Why Is Anyone Surprised That the Government Spies on Us?

Everybody from Tea Party patriots to left wing weirdos are up in arms over PRISM, the government's ultra secret surveillance program that's been reading Americans' emails, listening to their phone calls and raking through their Internet data—among other things—since 2007. Details of the program exploded onto the public … » 6/07/13 3:48pm 6/07/13 3:48pm

A Sea of Cell Phones, Snapping Pics of the First Couple During the…

In the background of this photo, the Commander-in-Chief and his lovely wife are dancing to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" for the Inauguration Ball slow dance. But you can't really tell. What you see is a swarm of arms and cell phones angling to snap a picture of the first couple in an intimate moment seen by millions… » 1/22/13 9:05am 1/22/13 9:05am

What Obama's Victory Means for Tech

Barack Obama's victory last night has far-reaching fiscal, social, and military implications, all of which are familiar to anyone who kept at least one eye open during any of this year's debates. But what do four more years mean for tech? Turns out, a lot. » 11/07/12 7:59am 11/07/12 7:59am