At Least We're Not Alone: NSA Spies on Members of Congress, Too

The NSA responded today to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' letter asking if the agency spies on members of the U.S. Congress and other elected officials. Its response says the NSA treats Congress the same as regular citizens. Which seems like a roundabout way of saying "yes." » 1/04/14 7:00pm 1/04/14 7:00pm

Almost All of America's Nuclear Regulators Are About to Be Furloughed

That pesky government shutdown is still causing all kinds of problems, and this one's a doozy. Starting Thursday, some 90 percent of the workers who watch over America's 100 nuclear reactors will be furloughed. Since these guys are sort of the first line of defense in a nuclear disaster, that's really bad news. » 10/09/13 5:41pm 10/09/13 5:41pm

Government Shutdown Could Delay a $650 Million NASA Mission Until 2016

The government started to shut down on Tuesday morning after Congress embarrassingly failed to come to an agreement on the budget. It's bad news. While science and technology programs as a whole took a hit, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft set is particularly screwed. » 10/01/13 10:11am 10/01/13 10:11am

How a Government Shutdown Would Affect Science and Technology

The clock is ticking as a full-fledged government shutdown looms on the horizon. House Republicans remain resolute in their mission to keep Obamacare from kicking in on October 1, the first day of the new fiscal year. The science and tech communities, meanwhile, are bracing for the worst—again. » 9/30/13 12:22pm 9/30/13 12:22pm

The F.T.C. Is (Finally) Going After Patent Trolls

Well, look who finally showed up to the patent party! The Federal Trade Commission announced on Friday that it has opened an inquiry into "patent assertion entities," a.k.a. patent trolls. Start popping some popcorn, folks. This could get good. » 9/27/13 3:35pm 9/27/13 3:35pm

Anonymous Says They Leaked 2,000 Congressional Email Passwords

The rascals over at Anonymous are still pretty upset over the recent revelations about the NSA spying on seemingly everyone so they're acting out in the only way they know how: hacking. Specifically, releasing the supposed email accounts—and passwords—of seemingly everybody on Capitol Hill. » 7/18/13 1:55pm 7/18/13 1:55pm

Why Congress Must Investigate NSA's Unconstitutional Spying

In the past couple of weeks, the NSA has, unsurprisingly, responded with a series of secret briefings to Congress that have left the public in the dark and vulnerable to misstatements and word games. Congress has many options at its disposal, but for true accountability any response must start with a special… » 6/20/13 5:31am 6/20/13 5:31am

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

Congress Plans to Hold Hearings Over Our Little Asteroid Problem

In case you felt like the Armageddon simulation we've been living in wasn't realistic enough already, Congress's Science, Space, and Technology Committee will soon hold a hearing "to examine ways to better identify and address asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth." Cue Aerosmith. » 2/15/13 5:03pm 2/15/13 5:03pm

A U.S. Nuclear Lab Removed Chinese Tech Due to a National Security Risk

After recently discovering that its computer systems contained several Chinese-made network switches, a major U.S. nuclear weapons lab has replaced at least two components because of national security concerns. » 1/07/13 4:21pm 1/07/13 4:21pm

Congressmen Want The FBI To Shut Down Hamas Twitter Accounts

Twitter has moved far beyond just being a network you use to tweet about your lunch, and along with the many useful services it's a platform for, it can also be a tool for terrorism and violence. At least that's how seven House Republicans see it, and that's why they're asking the FBI to shut down Hamas-related… » 11/25/12 4:00pm 11/25/12 4:00pm

An American Moral Crisis: Gizmodo Talks Drones with Dennis Kucinich

There's Foxconn, there's torrented TV shows, there's patent bickering. But for the use of right and wrong in technology, there's one question that supersedes all others: Should our country be killing ordinary people with robotic soldiers in the sky? » 11/20/12 2:40pm 11/20/12 2:40pm

New Bill Banning Employer Facebook Snooping Introduced in Congress

Back in March, news of employers asking employees and prospective hires for Facebook logins sparked much debate amongst public and politicians alike. After one amendment failed to pass, a pair of democrats are now fighting hard to change things in Congress. » 4/30/12 4:31am 4/30/12 4:31am