The Architects of the NSA's Top Secret Headquarters Have Been Revealed

Pretty much all we know about the NSA's headquarters comes from a single undated public domain photo that floats around the internet. This irked Jack Self, who embarked upon an investigative journey to string together the first-ever design history of the Fort Meade, Maryland campus. » 3/26/15 7:00pm Thursday 7:00pm

The Government Is Testing Myriad Invasive Biometric Surveillance Methods

Government agencies are currently in the process of secretly testing new surveillance and monitoring at points of entry into the United States, according to leaked documents obtained by Motherboard. You're going to want to hear about this. » 3/19/15 6:10pm 3/19/15 6:10pm

Look At All the People on Government Websites Right Now

Ever wonder how many people are browsing government websites right this second? Me neither. But once you see the data, it's kind of fascinating. » 3/19/15 12:30pm 3/19/15 12:30pm

How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work

Each state determines its own workers' compensation benefits, which means workers in neighboring states can end up with dramatically different compensation for identical injuries. » 3/05/15 6:37am 3/05/15 6:37am

Hillary Clinton Wants You to Read Her Email

Hillary Clinton has now spoken out after it's become apparent that she'd used a personal email server during her stint as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013. Despite what her actions may suggest, she wants you to be able to read her email. » 3/05/15 3:40am 3/05/15 3:40am

FCC Passes Strongest Net Neutrality Rules In America's History

The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country's history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war's not yet over. » 2/26/15 1:01pm 2/26/15 1:01pm

The U.S. Is Starting to Sell Armed Drones to Allies

The unmanned strike aircraft of the U.S. are much sought after by other nations—which means there's a massive export opportunity. Now, the country has decided is to permit the widespread sale of armed drones to allied countries. » 2/18/15 4:30am 2/18/15 4:30am

FCC Launches Slick New Public Complaint Site

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) famously botched the record-breaking public comment period on net neutrality thanks to its crappy technology. Now, the agency has launched a slick new system that suggests this won't happen again. Too bad they're about eight months late to updating the technology. » 1/05/15 2:35pm 1/05/15 2:35pm

The Tiny Model Town Where the Military Trains for Cyber Warfare

In an undisclosed location in New Jersey, there's a tiny little town that's used as a training grounds to prepare the military for cyber warfare. No, tinier than that. Think more like model train sized. It's called CyberCity, and WNYC's New Tech City recently paid a visit. » 12/17/14 10:23am 12/17/14 10:23am

A Ton of Tech Companies Just Came Out Against Net Neutrality

More than 60 huge tech companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Cisco, and IBM have written a letter to leaders in Congress and the FCC opposing net neutrality. The free and open internet isn't going to happen without a fight. » 12/11/14 11:27am 12/11/14 11:27am

The Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until at Least 2017

It looks like we'll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it's going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government… » 12/10/14 12:55pm 12/10/14 12:55pm

Why the FAA Isn't Worried About Drones Invading Your Privacy Right Now

Drones have a privacy problem. As more and more domestic drones take flight in the United States, more and more people are worried that these airborne cameras will be peeking in their windows and watching them drive around town—and rightfully so. Yet the federal agency overseeing the growing industry apparently… » 12/02/14 4:20pm 12/02/14 4:20pm

State Department Computer Systems Hit by Hackers

Yesterday, the State Department announced that it's had to temporarily shut down its email system and public websites following a breach of its computer systems. » 11/17/14 4:27am 11/17/14 4:27am

Healthcare.gov Is Being Hacked—By the Government

Healthcare.gov wasn't the Obama administration's finest moment. But ahead of a second enrolment period which kicks off November 15th, the team behind the website are making sure the same problems don't happen again—by hacking their own site. » 11/07/14 5:40am 11/07/14 5:40am

White House Cybersecurity Leader: Technical Know-How's a Distraction

In much the same way that the best heart surgeons have never studied medicine and Supreme Court judges have never really read the law, Michael Daniel, the White House's cybersecurity co-ordinator thinks that "being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction" in his… » 8/22/14 6:00am 8/22/14 6:00am

The US Government Has a New Team to Make Sure Its Websites Don't Suck

Hey, remember that time the U.S. government launched a website and it was a disaster and it didn't work? I'm not just taking about HealthCare.gov, there are actually a whole host of horrible government websites out there. Now a new department will be making sure the U.S.'s websites don't give the country nightmares… » 8/11/14 2:15pm 8/11/14 2:15pm

How Buckyballs Fell Apart

As of last week, Buckyballs are dead. The magnetic toy has been officially recalled following a two-year battle with the government regulators who sought to ban them. Here's how a seemingly wonderful amusement became plaything non grata in the span of just a few short years. » 7/24/14 10:15am 7/24/14 10:15am

The complicated truth behind the empire of the United States of America

Let's celebrate the USA on July 4th! How big does the celebration go across America? Across the 50 states, duh. The 48 contiguous, Alaska and Hawaii. But what about Washington DC? And the Indian territories? Puerto Rico? Guam? The Virgin Islands? And let's not get into places you've never heard of like Johnston Atoll… » 7/03/14 8:31pm 7/03/14 8:31pm

House Has Passed an Amendment to Cut NSA Search Funding

The US House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill designed to cut funding for NSA backdoors. The amendment passed overwhelmingly with strong bipartisan support: 293 ayes, 123 nays, and 1 present. » 6/20/14 5:00am 6/20/14 5:00am

The Next Version of Healthcare.gov Will Be Stupid Simple (Thank God)

Wired's Steven Levy managed to get a sneak peak at the next iteration of the government's online healthcare exchange, and you will not believe what he reported back. Brace yourself: Levy says the new Healthcare.gov is elegant, functional, and easy-to-use. I'll believe it when I see it. » 6/05/14 5:56pm 6/05/14 5:56pm