It's Time for Mandatory Voting—And We Have the Technology to Do It

The voting system in the US is deplorable. Not only is our methodology outdated, we have the lowest turnout rate of any developed nation. The solution to almost every election-related challenge is to make voting mandatory. And with a little tech reform, we could do it in time for the 2016 presidential election. » 3/25/15 11:00am 3/25/15 11:00am

HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

EFF researchers have independently confirmed that healthcare.gov is sending personal health information to at least 14 third party domains, even if the user has enabled Do Not Track. The information is sent via the referrer header, which contains the URL of the page requesting a third party resource. The referrer… » 1/21/15 4:21am 1/21/15 4:21am

Starting Tonight, You Can Browse the New, Improved Healthcare.gov

When Healthcare.gov launched last year, it was a big old mess. But the health insurance marketplace website has steadily improved, and the next version should actually be easy to use. The next round of sign-ups begins November 15, but you'll be able to start comparison shopping for the best plan tonight. » 11/09/14 2:48pm 11/09/14 2:48pm

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

U.S. Gov't Changed Your HealthCare.gov Password Because of Heartbleed

Heartbleed, the gaping flaw that left the internet's security gate wide open for more than two years, is causing headaches for yet another site: the beleagured Healthcare.gov. The government says the site has not been compromised, but officials have reset all user passwords "out of an abundance of caution." » 4/19/14 3:00pm 4/19/14 3:00pm

Hackers Swiped 70,000 Records from Healthcare.gov in Four Minutes…

After the bevy of problems Healthcare.gov encountered in its first few months of life, dumping one more onto the pile shouldn't phase you all that much, right? Well, not if that hiccup is actually a gaping vulnerability—and one that can grant hackers access to over 70,0000 private records in just four minutes, at that. » 1/21/14 11:52am 1/21/14 11:52am

These Guys Just Built the Website Healthcare.gov Should Have Been

Calling the launch of Healthcare.gov a complete and utter disaster may sound a bit dramatic—but unfortunately, it's also pretty accurate. With only six people able to actually enroll out of the 4.7 million unique visitors the site saw on launch day, something clearly needs to change. And since the government has its … » 11/04/13 1:38pm 11/04/13 1:38pm

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