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Google: Here's how our $10bn investment will boost US cybersecurity


Google has outlined its efforts to shape the US government's zero-trust initiative based on President Biden's Executive Order on cybersecurity. "Its contributions will see the company leverage initiatives that have been underway at Google for many years, spanning open-source fuzzing tools to funding Linux kernel developers to work on security, and pushing for the use of memory-safe languages in Linux. "

Critical Update: Do You Know What’s In Your Software?


In the wake of several major cybersecurity incidents - the most recent being the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, the government wants to shore up its software supply chain. There’s no silver bullet, but Open Source shows significant promise in meeting this challenge.

Lindsey Graham’s new bill would end the internet as we know it


If Sen. Lindsey Graham gets his way, the federal government will launch another attack on online privacy. The South Carolina Republican will ask lawmakers to give Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice unchecked access to all of your messaging, file-sharing, and video-sharing tools. That is bad news for just about everyone and a nightmare for those who value digital privacy.

A new senate bill would create a US data protection agency


Europe’s data protection laws are some of the strictest in the world, and have long been a thorn in the side of the data-guzzling Silicon Valley tech giants since they colonized vast swathes of the internet. Two decades later, one Democratic senator wants to bring many of those concepts to the United States. What is your opinion on this bill?

Washington State Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Regulating Data Privacy, Facial Recognition


Following in the footsteps of their West Coast neighbors, Washington state legislators have introduced legislation to regulate consumer data privacy and the government’s use of facial recognition software. The data privacy bill would give consumers the right to access and delete data collected about them, while the facial recognition legislation would regulate government use of the software.

US military loves Linux


The US government is increasingly using open-source software as a way to roll out advanced, highly secure technology in an economical manner. So chances are if you get hit by US munitions chances are the software is open source – which should make you feel better. Learn more:

Defense Department To Congress: 'No, Wait, Encryption Is Actually Good; Don't Break It'


As Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham has continued his latest quest to undermine encryption with a hearing whose sole purpose seemed to be tomisleadingly arguethat encryption represents a "risk to public safety." The Defense Department has weighed in to say that's ridiculous. As you may recall, the DOJ and the FBI have been working overtime to demonize encryption and pretend -- against nearly all evidence -- that widespread, strong encryption somehow undermines its ability to stop criminals. Learn more in an interesting TechDirt article:

Sen. Cantwell Leads With New Consumer Data Privacy Bill


There is a lot to like about U.S. Sen. Cantwell’s newConsumer Online Privacy Rights Act(COPRA). It is an important step towards thecomprehensiveconsumer data privacy legislation that we need to protect us from corporations that place their profits ahead of our privacy. What is your opinion on this bill? We support it! Learn more in an informative EFF article: