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US military loves Linux

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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'

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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 beenworking overtimeto 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

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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:

IBM urges review of Australia’s anti-encryption laws

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IBM has spoken out against Australia’s controversial ‘anti-encryption’ laws, claiming they undermine previous work to strengthen the country’s defenses. The vendor giant has urged the federal government to review the Telecommunications (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, which passed last year and effectively compels technology companies to build ‘backdoors’ into their encrypted data. What is your opinion on these anti-encryption laws? Learn more:

NSA won’t collect phone location data, promises US government

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Are you concerned that the collection of phone location data is compromising your privacy? Have you heard that US intelligence agencies haven't been harvesting US residents’ geolocation data since last summer and won't be doing so in future investigations? What are your thoughts on this? Learn more: