The question of "Who really invented the Internet?" has been one of the technological issues in the current US presidential election. This is odd, because the Internet's history has been well documented, and most of the people involved are still alive. However, the controversy has less to do with technology than with the endless battle between publicly-funded good works and private enterprise. President Obama has identified the Internet as a public good produced by the US government. In a campaign speech, he said: "The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet." The first two parts of that statement are true, and the final part isn't. The Internet (a network of networks) was created directly as a part of the research efforts of DARPA, the US government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. However, it wasn't done so that anybody could make money from it. Indeed, in the net's early … [Read more...] about The US government resisted the Internet, instead of supporting it
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Facebook-owned WhatsApp could be the next tech company in line for a legal battle with the US government over encryption that's seen as frustrating a criminal investigation. US government officials are weighing up options to resolve a "prolonged standoff" over an approved wiretap order that investigators can't act on due to WhatsApp's messaging encryption, the New York Times has reported. Unlike Apple's predicament with the US government over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, this case is under seal, although according to the report it is not a terrorism investigation. Also, the WhatsApp wiretap order is not for stored data, as with the Apple case, but rather for real-time access to messages, available under wiretap laws through phone carriers but not from the makers of encrypted messaging apps. WhatsApp implemented end-to-end encryption in 2014, which only allows the recipient and sender to see messages. In response to the recent arrest of Facebook's Latin America boss for … [Read more...] about After Apple, is WhatsApp the US government’s next crypto target?
Facebook has complied with more than 81 percent of all demands for user data by US law enforcement. The social networking giant's latest transparency report released Thursday showed that the US had one of the highest percentage of requests where some user data was produced. US authorities sought more data during the second-half of 2015 than any other requesting country. Breaking that down, most requests came from search warrants, representing a total of 11,128 requests or 57 percent of all demands. The company complied with 85 percent of those requests.For the US, the company received 19,235 demands from the US government affecting 30,041 users or accounts. Facebook also received 314 court orders for stored messages, 601 court orders for ongoing investigations, 964 pen register requests for real-time communication records, and 85 wiretaps for real-time content. On cases relating to national security, tech companies remain subject to heavy reporting restrictions -- such as reporting the … [Read more...] about Is the US government asking too much of Facebook?
posted on 20 Aug 2014, 08:37 9 1. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014) more reason to hate samsung, posted on 20 Aug 2014, 08:55 23 4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011) Correction; it gives you more reason to justify your hate for Samsung. I doubt you had any love for Samsung before this news broke. Am I correct? posted on 20 Aug 2014, 11:12 2 17. engineer-1701d (unregistered) You mean more reason to hate government they always have to have part of your hard earned money. posted on 20 Aug 2014, 14:04 1 27. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010) I bet the fine will be cheaper than whatever it would have costed to manufacture the phones in the US, so Im sure this is a slap on the wrist. posted on 20 Aug 2014, 08:48 10 2. ibap (Posts: 797; Member since: 09 Sep 2009) I've liked some of their phones, but this behavior is complete garbage. There should be a bigger penalty. posted on 20 Aug 2014, … [Read more...] about Comments for : Samsung’s US branch found guilty of misleading the US government, will pay a “hefty” fine
Here’s a frightening statistic: Apple Inc. now has more cash on hand than the entire United States federal government. As of Wednesday, July 27, the balance sheet for the US Treasury dipped down to $73.768 billion. That compares to the $76.156 billion Apple has in its deep coffers — a difference of $2.388 billion.So, how in the name of all that’s good and fiscally responsible in this world did such a thing happen? A wide variety of individual factors are at play, here, of course. But it comes down to one basic fact: Apple makes more money than it spends, while the US government spends more than it generates in tax revenue. In other words, Apple is doing a really good job at running itself, while the federal government is not.As you all surely know by now, Washington is stuck in a relentless gridlock over how to raise the national debt ceiling. If you haven’t yet grasped what the debt ceiling is, it works something like this: Imagine the entire US government pays … [Read more...] about Apple has more money than the US government
It’s now more than two months after Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., before being shot to death by police. Farook was a 28-year-old restaurant inspector born in the US to a Pakistani family. Malik, 29, was an immigrant from Pakistan, who entered the US on a Fiancé visa.+ MORE: What would be the economic impact of a backdoor +Flash back to 2007, On Jan. 9, 2007 Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld convention, receiving substantial media attention. On June 29, 2007 the first iPhone was released.Apple introduced Activation Lock as part of the Find My iPhone feature in iOS 7 to prevent others from using an iOS 7 device that they had found or stolen. Devices with Activation Lock enabled require the correct Apple ID and password to be entered before a person can turn off Find My iPhone, erase the device, or reactivate and use it.Prior to Activation Lock, … [Read more...] about Privacy at what cost? Apple vs the US government
Yesterday, I published a piece on a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (GAO-10-8) that suggests a serious influenza pandemic could result in a massive spike in Internet traffic and that the US government may need to step in and act as an Internet traffic cop; limiting people's bandwidth or blocking bandwidth-intensive sites altogether.A vigorous debate over the practicality, effectiveness, and legality of this issue in the post's discussion thread. So, I though putting up a poll that allows people to quickly vote on the issue made sense. Let me know what you think. … [Read more...] about Poll: Should the US Government block sites/regulate Internet traffic during times of crisis?
On Thursday, Apple officially filed a motion to vacate a court order prompting the company to unlock the iPhone 5c belonging to suspected San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Now, some of Apple's biggest tech rivals are planning to support the company's crusade for privacy and security.According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited "people familiar with the matter," Facebook, Microsoft, Google's parent company Alphabet, and possibly Twitter, are planning on filing a joint motion in support of Apple. If the motion is indeed filed, the support of these tech giants will further complicate an already intricate and novel case. "None of them want to be the company that further erodes the privacy of their users in light of potential government overreach," Pollard said. "With privacy's importance growing in the eyes of consumers, tech companies that capitalize on the collection and use of consumer data see a threat in forced government coercion like this legally and financially." … [Read more...] about Apple rivals line up behind Cook and company against the US government
Thanks to tougher encryption built into Apple's various operating systems, the company has been unable to comply with court orders from the US Department of Justice requiring the company to hand over iMessages in real time in a drug case, reports The New York Times.Of course, if you aren't a drug dealer, you probably don't need to worry too much about the DoJ trying to eavesdrop on your iMessages. But with hacks and government spying becoming more well known, especially in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden disclosures, knowing that your device is secure (even from a court order) can be reassuring.Apple uses end-to-end encryption with iMessage. This means that even if a message is intercepted between my device and yours, no one can read it. Not Apple, not the government, and not a hacker.Apple's iOS devices are encrypted too, starting with iOS 8 released last year. Without a fingerprint or PIN number, Apple says it can't break into an iOS device for any reason. The FBI says this could … [Read more...] about Apple fighting the US government on turning over encrypted iMessages
A new report from Owl Cybersecurity ranks 59 US government agencies on their darknet footprint. Leaked data, stolen credentials, and other intelligence are all included in the ranking, and it shows that the government has a long way to go in protecting itself. Owl also recently published a list of Fortune 500 darknet exposure, and comparing the two indexes is bleak for the US government: Most of the top 10 government agencies would displace the top 10 companies, and the overall average exposure for a government agency is five times that of a commercial entity. The potential for leaked US government data to cause serious damage is immense. Classified information can find itself in the hands of hostile foreign entities, stolen passwords can give hackers direct access to government systems, and leaked email addresses can be an inroad for phishing attacks.It's unfortunate when corporate data is leaked, but it's dangerous when it's the government.The total list of 59 US government agencies … [Read more...] about Report: The US government has a massive footprint on the darknet