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More federal open source appreciated, if it behaves

The tech industry welcomes more open-source software in the federal government, but with a few caveats.

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Commerce Dept. offers guidance on foreign tech regs

The Commerce Department is piloting a new program aimed at helping U.S. businesses navigate foreign digital domains.

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How restricting encryption increases cyber risks

Weakening encryption for the benefit of law enforcement would have economic and social fallout that is far more damaging than any benefit obtained, according to new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

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FedRAMP takes agile BPA for a test drive

The cloud services vetting office wants to open its process to the public via a dashboard built under 18F's agile blanket purchase agreement.

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U.S. Digital Service team makes recruitment pitch at SXSW

CTO Megan Smith and USDS Director Haley Van Dyck tried to sell techies at the South by Southwest Interactive conference on public service careers.

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Army releases data strategy

Army CIO Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell wants to give Army users and applications quicker access to a range of data.

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The topics Obama plans to hit -- and avoid -- at SXSW

The presidential call to action will likely skirt encryption and hiring and instead ask techies to dip into government on a short-term basis.

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FCC chief wants to expand privacy rules for broadband

The FCC circulated a new proposal March 10 that outlines Commissioner Tom Wheeler's plan to address what information Internet Service Providers can collect and share about their customers.

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Obama warns against 'absolutist' positions on encryption

The White House had said Obama would not weigh in on the Apple case, but he spoke at length on the issue of encryption in the first visit by a sitting president to the South by Southwest festival.

Tech teams aim to upend procurement

Teams of techies will bring new acquisition models to seven agencies as part of the Digital Acquisitions Pilot.

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How USCIS consolidates immigration data

The agency in charge of processing immigrant visa and naturalization petitions, asylum and refugee applications has a data query service that rounds up data from across DHS.

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FirstNet contract on track for November award

The planned nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network still has November as a contract award date target.

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