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What CIOs need to lead innovation

A new study details the obstacles to CIO-enable innovation in government -- and spotlights ways to overcome them.

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BlackBerry boss strikes conciliatory tone on encryption

Like his Apple counterpart, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is opposed to weakening encryption but says the debate between law enforcement and tech firms has gotten too acrimonious.

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EPA broke the law with social media push, says GAO

By deploying social tools without the proper attribution and linking to outside web pages with political calls to action, the EPA stands accused of violating rules against "covert propaganda" and lobbying.

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McCain wants to scrutinize social media of U.S. visitors

Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Dec. 15 that would require the Department of Homeland Security to scour the social media presence of foreign travelers to the United States.

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Cyber to hitch a ride on must-pass spending bill

Landmark cybersecurity legislation was included in the omnibus spending bill to fund the government through fiscal year 2016, but some privacy advocates are still determined to oppose the measure.

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Cybersecurity isn't just about money, OPM adviser says

OPM cyber guru Clifton Triplett wants agencies to make better use of the people and tools they already have.

Air Force closes in on new directive for IT governance

Lisa Disbrow, President Obama's choice for the post of Undersecretary of the Air Force, updated a Senate panel on the Air Force's IT plans at her nomination hearing.

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Pentagon wants to go all-in on automation

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work foresees a near future in which men and women in combat will have wearable electronics equipped with software applications.

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Can ISPs help power the 2020 census?

The fast-approaching 2020 count requires more investment in R&D, full use of Internet opportunities and possible partnerships with companies -- but not necessarily the obvious choices.

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FAA releases drone registration rules

Private owners of small unmanned aircraft must register their names, physical and email addresses via an online database under new rules issued by the FAA.

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Hurd urges changes to Visa Waiver Program

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), one of leading tech experts on Capitol Hill, is looking to pressure European allies to disclose more data to the Visa Waiver Program.

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Privacy groups discuss encryption with White House

Obama administration officials met with multiple civil liberties groups about a petition urging the president to support strong encryption.