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November 21, 2012
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  Policy Watch 
  • Reauthorization of Safe Web Act goes to Obama
    The Senate has approved the reauthorization of the Safe Web Act, which gives the Federal Trade Commission more powers to pursue Internet frauds and online scam artists. The legislation was previously approved by the House and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC chief joins opponents of ITU cybersecurity scheme
    A multilateral treaty covering the global management of voice, video and data traffic should not include a cybersecurity component, says Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who warns that applying "one-size-fits-all" guidelines to all nations would ultimately prove counterproductive. Genachowski's concerns are shared by the head of the U.S. delegation to the International Telecommunications Regulations treaty, which will be revised next month for the first time in more than two decades. Ambassador Terry Kramer has called a cybersecurity proposal a "dead end" to treaty negotiations. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Researchers tout breakthrough on quantum cryptography
    Researchers at Cambridge University and Toshiba say they've developed a way to employ quantum cryptography to protect telecommunications networks from cyberattacks. The collaboration aims to use the technology for everyday tasks, such as securely transmitting credit card transactions and electronic health records. Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report cites risk of terror attack on energy grid
    A terror attack against the nation's power infrastructure could leave a number of states without power and cost hundreds of billions of dollars to repair, according to a U.S. government report that found multiple vulnerabilities across the energy grid. The study by the National Research Council was completed in 2007 and was only recently declassified. It blames the problem in part on the fragmented nature of the grid, which is more than 90% privately owned and regulated by individual states. USA Today (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career & Workforce Development 
  • More coders look to hit it big in the app economy
    The mobile revolution is giving rise to a small army of do-it-yourself application developers who are banking on one of their creations becoming a top seller. Statistics show the number of computer software engineers is on the rise -- totaling more than a million in 2010 -- but few are able to leverage their skills into a successful freelance business. It's easy to see the lure: Apple has paid freelance coders more than $6.5 billion in royalties since 2008, and the company now has 275,000 registered developers. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
--Thornton Wilder,
American playwright and novelist


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