I am officially declaring cybersecurity legislation to be today’s big story of the day. The Hill has a slew of stories on the politics of getting a compromise bill passed, including this piece detailing Senator Harry Reid’s reaction to the idea of a GOP filibuster of the bill, a story on the Democrats’ efforts to get technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to give their stamps of approval, and this report on retiring Senator Joe Lieberman’s confidence in emerging victorious from that persnickety hurtle known as the motion to proceed that has plagued the Senate in this Congress.
Moving on to other issues with the prefix “cyber,” the AP has this report on the Pentagon’s struggle with detailing rules for conducting cyberwar.
Meanwhile, the DOJ is hard at work training its prosecutors on combating and prosecuting cyber espionage. Our quotation of the day comes from John Carlin, the principal deputy in the national security division, in this Washington Post article, on why such training is happening: “We are very vulnerable.”
And one of the White House’s experts on cybersecurity issues, Daniel Weitzner, is leaving his post as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy to head back up to my alma mater to return to teaching and research. Jennifer Martinez at The Hill has the story.
It seems that now that the country of Mali is on our radar as a hotbed for terrorist activities, we seem to actually care about its goings-on. Adam Nossiter of the New York Times reports on the worsening violence in the capital Bamako.
The Economist has a lot to say about our digital surveillance laws.
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