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Worries mount over law enforcement using technology to disrupt protests amid Ferguson unrest

While the use of military-style tactics and equipment to quash protests in Ferguson, Mo., last week drew widespread concern about police infringing on First Amendment rights, some civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned about software that law enforcement could potentially exploit to thwart protests as well.

State Department still probing system crash that's hindering ability to process passports, visas

The Consular Consolidated Database, or CCD, suffered a major performance breakdown resulting from a standard, scheduled software update, according to the department. Yet, the actual root cause of the incident and the details of what may have impacted the systems—either software or hardware failures—have not yet been determined, officials said.

Climate data initiative teams technology, agriculture industries to secure national food supplies

The White House is reaching out to the nation's technology and agricultural sectors to develop new methods to monitor and respond to climate change, especially capabilities to ensure that crops and food distribution systems can cope with future climate-related disruptions.

American tech industry suffering due to unresolved surveillance policy issues, says exec

One year after U.S. government surveillance activities were revealed by former Defense Department contractor Edward Snowden, American technology companies continue to feel negative repercussions, said Brad Smith, executive vice president and general Counsel for Microsoft.

Smartphone makers adopt 'kill switch' after opposing bill

Wireless industry leaders committed to equip their smartphones with a "kill switch" feature two months after lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bills that would have made it mandatory.

Windows XP's stubborn hold over DHS

Windows XP remained the most prevalent desktop operating system within the Homeland Security Department as of March 2013, according to an internal assessment of component compliance with the federal security configuration baseline.

Spotlight: UK government considers abandoning Microsoft Office

The UK government wants to adopt more open source technology and is too tied to proprietary software programs such as Microsoft Office, said Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude while speaking at a conference in London Jan. 29.

Tech company surveillance reports to become somewhat more precise

The Justice Department agreed to somewhat loosen restrictions on surveillance reports made public by Internet companies in response to a lawsuit filed by tech giants, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Improving digital access in developing countries correlates to higher malware rate

A study by Microsoft based on data from its operating system-bundled anti-malware utility finds that the global prevalence of malware infections typically correlates as an inverse to countries' socioeconomic status, but that the relationship isn't necessarily linear.

International trade tensions foreseen in differing legal regimes over government surveillance

The extent to which governments can compel digital and telecommunication services providers to hand over data has become the source of renewed controversy since former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked a trove of classified documents to media outlets earlier this year.