Category Archives: Government & Policy

us: What the Democrats’ win means for tech

What the Democrats’ win means for tech
Now that this week’s elections have switched control of the House and Senate back to the Democrats, the outlook for technology-related legislation has changed dramatically overnight. On a wealth of topics–Net neutrality, digital copyright, merger approval, data retention, Internet censorship–a Capitol Hill controlled by Democrats should yield a shift in priorities on technology-related legislation.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6133833.html

us: Black arts of politics move into cyberspace

us: Black arts of politics move into cyberspace
Coming soon to a polling station near you — or at least a computer screen — may be some of the blackest and newest arts of American politics. The latest weapons in the campaign for control of Congress, known by names such as Google bombing and Wikipedia vandalism, have been deployed to varying effect in the US elections, which are more reliant than ever before on such techniques.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2429423,00.html

US Congress steps into cyberspace

US Congress steps into cyberspace
The BBC reports that “US politicians could soon be rubbing shoulders with orcs and night elves in World of Warcraft.” Further, the BBC says that it’s unlikely that in-game trading will be taxed and the Joint Economic Committee, who is conducting the investigation, has said the investigation was prompted by the “dramatic increase in the popularity of online gaming”.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6065534.stm