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Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published
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Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published

A security freelancer  has published a proof-of-concept code for exploiting a security flaw in the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator. 

Vote Early, Vote Often: Inside Norway's Pioneering Open Source E-Voting Trials
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Vote Early, Vote Often: Inside Norway's Pioneering Open Source E-Voting Trials

Norway recently held its second e-voting pilot, following an initial trial that took place during the local government elections in 2011. 

Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies
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Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies

Until recently, open source development community site GitHub did not have licenses for the majority of its hosted projects. 

­.N. Plans Internet Governance Amid Outcry to Defund IT­
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­.N. Plans Internet Governance Amid Outcry to Defund IT­

A petition to de-fund the United Nation's telecommunications branch recently emerged, just as the ITU was ready to finalize Internet governance plans at the World...

New Zealand Software Patent Law 'betrays' Developers
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New Zealand Software Patent Law 'betrays' Developers

A New Zealand politician has advanced a proposed software patent measure that contains an exemption for software embedded in other inventions. Critics say that ...

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released
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Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released

It appears that Osama bin Laden didn’t encrypt any of his computer files. If he had, U.S. authorities probably wouldn’t have been able to do much after confiscating...

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Software Liability Law Could Divide Open Source

The European Commission has proposed that software companies should be held liable for the security and efficiency of their products. Ovum's David Mitchell says...

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EC Wants Software Makers Held Liable for Code

The European Commission is proposing that the European Union's consumer protections for physical products also cover software. Commissioners Viviane Reding and...
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