Google Commits $20 Million to Fund Tech for People With Disabilities

NBC News,  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Google has launched an initiative to support emerging technologies that help people with disabilities live more independently. The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities program announced Tuesday will award up to $20 million in grants to nonprofits that work on assistive technologies. The grants will be funneled through Google's charitable arm, Google.org.

Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Program Not Authorized by Patriot Act

Devlin Barrett and Damian Paletta, Wall Street Journal ,  Thursday, May 07, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday the National Security Agency’s controversial collection of millions of Americans’ phone records isn’t authorized by the Patriot Act, as the Bush and Obama administrations have long maintained. The NSA has used the Patriot Act to justify collecting records of nearly every call made in the U.S. and entering them into a database to search for possible contacts among terrorism suspects.

Google launches a service for storing big data

Joab Jackson, Computerworld,  Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Google has introduced a service for storing large amounts of data online, potentially enabling organizations to execute big data analysis as a cloud service. The offering, called Google Cloud Bigtable, "is based on technology that Google has been running internally for many years, so it is not a brand new thing," said Tom Kershaw, who is Google's director of product management for the Google Cloud Platform.

Bill to protect student privacy introduced in Congress

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two members of Congress today introduced legislation intended to keep the burgeoning education technology industry from selling data on students, or using it to steer targeted advertising. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, and Jared Polis, D-Colorado, said the proposed Student Data Privacy and Parental Rights Act would prevent misuse of personal information submitted by students and parents to educational websites and apps, while allowing innovation in K-12 classrooms to flourish.

LAPD Approves Body Camera Rules Barring Public From Viewing Footage

Salvador Hernandez, BuzzFeed News,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Los Angeles Police Department moved closer Tuesday to becoming the nation’s largest law enforcement agency to deploy body cameras, adopting a set of guidelines for officers to follow. “We are confident that the policy as drafted balances everyone’s rights and interests - the officers, the Department, the City and the community - and believe that body worn cameras will help promote accountability, accuracy and assistance the continued effort to strengthen the community’s trust,” according to a statement released by the union.

SafeGov.org statement on European Commission action against Google, Inc.

SafeGov.org,  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

in response to the European Commission’s actions against Google finding that the company has abused its dominant share of Europe’s online search market and launching a formal investigation into Google’s Android platform, SafeGov calls the following three conclusions to the attention of public and private sector users:

Formal Charges May Be Next in Europe’s Google Antitrust Inquiry

James Kanter and Conor Dougherty, New York Times,  Sunday, April 12, 2015

As Europe’s antitrust investigation of Google has dragged on without a settlement for nearly five years, the American technology giant has had some breathing room to continue its domination of Internet search on the Continent. That period of relative freedom for Google may soon come to an end. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner overseeing antitrust issues, on Wednesday will make her first trip to Washington to participate in two antitrust conferences. The visit has raised expectations that she could announce the next move in what might be the biggest and most vexing case on her docket.

German privacy regulator orders Google to limit its use of customers’ data

Chris O'Brien, Venture Beat,  Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Google lost another battle on the European regulatory front today when a German privacy commissioner ordered the Silicon Valley search giant to implement strict new controls on how it uses customers’ data. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information had originally ordered the changes last fall following an investigation launched earlier in 2014. Google filed an appeal of that decision, but the commissioner, while making some small modifications, overruled the objections and fundamentally upheld the previous decision.

The Army’s Plan To Move to the Cloud

Frank Konkel, Defense One,  Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The U.S. Army is taking its information technology to the cloud. At least, that’s the plan. This month, the Army released a formal cloud computing strategy that aligns with the Pentagon’s evolving policies and will position it to capitalize on disruptive commercial cloud computing technologies prevalent in the private sector.

EU Lays Groundwork for Antitrust Charges Against Google

By Tom Fairless and Alistair Barr, Wall Street Journal ,  Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Europe’s competition regulator is preparing to move against Google Inc. in the next few weeks, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday, setting the stage for charges against the U.S. Internet-search giant in a five-year-old investigation that has stalled three times and sparked a political firestorm.