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The Federal government spends at least $90 billion annually on IT, according to Performance.gov. And, Chris Liddell, deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, has said that the government could spend more than double that–up to $200 billion on IT each year. That type of spending could lead to innovation and efficiencies for Feds, but the path forward is often obstructed by end-of-life devices and unwieldy maintenance costs. […]

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TechNet announced Wednesday that Ed Knight, executive vice president and global chief legal and policy officer for Nasdaq, has joined TechNet’s Executive Council.






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On Monday, Google announced that it would be expediting the shutdown of Google+ and its APIs after a November software update contained a bug that affected approximately 52.5 million users.






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Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy has announced that former Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Terrell McSweeny is joining the organization as a distinguished fellow.






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Quora, a popular Q&A website, announced Monday that it was the victim of a data breach which exposed 100 million users’ data, including account information and private messages.






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ACLU

Jon Callas has left his post as a senior security expert at Apple to become a technology fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), according to a report from Reuters.






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NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, a broadband industry group that represents more than 800 independent and community-based telecommunications companies in rural and small-town America, announced Friday that it elected new board members at its fall board meeting.






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The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) awarded a $100 million IT services contract to Reston, Va.-based TeraThink on Oct. 29.






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TechCongress, a nonpartisan initiative, is using a $1 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to “increase government knowledge of emerging technology issues and inform policymaking,” according to a Knight Foundation press release dated Nov. 2.






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Reimagining Government IT

A new report from MeriTalk and the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) finds that Federal finance, IT, and procurement experts believe we’ve reached an IT modernization tipping point.






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The International Telecommunication Union–a United Nations agency for information and communications technology–announced the re-election of Houlin Zhao of China as ITU Secretary-General. 






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Freedom House’s annual report on internet freedom, entitled “Freedom on the Net” and released today, finds that global internet freedom is on the decline for the eighth consecutive year.






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Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, pledged in a blog post late last week that the company will “proactively” engage with the Federal government to “advocate for policies and laws that will ensure that AI [artificial intelligence] and other new technologies are used responsibly and ethically.”






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Red Hat

IBM announced on Sunday it agreed to buy software maker Red Hat for $34 billion.  The deal requires approves from shareholders and Federal regulators, and is expected to close in the second half of next year.






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Net Neutrality

Five telecommunication industry groups–American Cable Association; CTIA – The Wireless Association; NCTA – The Internet & Television Association; USTelecom – The Broadband Association and the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association–filed suit against the state of Vermont on Thursday over the state’s net neutrality law. The law in question seeks to prevent companies that do not abide by the state’s net neutrality rules from receiving state contracts.






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