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Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010

In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
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The Obama administration drew raucous jeers and cheers when, in September, federal law enforcement and national security agents began seeking new regulations for the Internet, including the ability to wiretap users' online activities. The bill, which is expected to be presented in 2011, basically seeks to require all services that enable communications -- such as Facebook, Skype, and BlackBerry handhelds -- be capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The law also would include the ability to intercept and unencrypt scrambled missives. James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, and Robert Mueller, the director of the FBI, spoke at the Bipartisan Policy Center's State of Domestic Intelligence Reform conference, warning attendees about terrorists' growing and dangerous use of social media. Critics, such as Bruce Schneier, the chief security technology officer for BT, and James Dempsey, vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, voiced concerns about the policy's huge implications.

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Feds Want To Broaden Internet Wiretap Power

Microsoft, Google Want Internet Privacy Changes

U.S. Court Weighs E-mail Privacy, Again

Broadband Service Providers Face Wiretapping Deadline

Lawsuits, Questions Follow NSA Surveillance Approval

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