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Washington – Following two-and-a-half years on the job, Vivek Kundra plans to step down as the nation’s first chief information officer for a fellowship at Harvard University, the White House announced on Thursday.
He will depart in mid-August, serving as a joint fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Kundra was CTO of the District of Columbia when President Barack Obama appointed him to the newly created role in March 2009.
As federal CIO, he has [...].
Washington – The Obama administration plans to send along new digital copyright proposals to Congress soon, CNET reported, citing the government’s 2010 annual report on intellectual property enforcement.
Details remain vague on the legislative proposals, aimed at "improv[ing] intellectual property enforcement."
The report itself, according to CNET, "reads a lot like a report that could have been prepared by lobbyists for the recording or movie industry: it boasts the combined number of FBI and Homeland Security infringement investigations jumped by a remarkable 40 percent from 2009 to 2010."
Washington – First Lady Michelle Obama said on Wednesday that daughters Sasha and Malia are not on Facebook, partly because of White House security measures and partly because she personally feels the social network isn’t appropriate for young children.
"I think we’re lucky that there are a lot of real constraints, things like Secret Service and stuff like that," Obama told Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s Today show.
"I’m not a big fan of young kids having Facebook. It’s not something they need, it’s not necessary right [...].
Washington – The co-chairs of the Congressional Privacy Caucus have sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seeking detailed information on the company’s recent announcement that it would share users’ addresses and mobile phone numbers with developers. Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) pose 11 questions to Zuckerberg in their letter, asking how Facebook developed and vetted the feature; what led the company to suspend roll out after it had been announced; how the company is adjusting the feature prior to re-enabling it; how [...].
Washington - The White House on Monday announced the launch of Startup America, a new program chaired by AOL co-founder Steve Case that aims to expand access to capital and other key resources for start-ups with the potential to create large numbers of jobs. The program already has garnered major commitments from several of the nation’s largest tech companies, including a $200 million pledge by Intel (NASD: INTC) to invest in start-ups, $150 million from IBM (NYSE: IBM) to fund programs that promote entrepreneurs and new [...].