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The indiscriminate use of a popular online data-sharing technology has led to the disclosure of sensitive government and personal information -- including FBI surveillance photos of a Mafia hit man, lists of people with HIV, and motorcade routes and safe-house locations for then-first lady Laura...

By using a technology called cookies, which track where Internet users travel over the Web, sites like Amazon.com are able to draw a portrait of a customer and sell products based on that data. Now, the Obama administration is thinking about using the same technology...

As if outsourcing, virtualization, utility computing, automation, hosted applications, and a recession weren't enough to stress out the average IT professional, there's the emerging threat of cloud computing to take away even more IT jobs. IDC predicts that worldwide IT spending on cloud services...

A group of computer scientists at the University of Washington has developed a way to make electronic messages “self destruct” after a certain period of time, like messages in sand lost to the surf. The researchers said they think the new software, called Vanish, which...

Earlier this month Google announced a new operating system called Chrome. It’s meant to transform personal computers and handheld devices into single-purpose windows to the Web. This is part of a larger trend: Chrome moves us further away from running code and storing our information...

We’ve all heard about Obama’s promise for government transparency, but what about IT transparency? First, what is transparency? Transparency is basically defined as openness and accountability in all areas of business. Obama’s promise for an “unprecedented” level of government transparency has caused many business organizations to...

Google wants you to help shape the forthcoming National Broadband Plan. The search giant has created a web site with the New America Foundation where anyone can submit their ideas. People can vote for their favorites (Google will use its Moderator program to manage the...

Currently, it’s fairly easy to find someone’s personal address on one of Wisconsin’s online government databases, a troubling thought for residents who want to keep that information private. State Representative Joe Parisi introduced legislation to help keep Wisconsin residents’ personal information secure....

A computer technician was arrested this week after allegedly stealing customer names and credit card numbers from a Sheboygan business and posting them on Twitter, the Sheboygan Police Department reported Wednesday. Advertisement The information was stolen from multi-restaurant delivery service I'm Hungry, which hired Michael P. Fumich,...