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Submission + - US Cybersecurity Bill Amendment Pushes Government Datacenter Consolidation

vivIsel writes: As the 2012 Cybersecurity bill begins to take shape, there's at least one bipartisan provision in the offing: Senate Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Tom Coburn have offered up an amendment that pushes federal agencies to consolidate duplicative datacenters.

There's already a Federal Datacenter Consolidation Initiative in the works — one that the Government Accountability Office estimates would save $2 billion by 2015 — but agencies have been slow to act. The Bennet-Coburn amendment would set a timeline and require agencies to report back on their progress. Seems like a no-brainer — and for once, both Democrats and Republicans (along with GAO, which has publicly called for legislation along these lines) agree on that.
Politics

Submission + - New Obama Administration Sanctions Target Syrian and Iranian Tech Capacity

vivIsel writes: This morning, President Obama is set to unveil a new executive order that will allow the U.S. to specifically target sanctions against individuals, companies or countries who use technology to enable human rights abuse. Especially as repressive regimes more effectively monitor their dissidents online (rather than simply blocking access), the sanctions focus on companies that help them do that.

President Obama is set to announce the sanctions in a speech at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. — which will be livestreamed starting at 9:45AM EDT.
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Submission + - Buckley on upstart student journalists

sprint writes: William F. Buckley Jr, the famous (infamous?) conservative intellectual, like many, is no lover of traditional political journalism, or moneyed politics, and his latest column makes no bones about that. But he's found a cause to champion against the mainstream media: the revolutionary — to hear him tell it — folks at TheScoop08, who claim to want to change the way political journalism and politics happen in this country. Whether or not they'll manage that, they're getting a lot of attention from the devotees of the man many call the founder of neoconservatism.

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