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Submission + - President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband as a Utility 1

vivIsel writes: In a move that is sure to generate controversy, the President has announced his support for regulation of broadband connections, including cellular broadband, under Title 2 of the Telecommunications Act. Reclassification of broadband in this way would treat it as a utility, like landline telephones, subject providers to new regulations governing access, and would allow the FCC to easily impose net neutrality requirements.

Submission + - Myst Creators announce Obduction

vivIsel writes: Cyan, the company behind Myst, is taking another shot at an game in that vein — this time in a new game universe, with the Unreal 4 engine. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they haven't gotten a lot of traction with traditional game publishers, so they are turning to Kickstarter with a $1m total ask. The Kickstarter video also has some neat shots of the Cyan headquarters — which looks a bit like one of the buildings on Myst island itself.

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.

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 + - US to Release International Cyber Strategy Today

vivIsel writes: Today, the Obama Administration will be releasing its first-ever strategy for "international cooperation in cyberspace". Following on Friday's release of the White House domestic cybersecurity proposal, this strategy document will govern how the U.S. behaves on the international stage — including around big issues like internet governance and internet freedom.

The strategy's unveiling, which will be keynoted by Hillary Clinton with remarks by Secretaries Holder, Locke and Napolitano, will be streamed live on starting at 3:00PM EDT today.

Submission + - Health of Every U.S. County Ranked

vivIsel writes: Out today from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin are the 2011 County Health Rankings. These rankings are the most detailed ever look at county-level health data, and some of the factors they measure — mortality, morbidity — are what you'd expect. But others are more surprising: motor vehicle crash deaths, excessive drinking, education, air pollution and access to healthy foods.

The data (including downloads of the underlying dataset) are available at

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