architecture
Why the US Government Will Spend £1.2 Million to Promote Wooden Skyscrapers

The US Department of Agriculture doesn't usually meddle in architecture, but this week at an event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $1 million (£600,000) competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood—and another million that will go to educating architects about it. Read More >>

security
Huawei, Once Accused of Spying, Has Been Hacked by NSA Since 2009

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei decided to withdraw from US business last year amid accusations that it built backdoors into American government and business systems. But while the US government was publicly accusing the company of espionage, the NSA had already established its own backdoors into Huawei's networks, say Der Spiegel and The New York Times. Read More >>

environment
Google and Microsoft Helping the White House Track Climate Change

The White House has announced that it's teaming up with Google and Microsoft to centralise its climate change data—and make it more accessible for public and researchers alike. Read More >>

privacy
Obama Will Announce NSA Reforms on January 17

It's really happening folks. On January 17, Barack Obama will remark on "the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process" for reforming the country's intelligence practices, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday. Read More >>

privacy
Obama's NSA Advisory Board: No More Phone Records, No More Backdoors

The wait is almost over! Despite having said it would come out in January, the Obama Administration hustled and released a report from the advisory committee set up to recommend changes to the NSA. And, my, are those changes many. Read More >>

security
Report: The Next NSA Chief May Be a Civilian

The Hill reported yesterday that the White House is considering appointing a civilian leader to run the NSA when current director Keith Alexander, who has led the agency since 2005, steps down next spring. This could signal a changing view of the agency's role, and is seen by some as a promising if small first step toward greater transparency. Read More >>

privacy
Obama Was Unaware of NSA World Leader Spying

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Obama was unaware that the NSA was spying on world leaders—until an internal White House review revealed that the operation existed.
The review revealed to the president and this staff that the NSA was spying on 35 world leaders, and since learning about them the White House has "cut off some monitoring programs." That included the one tracking German chancellor Angela Merkel as well as "some other world leaders". However, other spying programs that have apparently been slated for termination are still running. Read More >>

star wars
The Empire Responds to the White House's Rejection of the Death Star and Calls Out Earth for Being a Coward

The US is not getting a Death Star. The White House made that official. But what does the Galactic Empire think about Earth abandoning our Death Star project? Well, they think our "unimaginatively named planet" is filled with cowards! Read More >>

space
This Isn't the White House Response to the Death Star Petition You're Looking For

Remember that US government petition, that asked for a Death Star, with a straight face and all. Well, surprise! It's not happening, and here's why: Read More >>

star wars
Of Course There's an Official White House Petition That Wants the US to Build a Death Star By 2016

In perhaps the best use of the White House's official "We the People" petition system (just like the government's e-petition thing), a group of faceless signatures want America to secure funding and resources in order to begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. Yes, a Death Star. Read More >>

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