Associated Press


May 5, 2003

Congress Moving to Combat Spam E-Mail

Lawmakers are introducing several bills designed to target spam.

May 2, 2003

Homeland Security Privacy Suit Dismissed

The Electronic Privacy Information Center will now go after records of the Department of Homeland Security's operations.

May 1, 2003

Terrorism Information Clearinghouse Opens

The Terrorist Threat Information Center will collect terrorism data from the CIA, FBI and other sources.

April 29, 2003

Bush to Sign Broad Child Protection Bill

Matching grants will be available to state and local governments to help with equipment and training.

April 28, 2003

Supreme Court Declines Internet Case

So far, the court has refused to consider a case revolving around the issue of where lawsuits regarding the Internet should be filed.

April 25, 2003

U.S. Government to OK Online Immigration Applications

The Department of Homeland Security will begin more and more immigration-related applications over the Web.

April 24, 2003

FCC: Verizon Broke Interconnection Rules

The company delayed the interconnection request of another company.

April 23, 2003

County Elections Chief in Florida Announces Re-election Bid

Despite criticism of Broward County's performance with respect to elections, the supervisor said she would not step down as supervisor.

April 21, 2003

Ballard Wins Grant for Undersea Broadcast

The ocean explorer will use the federal grant to expand a broadcasting system that will show he and his fellow explorers at work underwater.

April 10, 2003

Microsoft Expands Shared Source Program

Industry partners will be able to see and alter the source code of the Windows CE operating system for handheld devices and other small electronic products.

April 9, 2003

EU Commission Calls on France Telecom to Pay Competitors

The company will have to reimburse its competitors for financing rural telephone lines.

April 4, 2003

Internet Phone Company Routes 911 Calls

Previously, the company's customers only got a busy signal when they called 911.

April 3, 2003

Florida Congresswoman's E-Mail Cracked

The woman's e-mail account was used to send inflammatory messages about the president.

April 2, 2003

Computers Used More in Standardized Tests

Oregon, Virginia and Idaho give the tests online to students in the second grade up to high school.

April 1, 2003

"DVD Kid" to be Retried in December

Though originally acquitted on charges of violating Norway's data break-in laws, the teenager will be back in court.

March 20, 2003

Gore Joining Board of Apple Computer

He is filling the seat vacated by Larry Ellison.

March 19, 2003

Supreme Court Justice Bans Media From Free Speech Event

Antonin Scalia said he would not accept a free speech award if broadcast media were present at the event.

March 18, 2003

Music Business Targets Companies in Piracy Crackdown

The Recording Industry Association of America is threatening corporations with "significant legal damages" if corporate networks are used to illegally trade music.

March 17, 2003

Microsoft Mulls Self-Managing Technology

The "Dynamic Systems Initiative" will feature software designed to make networks manage themselves.

March 12, 2003

Kansas Eyes Internet Filters at Libraries

The Kansas Library Association told the Legislature that filters would cost $150 per PC.

March 7, 2003

Two Senators Push Courtroom Camera Bill

The legislation would give federal judges discretion to allow cameras or other types of electronic media access to courtrooms.

March 6, 2003

Two Suspects Arrested in Web Bank Theft

Suspects allegedly transferred more than $130,000 from various bank accounts.

February 10, 2003

EU Proposes Agency to Combat Cyber-Crimes

EU information society commissioner says a cyber-attack could be devastating.

February 7, 2003

FBI Seeks Person Behind Attempted Theft of eBay Users' Information

The person sent fraudulent e-mails to intended victims asking for verification of personal details.

January 24, 2003

FCC to Hold Hearing on Media Ownership

FCC will consider whether ownership restrictions are outdated.

January 24, 2003

Doctor Punished for Web Drugs

Doctor plans to appeal, saying prescriptions were based on long-standing medical problems and didn't require an exam.

January 24, 2003

New Lobbying Group Takes on Hollywood

The Alliance for Digital Progress is fighting the entertainment industry's efforts to require anti-copying technology in a wide range of devices.

January 23, 2003

Ridge Approved as Homeland Security Chief

Ridge will head a massive federal reorganization as the Department of Homeland Security is formed.

January 23, 2003

Judge Bars Sending of Unwanted E-Mail

The New York attorney general sued after more than half a million computer users complained about a barrage of spam.

January 21, 2003

Former Michigan Governor Hired by EDS

John Engler will be a vice president in the company's government-services division.

January 21, 2003

Former Michigan Governor Hired by EDS

John Engler will be a vice president in the company's government-services division.

January 20, 2003

Swiss Village Holds First Internet Vote

More than 300 voters cast their ballot via the Internet; 48 went to the polls.

January 20, 2003

Microsoft Gives Russia Access to Code

Russia is the first to enlist in the company's "Government Security Program."

January 14, 2003

Michigan Regulators Approve SBC's Bid to Offer Long Distance

Critics say the company has never opened up its network to competition.

January 13, 2003

File-Swapping Lawsuit Gets OK

The parent company of Kazaa had argued it could not be sued in U.S. courts, because the company is incorporated in Vanuatu -- a South Pacific Nation.

January 10, 2003

Governors Split on Bush Stimulus Plan

Democratic governors want more financial help for states.

January 9, 2003

School to Use Eye Scanner for Lunch Fees

The new high school will also use the retina scanners in its library.

January 8, 2003

European Union May Open Investigation of France Telecom Bailout

The bailout, spearheaded by the French government, could be illegal state aid.

January 8, 2003

Bush Urges Senate Approval of Tom Ridge

The president is seeking quick confirmation of Ridge as the director of the Homeland Security Department.

January 7, 2003

House to Create Homeland Security Department Committee

A select committee will monitor the new department, ending debate whether existing committees or a new entity should oversee the department.

January 3, 2003

White House to Propose Medicare Changes

The Bush administration hopes to drive down Medicare costs by stimulating competition.

December 31, 2002

N.C. County GOP Pulls Link to Islam Site

The GOP said it will be more careful about what links are on its site.

December 30, 2002

Report: China Closes 3,300 Internet Cafes

The Xinhua News Agency also said 12,000 other Internet cafes are temporarily closed while improvements are being made.

December 20, 2002

German State to Block Neo-Nazi Web Sites

Eighteen ISPs in the state have been ordered to block to the U.S.-based Web sites.

December 16, 2002

Student Helps Cops Arrest Alleged Swindler

The student used message boards and chat rooms to gather information about the alleged perpetrator, and then set a trap.

December 11, 2002

Voting Machines Check in Louisiana Helped Democrats

A check of the machines' paper records gave the Democratic candidate a larger margin of victory.

December 4, 2002

HHS Chief Unveils New Command Center

The new center should allow instant communications between a variety of federal agencies in time of emergency.

November 20, 2002

EchoStar Wins Back Satellite License

Ruling could pave way for rural broadband Internet access.

November 20, 2002

Japan to Study Linux Software

Over the next 15 months, a panel of academics and computer experts will study using open-source software in Japanese government.

November 19, 2002

Court of Appeals Reverses E-Mail Suppression

A district court had ruled that e-mails gathered after St. Paul police faxed a search warrant to a major ISP violated the suspect's Fourth Amendment rights.

November 18, 2002

Digital Mail Tested for Congress

The pilot test should result in lawmakers getting access to constituent mail.

November 15, 2002

Study: Japan Has Fastest Supercomputer

Supercomputers built from clusters of regular PCs have cracked the top 10 list of fastest computers for the first time.

November 14, 2002

Congress OKs Security Grants

A five-year program will fund new research and stimulate efforts to recruit students into security research.

November 7, 2002

FCC Sets Aside Airwaves for 3G

The spectrum won't be available until 2004.

November 7, 2002

Judge Tells Supra to Pay $7.5 Million Monthly for Network Access

The company serves about 300,000 Florida residents.

October 30, 2002

Millions May E-File Taxes for Free

Under the terms of an agreement with a consortium of tax preparers and software publishers, the IRS will not provide tax-preparation and filing software.

October 29, 2002

Verizon Settles Spam Lawsuit

The spammer agreed not to send any unsolicited e-mail on Verizon's networks.

October 29, 2002

Reuters Accused of Illegally Obtaining Information

A Swedish company says the news service got information from a Web page that wasn't designed for public access.

October 28, 2002

France Seeks EU Telecom Rescue Plan

The telecom industry in the EU's 15 member nations is ailing, worn down by mountains of debt incurred through the purchase of licenses to operate 3G mobile services.

October 28, 2002

Microsoft Apologizes for NYC Decals

Another guerrilla IT ad campaign runs afoul of local officials. Last year, IBM angered officials in four cities by spray-painting Linux ads on streets and sidewalks.

October 22, 2002

China OKs Slew of High-Tech Deals

The country is looking to upgrade its wireless network.

October 22, 2002

Democrats Accuse HHS of Putting Ideology Over Science

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is removing information from health-related Web sites, according to the congressmen.

October 16, 2002

New Broward Elections Chief Needs $1.5 Million

The money is needed to cover the costs of the state's upcoming November election.

October 15, 2002

Internet Oversight Group Chooses New Operator of '.org' Domain

A new nonprofit organization, the Public Internet Registry, will register .org domain names starting in January.

October 11, 2002

FEC Approves Internet Fund-Raising Service

The Democrats and the Republicans are both interested in participating.

October 10, 2002

More Needed to Stop Social Security Fraud

A lack of access to information held in state databases and law enforcement agencies is making it difficult to track those who illegally obtain benefits, the GAO said.

October 9, 2002

Bush to Sign $4 Billion Election Bill

Every state stands to get at least $5 million to help replace obsolete voting machines.

October 9, 2002

Political Spam Leads to Lawsuit

A North Carolina man is suing Elizabeth Dole's campaign for sending unsolicited political e-mails.

October 9, 2002

Treasurer of Colorado Governor's Campaign Quits Over E-Mail

The e-mail contained a disparaging poem about immigrants.

October 8, 2002

University to Study Combating Computer Terrorism

Carnegie Mellon University will develop hardware and software tools to fight electronic attacks.

October 8, 2002

AMD to Make China Classroom PC Plans

The company will work with the China Basic Education Software Company to make PCs for students and teachers as well as servers for classrooms.

October 7, 2002

House Considers Nationwide Amber Alert Bill

A series of controversial amendments to the bill have Democrats in the House worried.

October 7, 2002

Daschle: Hard Work Needed to Resolve Differences on Homeland Security Bill

The Senate's top Democrat said he believes the bill can be passed before November, but labor issues still present a logjam.

October 7, 2002

Wireless Data May Get Human Touch

Broadband transmission speeds capable using the electrical signals carried by human bodies.

September 27, 2002

Miami-Dade County Commissioners Vote to Bring in Monitor for November Elections

The Center for Democracy will monitor the county's November elections.

September 26, 2002

China Refuses U.S. Electronic Trash

Customs officers said the addresses and telephone numbers on the shipping labels are phony.

September 24, 2002

Britain to Recycle Mobile Phones

The country's main mobile-phone operators, electronics stores and the British government will work together to implement a plan to recycle cell phones, batteries and chargers.

September 23, 2002

California Bans Cell Phone Spam

After January, no more spam on your cell phone.

September 23, 2002

County Commissioner, also a Member of the Army Reserve, Wants to Govern From Abroad

Florida man proposes to represent his district via telephone and computer while he serves overseas, but some aren't happy.

September 12, 2002

Suburban D.C. Election Judges to be Re-trained on Voting Machines

Primary results were delayed this week due to a lack of training on new touch-screen voting machines.

September 10, 2002

European Union to OK Sharing Cost of Building Mobile Networks

The EU Competition Committee argues that sharing the cost will benefit consumers, though the proposal has yet to obtain final approval.

September 9, 2002

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Touch-Screen Voting Machines

A resident had sued Riverside County, claiming that the machines weren't secure.

August 26, 2002

Motorola Targets Firefighters With New Communications System

The company said its new product will help commanders keep track of personnel responding to an emergency situation.

August 23, 2002

Special Gloves May Help Deaf

The gloves are connected to a PC that translates sign language into written English displayed on the PC's monitor.

August 23, 2002

FBI Raids Firm After Cracking Claim

The consulting firm's bragging to The Washington Post about how easy it was to crack into military computer got the wrong kind of attention.

August 21, 2002

New York Online Gambling Case Settled

PayPal can no longer process payments from residents of the state for online gambling.

August 16, 2002

Programmers Rally for Open Source Bill in California

The "Digital Software Security Act" would require California state agencies to use open-source software.

August 15, 2002

NYTimes.com, NPR Start Civics Site

The site's content will focus on eight civics issues, such as the death penalty, juvenile justice and Web censorship.

August 8, 2002

Privacy Bill Being Resurrected Despite High-Profile Failures

The bill would force financial companies to get permission from consumers before selling personal information to outside marketing companies.

August 1, 2002

Nearly Half of Japan's Population Uses the Net

The country ranks 16th in the world in terms of Internet use ratio; Sweden is first.

July 31, 2002

China to Spend on $2.5 Billion on Research

Twenty-two provinces and municipalities will be involved in the research projects.

July 30, 2002

Attack Cripples RIAA Web Site

The Recording Industry Association of America suspects the attacks are retaliation for anti-pirating legislation passed last week.

July 29, 2002

Founder of Dead Dot-Com Site Puts Internal Memos Online

For $45 per month, subscribers can view approximately 800 internal memos sent to the publisher of the Web site.

July 29, 2002

Report: Bush Niece's Account Accessed in Ivy League Cracking Case

Princeton staff allegedly logged into Lauren Bush's online acceptance notice four times in one afternoon.

July 24, 2002

Chicken Feathers Used in Computer

Shafts of chicken feathers conduct electricity nearly as fast as silicon chips.

July 22, 2002

Ridge Assures Citizens on Bush Homeland Security Plan

A House committee has passed legislation creating the proposed Homeland Security, and a corresponding Senate committee is set to consider the bill on Wednesday.

July 19, 2002

Microsoft Gives $25 Million to Black Colleges

The money will help bolster the use of technology in traditionally black colleges and universities.

July 16, 2002

Federal Government Plans Terrorist Tipster Program

The program would encourage utility workers and letter carriers to report unusual activities.

July 12, 2002

GSA Reviewing Government Contracts with Qwest

A practice known as "capacity swaps" is one area being scrutinized by the GSA.

July 11, 2002

China to Offer Hand Delivered e-Mail

The country's official postal service will receive and print e-mails and deliver them via postal service letter carriers.

July 1, 2002

China Threatens Internet Cafe Owners

Unlicensed cafes will be shut down and their owners prosecuted as part of a crackdown on safety.

June 28, 2002

FBI: Seattle is "Easy Target"

The city's police force is under staffed, and the FBI said it is conducting a large number of terrorist-related investigations in the Seattle area.

June 27, 2002

Microsoft Inks $750 Million Deal With China

The company will spend $25 million on education and research institutes in the country.

June 27, 2002

High-Tech Job Growth Rate Drops

The number of IT jobs grew only 1 percent last year.

June 24, 2002

Japan's First Electronic Voting Introduced in Local Election

The new touch-screen system was used by more than 15,000 voters.

June 18, 2002

FCC Sees Wireless Policy Upgrade

The agency's chairman said the federal government is running at "high speed" to find a better way to address spectrum policy.

June 18, 2002

Britain Rethinks Plan for Expanded Internet Surveillance Powers

Opponents called the plan a "snoopers' charter."

June 11, 2002

Man Fined for Signing Up Dog to Vote

The man successfully registered his poodle as a Republican.

June 6, 2002

Man Remains Jailed Over Web Postings

The man posted personal information of employees of a retirement home that he had been evicted from.

June 4, 2002

VeriSign to Launch Wiretapping Tool

The company's new tool will help telecommunications carriers comply with a federal law.

May 17, 2002

Panel Sends ID Theft Bill to Senate

The bill would help identity-theft victims access the business records related to the theft of their identity.

May 15, 2002

SONICblue to Monitor Customers

The company had fought a court order requiring it to monitor customers' viewing habits.

May 13, 2002

White House Exploring Civic Education

A federal working group is exploring ways to beef up civic education in public schools.

May 9, 2002

Justice Department Says Office of Homeland Security Not an Agency

A civil-liberties group has sued the office for records of proposals for national identification systems.

May 7, 2002

Shanghai Shuts Down Internet Bars

Police also seize nearly 1,000 computers from the bars, which didn't have the proper filtering software installed on the computers.

May 6, 2002

Bio-Terrorism Office Chief Steps Down

The Office of Public Health Preparedness will be run by New York City's former director of emergency management.

May 2, 2002

House Bill Would Encrypt Driver's Licenses

States would get up to $315 million over five years to adopt new driver's licenses.

May 1, 2002

'Melissa' Virus Maker Gets 20 Months

The man is thought to be among the first group of people prosecuted for unleashing a computer virus on computer networks.

April 30, 2002

Journalist Group Calls for Release of Vietnamese Dissident

The man, a doctor, distributed an article about democracy that was obtained from a Web site operated by the U.S. Department of State.

April 30, 2002

New FCC Rules to Help 911 Response

Certain cell phones can only dial 911, making it difficult for emergency personnel to pinpoint the location of callers.

April 25, 2002

Britain Experiments With Early, High-Tech Voting

Officials hope to boost participation in voting by making it easier for residents of towns to vote electronically.