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Lawmakers propose new visa for foreign tech entrepreneurs

Two U.S. House Democrats are proposing a new visa for immigrants who can obtain "significant" venture capital funding for a business read more »

Congress probes Internet of Things privacy, security

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The TPP is getting closer -- what does it mean for the tech sector?

read more » concerns dismissed as ‘scare stories’ by NHS data chief

Project recently relaunched but has been branded as ‘unachievable’ by the Major Projects Authority read more »

UK Government calls on energy firms to respond to smart meter consultation

MPs described the scheme as a "costly failure" in March read more »

Universal Credit: Government missed out on £200 million savings

Yet more bad news for the troubled project as staff at two Universal Credit centres go on strike today read more »

UK High Court gives government nine months to rewrite data retention law

A hastily-introduced law forcing communications operators to retain metadata for law enforcement use is unlawful, the UK High Court said read more »

EU air passenger data retention system ready for take-off, says Parliament

Passengers flying into or out of the EU could have their personal data stored in law enforcement databases for up to five years read more »

Demand grows for UK government to act on slow broadband

Faster internet speeds should be vital part of chancellor’s aim to improve productivity in the UK read more »

NHS launches £150k tech innovation prize

Projects last year included a new mini-stroke referral system, online screening, and a secure helpline read more »

Open data: government ‘needs to go much further’, says Cabinet Office minister

Matthew Hancock MP admitted there has been “some resistance” to publishing Whitehall information read more »

Universal Credit strike over inadequate IT to go ahead next week

Employees at Bolton and Glasgow DWP centres blame inadequate IT and ‘increasingly oppressive working environment’ read more »

US government personnel director resigns after unprecedented data breach

Katherine Archuleta stands down a day after scale of the massive breach was made clear read more »

MOD IT chief unveils 'Defence as a Platform' plan

However he warned 'cultural torpor' within the department and skills gap restrict ability to make big changes read more »

Council secures children's services with Becrypt 'computer on a stick'

Cheshire West & Chester deploys 300 tVolution Mini devices to tie together multiple agencies read more »

UK emergency services to adopt single open standard for data sharing

What took them so long? Single, common XML standard could drastically reduce time spent transferring records between agencies read more »

Edinburgh City Council leaks 13,000 email addresses after cyberattack

Council warns residents - but are public sector security budgets the root cause? read more »

Budget 2015: scant mention of tech

Funding allocated for piecemeal projects like incubators and smart ticketing but nothing on broadband or telecoms read more »

Budget 2015: the tech industry’s top demands

Better connectivity, access to IT skills and smarter use of tech in government are on the wishlist read more »

Cloud First policy yet to take off in Whitehall

More than half of Whitehall IT staff are not comfortable using cloud IT despite the vast potential savings read more »

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