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  • November 23, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Phoenix hits the stands a day early this week, what with the holiday and all. And it's a fun issue. The cover story: our third annual turkey shoot, where we call out Rhode Islanders, as the story says, for "acts most fowl."

    There's some other good stuff in there, too. Brian Jones has a piece on the battle to remake Queen Anne Square in Newport - a fight that evokes the all the city's delicious passions: money, fame, aesthetics.

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  • October 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    UPDATE: I checked in with Langevin's spokesman Jonathan Dworkin to get the Congressman's view on the political prospects of a recently promulgated House GOP package of cybersecurity reforms - some plucked from Langevin''s own proposals. Here's the response:

    He is cautiously optimistic that we can get something done, though he does not necessarily think it will be the comprehensive legislation that he would prefer, despite that being the preference of leading Senators from both parties on the issue.

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  • October 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg
    Congressman James Langevin, who has made cybersecurity his signature issue, will deliver the keynote speech this morning at a cybersecurity panel at the Brookings Institution in Washington. The speech, scheduled for 10 am, will focus on improving security for key infrastructure like the power grid and forging a bipartisan path to reform.

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  • July 15, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The US Department of Defense released the beginnings of a new cybersecurity policy yesterday. The aim, as Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said, is to deny hackers "the benefit of an attack" - to quickly neutralize the assault and identify the attacker. Identifying hackers is one of the most confounding challenges in cybersecurity.

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  • July 11, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin, the most prominent Democratic voice in the House of Representatives on cybersecurity, has lately complained that Speaker of the House John Boehner has shut out Democrats on the issue by creating an all-Republican cybersecurity task force.

    From Politico:

    “It’s frustrating to see at the leadership level that Speaker Boehner and [Majority Leader Eric] Cantor are making this into a partisan issue,” Rep.

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  • May 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin's cybersecurity amendment, which passed the House last year, was defeated today. From the Congressman's office:

    While recognizing the importance of moving forward with the bill, the Congressman expressed disappointment that the House did not pass an amendment he offered to address our country’s urgent need to strengthen its cybersecurity.

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  • May 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    I've got a piece in the Phoenix today on the momentum surrounding cybersecurity legislation, designed to stave off attacks on critical US infrastructure and bite into billions of dollars in intellectual property theft.

    One point that didn't get into the piece: the importance of election year politics.

    National security issues, in theory, have the sort of bi-partisan appeal that might override electoral considerations.

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