Stories by Bryant Jordan

Questions Nip at Carnivore

Carnivore, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's e-mail bugging system, seems to be taking more bites out of the Justice Department than out of crime.

Download Clampdown

Stop the music. That's the order from U.S. Justice and State department officials to employees who have been downloading music files from the Internet - which not only slows down computer networks but also possibly results in copyright violations.

Video Trumps Travel

Sandia National Laboratories, the Albuquerque, N.M.-based Department of Energy high-tech research center, saw a 30 percent cut in its travel budget this year.

Justice Shops for Carnivore Review

The U.S. Department of Justice has officially begun shopping for a university to conduct an independent technical review of Carnivore, the e-mail bugging system.

University Testing GPS Interference

Tests aimed at learning whether ultra-wideband signals interfere with the Global Positioning System are underway at the University of Texas' Applied Research Laboratories.

Global Governments Shape E-Economy

Putting money into education has built an IT-savvy work force in Costa Rica and Hungary. Loosening government restrictions on the telecom industry has enabled South Korea to move ahead in wired and wireless communications.

Carnivore Study Coming Soon

University computer experts may get a chance later this month to review Carnivore, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's controversial e-mail snoop, Attorney General Janet Reno announced Thursday.

State Tracks Workers' Downloads

U.S. Department of State officials have issued a directive that bars workers agencywide from using government computers to download music - or any other non-official files - from the World Wide Web.

Carnivore to Be Put to Privacy Test

Carnivore, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's crime-fighting Internet tool, is in danger of having its teeth pulled - at least until technical experts satisfy Congress that the system is not a threat to individual privacy.

FBI's Carnivore a Picky Eater

For all the controversy over the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) e-mail surveillance system, it turns out that Carnivore is a picky eater and not a devourer of data, according to bureau officials.

GSA Seeking Upgrade to DSL

The U.S. General Services Administration, through its Federal Technology Service division in California, is soliciting contract bids to upgrade the agency's copper phone lines to handle high-speed Internet access.

FBI Doesn't Share Cyberinfo, Exec Says

Despite the boss' suggestion that agencies and industry should share information to defend against cyberattacks, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation does not play along, according to a senior executive with an information technology security company.

Embassies to Test Worldwide Net

The U.S. Department of State is looking to its embassies in Mexico City and New Delhi, India, as test sites for a program aimed at putting U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide in touch with one another and with all other federal agencies that have an overseas presence.

US West Lands Telecom Deal

U.S. West Inc., a Denver-based telecommunications company, has snagged its first major telecom contract from the federal government - a $60 million deal that it will split with wireless telecom company Winstar Communications Inc.

FBI Speeding Access to Files

As the size of government shrinks, the only way to make it more efficient is to speed up workers' access to information.