Congress Seeks to Update Its Computer Systems
Technology
Congress Seeks to Update Its Computer Systems
2022-06-23 20:22:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to catch up to the computerized automation that is running many American businesses but only now is filtering into more conservative government offices. A House committee held a hearing Thursday to determine how to bring... Read More

Reigniting Democracy Using the Internet
Technology
Reigniting Democracy Using the Internet
2022-06-23 20:19:31
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Laughter rang out at the Brookings Institution when an audience question came to two White House staffers: “Was the internet a mistake?” The question came about a half hour into a discussion about how the U.S. is inspiring... Read More

FCC Plans to Address 911 Location Issues
Emergency Management
FCC Plans to Address 911 Location Issues
2022-06-09 17:07:15
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — North Carolina is in the process of implementing its newest 911 technology that will connect callers to emergency call centers “almost immediately — when a caller takes their finger off the last one it is ringing,” said L.V.... Read More

Amazon Ramps Up Criticism of Tough Antitrust Bill in Congress
Antitrust
Amazon Ramps Up Criticism of Tough Antitrust Bill in Congress
2022-06-02 21:29:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Industry criticism of a tough antitrust bill to crack down on the market dominance of tech giants is growing more shrill as it heads for a vote in Congress as soon as this month. The latest salvo was... Read More

HRSA Prepares Providers for End of Telehealth Flexibilities During COVID-19 PHE
Health
HRSA Prepares Providers for End of Telehealth Flexibilities During COVID-19 PHE
2022-05-18 16:07:54
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 public health emergency this week beyond the July 15 expiration to October. The eventual expiration of the declaration will lead to changes in certain flexibilities granted to Medicare... Read More

Internet Providers Promise $30 Service
Broadband
Internet Providers Promise $30 Service
2022-05-09 20:25:59
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe Biden announced Monday. The partnership with 20 different broadband internet providers “gives families a little more breathing room to pay... Read More

Report Reveals Experiences of Women and Minorities in STEM Work
Science
Report Reveals Experiences of Women and Minorities in STEM Work
2022-05-04 13:34:49
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — A report released Tuesday from the American Enterprise Institute takes a look at the promise and pitfalls of working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, especially for women and minorities. “These testimonials unearth startling personal insights... Read More

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
Education
A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her... Read More

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Launches Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund
Cryptocurrencies
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Launches Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund
2022-01-13 00:39:49
by Reece Nations

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday announced the creation of a nonprofit legal defense fund geared towards defending Bitcoin developers from litigation. Dorsey announced the fund in a mailing list for Bitcoin developers and said its... Read More

Experts Say XR Tech Is More Than Gaming and Entertainment
Innovation
Experts Say XR Tech Is More Than Gaming and Entertainment
2021-11-22 14:49:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The lines just keep blurring between the physical and online worlds, with the pandemic accelerating the adoption of immersive technologies that merge the physical world with digital or simulated reality. But while many are familiar with some type... Read More

FDA Issues New Guidance For Use Of AI In Health Care
Technology
FDA Issues New Guidance For Use Of AI In Health Care
2021-11-17 18:49:23
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently partnered with Health Canada and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to issue guiding principles to align efforts and standards for artificial intelligence and machine learning medical device development... Read More

Moss Says U.S. Needs a Digital Market Regulator to Curb Big Tech’s Power
Technology
Moss Says U.S. Needs a Digital Market Regulator to Curb Big Tech’s Power
2021-11-05 18:34:12
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — If the U.S. intends to reel in the power of Big Tech, it should create a digital market regulator that captures all market participants and provides adequate oversight, according to Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute,... Read More

Federal Broadband Deployment Needs to Coordinate With Local Governments
Broadband
Federal Broadband Deployment Needs to Coordinate With Local Governments
2021-10-29 14:29:07
by Victoria Turner

PITTSBURGH — Despite the strides made towards increasing broadband access for all Americans through federal deployment and subsidy programs, 30 million households in the U.S. are still not subscribed to broadband services even when they are available, said Ross Lieberman,... Read More

Tech Innovation ‘Fundamental Foundation’ of Feasibly Solving Climate Crisis
Climate
Tech Innovation ‘Fundamental Foundation’ of Feasibly Solving Climate Crisis
2021-10-15 20:21:27
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The foundations of what could prove to be the next great innovations in climate change prevention technology were laid out and dissected during a Brookings Institution webinar this week. Sanjay Patnaik, director of Brookings Center on Regulation and... Read More

BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities
Technology
BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities
2021-10-13 21:24:59
by Victoria Turner

Social entrepreneurship uses technology to bridge the gap between “cash-strapped” municipalities and local governments, said Gabriella Wong, CEO and founder of AccesSOS, Tuesday.  Wong’s comment came during the Camelback Venture’s Guardian Summit panel discussion where she was joined by two... Read More

FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
Education
FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
2021-09-24 18:19:32
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission is allocating over $1.2 billion in the first round of funding of the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program with the aim of connecting more than 3.6 million students across the U.S., according to a release... Read More

Demystifying Smart Cities: The Tech is Here to Deploy Smart Solutions
Technology
Demystifying Smart Cities: The Tech is Here to Deploy Smart Solutions
2021-09-15 16:10:33
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Cities that have been investing in technology to someday become Smart Cities have been able to react, adapt and meet the digital challenges brought on by the pandemic quicker than those that have not, said Patti Zullo, senior... Read More

Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese
Geopolitics
Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese
2021-08-05 13:31:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that normally would stay behind the closed doors where clandestine issues are discussed. Select Committee on Intelligence leaders revealed that China’s... Read More

Facial Recognition Tech Threatens Human Rights, Needs Oversight
Technology
Facial Recognition Tech Threatens Human Rights, Needs Oversight
2021-07-27 20:00:48
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON -- A new two-part study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based national security think tank, has said that civilian and judicial oversight will be crucial to limiting the potential human rights abuses from government use... Read More

Tech Hubs Can Ignite Economic Growth And Create Inclusion, Speakers Argue
Think Tanks
Tech Hubs Can Ignite Economic Growth And Create Inclusion, Speakers Argue
2021-07-15 13:07:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Legislators want to jolt tech-related economic growth outside of the coastal regions, and according to speakers at a panel event this week, doing so would help ensure American relevance on the global market while lessening some of the inequality... Read More

$10 Million Rewards Bolster White House Anti-Ransomware Bid
Cybersecurity
$10 Million Rewards Bolster White House Anti-Ransomware Bid

BOSTON (AP) — The State Department will offer rewards up to $10 million for information leading to the identification of anyone engaged in foreign state-sanctioned malicious cyber activity against critical U.S. infrastructure — including ransomware attacks — and the White... Read More

Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
Technology
Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
2021-07-12 17:12:25
by Victoria Turner

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms, and should be bolstered by federal and state laws to enforce transparency, accountability and anti-discrimination, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. ... Read More

Pentagon Cancels Disputed JEDI Cloud Contract with Microsoft
Technology
Pentagon Cancels Disputed JEDI Cloud Contract with Microsoft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Tuesday it canceled a disputed cloud-computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion. It will instead pursue a deal with both Microsoft and Amazon and possibly other cloud service providers.... Read More

Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
Future of Work
Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
2021-06-28 15:01:39
by Dan McCue

Programs that teach employees a new skill - whether it's something additional to better perform a current role, or a new set of capabilities to prepare someone for a different role, will be a key component in competing for the... Read More

Semiconductor Shortage a Continuing National Concern
Technology
Semiconductor Shortage a Continuing National Concern
2021-06-25 14:26:07
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — In our increasingly wired life, semiconductors power much of what we do, but only recently did these technical wonders — called chips — start receiving broad interest.  All of a sudden, worries persist not only about whether there... Read More

Bipartisan Antitrust Package Seeks to Rein in Tech Giants
Congress
Bipartisan Antitrust Package Seeks to Rein in Tech Giants
2021-06-11 19:58:30
by Dan McCue

House lawmakers on Friday introduced sweeping antitrust legislation aimed at restraining the power of large tech companies and preventing corporate consolidation across the economy. Introduced by Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck, R-Colo.,... Read More

Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
Technology
Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
2021-06-10 23:36:23
by Victoria Turner

In South Carolina, the state government is matching broadband service providers dollar-for-dollar if they build out networks to the identified unserved areas, said Andrew Rein, chief financial officer of telecommunications provider Hargray, Wednesday. And the need for accurately mapping these... Read More

Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals
Technology
Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote... Read More

Apple’s App Store Goes on Trial in Threat to ‘Walled Garden’
Technology
Apple's App Store Goes on Trial in Threat to 'Walled Garden'

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — On Monday, Apple faces one of its most serious legal threats in recent years: A trial that threatens to upend its iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year... Read More

Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
Congress
Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
2021-04-22 20:11:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill with support in both chambers of Congress aims to bolster the nation’s leadership in scientific and technological innovation through greater investment in research that will translate into new industries and create new high-tech jobs. The... Read More

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