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Gen Z News Habits and Tech Tools Take Center Stage at Italian Embassy Event
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Gen Z News Habits and Tech Tools Take Center Stage at Italian Embassy Event
2022-11-30 17:08:34
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — A multigenerational audience joined Mariangela Zappia, ambassador of Italy to the United States, at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night for a discussion of Gen Z news and social media trends. “They only know a... Read More

Technology
DC Considers Wide-Ranging Anti-Discrimination Data Law
2022-09-27 17:29:12
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilman Robert White heard nearly seven hours of wide-ranging testimony about the proposed Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act last week. The proposed law would prohibit a wide range of businesses across the district from using algorithms to... Read More

Privacy
California’s New Law Protects Teenagers Online
2022-09-12 19:33:25
by Madeline Hughes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — All children under 18 need to be protected on the internet, according to California lawmakers, who recently approved a new law that would extend online data protections to all children. They sent the bill, the California Age-Appropriate... Read More

Technology
Bringing Innovation Culture to Government Agencies
2022-07-22 20:31:28
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The technology to help improve government functions is at the ready, but there is still a culture shift needed to capture the full capability digitization can bring to the federal government, policy experts discussed Thursday during a virtual... Read More

Privacy
Privacy Advocates Divided on Potential Legislation
2022-07-22 20:19:59
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Data privacy is getting its turn in the spotlight this week as the bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with wide agreement in a 53-2 vote. “It’s the... Read More

Manufacturing
Copper Shortage Could Stymie Net-Zero Energy Goals
2022-07-22 14:45:46
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — A shortage of one essential material could curtail America’s transition to new sources of clean energy according to a new report from S&P Global. The world’s copper supply is unlikely to be able to meet demand for all... Read More

Technology
House Majority Leader Unveils Updated Dome Directory App
2022-07-01 14:57:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has long been an advocate for using technology to help Congress work better and with more transparency for its members’ constituents. In 2015, for instance, it was Hoyer, with help from his... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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