Technology

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

Vaccine Credentials Are Going Digital But With Challenges
Health
Vaccine Credentials Are Going Digital But With Challenges
2021-06-09 18:53:43
by Alexa Hornbeck

Over half of adult Americans have now had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the Biden administration is working with private companies to soon offer digital vaccine credentials from a mobile device, which would allow Americans to... Read More

Lawmakers Seek to Build, Diversify STEM Workforce
Technology
Lawmakers Seek to Build, Diversify STEM Workforce
2021-06-09 17:40:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

Zharia Akeem, 19-year-old student at Tufts University, said that after being accepted into its Bridge to Engineering Success program she saw a need to help and bridge the gap between engineering research and minority communities.  “I am the only person... Read More

Ohio AG Yost Sues Google
In The States
Ohio AG Yost Sues Google
2021-06-09 17:16:55
by Victoria Turner

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Congress continues to grapple with whether high-speed internet should be considered essential infrastructure, as important as water and electricity, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost took an unprecedented step against Alphabet's Google yesterday. In what the AG's... Read More

Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
Technology
Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
2021-06-09 17:10:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - In another step to further cement a democratic "digital economy" as opposed to "authoritarian controls and interests" like those of China, President Bident signed an executive order today to tackle the national security risks in the U.S.' information... Read More

Journalists Demanding More Action Against Online Harassment
Media
Journalists Demanding More Action Against Online Harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press' recent firing of a young reporter for what she said on Twitter has somewhat unexpectedly turned company and industry attention to the flip side of social media engagement — the online abuse that... 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

Sting: FBI-run Messaging App Tricks Organized Crime
Law Enforcement
Sting: FBI-run Messaging App Tricks Organized Crime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a messaging app secretly run by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled a global sting operation they said... Read More

Global Glitch: Swaths of Internet Go Down After Cloud Outage
Technology
Global Glitch: Swaths of Internet Go Down After Cloud Outage

LONDON (AP) — Multiple websites went offline briefly across the globe Tuesday after an outage at the cloud service company Fastly, revealing how critical a handful of companies running the internet's plumbing have become.  Dozens of sites including the New... Read More

Supreme Court Limits Prosecutions for Unauthorized Computer Use
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Limits Prosecutions for Unauthorized Computer Use
2021-06-07 13:45:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday makes it harder to impose liability on workers who use their employers’ computers for unauthorized purposes. The ruling restricts the Justice Department's authority to prosecute unauthorized computer use under the 1986 Computer... Read More

France Fines Google $268M for Unfair Online Ads Treatment
Technology
France Fines Google $268M for Unfair Online Ads Treatment

PARIS (AP) — France's anti-competition watchdog decided Monday to fine Google 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its "dominant position" in the online advertising business, an unprecedented move, the body said. Practices used by Google "are particularly serious because... Read More

Kilmer Applauds Funding to Expand Broadband to Tribal Land
Technology
Kilmer Applauds Funding to Expand Broadband to Tribal Land
2021-06-04 17:47:07
by TWN Staff

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D- Wash., on Thursday cheered word that the Biden administration is allocating nearly $1 billion for grants to expand broadband access on tribal lands. The anouncement of the funding was made by Vice President Kamala Harris, Commerce... Read More

US Government Prepares Strategy to Respond to Ransomware Attacks
Cybercrime
US Government Prepares Strategy to Respond to Ransomware Attacks
2021-06-04 14:00:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration and members of Congress are pledging a tough response to the mounting devastation of cyberattacks as the risk of a bigger confrontation with Russia grows. On Wednesday, a White House spokesperson spelled out the U.S.... Read More

Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
Telecom
Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
2021-06-03 19:53:25
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission must be more “forward-looking” as the agency thinks of spending billions on high-speed broadband deployment, said Austin Bonner, wireline legal advisor for FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, at a Federal Communications Bar Association lunch-and-learn event Wednesday. In... Read More

Michigan Creates High Speed Internet Office
In The States
Michigan Creates High Speed Internet Office
2021-06-03 13:22:34
by TWN Staff

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the state's first high-speed internet office. The new office will coordinate and advance the state’s efforts to ensure that every home and business in Michigan has access to an affordable, reliable high-speed connection that... Read More

Battery-Powered Device Helps Neutralize Bug Bites
Technology
Battery-Powered Device Helps Neutralize Bug Bites
2021-06-02 21:58:13
by Alexa Hornbeck

Bite Helper is a battery-powered, wand-like device capable of neutralizing itches from bug bites through thermal-pulse technology which delivers concentrated heat and vibration to a specific area where someone has been bitten by an insect.  The device increases circulation, blood,... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Launches Broadband Task Force
Technology
NewDEAL Forum Launches Broadband Task Force
2021-06-01 20:20:27
by TWN Staff

The NewDEAL Forum launched a Broadband Task Force on Tuesday to identify major obstacles limiting access to high-speed internet, develop state and local solutions, and advocate for a strong federal-state-local partnership. Chaired by Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Florida State Sen. Loranne Ausley,... Read More

Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study
Social Media
Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study
2021-05-26 20:32:10
by Reece Nations

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an economic analysis of the company’s solar and wind projects that support its data centers across the nation, Facebook iterated its adherence to broader sustainability initiatives.  As of last year, Facebook’s fleet of energy-intensive data... Read More

Study Finds Smartwatch Data Able to Predict Blood Test Results
Technology
Study Finds Smartwatch Data Able to Predict Blood Test Results
2021-05-25 19:03:43
by Alexa Hornbeck

Researchers from Stanford University published the results of a study Monday which found smartwatches can signal physiological changes, such as a change in red blood cell count, as well as early signs of dehydration, anemia and illness.  The study is... Read More

Judge Digs Into Apple App Store Policies as Epic Trial Ends
Technology
Judge Digs Into Apple App Store Policies as Epic Trial Ends

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The judge who will decide a case challenging Apple's stranglehold on its iPhone app store indicated on Monday she would like to promote more competition but without dismantling a commission system that reaps billions of... Read More

New Coalition Urges Permanent Broadband Solutions
Technology
New Coalition Urges Permanent Broadband Solutions
2021-05-21 14:43:25
by Victoria Turner

As talks resumed between the White House and GOP lawmakers on Friday over President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, a new coalition announced its intention to push hard for a key element of the plan -- expanding broadband access... Read More

AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing
Telecom
AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing
2021-05-21 13:29:37
by Victoria Turner

Telecom giant AT&T may expect smooth sailing through the federal review of its deal spinning off WarnerMedia to Discovery, but four antitrust experts disagree that it is such a clear-cut case. And the deal is likely to get scrutinized by... Read More

Funds Increase for COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Health
Funds Increase for COVID-19 Telehealth Program
2021-05-19 19:41:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed applications for health care providers to apply for a second round of funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. “For over a year, health care providers have fought on the front lines of this pandemic... Read More

Pandemic Makes the Case for Fiber Optics in Broadband Deployment, Witnesses Say
Telecom
Pandemic Makes the Case for Fiber Optics in Broadband Deployment, Witnesses Say
2021-05-19 14:27:33
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Before the pandemic, a rural community’s public library in Vermont always saw its parking lot full on Sundays, even though it was closed. The parking lot was filled to the brim with school children finishing their classwork or... Read More

NSCAI Urges Creation of US Digital Service Academy, Digital Reserve Corps
Technology
NSCAI Urges Creation of US Digital Service Academy, Digital Reserve Corps
2021-05-18 13:09:03
by Victoria Turner

China wants to lead the world’s artificial intelligence by 2030 and Russian President Vladimir Putin has said whoever does become the AI leader “will rule the world,” according to Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, yesterday. And the US “cannot sit idly... Read More

FDA Readies to Regulate AI and Machine Learning in Medical Devices
Technology
FDA Readies to Regulate AI and Machine Learning in Medical Devices
2021-05-17 17:36:01
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set its sights on the issue of artificial intelligence and machine learning in medical devices. Experts now say that the agency will need to open up a specific regulatory pathway for these devices... Read More

Employee Input Critical for Digital Workplace Success
Employment
Employee Input Critical for Digital Workplace Success
2021-05-14 19:00:08
by Victoria Turner

The transition to remote work this past year happened a lot more quickly than many expected, which suggests organizations were “already working in a digital environment, we just had not realized it,” said Tatyana Mamut, senior vice president of new... Read More

Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
Education
Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
2021-05-12 20:57:57
by Victoria Turner

Amanda Schermerhorn recently majored in political science at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. During the pandemic, she often had to use her Detroit Lakes campus free wi-fi from her car in the parking lot, along with other students, just... Read More

Biden Says Colonial Pipeline Attack Tied to Russian Ransomware Hackers
Cybercrime
Biden Says Colonial Pipeline Attack Tied to Russian Ransomware Hackers
2021-05-11 15:17:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The ongoing energy crisis created by a Russian gang’s ransomware attack late last week led the Biden administration to announce a multi-pronged strategy for confronting it on Monday. While President Biden declared an emergency, Colonial Pipeline officials said... Read More

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