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Amazon Loses in Labor Complaint
Labor
Amazon Loses in Labor Complaint
2021-04-07 13:53:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The National Labor Relations Board’s finding announced this week that online retailer Amazon retaliated unfairly against two of its headquarters staff members is paving the way for a possible lawsuit against the company. The two workers publicly criticized... Read More

A Year of Online Learning: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Education
A Year of Online Learning: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
2021-04-06 19:42:04
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Online education had been on the rise for several years prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic fast-tracked a sudden pivot to emergency remote instruction. Over the past year, more students and faculty experienced and gained confidence in online... Read More

Justices Side With Google in Copyright Fight With Oracle
Supreme Court
Justices Side With Google in Copyright Fight With Oracle
2021-04-05 20:52:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Google in a long running copyright dispute over the software used in Android, the mobile operating system. The court decision was 6-2, as Justice Amy Coney Barrett had not yet been... Read More

Event Looks at Free Expression in the Digital Age
Technology
Event Looks at Free Expression in the Digital Age
2021-03-30 13:33:18
by Victoria Turner

David Freiheit began his presentation at the American Enterprise Institute event on the values and consequences of free expression in the digital age by pointing to the response of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to Amazon’s “snotty tweets.” Warren has repeatedly... Read More

Social Media Platforms’ Self-Regulation Era is Over
Social Media
Social Media Platforms’ Self-Regulation Era is Over
2021-03-25 20:37:23
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., said at a congressional hearing today that as a parent of three school-aged children, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are her “biggest fear.”  After spikes in teenage suicides in her community, everyone she reached... Read More

Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
Weather
Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
2021-03-23 19:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Weather Service has significantly upgraded its longstanding forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards and downpours, as well as day-to-day weather across the U.S. While it is easy to get bogged... Read More

Amazon Jumps Into Health Care With Telemedicine Initiative
Health
Amazon Jumps Into Health Care With Telemedicine Initiative

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amazon is making its first foray into providing health care services, announcing Wednesday that it will be offering its Amazon Care telemedicine program to employers nationwide. Currently available to the company's employees in Washington state,... Read More

FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security
Technology
FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security
2021-03-12 18:36:55
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Five Chinese companies are producing telecommunications equipment and services that pose "an unacceptable risk" to national security and the security and safety of U.S. citizens, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday. The companies include Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE... Read More

House, Senate Democrats Say Time Has Come for Internet for All
Congress
House, Senate Democrats Say Time Has Come for Internet for All
2021-03-12 14:49:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats assembled at the U.S. Capitol Thursday to unveil a new $94 billion proposal to make broadband internet more accessible and affordable nationwide, striking a blow at the digital inequalities that have become all-too-apparent during... Read More

Agencies Need More Resources to Face Big Tech
Technology
Agencies Need More Resources to Face Big Tech
2021-03-11 21:23:38
by Victoria Turner

If the U.S. government does not provide more funding for federal antitrust agencies to contend with Big Tech giants like Facebook and Google, it risks the future U.S. economy and the “way of life it supports,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar,... Read More

‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
Telecom
‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
2021-03-03 15:36:50
by Victoria Turner

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will continue its “zero trust” approach, which assumes any hardware or software technology cannot be trusted, when it comes to grappling with issues surrounding artificial intelligence, according to the agency’s top official today.  “AI... Read More

Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
Social Media
Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
2021-03-02 21:29:26
by Sara Wilkerson

CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday put off approval of a proposed $92 million class-action settlement by the social media app TikTok, wanting to give attorneys at least 21 days to address his questions about the proposal. U.S. District... Read More

Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
Geopolitics
Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
2021-03-01 19:23:04
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A Trump-era regulation allowing the Department of Commerce to block technology-related business transactions determined to be national security threats will remain in place, against the wishes of some of the country's business stakeholders. The rule, scheduled to take... Read More

Building a T-12 Alliance of Techno-Democracies
In The News
Building a T-12 Alliance of Techno-Democracies
2021-03-01 18:49:05
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As Beijing accelerates its plan to dominate in key information technology industries, U.S. policy experts are making the case for a new global governance body to curb the influence of techno-autocracies and create a like-minded alliance of techno-democracies... Read More

Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
Antitrust
Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
2021-02-26 15:02:10
by Victoria Turner

Congress needs to create mandates to curb the abusive power exerted by a handful of online platforms, according to all six witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. During the hearing, members of a House Judiciary subcommittee grappled with... Read More

Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
Telecom
Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
2021-02-24 19:21:34
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Any policy aiming to truly address the nation’s broadband access crisis must be accompanied by robust federal funding to ensure these efforts are sustainable, according to one of the country’s top telecom executives. Speaking at the AT&T Policy... Read More

Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
Antitrust
Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
2021-02-23 22:07:55
by Victoria Turner

Four panelists warned today that proposed legislative reforms for more aggressive antitrust enforcement in Big Tech would likely spill over across all industries, hindering innovation and harming consumers. Strengthening the antitrust laws - federal and state statutes that restrict the... Read More

FCC Needs to Act in Advancing 5G
Technology
FCC Needs to Act in Advancing 5G
2021-02-23 21:15:02
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In the near future, cellular networks, particularly in advancing 5G, need to evolve away from their previously hardware-driven functions and become more virtual or software-based, the acting head of the Federal Communications Commissions believes. To advance those beliefs,... Read More

Massive Breach Fuels Calls for US Action on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
Massive Breach Fuels Calls for US Action on Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jolted by a sweeping hack that may have revealed government and corporate secrets to Russia, U.S. officials are scrambling to reinforce the nation's cyber defenses and recognizing that an agency created two years ago to protect America's... Read More

Permanent Solutions Needed to Close Digital Divide
Technology
Permanent Solutions Needed to Close Digital Divide
2021-02-18 14:49:34
by Victoria Turner

Substantial federal help is needed to assure affordable broadband access to disadvantaged communities, according to Wednesday’s witnesses before the House Commerce and Energy Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The virtual hearing, entitled “Connecting America: Broadband Solutions to the Pandemic... Read More

FCC Establishes Broadband Data Task Force
Technology
FCC Establishes Broadband Data Task Force
2021-02-17 17:03:45
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday established a task force to implement long-overdue improvements to the agency's broadband and mapping tool. Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel also named Jean Kiddoo as chair of the new Broadband Data Task... Read More

Comcast‌ ‌Announces‌ ‌Plans‌ ‌to‌ ‌‘Accelerate’‌ ‌Digital‌ ‌Equity‌ ‌Efforts‌ ‌
Business
Comcast‌ ‌Announces‌ ‌Plans‌ ‌to‌ ‌‘Accelerate’‌ ‌Digital‌ ‌Equity‌ ‌Efforts‌ ‌
2021-02-08 17:10:37
by Reece Nations

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast announced the company would escalate its commitment to address digital equity by closing the digital divide through addressing digital literacy and the homework gap. Since 2011, Comcast has facilitated the largest low-cost Internet adoption program for low-income... Read More

Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
Technology
Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
2021-01-29 14:27:56
by Victoria Turner

Big Tech is only “growing stronger” due to the pandemic and federal antitrust agencies need to “get serious about enforcement in the tech sector,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during this week’s State of the Net Conference. “We need that... Read More

CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
Cybersecurity
CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
2021-01-28 15:01:08
by Victoria Turner

Recent cyberattacks on U.S. federal systems point to the need to make the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency the "centralizing authority system" for the nation, said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., during a fireside chat at the State of Net Conference. That... Read More

Former Trump White House Official Optimistic Biden Will Continue Tech Modernization
Technology
Former Trump White House Official Optimistic Biden Will Continue Tech Modernization
2021-01-27 14:56:50
by Victoria Turner

Efforts to modernize the federal government's use of technology have long enjoyed "enthusiastic bipartisan support" that is likely to continue during Joe Biden's presidency, said Matt Lira, who was special assistant to the president on innovation policy during the Trump... Read More

Online Misinformation Obstacle to Effective COVID-19 Response, Eshoo Says
Technology
Online Misinformation Obstacle to Effective COVID-19 Response, Eshoo Says
2021-01-26 20:32:15
by Victoria Turner

Public health agencies need to implement a more strategic, unified approach in communicating public health information online on the novel coronavirus and social platforms should “amplify” it, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., kicking off the 17th Annual State of the... Read More

Google Workers Form New Labor Union, a Tech Industry Rarity
Labor
Google Workers Form New Labor Union, a Tech Industry Rarity

A group of Google engineers and other workers announced Monday they have formed a union, creating a rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry. About 225 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet are the first... Read More

Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
Technology
Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
2020-12-28 19:41:12
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Incoming members of the White House Office of Digital Strategy were announced Monday in a press release from the Biden-Harris transition team.  In the release, the Biden-Harris transition described the incoming members as “diverse, accomplished, and talented individuals”... Read More

New Report Reveals Massive Company Migration to Cloud Services
Business
New Report Reveals Massive Company Migration to Cloud Services
2020-12-18 19:47:38
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from Information Services Group, a leading global technology research and advisory firm, reveals that cloud-based information-technology use increased dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced companies to transition to work-at-home environments. Cloud providers like... Read More

Clayton’s SEC Sets Up Cryptocurrency Firms to Fail
Opinions
Clayton’s SEC Sets Up Cryptocurrency Firms to Fail

Cryptocurrency may still seem like a strange, foreign concept in many American households – but the technology has reached the point where it is entering the everyday economy. The price of Bitcoin has hit a record-high, G7 officials are pushing... Read More

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