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Can’t Decipher Trump-speak? Meet Margaret, the Computer Bot
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Can’t Decipher Trump-speak? Meet Margaret, the Computer Bot

WASHINGTON — Bill Frischling’s moment of inspiration came three years ago, when Margaret, his artificial intelligence bot, tried to transcribe a 127-word section of a speech by President Donald Trump. The passage, ostensibly commemorating a World War II battle, careened... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
2020-05-07 13:41:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus will hold what it is billing as its first "Virtual Congress" to debate the inclusion of state and local government funding in the next coronavirus relief package. The caucus says 24... Read More

Black Robes or Bathrobes? Virus Alters High Court Traditions
Supreme Court
Black Robes or Bathrobes? Virus Alters High Court Traditions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is forcing big changes at the tradition-bound Supreme Court. Beginning this coming week, the justices will hear arguments by telephone for the first time since Alexander Graham Bell patented his invention in 1876. Audio of the... Read More

Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
Business
Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
2020-05-01 16:44:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee on Friday asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to testify after both Republicans and Democrats on the panel expressed concerns his deputies may have lied to Congress. The letter, which is signed by four Democrats... Read More

NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
Science
NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
2020-04-30 19:58:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NASA awarded contracts to three companies on Thursday to design and develop human landing systems, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024 as part of the... Read More

Lawmakers Warn Contact-Tracing is Ripe for Abusive Surveillance
Civil Rights
Lawmakers Warn Contact-Tracing is Ripe for Abusive Surveillance

WASHINGTON — It is a big promise from Silicon Valley to a nation looking for ways to be freed from home confinement: Smartphones could discreetly detect those who may have COVID-19 and nudge them to quarantine, blunting renewed outbreaks as... Read More

White Supremacist Web Searches Grow in Pandemic
Technology
White Supremacist Web Searches Grow in Pandemic

As Americans are staying home to stem the spread of the coronavirus, online searches for white supremacist content have increased, according to a London-based company that uses technology to disrupt violent extremism. In states that have had local stay-at-home orders... Read More

Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress
Congress
Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress

WASHINGTON — Ahead of a week where voting logistics could be tested in real time, a dozen organizations are urging Congress to enable remote deliberations for House floor and committee action and for Congress to invest in its own technology... Read More

Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
Technology
Attorney General Says Justice Department Can Shoot Down 'Threatening' Drones
2020-04-20 14:00:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general issued a guidance this week that authorizes the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Prisons and other Justice Department agencies to intercept communications from threatening drones or destroy them without prior consent. The policy... Read More

Problem Solvers Suggest Measures to Keep Government Working In a Crisis
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Problem Solvers Suggest Measures to Keep Government Working In a Crisis
2020-04-14 13:20:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus is urging the House leadership to seize opportunity from a grave national crisis and adopt new policies ensuring members can carry out their obligations to debate and vote on legislation even if they... Read More

Streaming Service Quibi Off to Strong Start, Topping Disney+ and Netflix in Downloads
Technology
Streaming Service Quibi Off to Strong Start, Topping Disney+ and Netflix in Downloads

MILLBRAE, Calif. — Quibi, the new Hollywood streaming service, had a promising launch on Monday, with a surge of downloads catapulting it to become one of the most popular entertainment apps, according to San Francisco app analytics firm App Annie.... Read More

Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
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Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
2020-04-03 13:36:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "Surreal" is the first word Shaun Thompson uses to describe what's happened to his business since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. just over a month ago. Tele-Town Hall was founded in 2006 with a single... Read More

Could Artificial Intelligence Have Been Used to Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?
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Could Artificial Intelligence Have Been Used to Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?
2020-03-31 21:20:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The United States’ former chief technology officer and a top regulatory policy official from Johnson & Johnson spoke at a Bipartisan Policy Center virtual briefing Tuesday morning about how artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to predict or... Read More

Space Force Set for First Launch Thursday
Military
Space Force Set for First Launch Thursday

ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Space Force is moving ahead with a crucial national security launch Thursday that remains on track, even as installations around the country move to telework due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess, the... Read More

FCC Expands Telecoms' Spectrum Access to Bolster Wireless Capacity During Pandemic
Telecom
FCC Expands Telecoms' Spectrum Access to Bolster Wireless Capacity During Pandemic
2020-03-24 13:00:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted requests from AT&T and Verizon to use additional spectrum to help meet escalating wireless demand during the coronavirus outbreak. AT&T has been granted authority to operate in the AWS-4... Read More

FCC Commissioners Debate Upcoming 5G Digital Divide
Technology
FCC Commissioners Debate Upcoming 5G Digital Divide
2020-03-18 15:54:12
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Federal Communications Commissioners spoke about the nation’s race to 5G at a New America Open Technology Institute discussion held virtually on Tuesday afternoon. Panelists offered thoughts on heading off a 5G digital divide with affordable connectivity for all.... Read More

How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics
Technology
How Fake Audio, Such as Deepfakes, Could Plague Business, Politics

WASHINGTON — Fake voices generated by artificial intelligence tools may be the next frontier in scams that could trick companies into forking over cash or fool voters into believing a politician said something he or she didn’t. Computer-synthesized voices are... Read More

As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States
Privacy
As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. technology companies are shifting their focus to state capitals to shape emerging data privacy laws as progress on a federal bill has slowed. Trade groups representing consumer-oriented technology companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, as... Read More

Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
Technology
Counties Seek Protection of Local Decisions on Fed Autonomous Vehicles Rules
2020-02-20 18:25:03
by Dan McCue

As Congressional lawmakers close in on finalizing a bipartisan, comprehensive bill governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, the nation's county governments are reminding them not to forget to leave room for local decision-making. In a blog post published... Read More

Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’
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Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’

LONDON — Julian Assange’s lawyers told a London court that they will provide evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump was prepared to offer the WikiLeaks founder a pardon if he “played ball” about leaks of Democratic National Committee emails. At... Read More

Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth
Employment
Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth
2020-02-19 19:21:02
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump's tariff war with China significantly restricted the growth of the nation's solar energy workforce last year, an industry analysis shows. According to a report released Wednesday by The Solar Energy Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to... Read More

US Considering New Wave of China Tech Restrictions
Geopolitics
US Considering New Wave of China Tech Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering new restrictions on exports of cutting-edge technology to China in a push aimed at limiting Chinese progress in developing its own passenger jets and clamping down further on tech giant Huawei’s access to... Read More

House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
Cybersecurity
House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
2020-02-11 18:42:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Seven House members have come together in a bipartisan effort to help state and local governments address cybersecurity weaknesses in their networks. The lawmakers engaged in the effort are Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., John Katko, R-N.Y., Derek Kilmer,... Read More

Majority of Election Sites in Battleground States Lack Validation, McAfee Finds
2020 Elections
Majority of Election Sites in Battleground States Lack Validation, McAfee Finds

WASHINGTON — A vast majority of election-related websites operated by local governments in battleground states lack a key feature that would help distinguish them from those run by commercial entities or criminal hackers — a site that ends in .gov... Read More

Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
Technology
Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
2020-01-30 21:09:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Google’s former chief executive officer told Congress Wednesday the United States would lose its lead in artificial intelligence technology to China in less than a decade unless the federal government creates incentives for new research and development. “In... Read More

US Justice Department Going After Robocallers
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US Justice Department Going After Robocallers

They are the scourge of telephone solicitors, and federal authorities are going after robocallers in a big way, launching landmark lawsuits against five companies and three people behind hundreds of millions of annoying interruptions. Not only are the calls viewed... Read More

Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
Geopolitics
Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
2020-01-23 15:56:34
by Dan McCue

The United States and France agreed Thursday to proceed with talks that could result in a global rewrite of cross-border tax rules for the digital era. The agreement to temporarily set aside a brewing tariff war over France’s digital tax... Read More

National Security Agency Discovers Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows
Technology
National Security Agency Discovers Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows

SEATTLE — The National Security Agency announced that it had found a “critical vulnerability” in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating systems that could enable cyber intrusions. The NSA recognized “the severity of the vulnerability” and disclosed it to Microsoft to expedite... Read More

New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
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New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
2020-01-13 16:57:20
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week declared the burgeoning space industry is one of her nine economic growth sectors for the state. “New Mexico is truly breaking barriers in the space industry,” the governor said as she opened... Read More

Trump’s Data Operation is Targeting Women Voters Amid Warning Signs
2020 Elections
Trump’s Data Operation is Targeting Women Voters Amid Warning Signs

WASHINGTON — Republican campaign officials are deploying targeted marketing techniques to identify where undecided female voters will have the greatest impact in the 2020 election, amid warning signs that parts of the crucial bloc are abandoning the president. President Donald... Read More

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