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Facebook Official Defends Deepfake Policy Before House Panel
Social Media
Facebook Official Defends Deepfake Policy Before House Panel
2020-01-09 19:44:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A Facebook official told a House panel on Wednesday that the social media giant is “working proactively to remove harmful content,” but critics maintained the company has a “trust problem” that warrants greater government scrutiny. The showdown between... Read More

US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman
In The News
US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived... Read More

What Will US Do to Combat ‘Deepfakes’ Ahead of 2020 Election?
Technology
What Will US Do to Combat ‘Deepfakes’ Ahead of 2020 Election?

WASHINGTON — Imagine a scenario where, on the eve of next year’s presidential election, the Democratic nominee appears in a video where he or she endorses President Donald Trump. Now, imagine it the other way around. Or that both endorse... Read More

House Votes Overwhelmingly to Put the Kibosh on Robocalls
Privacy
House Votes Overwhelmingly to Put the Kibosh on Robocalls
2019-12-09 18:30:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House last week voted overwhelming to advance a bill designed to tamp down on robocalls by increasing the fines on those who make them and requiring phone companies to play a more active role in stopping them.... Read More

Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says
Cybersecurity
Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unveiled criminal charges and sanctions against members of a hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp, which authorities blame for some of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade. The Justice... Read More

Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama
State News
Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Secretary of State’s office was the subject of a thwarted foreign cyberattack on Election Day. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that the so-called “SQL injection” attack was detected by the state’s internal... Read More

House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure
Technology
House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure
2019-11-22 23:43:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Energy and Commerce Committee this week advanced Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s plan to protect 5G and next-generation wireless communications systems and mobile infrastructure in Central Virginia and across the United States.  The Committee’s passage of the Virginia... Read More

Google, Facebook at Center of Escalating Political-Ad Tension
Social Media
Google, Facebook at Center of Escalating Political-Ad Tension

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. and Google were drawn into an escalating battle of wills Wednesday over the use of political advertising on social media. Trump campaign officials pressured Facebook to maintain its permissive political advertising rules, while Alphabet Inc.’s... Read More

Supreme Court Steps Into Google-Oracle Copyright Fight
Social Media
Supreme Court Steps Into Google-Oracle Copyright Fight
2019-11-18 20:20:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide a long-running copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google. The case stems from Google’s development of its hugely popular Android operating system by using Oracle’s Java programming language. Oracle claims... Read More

‘Hidden Figures’ to Receive Congressional Gold Medals
Science
‘Hidden Figures’ to Receive Congressional Gold Medals

Four historic “hidden figures” from NASA Langley Research Center will receive Congressional Gold Medals for their pioneering work during the space race and beyond. A bipartisan bill recognizing Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson for their groundbreaking... Read More

Zuckerberg Threatened With Facebook Breakup
Congress
Zuckerberg Threatened With Facebook Breakup

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a threat to break up his company as a congressional hearing opened on the social media giant’s proposal to establish a cryptocurrency, Libra. The cryptocurrency proposal drew scrutiny due to Facebook Inc.’s enormous... Read More

Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says
Cybersecurity
Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says

WASHINGTON — A Russia-linked group is believed to have utilized Iranian tools to conduct cyber attacks against dozens of countries, in an apparent effort to mask their identities, according to joint advisories by the U.S. and the U.K. The group,... Read More

Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
Congress
Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
2019-10-23 00:47:35
by Sean Trambley

With what seems like an annual tradition, consumers flip on their TV to catch a playoff game or some other “must see TV” program only to find the station blacked out in the pay TV provider’s lineup because the provider... Read More

Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP
Opinions
Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP

Intellectual property policies could get a major court test this year as a real estate services company appeals a massive $706 million judgment that it stole trade secrets from a San Francisco-headquartered REtech company. At the dispute’s onset, the jury... Read More

Facebook Identifies Iranian, Russian Foreign Influence Campaigns
2020 Elections
Facebook Identifies Iranian, Russian Foreign Influence Campaigns

NEW YORK — Facebook Inc. discovered four separate misinformation networks — three tied to Iran and one to Russia — that the social network said it shut down as part of an ongoing effort to counter “foreign influence campaigns.” Facebook... Read More

France Accuses Google of Flouting EU Copyright Law Meant to Help News Publishers
Technology
France Accuses Google of Flouting EU Copyright Law Meant to Help News Publishers

France has accused American internet giant Google of ignoring “the spirit and the letter” of a Europe-wide copyright law aimed at giving publishers a bigger cut of the economic benefit from online news. French President Emmanuel Macron and the country’s... Read More

Zuckerberg Defends Facebook's 'Free Expression' Policy in Wake of False Trump Campaign Ads
Social Media
Zuckerberg Defends Facebook's 'Free Expression' Policy in Wake of False Trump Campaign Ads
2019-10-18 14:47:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Mark Zuckerberg allowed himself only a brief smile Thursday afternoon as he approached the podium awaiting him on stage in Georgetown University's Gaston Hall. After weeks of criticism over Facebook's decision not to moderate political speech or fact-check... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
Technology
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
2019-10-15 20:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed a pair of bills and a resolution Tuesday that they believe will keep the U.S. at the forefront of technology and artificial intelligence development. Coalition chair Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., vice chair Rep.... Read More

Defense Intel Agency Employee Accused of Leaking Secrets to Journo Girlfriend
Law
Defense Intel Agency Employee Accused of Leaking Secrets to Journo Girlfriend
2019-10-09 21:27:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Defense Intelligence Agency employee from Alexandria, Virginia was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly leaking classified information to his journalist girlfriend and a second journalist. Henry Kyle Frese, who is identified in court documents as a counterterrorism analyst,... Read More

Hackers Backed By Iran Targeted Presidential Campaign, Microsoft Says
2020 Elections
Hackers Backed By Iran Targeted Presidential Campaign, Microsoft Says
2019-10-04 18:23:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Hackers backed by the Iranian government have been targeting the email accounts of at least one presidential campaign, current and former federal government officials and journalists covering political campaigns, Microsoft revealed Friday. In a blog post on its... Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Claw Back of Net Neutrality Rules, With Caveat
Technology
Appeals Court Upholds Claw Back of Net Neutrality Rules, With Caveat
2019-10-01 18:27:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued a mixed ruling on the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 repeal of so-called net neutrality, allowing the claw back to stand while striking down a provision blocking states from adopting... Read More

Elon Musk Plans For SpaceX Starship Orbital Launch in 6 Months
Business
Elon Musk Plans For SpaceX Starship Orbital Launch in 6 Months

ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave an update on the progress of the company’s next-generation space vehicle, Starship, with plans to get an orbital test launch within six months and people on board within a year. In a... Read More

Fight Over Utility Poles for 5G Brewing in Upstate New York
Technology
Fight Over Utility Poles for 5G Brewing in Upstate New York

A legal battle brewing in upstate New York over the use of municipal utility poles could have nationwide repercussions as private telecom companies seeking to build fifth-generation wireless networks contend with city governments that say they aren’t being fairly compensated.... Read More

Calif. Governor to Announce Plans for Satellite to Track Climate Change
State News
Calif. Governor to Announce Plans for Satellite to Track Climate Change

NEW YORK — Former California Gov. Jerry Brown famously said last year that California would launch its “own damn satellite” to track climate change in defiance of the Trump administration. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce a new approach... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
Climate
New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
2019-09-19 12:43:50
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands" and further their belief the U.S. is best positioned to be... Read More

Murphy Tells Election Symposium More, Not Less Transparency Needed to Safeguard The Vote
Elections
Murphy Tells Election Symposium More, Not Less Transparency Needed to Safeguard The Vote
2019-09-17 21:36:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. told attendees at an election security forum Tuesday that tech platforms have become "battlefields" in a "bloodless conflict" and that winning requires arming voters with in-depth knowledge of the threat they face. "We need... Read More

House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
Technology
House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
2019-09-11 23:48:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A far-reaching broadband connectivity should not be dictated by the location of a home or business, but rather should foster economic growth and sustainable communities by being equally accessible by all. That was the overarching message delivered to... Read More

State Attorneys General Launch Antitrust Probe of Google
Technology
State Attorneys General Launch Antitrust Probe of Google
2019-09-09 23:47:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Fifty attorneys general launched an antitrust investigation into Google Monday, announcing their effort on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the bipartisan coalition, said Monday the probe will... Read More

States Expected to Announce Antitrust Probe of Google Next Week
State News
States Expected to Announce Antitrust Probe of Google Next Week

WASHINGTON — More than half of state attorneys general are planning to open an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc.’s Google next week, according to two people familiar with the matter. Multiple states are planning to announce the coordinated probe on... Read More

US Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation
In The News
US Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation

LONDON — Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the... Read More

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