Technology

Interior Department to Convene Summit to Improve Tribal Broadband Access
Rural
Interior Department to Convene Summit to Improve Tribal Broadband Access
2019-08-29 21:15:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Education Department and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will host the first-ever National Tribal Broadband Summit, Sept. 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C. According to the Federal... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?
Litigation
Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?

ATLANTA — In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the “Dark Overlord” hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients. The Athens Orthopedic Clinic... Read More

South Carolina Moves to New Voting System
Voting
South Carolina Moves to New Voting System
2019-08-20 18:56:44
by Dan McCue

South Carolina will implement a $52 million upgrade of its voting system this fall, deploying a paper-based voting system in time for a special legislative election on Oct. 1 and municipal elections scheduled four weeks later. Until now, South Carolina... Read More

Facial Recognition Software Prompts Privacy, Racism Concerns in Cities and States
Technology
Facial Recognition Software Prompts Privacy, Racism Concerns in Cities and States

WASHINGTON — Fabian Rogers was none too pleased when the landlord of his rent-stabilized Brooklyn high-rise announced plans to swap out key fobs for a facial recognition system. He had so many questions: What happened if he didn’t comply? Would... Read More

States Battle Big Tech Over Data Privacy Laws
Technology
States Battle Big Tech Over Data Privacy Laws

WASHINGTON — Discomfort over the collection and sale of personal data led to a flurry of consumer data privacy bills in 2019, as state legislatures vied to follow California’s lead in giving users more control of personal information. But the... Read More

Select Committee Unanimously Endorses Proposals to Improve Life on Capitol Hill
Technology
Select Committee Unanimously Endorses Proposals to Improve Life on Capitol Hill
2019-08-02 19:52:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Before leaving Washington to work in their home districts, members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously endorsed a second round of bipartisan proposals to improve life on Capitol Hill. “This committee is committed... Read More

Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
Climate
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

A Tech-Driven Approach to End Hunger and Food Waste
Opinions
A Tech-Driven Approach to End Hunger and Food Waste
2019-07-30 18:49:27
by Leah Lizarondo

Nearly each day reports chronicle the catastrophic ramifications of climate change, as well as the effects of poverty and hunger on growing children. The National Institutes of Health just released a study explaining that eating an unprocessed diet triggers an... Read More

Equifax Agrees to $700 Million Settlement After Huge Hacking Incident Hit Consumers
In The News
Equifax Agrees to $700 Million Settlement After Huge Hacking Incident Hit Consumers
2019-07-23 14:00:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Credit reporting giant Equifax Inc. signed a settlement Monday in which it agreed to pay as much as $700 million to resolve government and consumer complaints resulting from a data breach that exposed the personal financial information of... Read More

Foundation Commits $50 Million to Study How Social Media, Tech Impacts Democracy
In The News
Foundation Commits $50 Million to Study How Social Media, Tech Impacts Democracy
2019-07-22 20:34:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Monday it is committing $50 million for research to better understand how social media and technology are impacting democracy. The nonprofit foundation, which focuses on journalism and fostering "informed... Read More

Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts
State News
Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday that 13 officers would be fired for making racist or offensive Facebook posts, an unprecedented wave of terminations resulting from a scandal that has attracted national attention. Speaking alongside Mayor Jim... Read More

FEC Rules Campaigns Can Get Discounts on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
FEC Rules Campaigns Can Get Discounts on Cybersecurity
2019-07-12 19:35:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that federal candidates and political committees can accept low-cost cybersecurity services from a Silicon Valley security company so long as the firm continues to offer the same rates to its non-political clients.... Read More

Trump Can't Block Critics From Twitter Account, Appeals Court Says
Law
Trump Can't Block Critics From Twitter Account, Appeals Court Says
2019-07-09 17:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking his critics' posts from his Twitter account, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Earlier this year during oral arguments, Justice Department attorney Jennifer Utrecht argued Trump's Twitter account... Read More

Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
Litigation
Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
2019-06-25 20:49:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal employees will get their day in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that their lawsuit over an Office of Personnel Management data breach can be reinstated. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit... Read More

News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
Litigation
News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
2019-06-14 14:49:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House panel began its inquiry into the largely unchecked power of the nation's largest technology and social media firms Tuesday by focusing on the role the companies have played in reducing the news media to a mere... Read More

Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
Litigation
Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
2019-06-13 16:03:18
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The Attorneys General from ten states including New York and California filed a lawsuit this week to stop the proposed merger between telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint. In a federal complaint filed in New York on Tuesday, the... Read More

Congressman Vows to Pursue Regulation of Big Tech With Open Mind
Technology
Congressman Vows to Pursue Regulation of Big Tech With Open Mind

WASHINGTON — Legislation and more regulation of technology companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. is possible, but lawmakers are approaching scrutiny with an open mind, the federal lawmaker leading an antitrust investigation of the industry said. “This... Read More

House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality
House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
2019-05-28 21:27:58
by Dan McCue

Nearly 50 Democratic House members have signed a letter seeking the formation of a bipartisan working group to draft compromise legislation that would restore at least some form of net neutrality. The 47 signers of the letter to Speaker Nancy... Read More

Xi Seeks Global Tech Cooperation After US Blocks Huawei
Technology
Xi Seeks Global Tech Cooperation After US Blocks Huawei

HONG KONG — Countries should cooperate in developing the internet, big data and artificial intelligence, China President Xi Jinping said in a letter to the China International Big Data Industry Expo that started Sunday in the southwestern city of Guiyang,... Read More

NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
Science
NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
2019-05-24 01:45:16
by Dan McCue

NASA launched the final stage of its four-year program to create a national traffic management system for drones this week, a move that brings home delivery of packages, medical supplies and even pizza by small unmanned aircraft one step closer... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Technology Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
Technology
New Democrat Coalition Releases Technology Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
2019-05-23 16:40:32
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force announced its goals for the 116th Congress, saying it will place an emphasis on fostering innovation while improving the nation's technological infrastructure and updating privacy protections. “Technology is changing the world and enhancing... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
National Security
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

iPhone Users Can Sue Apple Over App Store Prices, Justices Rule
Supreme Court
iPhone Users Can Sue Apple Over App Store Prices, Justices Rule
2019-05-13 22:09:31
by Dan McCue

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday held that iPhone users can proceed with a class-action against Apple over what the plaintiff's claim is the company's monopoly over app sales. While the decision is potentially a landmark ruling for consumers seeking... Read More

Pallone Says Congress Must Do More to Protect Consumers From Relentless Robocalls
Telecom
Pallone Says Congress Must Do More to Protect Consumers From Relentless Robocalls
2019-05-03 14:09:09
by Dan McCue

Representative Frank Pallone Jr., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday it’s time for Congress to provide regulators and the telecom industry with tools to protect American consumers from the scourge of relentless robocalls. “We all know... Read More

Ford Investigated Over Concerns About Improper Emissions Tests
Business
Ford Investigated Over Concerns About Improper Emissions Tests
2019-04-29 18:20:18
by Tom Ramstack

Ford Motor Co. is being investigated by the Justice Department over its emissions certification process, the company said in a government securities filing Friday. Ford said in the quarterly report that the criminal investigation focuses on its “road load estimations,”... Read More

Assange Charged With Computer Hacking in US Following UK Arrest
Law
Assange Charged With Computer Hacking in US Following UK Arrest
2019-04-11 20:33:26
by Dan McCue

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's nearly seven-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London came to an abrupt end on Thursday morning when police entered the building and arrested him after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. In a statement, London's Metropolitan police... Read More

Astronomers Unveil First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole
Technology
Astronomers Unveil First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

In the swirling heart of a distant galaxy, 55 million light-years from Earth, lies a supermassive black hole with a mass 6.5 billion times greater than that of our sun. The gravitational pull of this dark beast in the Messier... Read More

Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes
Technology
Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes
2019-04-10 00:09:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats in Congress used a hearing Tuesday to criticize President Donald Trump and social media companies for encouraging white nationalism and hate crimes. They cited FBI statistics showing hate crimes have increased since Trump took office in 2016.... Read More

Bridgepoint Education Is Now Zovio, Announces Arizona Headquarters
Education
Bridgepoint Education Is Now Zovio, Announces Arizona Headquarters
2019-04-03 00:04:27
by Dan McCue

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. has changed its name to Zovio Inc., advancing the company's strategy and transformation into an education technology services company. In addition to the name change, the company, which partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver... Read More

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