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Networking & Wireless, Tech

Prosecutors to Congress: Let state prisons jam cellphones

January 25, 2023

Via: Federal News Network

Top state prosecutors from across the country are again urging Congress to pass legislation allowing state prisons to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates, devices the attorneys argue allow prisoners to plot violence and carry out crimes. “Simply, […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

Local governments still have questions as cyber grants inch forward

January 23, 2023

Via: StateScoop

The federal government’s new cybersecurity grant program continues to loom large for state and local technology officials, with several more mileposts to go before the money starts flowing, government IT experts said last week. Speaking during a biannual online briefing […]


Federal, Hardware & Software, Policy, Tech

Biden taking “absolutely wrong approach” to crack down on Big Tech, critics say

January 12, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

As president, Joe Biden has made it clear that he wants to lead the charge to change how Big Tech operates in the US. In a rare op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Biden heavily criticized tech companies while outlining […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

NASA spent $35 million on ‘wasteful’ software licenses and fees, report says

January 12, 2023

Via: FCW

NASA’s software asset management practices have left the agency exposed to cybersecurity risks and other major operational and financial concerns, according to a new inspector general’s report. The IG report, published on Thursday, said NASA lacks an enterprise-wide software asset […]


Networking & Wireless, Tech

FAA giving airlines another year to fix altimeters that can’t handle 5G signals

January 10, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

The Federal Aviation Administration will give airlines another year to fix or replace airplane altimeters that can’t filter out cellular transmissions from outside their allotted frequencies. In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released today, the FAA proposed a deadline […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Belarus law grants government ability to pirate western multimedia, including software until 2025

January 9, 2023

Via: TechSpot

The law passed the Belarus House of Representatives on December 20, 2022, and the Council of the Republic the following day. “President” Alexander Lukashenko signed the legislation into law last week, and it goes into effect this week. The legislation […]


Education, Hardware & Software, Industry, Tech

New York City Schools has blocked access to ChatGPT: Here’s why

January 5, 2023

Via: ZDnet

New York City Schools, the largest school department in the US, has blocked student and teacher access to ChatGPT on its devices and networks. The generative AI chatbot, which was released in November by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, is capable of generating […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, IT Policy, Tech

What’s the state of AI accountability in government?

January 4, 2023

Via: FCW

Government agencies don’t have a “precise definition” of artificial intelligence accountability in federal guidance, according to a new report from the non-profit American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s group focused on emerging technology. Although non-binding risk management and […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

The Federal Government is Moving on Memory Safety for Cybersecurity

December 27, 2022

Via: Nextgov

The massive appropriations bill Congress passed Friday included a Christmas present for advocates of using memory-safe coding languages to stem a significant majority of the software vulnerabilities exploited by cyber adversaries. “For the first time ever, Congress has included memory […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

No more TikTok on House of Representatives’ smartphones

December 27, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

TikTok will no longer be allowed on any device managed by the US House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the House’s Chief Administrative Office announced the ban of the popular video-sharing app, a move that comes just a week after legislation […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Portman introduces two bills on facial recognition, AI in government

December 22, 2022

Via: FCW

Outgoing Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced two new bills on Wednesday meant to guard against civil liberty and civil rights violations in the government’s use of facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence. The Facial Accountability, Clarity and Efficiency In Technology […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

The UK says sharing Netflix passwords is illegal, could be criminal fraud

December 20, 2022

Via: TechSpot

TorrentFreak writes that the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Office published new piracy guidance yesterday in the form of a campaign in partnership with Meta that’s designed to help people avoid piracy and counterfeit goods online. Most of the advice we’ve […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Huawei is closing its enterprise business unit in Russia

December 20, 2022

Via: TechSpot

Russia’s Vedomosti daily reports that the unit, which sells data storage systems and telecommunications equipment to corporate clients, will be disbanded on January 1. SCMP writes that around 2,000 employees will be asked to transfer to Huawei’s offices in other […]


Hardware & Software, Policy, State & Local, Tech

Lobbyists have held up nation’s first right-to-repair bill in New York

December 20, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Because of a misinterpretation of NY legislature rules, an earlier version of this post suggested the NY Governor had 30 days to pass the Digital Fair Repair. She has 10 days, or until midnight on Dec. 28. Ars regrets the […]


IT Policy, Tech

Organizations Unprepared for Upcoming Data Privacy Regulations

December 16, 2022

Via: Dark Reading

Most organizations are ill-equipped when it comes to meeting upcoming compliance standards for data privacy, according to a new CYTRIO report focused on GDPR and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) Data Subject Access Request […]


Federal, Hardware & Software, Policy, Tech

Senate unanimously passes bill that would ban TikTok on government devices

December 16, 2022

Via: Federal News Network

The Senate voted 71 to 19 on a stopgap bill Thursday night to fund the government for an extra week. It will give Congress a little more time to work toward a full-year federal spending package — and avoid a […]


Federal, Hardware & Software, Policy, Tech

The US Government will blacklist YMTC and 30 other Chinese companies

December 15, 2022

Via: TechSpot

According to new rumors coming from Washington, the US Government is ready to further increase its pressure on China’s high-tech industry. The US Commerce Department is seemingly preparing new, high-profile additions to its infamous Entity List, making the companies involved […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

China bans export of its Loongson CPUs to Russia

December 14, 2022

Via: TechSpot

Kommersant business daily (via Tom’s Hardware), citing sources close to Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development and in the electronics market, writes that the Chinese government has banned the supply of Loongson processors based on its own LoongArch architecture to the […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Standards Development a ‘Critical’ Issue for US-EU Trade and Tech Council

December 14, 2022

Via: Nextgov

Promoting economic growth and cooperating on emerging technology development are the U.S-EU Trade and Technology Council’s primary goals moving forward, following a meeting featuring global emissaries in College Park, Maryland earlier in December. Speaking to the Atlantic Council, State Department […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

China lays out ground rules to stem deepfake abuse

December 14, 2022

Via: ZDnet

China has laid out ground rules to prevent “deep synthesis” technology, including deepfakes and virtual reality, from being abused. Anyone using these services must label the images accordingly and refrain from tapping the technology for activities that breach local regulations. […]