Tag: Policy

Networking Security, Security

Senate passes spying bill without search and browsing history protections

May 14, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

An effort to protect Americans’ browsing and search histories from warrantless government surveillance failed by a single vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The privacy measure, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) got 59 votes, […]

Infrastructure, Networking, Networking Security, Security

US military is furious at FCC over 5G plan that could interfere with GPS

May 8, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

GPS is facing a major interference threat from a 5G network approved by the Federal Communications Commission, US military officials told Congress in a hearing on Wednesday. In testimony to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Department of Defense Chief […]

Federal, Policy

Congress calls on Bezos to come explain Amazon’s possible lies

May 1, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

A bipartisan group of House representatives wants Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to show up and explain to their socially distanced faces why media reports say his company is doing something Amazon previously promised Congress it would never do. The House […]

Federal, Policy

White House suspends environmental protection, citing coronavirus

March 27, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

2020 has a new motto: “Cancelled due to the coronavirus.” Businesses, schools, sports, travel, film, and TV production, conferences, meetings, and basically any and all business as usual has been suspended in the US as individuals and institutions try to […]

Federal, Policy, State & Local

America is finally testing for coronavirus in significant volumes

March 20, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

America is finally starting to test for the coronavirus in significant volumes. On Thursday, the total number of coronavirus tests conducted in America topped 100,000, according to the COVID tracking project. That’s a 10-fold increase from a week earlier. In […]

Mobility, Networking, Tech

Trump report bizarrely claims net neutrality repeal raised incomes $50B a year

February 21, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

A new White House report claims without convincing evidence that eliminating consumer-protection rules in the broadband industry has boosted real incomes by tens of billions of dollars per year. Including a supposed improvement to “consumer welfare,” the report claims an […]

Federal, Policy

IRS drops longstanding promise not to compete against TurboTax

January 3, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

The Internal Revenue Service’s new agreement with the tax-software industry prohibits companies from hiding their free options from search engines and allows the IRS to offer its own tax-return software in competition against TurboTax. That doesn’t mean the IRS will […]

Software, Tech

Facebook removes accounts with AI-generated profile photos

December 23, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Facebook on Friday removed what it called a global network of more than 900 accounts, pages, and groups from its platform and Instagram that allegedly used deceptive practices to push pro-Trump narratives to about 55 million users. The network used […]

Federal, Policy

US government is entitled to all Snowden book proceeds, judge rules

December 19, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The US government is entitled to every cent Edward Snowden earns from publishing his memoir, Permanent Record, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. During his employment at the CIA and NSA, Snowden signed contracts promising to seek pre-clearance from those […]

Federal, Policy

Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto

December 12, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

In a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, while their counterparts in the House were busy with articles of impeachment, senators questioned New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, University of Texas Professor Matt Tait, and experts from Apple and […]