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Hardware & Software, Tech

FCC to ban all new Huawei and ZTE equipment on national security grounds

October 13, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to “ban all sales of new Huawei and ZTE telecommunications devices in the US” on national security grounds, Axios reported today. The FCC previously banned Huawei and ZTE equipment from being used in telecom […]


Energy & Environment, Industry

UN chief asks wealthy nations to impose windfall taxes on fossil fuel industry

September 21, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres had just returned from a visit to flooded Pakistan when he stepped before the UN General Assembly to give a speech on Tuesday. Poverty-stricken regions experiencing the most severe climate change impacts, like Pakistan, were […]


Networking & Wireless, Tech

FCC has approved $6 billion in broadband grants despite rejecting Starlink

September 1, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Several US government agencies are having a busy week for doling out broadband deployment funding to ISPs and state governments. Today, the FCC announced $791.6 million for six broadband providers, covering network expansions to over 350,000 homes and businesses in […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Federal, Policy, Tech

US government to make all research it funds open access on publication

August 26, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Many federal policy changes are well known before they are announced. Hints in speeches, leaks, and early access to reporters at major publications all pave the way for the eventual confirmation. But on Thursday, the White House Office of Science […]


Federal, Policy

Crypto and the US government are headed for a decisive showdown

August 9, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

If you have paid casual attention to crypto news over the past few years, you probably have a sense that the crypto market is unregulated—a tech-driven Wild West in which the rules of traditional finance do not apply. If you […]


IT Policy, Tech

Russia fines Google $370M for refusing to bend to Putin’s war propaganda

July 20, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Google formed its exit strategy from Russia, suspending all ads by March, then blocking Play Store app sales and removing most of its employees by May. After that, Google has only continued to provide […]


Policy, State & Local

Democrats push for campaign reset in the most pro-abortion rights swing state

June 30, 2022

Via: POLITICO

Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan is hitting the airwaves with a direct appeal to New Hampshire voters after the end of Roe v. Wade: Return her to office or risk a nationwide abortion ban at the hands of Mitch McConnell. […]


Policy, State & Local

Supreme Court urged to block “shocking” reinstatement of Texas social media law

May 16, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Big Tech lobby groups have asked the US Supreme Court to block a Texas state law that prohibits social media companies from moderating content based on a user’s “viewpoint.” The state’s so-called “censorship” law was previously blocked by a federal […]


Cybersecurity

Microsoft identifies and mitigates new malware targeting Ukraine “within 3 hours”

March 1, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Microsoft has been pushing harder to increase the baseline security features of Windows PCs for a couple of years now—the “secured-core PC” initiative launched back in 2019 was meant to guard against firmware-level attacks, and Windows 11’s system requirements mandate […]


Cybersecurity

Telegram emerges as new dark web for cyber criminals

September 17, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

Telegram has exploded as a hub for cybercriminals looking to buy, sell, and share stolen data and hacking tools, new research shows, as the messaging app emerges as an alternative to the dark web. An investigation by cyber intelligence group […]


IT Policy, Tech

South Korea passes ‘Anti-Google law’ bill to curb Google, Apple in-app payment commission

August 31, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

After a number of delays, South Korea’s National Assembly today voted to approve the passage of its “Anti-Google law.” Nicknamed after the search giant but more wide-ranging, the law will prevent Google and Apple from forcing developers to use their […]


Federal, Policy

Biden signs executive order to strengthen US cybersecurity

May 13, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday in an attempt to bolster US cybersecurity defenses, after a number of devastating hacks including the Colonial pipeline attack revealed vulnerabilities across business and government. “Recent cybersecurity incidents… are a sobering reminder […]


Defense, Federal, Industry, Policy

China targets rare earth export curbs to hobble US defense industry

February 16, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

China is exploring limiting the export of rare earth minerals that are crucial for the manufacture of American F-35 fighter jets and other sophisticated weaponry, according to people involved in a government consultation. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology […]


Uncategorized

Daily Crunch: TikTok becomes a political battleground in Russia

February 12, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

We take an in-depth look at TikTok usage in Russia, Facebook’s Oversight Board looks beyond Facebook and Sesame Workshop backs an edtech fund. This is your Daily Crunch for February 11, 2021. The big story: TikTok becomes a political battleground […]


Federal, Policy

Joe Biden’s new gig

January 20, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

After serving as Obama-Biden campaign manager and White House Deputy Chief of Staff and now living in San Francisco and working with the tech sector, I am hopeful about the Biden-Harris administration’s ability to put in place smart policies and […]


Policy, State & Local

Court says Uber can’t hold users to terms they probably didn’t read

January 6, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

The highest state court in Massachusetts has rejected Uber’s efforts to force a blind man’s discrimination claims to be settled in arbitration. In the process, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court raised the bar for technology companies trying to impose one-sided […]


Federal, Policy

House overrides Trump veto, defying demand to repeal Section 230

December 29, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

The House of Representatives has voted to override Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 322 to 87 votes—easily exceeding the required two-thirds vote. The measure now goes to the Senate, where it […]


Cybersecurity

2020 had its share of memorable hacks and breaches. Here are the top 10

December 28, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

2020 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, not least of which were breaches and hacks that visited pain on end users, customers, and the organizations that were targeted. The ransomware menace dominated headlines, with an endless stream […]


Federal, Policy

The Supreme Court will finally rule on controversial US hacking law

December 1, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

The Supreme Court on Monday considered how broadly to interpret the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, America’s main anti-hacking statute. Here’s how I described the case back in September: The case arose after a Georgia police officer named Nathan Van […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Twitter labeled 300,000 US election tweets — around 0.2%

November 13, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

Just over a week after the U.S. elections, Twitter has offered a breakdown of some of its efforts to label misleading tweets. The site says that from October 27 to November 11, it labeled some 300,000 tweets as part of […]