Tag: Technology

Federal, Policy

Banks will collect billions in fees on PPP small business loans, according to a new report

July 6, 2020

Via: Fortune

The Paycheck Protection Program, designed to save jobs and stimulate the economy by providing forgivable loans to small businesses hurt by the coronavirus, is also creating another winner: banks. Banks that made the government-guaranteed PPP loans to small businesses are […]

Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications, Wireless Infrastructure

Domestic 5G development at core of US communications security plan

July 2, 2020

Via: CSO Online

In late March, during the first phase of the coronavirus lockdown, the White House issued a little-noticed document entitled The National Strategy to Secure 5G of the United States, which articulates a “vision for America to lead the development, deployment, […]

Federal, Networking, Policy, Tech

Small ISPs “stunned” by FCC move to ban Huawei/ZTE gear during pandemic

July 1, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Small Internet service providers are “stunned” that the Federal Communications Commission is enforcing a ban on Huawei and ZTE network gear during the ongoing pandemic. The FCC already voted unanimously in November 2019 to ban Huawei and ZTE equipment in […]

Infrastructure, Networking, Networking, Tech

AT&T brings low-band 5G service to 28 additional US markets

June 30, 2020

Via: TechSpot

Worth highlighting is the fact that we are talking about AT&T’s low-band 5G wireless service which differs greatly from the ultra-fast high-band network that utilizes millimeter wave tech, or what most people typically think of when hearing the term “5G.” […]

Federal, Policy

Senate Defense Policy Bill Would Allow Pay Increases for a Few Federal Tech and Acquisition Jobs

June 29, 2020

Via: Government Executive

The Senate is slated to vote this week on its version of the annual defense policy bill, a must-pass piece of legislation that often acts as a vehicle for governmentwide workforce policy changes and this year includes provisions ensuring federal […]

Federal, Policy

U.S. Halts High-Tech Exports to Hong Kong Over Security Concerns

June 29, 2020

Via: The New York Times

The Trump administration placed new restrictions on U.S. exports of defense equipment and certain high-technology products to Hong Kong on Monday, in response to a new Chinese law aimed at tightening Beijing’s control over the territory. The administration determined in […]

Big Data, Tech

Why data and processing should live in the cloud, not on devices

June 26, 2020

Via: InfoWorld

I’m a big fan of IEEE’s coverage of the emerging cloud computing space. The technical depth of the articles won’t tempt the average IT reader to subscribe, but I like their focus on new innovations, followed by the detailed solutions […]

Federal, Policy

New bill would bar federal agencies from using facial-recognition technology

June 25, 2020

Via: Fortune

Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban federal agencies from using facial recognition technology for surveillance. The proposed bill—introduced by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)—comes […]

Mobile Security, Operations Security, Security

It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules

June 24, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Indiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that the Fifth Amendment’s rule against self-incrimination protected Katelin Seo from giving the police access to […]

Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Why the future of financial markets is in the cloud

June 22, 2020

Via: Fortune

Think of critical infrastructure, and sectors such as telecommunications, agriculture, and construction likely come to mind, as physical assets such as networks, farms, roads, and bridges keep economies humming. But the financial services industry is also among this cohort, according […]