US government

Senator wants social media companies held liable for spreading anti-vax lies
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social media

Senator wants social media companies held liable for spreading anti-vax lies

Amy Klobuchar calls for stripping some Section 230 protections from social media
23 Jul 2021
CISA warns of disguised malware on hacked Pulse Secure devices
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malware

CISA warns of disguised malware on hacked Pulse Secure devices

CISA lists several tasks administrators can complete to boost security
22 Jul 2021
Biden names big tech nemesis as antitrust chief
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Policy & legislation

Biden names big tech nemesis as antitrust chief

Google critic nominated to lead Justice Department’s antitrust division
21 Jul 2021
US has new cyber security rules for pipelines
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Policy & legislation

US has new cyber security rules for pipelines

DHS now requires “urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions”
20 Jul 2021
Tech firms condemn anti-DACA ruling
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Policy & legislation

Tech firms condemn anti-DACA ruling

The ruling threatens innovation and competition, warn tech executives
19 Jul 2021
Tech groups back nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure spending
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Infrastructure

Tech groups back nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure spending

Letter urges Congress to agree on $974 billion investment
16 Jul 2021
State Department offers $10 million for tips on foreign hackers
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ransomware

State Department offers $10 million for tips on foreign hackers

State Department seeks to rein in the growing risk of ransomware attacks
15 Jul 2021
Biden signs executive order calling for net neutrality to be restored
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Policy & legislation

Biden signs executive order calling for net neutrality to be restored

The president is aiming to 'restore competition' in the US economy
12 Jul 2021
Department of Health and Human Services must improve cyber security info sharing
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Security

Department of Health and Human Services must improve cyber security info sharing

GAO report finds HHS has made progress, but better coordination would increase health care security
30 Jun 2021
AWS buys encrypted messaging app Wickr
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Acquisition

AWS buys encrypted messaging app Wickr

Wickr keeps communication secure as more workers shift to remote working
25 Jun 2021
US antitrust bills designed to curb big tech pass House Committee stage
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Policy & legislation

US antitrust bills designed to curb big tech pass House Committee stage

Google argues the bills constitute an attack on American consumers and undermine US tech leadership
24 Jun 2021
Feds rescind prohibited transactions list for TikTok and WeChat
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social media

Feds rescind prohibited transactions list for TikTok and WeChat

Trump administration sought to block US downloads of the Chinese-owned apps
21 Jun 2021
Senators want the feds to identify tech to keep away from China
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Technology

Senators want the feds to identify tech to keep away from China

Republicans claim Commerce Department isn’t doing enough to prevent emerging tech from being pirated
16 Jun 2021
Big tech critic Lina Khan becomes new FTC chair
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Policy & legislation

Big tech critic Lina Khan becomes new FTC chair

The antitrust researcher was sworn in yesterday, a move welcomed by legislators looking to address big tech’s growing market power
16 Jun 2021
US creates AI data-sharing task force
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artificial intelligence (AI)

US creates AI data-sharing task force

Group will oversee the creation of educational resources for AI
11 Jun 2021
President Biden repeals and replaces Trump’s TikTok executive order
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris
social media

President Biden repeals and replaces Trump’s TikTok executive order

For the second time since May, Biden voids a Trump-era executive order targeting social media
9 Jun 2021
CISA launches security bug reporting program
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bugs

CISA launches security bug reporting program

Now white hat hackers have a way to tell the government about bugs
9 Jun 2021
US Senate approves bill to counter China tech competition
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Policy & legislation

US Senate approves bill to counter China tech competition

The measures will look to combat competition from China and boost US semiconductor manufacturing
9 Jun 2021
Senators ask Google to conduct racial equality audit
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Policy & legislation

Senators ask Google to conduct racial equality audit

Google has dealt poorly with recent racial issues, according to Senate Democrats
3 Jun 2021
FCC commissioner calls for big tech to help bridge digital divide
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digital divide

FCC commissioner calls for big tech to help bridge digital divide

FCC’s senior Republican wants the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google to help pay for broadband expansion
2 Jun 2021
Justice Department seizes domains used in USAID spear-phishing attacks
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cyber security

Justice Department seizes domains used in USAID spear-phishing attacks

The APT29 hacking group is behind recent campaign
2 Jun 2021
Washington, DC sues Amazon for alleged antitrust violations
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Policy & legislation

Washington, DC sues Amazon for alleged antitrust violations

E-commerce giant unfairly raises prices and suppresses innovation, says Washington, DC AG
26 May 2021
Palantir deepens partnership with the US Space Force
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big data

Palantir deepens partnership with the US Space Force

Palantir’s DaaS will help improve operational readiness at the US Space and Missile Systems Center
24 May 2021