Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Despite the hastily called press conference on Tuesday, the late-night meetings, and the growing worry over a potentially fatal side effect, the decision to pause the use of one of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the United States was a relatively easy one.

US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

Any rule that SolarWinds violates would be a new one, he argues, given that the hacking campaign was by all appearances focused on the kind of cyberespionage US intelligence agencies routinely carry out, with no clear evidence that it was intended to cause disruptive effects.

Biden Is Assembling a Big Tech Antitrust All-Star Team

Biden Is Assembling a Big Tech Antitrust All-Star Team

On Tuesday morning, Politico reported that Biden plans to nominate the legal academic Lina Khan to an open seat on the Federal Trade Commission, one of the agencies with the most power to enforce antitrust laws.

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

The Times reported that the Biden administration plans to respond with "a series of clandestine actions across Russian networks" intended to signal that Russia's hacking campaign crossed a line—"clarifying what the United States believes are in bounds and out of bounds, and what we are prepared to do in response," as national security adviser Jake Sullivan told the paper.

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The federal government began incorporating the social cost of carbon in climate-related regulations in 2010, factoring it into requirements for the fuel economy of cars and trucks, the levels of air pollution from power plants, and the energy efficiency of consumer appliances.

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire

It feels like a nightmare scenario for airplane passengers: You take a look out the window in between mini-pretzel bites to see an engine cloaked in flames, shedding pieces of metal mid-flight from 10,000 feet in the air.

Storm Delays for Vaccines, Expanded Virus Sequencing, and More Coronavirus News

Storm Delays for Vaccines, Expanded Virus Sequencing, and More Coronavirus News

This week, harsh winter weather swept the country and caused a huge number of problems, including delaying the shipments of hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses across the country.

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

“If people see that their mail delivery people are driving electric vehicles, they’ll get the confidence they’ll need,” says Doug Kettles, director of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, a Department of Energy-supported group that promotes advanced vehicle technologies.

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

At the time, NASA engineers at Marshall told Pence they were confident the SLS rocket would make its debut flight in 2020, setting up a schedule to allow astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden gets to work on the pandemic, the CDC adjusts vaccine guidelines, and death tolls rise worldwide.CDC data suggests the country has already reached a pace of approximately one million vaccines administered per day several times in the last few weeks, but it also indicates that states and cities are administering fewer than half of the doses that they’ve received.

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

There will be more news to come about the SolarWinds supply chain attack and possible other elements of the extensive campaign, but in the meantime officials, security practitioners, and researchers are all puzzling over questions of where to draw the line on global espionage and how to deter destructive and otherwise unacceptable hacking.

On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump

On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump

It seems Trump really believes his own garbled propaganda about Section 230—namely, that the law unfairly allows platforms like Twitter to get away with labeling or suppressing his posts spreading lies about the election, among other offenses.

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

The Trump administration did no favors with respect to the diplomats responsible for digital issues; it cut the State Department’s overall budget, minimized the importance of its technology work, and pulled the rug out from underneath those working in areas like free internet access and 5G supply chain policy.

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

This is precisely why the incoming Biden administration, which emphasized multilateralism throughout the campaign, must found its global technology policy on alliances as well.

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

This one is sort of cheating, because we already know Biden is defaulted into at least some antitrust action: Thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s somewhat controversial decision to file a suit against Google before the election, the incoming administration will inherit the highest-profile antitrust case in a generation.

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

When I asked a well-placed and concerned Republican strategist why the Trump administration had not used the DPA more aggressively in the spring, this person told me that doing so would have been seen as a big government solution, which runs against long-established principles of the American conservative movement.

Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Now a group of HIV researchers, impatient with the delay, has proposed taking one of those plans, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as the basis of a comprehensive Covid-19 response, one that would define what it means to beat back this disease, and set out the steps to get there.

The Business of the Internet Is Stuck in Trump's Swamp

The Business of the Internet Is Stuck in Trump's Swamp

I’m referring to the $10 billion JEDI project, one of the most prized government defense contracts in years.

Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

The administration’s odd war on TikTok echoes the period more than half a century ago when the US government was so worried about content from Communist countries that Congress directed the Post Office to detain perceived “Communist political propaganda.”.

Trump’s TikTok Circus Will Have Lasting Consequences

Trump’s TikTok Circus Will Have Lasting Consequences

It’s been one hell of a week for TikTok. The company is scrambling to get the White House to approve a deal it struck with Oracle, designed to alleviate national security concerns the US government raised about TikTok’s Chinese ownership.

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

To hear that in his own voice, I think, was one of the most devastating things that has ever happened to science.

The FDA's Approach to Covid-19 Is a Bloody Mess

The FDA's Approach to Covid-19 Is a Bloody Mess

The accompanying press release made it clear to all that a clock was ticking: “The Trump administration is imploring Americans … to dramatically increase donations of convalescent plasma by the end of August,” it said.

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

“The Chinese government is the one that is actively in the banning business, and they’ve got a big head start on the Trump administration,” Donald Clarke, a Chinese law specialist at George Washington University wrote in a blog post.

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

The public commitments made by Apple and other companies sometimes read like a jumble of climate-related buzzwords, difficult to decipher without knowing exactly how these companies plan to neutralize or reduce the usage of dirty energy in their manufacturing or shipping processes.

Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security?

Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security?

Absent hard proof, what’s left are more extrapolated dangers, like whether the Chinese government, which the US says was responsible for a notorious series of breaches at American institutions, would pilfer user data from TikTok, or censor content on the platform the way it tightly controls the internet within its own borders.

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

The executive order also suspends for the rest of the year most J-1 visas, designed for research scholars and professors participating in cultural exchange programs; H-2B visas for seasonal nonagricultural workers; and L-1 visas, which companies use to transfer existing employees to offices in the US.

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

As a Tea Party, Koch-backed member of Congress, he built his political reputation almost solely on two issues: lambasting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Benghazi attack and her email server, and more broadly, attacking the Obama administration’s Iran deal at every turn.

The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s N95 Face Mask Shortage

The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s N95 Face Mask Shortage

With federal stockpiles nearly exhausted, public health officials are pleading with the Trump administration to use the Defense Production Act to lead a wartime mobilization of US industry to make the masks desperately needed by healthcare workers.

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers

After three years of tumult and revised scientific analyses, the Trump administration Tuesday formally relaxed Obama-era fuel economy rules that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stall the effects of climate change .Under the new rules, automakers will have to meet less stringent targets for cars and light-duty trucks through 2026.

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

He announced the news in a Friday press conference that was late, unfocused, and confusing to follow—in other words, thoroughly in keeping with the administration's response to the pandemic.This picks up on Trump’s false claim from last week that a rule adopted by the Obama administration had slowed the government’s response.