Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

I found it fitting that the first time Congress got to question the entire quartet of the most powerful tech CEOs, none were actually in the room.The distance didn’t just free them from the sweaty scrum of camera people, protesters, press tables, and face-to-face questioning from legislators enjoying the home-court advantage.

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director of national intelligence isn’t the fact that he embellished his résumé, nor that only a minority of the US Senate would vote to confirm him, nor that the first time he was floated for the post last summer he was so soundly rejected that he withdrew almost immediately.

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Parmet and other public health experts suggested that one of the things that needs to happen most urgently is for Congress to provide real financial support for people who stay home from work.

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

As Richard Grenell, the current US ambassador to Germany, starts his second day on the job as the nation’s acting director of national intelligence, his arrival also marks the ouster of not only his predecessor, Joseph Maguire, but reportedly also of DNI principal executive Andrew Hallman.

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

Barnett, along with executives from Basecamp, Sonos, and Tile, testified at a high-profile congressional hearing in Boulder, Colorado, Friday where they told lawmakers how the anticompetitive practices of Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have negatively impacted their businesses.

Want a Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle? Move Fast

Want a Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle? Move Fast

At Tesla , the electric vehicle maker, January 1, 2020 will mark something else: the official end of its vehicles’ eligibility for federal tax credits.Here’s how it works: Each automaker is eligible for $7,500 in credits for each electric vehicle sold, up to 200,000 sales.

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Case in point: Headlines this week reporting that California senator Kamala Harris was suspending her presidential campaign and, in doing so, ceding her chance to become the first black woman to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation decried the Real ID as a subversive way to create a national ID, because the original plan called for creating a database of licenses across the 50 states.

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

Many of our air traffic controllers are relying on 50 year-old radar installations and antiquated equipment to safely guide passengers through our increasingly crowded skies.

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

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Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Though the White House has not opposed specific legislation coming out of Congress—the president has signed all the cybersecurity bills sent to his desk—it also has not demonstrated an overarching strategy necessary to combat this pressing issue.

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

In a teleconference with reporters on Monday evening, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the budget amendment was a "down payment" on what will be needed in future years to fund the program.

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: As US attorney general Bill Barr faces censure from Congress for his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report , the Department of Justice's defensive position got a little extreme.

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Assume Barr distributes the report as a PDF, and another point of comparison becomes useful: the heavily redacted FISA application for surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page , which weighs in at a healthy 412 pages.

While You Were Offline: Is Homeland Security Being Purged?

While You Were Offline: Is Homeland Security Being Purged?

What Really Happened: Amidst all manner of suspicion over how he'd handled—and potentially, subverted—Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign of 2016, Attorney General Bill Barr appeared before Congress last week across two days (in theory, to talk about the Department of Justice's budget, although the reality was very different) for what was perhaps one of the most anticipated pieces of political theater in recent memory.

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News. Lest you think the Weather Channel is old school, check out their epic graphics capabilities .

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

Continuing a now time-honored tradition of creating explosive news late on a Friday afternoon, special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his final report to attorney general William Barr .

While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports What Really Happened: You might remember that President Trump declared a national emergency to fund his pet border wall a month ago as a way of saving face after the government shutdown standoff ended with him gaining absolutely nothing that he’d wanted.

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

What Not to Say in Your Outside Voice What Happened: You'd think that an attorney would know better than to attempt to intimidate a witness via social media, considering how much trouble it could get everyone in. And one that got a lot of people's attention, not least of the media , because of course .

Michael Cohen's Credibility Has Never Been More Certain

Michael Cohen's Credibility Has Never Been More Certain

The day did not reflect Congress’s best as a fact-gathering body providing oversight: After the blockbusters in his morning prepared remarks, Cohen made little news, as both Democrats and Republicans seemed to fumble their way through questioning the decade-long fixer for Donald Trump.

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

If by now you feel like you have a pretty good handle on what Donald Trump looks like and would rather just listen, try TuneIn , which has a Roku app and will offer streams from a few sources, or NPR , which is NPR.

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Reports over the past week suggest strongly that perhaps Trump has the interests of an entirely different nation in mind when he makes decisions. What really happened: As if all the existing intrigue surrounding Trump wasn't enough to make people wonder about his loyalties, The New York Times dropped a bombshell report last weekend.

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) quickly became America’s main tool for protecting and restoring historic sites, like battlefields, and for providing matching grants to states for urban and suburban recreation facilities, like ballfields.

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

We eventually found scores of American-veteran-focused Facebook pages producing politically polarizing content from outside the United States.Vietnam Veterans of America produced a report on our earliest findings for 11 committees in Congress and a host of alphabet agencies.

Kavanaugh’s views on EPA’s climate authority are dangerous and wrong | Dana Nuccitelli

Kavanaugh’s views on EPA’s climate authority are dangerous and wrong | Dana Nuccitelli

EPA, the Supreme Court affirmed that greenhouse gases qualify as air pollutants, and EPA therefore has authority to regulate them if the agency determines that they may endanger public health or welfare.

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

You can watch a stream of that one here:The morning session will ostensibly focus on foreign efforts to interfere in US democracy, but if past is prologue, the executives will likely end up fielding a range of questions about everything from Russian influence campaigns to perceptions of bias against conservatives.Expect Sandberg's answers to echo Zuckerberg's from a few months ago as well, although hopefully she won't have to get back to them on quite as much.