Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control

Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control

Consistent with past research, we found that although mental health reporting laws are weakly associated with lower suicide rates, they showed no correlation with homicide rates.This again identified a set of policies, which did not include mental health reporting laws, that each independently predicted lower rates of fatal injuries from homicides.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

After being mandated to consider a score predicting the risk a person would reoffend or skip court, the state’s judges began offering no-bail release to white defendants much more often than to blacks.

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

So as you watch all seven hours of the Town Hall tonight, as I’m sure you will, look for the ways candidates talk about the policy course they plan to follow, not just because it’s important for, like, saving the planet and stuff, but also because it’ll provide a clue to what election strategy they hope to pursue.

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor of the move.

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Any serious policy response to global warming needs to transfer some of the costs from voters to the fossil fuel interests, where they belong. To fight global warming, we need to organize a broad public counterweight against the sectoral interests that are trying to block action.

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

The tool grew out of Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative, which researches policy issues like the economic impact of broadband access and expanding broadband in rural and low-income communities.

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Hundreds of 23andMe customers tested on those earlier chips have pleaded with the company for some way to get access to its latest features, like the health reports and improved ancestry estimates.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

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.

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

After years of issues with rogue Chrome extensions , hijacks, and malware, Google announced a slew of new policies Thursday to ensure the little browser applets are secure. The changes announced Thursday will make it harder for Chrome extensions distributed through Google's Chrome Web Store to quietly grab user data.

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

When aerial photographer Joshua Smith flew over the Simpson Desert for the first time four years ago, on his way to visit a friend in a remote town, he couldn't stop snapping.

Space Photos of the Week: The Shrinky, Wrinkly, Seismic Moon

Space Photos of the Week: The Shrinky, Wrinkly, Seismic Moon

Space Photos of the Week: The Shrinky, Wrinkly, Seismic Moon. These aren’t tiny temblors either: They measure up to 5 on the Richter scale, and if you’ve been through an earthquake you know that’s enough shaking to send you diving under a table or desk.

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Documents Suggest Google Did Not Investigate Major Leaks

Details about the Stop Leaks program came to light as part of a lawsuit—filed in December 2016 by an unidentified Google employee—claiming the company’s confidentiality policies amounted to an internal “spying program” that illegally infringed on employees’ rights to discuss working conditions, report illegal conduct or product defects to authorities, or talk to other employers about job opportunities.

Why Uber Is Fighting Cities Over Data About Scooter Trips

Why Uber Is Fighting Cities Over Data About Scooter Trips

To operate in Los Angeles, a city whose placid weather and flat-ish streets make an appealing market for scooter and bike companies, the firms had to agree to share data with LA’s Department of Transportation through MDS.

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

We just released a short policy note on what social inclusion means for city residence, while focusing on urban floods. READ MORE: Download: What Does Social Inclusion Mean for a Resilient City?

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Biden was the first senator to propose climate legislation, but he has not endorsed a Green New Deal or any other specific policies recently.

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) plans to introduce legislation targeted at videogames with pay-to-win and loot-box monetization mechanics. This week we have loot box legislation, labor walkouts, and the return of Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?

Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?

When I asked Fishman to justify this policy, he said it’s designed to keep Facebook on the right side of the law, which prohibits Americans from providing “material support” to any group deemed a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Met With President Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Met With President Trump

Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde notified employees Tuesday that their boss was supposed to meet with Trump in a 30-minute, closed-door meeting later that afternoon, according to a company email reviewed by WIRED.Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.

Supporting Vietnam’s economic success through greener, cheaper, and more efficient trucking

Supporting Vietnam’s economic success through greener, cheaper, and more efficient trucking

The results of our analysis and associated policy recommendations have been compiled in a new report: Strengthening Vietnam’s Trucking Sector- Towards Lower Logistics Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Strengthening Vietnam’s Trucking Sector: Towards Lower Logistics Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

Most of New York's carbon emissions come from the heating and cooling of large buildings. On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change , a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal.

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Worries Cybersecurity Experts

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Worries Cybersecurity Experts

“DHS’s voice is vital around the Situation Room table,” says Edelman “Looking ahead, as we consider issues like national security controls over AI, or limits to foreign investment, DHS is going to be more crucial than ever—and their absence of leadership could lead to some very skewed outcomes.”.

Al Gore Did Not Invent the Green New Deal, but He Likes It

Al Gore Did Not Invent the Green New Deal, but He Likes It

I wanted to know how he thought emerging technologies could reduce carbon emissions, and also curious to hear his opinion of the Green New Deal, a proposal by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats to simultaneously address climate change and inequality.

Will Facebook’s New Ban on White Nationalist Content Work?

Will Facebook’s New Ban on White Nationalist Content Work?

In a blog post published Wednesday, Facebook said that after three months of talking with civil society and academics, it agrees that “white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.” The company’s content moderators will start to remove posts next week that include explicit phrases like “I am a proud white nationalist.”.

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

In a statement, An, the Google lobbyist, said he has no knowledge “of the author who goes by The Real DC.” Yelp vice president of public policy Luther Lowe denied any connection to the video or tweet.

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate Getty Images Over the past few years, China's tech ascension has become one of the hottest topics du jour.

Amazon Gobbles Up Eero to Round Out Its Smart Home Plan

Amazon Gobbles Up Eero to Round Out Its Smart Home Plan

The company's roster of smart home devices now includes multiple speakers, TV streaming boxes and sticks, connected television sets, countertop displays, a wall clock, and a DVR, not to mention oddball gadgets like a scanning wand that aids your grocery shopping and a camera that judges your outfits.

There's Still So Much We Need to Learn About Weed—and Fast

There's Still So Much We Need to Learn About Weed—and Fast

With its proximity to the legendary growing regions of Northern California, the center can start to quantify this historically secretive industry, measuring its toll on the environment and looking at how existing rules affect the growers themselves.

Google Says It Wants Rules for the Use of AI—Kinda, Sorta

Google Says It Wants Rules for the Use of AI—Kinda, Sorta

The search company champions self-regulation, highlighting how it has chosen not to offer a general-purpose facial recognition service—as Microsoft and Amazon do—due to concerns it could be used to “carry out extreme surveillance.” The paper also says Google has limited some of the AI research code it has released, to reduce the risk of misuse.

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