21 Apr 2020

US Bans Church Website Selling COVID19 ‘Miracle’ Treatment

The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing (Genesis) was found to be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act earlier this week, and they were ordered to shut down a website advertising a miracle cure for COVID-19, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease. Genesis was found

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21 Apr 2020

Twitter Fails to Obtain Permission to Disclose Surveillance Requests

Recently, the US government declared that Twitter’s release of transparency reports could harm national security. Twitter has been releasing the reports since 2012, in which they provide information on legal requests for account information and content removal, as well as copyright and trademark notices, platform manipulation and advertisers. The reports

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20 Apr 2020

Protests erupt again over coronavirus shelter-in-place orders. Here’s why governors aren’t budging

Protests over COVID-19 lockdown erupted over several states this past weekend. However, state governors have stated that they will not end lockdown measures early. Health care workers in Denver stood in the streets in counter-protest against those fighting to end lockdowns. In Denver, protesters ordered the stay-at-home order to be

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20 Apr 2020

Zoom Bombing Attack Hits U.S. Government Meeting

According to an internal letter released by the government, a recent US House Oversight Committee meeting was the victim of a Zoom-bombing attack. The committee meeting was disrupted at least three times by uninvited individuals. The incident was disclosed in an internal letter from two representatives, Jim Jordan and Carolyn

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09 Apr 2020

Zoom’s fall: Google bans Zoom from staffers’ gear

Last week, Google announced that it will block Zoom from all Google-provided devices, including computers and smartphones. Google stated that they have historically not allowed employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of Google’s corporate network. The company informed its employees that Zoom will no longer run

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07 Apr 2020

U.S. High Performance Computing Takes On COVID-19

The US Federal government has assembled a group of high-performance computing (HPC) resources for the disposal of researchers who are tirelessly looking for potential cures and treatments for the COVID-19 virus, which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe. HPC may be critical to finding a cure, as it

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06 Apr 2020

Agencies Have Spent At Least $2.6B on COVID-19 Supplies and Services

According to data from the Federal Procurement Data System, the US government has spent more than $35.6 billion, 7.3% of which on COVID-19 supplies and services, in the past two months. Between February 1 and April 2, agencies reported nearly $2.6 billion in spending with the National Interest Action code

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24 Mar 2020

White House Launches Supercomputing Consortium to Fight COVID-19

The Trump administration has announced a new initiative geared towards helping researchers use a range of America’s powerful high-performance supercomputing resources to help accelerate new COVID-19 developments in terms of vaccines and medications. The initiative named the COVID-19 High Performace Computing Consortium, allows scientists to utilize one of 16 of

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12 Mar 2020

Afghans Agree to Release Taliban Prisoners to Advance Talks

On Tuesday, the Afghan government agreed to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a gesture of goodwill before beginning negotiations with the terrorist group, causing controversy in Washington. Last month, the US signed a deal with the insurgent group to withdraw all troops within 14 months, under specific conditions including that

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12 Mar 2020

Chinese-Owned TikTok Will Open A ‘Transparency Center’ To Assuage Privacy Concerns

TikTok, a Chinese owned company that has recently been the cause of US national security controversy, has stated that it will be opening a center that will address the issue of how the company moderates content. The new facility will be located in Los Angeles, where outside experts will be

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