18 May 2021

Senate Bills Aim to Grow Federal Tech-Ready Workforce—and the Government’s Transparency About its AI Use

Two new proposals have been introduced to the Senate that aim to accelerate the study, fielding, and purchase of artificial intelligence capabilities across different government agencies and the military. The legislation also looks to ensure that the government is transparent about its deployments of the technology, which can be contentious

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10 May 2021

Ransomware Takes Down East Coast Fuel Pipeline

The US government has issued emergency legislation following a ransomware attack that impacted the country’s largest fuel pipeline, the Colonial Pipeline. Over the weekend, the pipeline confirmed that it had suffered from a serious cyber-attack that resulted in some of its services being taken offline. The infrastructure attack is the

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23 Apr 2021

Lawmakers Propose More Than $100B for Federal Tech-Driving Investments

More than 20 lawmakers from both parties and chambers came together to call for the creation of a Technology and Innovation Directorate within the National Science Foundation, proposing that $100 billion over five years should be allocated to the section to ensure that the US maintains a competitive edge when

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16 Mar 2021

Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia

Following the passing of controversial legislation in Australia that aims to make tech platforms pay for news content, Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia. News Corp has not disclosed the value of the three-year contract in Australia. The organization also secured a global deal with Google

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11 Mar 2021

Proposed Bill Would Allow Americans to Sue Foreign Cyber-Actors

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this week proposes that US citizens be able to seek monetary compensation in the event of a foreign cyber-attack on them or their assets. The legislation is titled the Homeland and Cyber Threat Act also referred to as HACT. The

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09 Mar 2021

Virginia Passes New Data Protection Law

Virginia just adopted a new data protection law that is set to go into effect on January 1 of 2023. The law is titled the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) and will require businesses and people conducting business within the state to comply with updated data security and privacy

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23 Feb 2021

Facebook Strikes Deal to Restore News Sharing in Australia

On Monday, Facebook said that it would restore sharing and viewing of news links in Australia. This restoration comes after Facebook was given more time to negotiate a proposed law that would require it to pay for news content on the site. After this proposed law neared passage last week,

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15 Feb 2021

Lawmakers Want the U.S. to Enable Increased Use of IoT Devices

House lawmakers on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation that seeks to require the Federal Communications Commission to capture and maintain data on the growing use of 5G enabled devices. The solicitation also looks to determine the amount of electromagnetic spectrum needed to support future demands. The legislation was introduced by Representatives

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16 Dec 2020

Mexico Passes Law Curbing Operations of Foreign Security Agents

On Tuesday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s party pushed through new legislation that will restrict the role of foreign law enforcement officers in the country. The US has been a critic of the law, stating that it believes the measures will cripple bilateral efforts to combat powerful drug cartels

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10 Dec 2020

Bill to Boost CBP’s Synthetic Opioid-Detecting Tech Awaits President’s Signature

On Monday, the Senate passed the bipartisan legislation the DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act with unanimous consent. The bill was first introduced over a year ago by Republican Representative Clay Higgins and other co-sponsors in the House. The legislation dictates what the responsibilities of the Homeland Security Department in combatting

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