01 Jun 2020

Tiananmen: Police ban Hong Kong vigil for victims of 1989 crackdown

For the first time in 30 years, an annual vigil marking the Tiananmen Square crackdown has been banned by authorities over coronavirus risks. However, there are fears that this may cause a permanent end to the commemorations. China has been seeking to impose new legislation making speaking out against Chinese

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01 Jun 2020

Advancing Blockchain Act Calls for Federally-Led Deep-Dive Into the Nascent Tech

Over the past week, new legislation was introduced aiming to mandate an exhaustive federal government-led examination of the impacts of blockchain nationally and globally. This specific bill was introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie R-KY. and is part of a wider legislative package of 15 emerging tech-focused bills written by Republicans

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28 May 2020

Bill Proposes Restructuring NSF and $100B to Focus on Tech

On Wednesday, bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer D-NY that would restructure the National Science Foundation (NSF) with $100 billion in funding to focus on emerging technology. The act would provide funding to the organization over the next five years and would rename the institution the

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21 May 2020

China focused on jobs as national legislature meets

China is seemingly following the US and other governments in distributing stimulus spending checks to restart its economy, which has been crippled by months of strict lockdown measures. On Friday, companies and the public will meet for the ceremonial national legislature to discuss this option. Although China reopened in March

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28 Apr 2020

Republican Lawmakers Propose Bill to Support Government COVID-19 Research Effort

Earlier this week, nine House Republicans introduced legislation that would codify a range of federal research efforts combatting COVID-19, as well as strategically boosting the technology capabilities of the government to foresee future health threats. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Frank Lucas as well as eight other co-sponsors,

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28 Feb 2020

Senate passes bill banning government purchases of Huawei gear

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would prohibit government agencies from purchasing equipment made by companies considered to be a threat to national security, like the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. The legislation specifically focuses on telecommunications equipment, barring the FCC from using funds to help carriers purchase

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25 Feb 2020

The New Bipartisan AV Bill Is A Good Start, But It’s Missing ADAS Urgency

The latest bill on driverless cars is distinguished from the previous version due to the fact that it was built in a bipartisan structure. The bill was proposed by members of the US House earlier this year and contains three parts: Definitions for AV Portions, Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and

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20 Feb 2020

The Triple Threat Of Terrorism In The U.K.: Will Emergency Legislation Work?

Sudesh Amman was convicted of stabbing a man and woman in broad daylight while counter-terrorism officers watched. The act of terrorism made Amman the second offender in the Uk to go on to commit a terrorist attack after being previously released from jail after serving a half-sentence. After the incident,

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17 Feb 2020

Senators Call for a Moratorium on Government’s Use of Facial Recognition

Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley have proposed the Ethical Use of Facial Recognition Act, aiming to stop the federal government from using the technology until Congress passes legislation that regulates the industry. The senators stated that without proper oversight, facial recognition technology poses a serious risk to citizens’

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29 Jan 2020

Home Affairs report reveals deeper problems with Australia’s encryption laws

Australian law enforcement agencies used controversial new powers just seven times over the course of seven months, each incident regarding voluntary Technical Assistance Requests. The powers were granted under the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Act in 2018. The Australian Federal Police acted under the law five times, and the

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