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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

United States senators have mobilised against president Trump's plan to allow ZTE to resume dealings with American companies. The ban that brought the Chinese vendor to its knees was reversed by US president Donald Trump as a favour to Chinese president Xi Jinping. Left out of that equation, however, is the position of US …

Dems push Ryan to vote to help save America's net neutrality measures

With the FCC's motion on ending net neutrality provisions set to be enacted in a matter of days, Senate Democrats want the House to put their resolution to save the protections up for a last-minute vote. An open letter sent by the entire Democratic Senate Caucus to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) implores him to schedule a vote …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jun 2018

One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

Two US senators say they were among those whose identities were forged to file bogus comments on the FCC's net neutrality process. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are calling on Ajit Pai, chairman of the US broadband regulator, to look into how they and others were credited with posting opinions and views to …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2018
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Net neutrality is saved in Senate vote! No, not really, it was a giant waste of everyone's time

The US Senate has voted to scrap an effort to get rid of America's net neutrality rules, providing a small but ultimately worthless victory in what has increasingly become a partisan topic in Washington DC. The vote was heavily pushed by Democratic senators who have known for weeks they were one vote short for the resolution …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2018
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Democrats need just one more senator (and then a miracle) to reverse US net neutrality death

Democrats in the US Senate are pushing for a measure that would, if passed, kill off efforts by America's communications watchdog, the FCC, to scrap the nation's net neutrality protections. With time rapidly running out, the lawmakers have decided not to delay their effort to get more Republicans to join their group, and …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2018

US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

Both halves of the US Congress are now mulling draft laws that would ban American government workers from using phones, network switches and other gear built by Chinese communications giants ZTE and Huawei. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Little Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced this week Senate bill 2391, which would prohibit …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Feb 2018
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US senators vow to filibuster FBI, er, NSA's domestic, errr, foreign mass spying program

Updated A number of US senators from both sides of the aisle have said they will filibuster an effort to approve the continuation of a controversial American government spying program. This mass snooping effort was authorized by section 702 of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act, which expired at the end of …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jan 2018
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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

Analysis The reauthorization of a controversial US government spying program has made further progress with the Senate's intelligence committee putting forward its recommendations to the whole Senate. This follows a similar move by its counterpart in the House of Representatives last week. The report [PDF] from the Senate committee …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Nov 2017
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Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

Poor Marissa Mayer. After selling off Yahoo! and floating away on her golden parachute, she must have been looking for a nice rest. But US Congress wanted her to explain how every single user account on the portal got hacked. On Wednesday, she testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on …
Iain Thomson, 8 Nov 2017

So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

Analysis It's something that everyone in public policy learns sooner or later: governments may be slow and cumbersome, they may be rife with hypocrisy and lacking in understanding, but they are still the government. And your money-making business is not. Yesterday, top lawyers at Facebook, Twitter and Google went through a bit of a …
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Facebook and pals to US Senate's Russia probe: Pleeease don't pass a law on political web ads

Analysis Lawyers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google did their best Tuesday to persuade congressmen not to pass new laws in the US to regulate online political ads. "Foreign interference is our elections reprehensible and goes against everything Facebook stands for," the social network's general counsel Colin Stretch told members of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Oct 2017
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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

Two US senators on Friday introduced legislation to set up the National Commission on the Cybersecurity of the United States Election Systems, to examine the possibility that people tried to hack the 2016 election. The commission would examine the evidence to see if the Russians, or someone else, actively tried to hack the …
Iain Thomson, 15 Sep 2017

Minnesota Senator calls out US watchdogs: Why so cozy with Amazon?

A ranking member of the Senate's Antitrust Subcommittee wants a top US regulator to explain why it was so quick to approve Amazon's purchase of high-end grocery chain Whole Foods. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) says she is "concerned" over the speed with which Amazon completed its $13.7bn acquisition of the kombucha-slinging organic …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2017

No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

After years of warnings about the parlous state of Internet of Sh!t security, the US Senate has finally introduced legislation on the matter. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require that IoT devices purchased by the American government must not have any known security vulnerabilities, must have the …
Iain Thomson, 1 Aug 2017
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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures. In the second quarter of 2017 – April through to June – Google spent $5.93m on sending its representatives to meet with Senators. Amazon came next with $3.21m, then …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2017
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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials on Wednesday. In a public hearing into election hacking held by the US Senate Intelligence Committee, the Department of Homeland Security's acting director of the cyber division, Dr Samuel Liles …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and and Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) have announced to their respective houses bills that would allow contract workers with companies like Uber, Lyft, and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2017
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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

Two US senators have proposed a law limiting American intelligence agencies' secret stockpiles of vulnerabilities found in products. The Protecting our Ability To Counter Hacking (PATCH) Act [PDF] would set up a board chaired by an Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official to assess security flaws spies have found in code …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2017

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