At the White House’s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day’s big topics
 Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. Read More ...
IFTTT’s powerful new initiative connects up with government data streams
 Today, all around cool internet thing IFTTT is hooking all kinds of useful public data into its powerful platform. With the launch of its new Data Access Project, IFTTT will add support for a broad selection of government agencies, organizations and research and cultural groups. That includes public data from federal and state government feeds on down to municipal transit information. The new… Read More ...
Exposed GOP database demonstrates the risks of data-hungry political campaigns
 Since November, the Trump campaign’s possibly brilliant, maybe-just-lucky data strategy launched a thousand thinkpieces. Now, we’ve got a more intimate look at that data than we were ever meant to have. As discovered by Chris Vickery, a cyber risk analyst at UpGuard, and reported by Gizmodo, an analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee left the data of 198 million U.S. Read More ...
Google pledges to fight “terrorist content”
In the always-tumultuous world of content that is the internet, today Google has pledged with YouTube to tackle “terror content.” This means that Google and YouTube are, as they said today, “working with government, law enforcement and civil society groups to tackle the problem of violent extremism online.” This is in addition to the already-massive effort the company(s) make to … Continue reading...
Europe mostly ends mobile roaming fees from today
 Europeans traveling through the 28 Member State bloc are now able to use their mobile devices more freely, thanks to a top level abolition of mobile roaming charges across the region.  Read More ...
500 Startups closes $35M Japan fund with the backing of the Japanese government
 500 Startups has announced the close of its fund for Japan, more than 18 months after it was first unveiled. The effort is backed by the Japanese government, which has chipped in as an LP via its Cool Japan Fund. (Yes, that really is the name of the fund, which is aiming to use about $1 billion in public money over its lifecycle.) Initially U.S.-based 500 Startups targeted a $30 million close,… Read More ...
Intel agencies want to make the most controversial foreign surveillance rule permanent
 In a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing that often veered off route, two of the nation’s most powerful intelligence figures made their case for extending a controversial portion of the the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) known as Section 702. Section 702, which allows the government to intercept the communications of foreign intelligence targets, is set to expire… Read More ...
Facebook inserts itself into politics with new tools that help elected officials reach constituents
 Facebook this year has launched a number of features that make it easier for people to reach their government representatives on its social network, including “Town Hall,” and related integrations with News Feed, as well as ways to share reps’ contact info in your own posts. Today, the company is expanding on these initiatives with those designed for elected officials… Read More ...
Amazon offers discounts to customers on government assistance programs
Amazon is making it cheaper for customers on government assistance programs to afford a Prime subscription. Eligible subscribers can sign up for the service for half price, and reapply for a discounted rate every 12 months. The post Amazon offers discounts to customers on government assistance programs appeared first on Digital Trends....
Apple hints it’s handed over metadata on UK terror suspects
 Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed the company has been co-operating with the UK government in handing over metadata in the wake of a series of terror attacks in the country — which he described as “horrendous”. Read More ...
Deep analysis of police body cam footage shows pattern of microaggressions towards black people
 Police body cameras don’t just record shootouts and other crises — they’re on all day every day, providing unprecedented detail of officers’ interactions with the public. If you can handle that volume of data, that is. Researchers at Stanford created a method to do just that, and soon found that officers in Oakland consistently used less respectful language when… Read More ...
Social media vetting now required of U.S. visa applicants
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget approved the new visa application that includes social media vetting on May 23. Applicants are required to give all handles from the past five years. The post Social media vetting now required of U.S. visa applicants appeared first on Digital Trends.
Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit
 IMSI catchers, devices used to spoof cell towers and intercept communications, are one of the most resented open secrets of law enforcement. Strict non-disclosure agreements prevent them from being acknowledged as existing, let alone being used — but researchers think they’ve found a way to spot the shady signal-snatchers. Read More ...
Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit
 IMSI catchers, devices used to spoof cell towers and intercept communications, are one of the most resented open secrets of law enforcement. Strict non-disclosure agreements prevent them from being acknowledged as existing, let alone being used — but researchers think they’ve found a way to spot the shady signal-snatchers. Read More ...
Venture investors blast US decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord
 Joining an overwhelming chorus that includes most Americans, several major businesses in the U.S. and much of the global community, several investors have come out swinging against President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Read More ...
Amazon begins offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases
 Were you one of the many parents surprised to find hundreds of dollars’ worth of Smurfberries charged to your card a few years back? Amazon’s lax in-app purchasing requirements let kids all over the country buy coins and crystals to their hearts’ content, something the FTC frowned on. News that refunds would be available soon broke in April, and the time has come at last. Read More ...
Homeland Security says there is “no timeline” for European laptop ban, but it’s still an option
 Business travelers between the U.S. and Europe can breathe a small sigh of relief and clutch their laptops a little closer, for now, anyway. Following a call between Secretary John Kelly and defense leads in Europe, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a statement clarifying that it would not seek to ban laptops from the cabin on commercial flights from Europe at this time.… Read More ...
Boeing will build DARPA’s XS-1 experimental spaceplane
 You can hear the champagne corks popping here in Seattle as Boeing is awarded the contract to make DARPA’s cool experimental spaceplane. The XS-1, as it’s called, would allow for relatively cheap and simple trips to space for launching and testing satellites and all that sort of thing. Read More ...
The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a fundamental, deliberate misunderstanding of how the internet works
 The FCC has just published the notice of proposed rulemaking that would roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order establishing net neutrality. Their first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. It would be funny if the future of the internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering. Read More ...
An open letter to everyone who uses the internet
 The free and open internet as we know it is at risk. Read More ...