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  • New bill bans US government agencies using contractors with Huawei or ZTE tech

    New bill bans US government agencies using contractors with Huawei or ZTE tech

    There’s more misery ahead for Huawei, which just saw AT&T pull out of a deal to carry its first smartphone, and fellow Chinese tech firm ZTE. The duo are well known for their growing smartphone businesses worldwide, but it is their more established telecom networking and equipment units that are again under fire in Washington. A new bill introduced to Congress proposes a ban… Read More

  • House Democrats broadcast sit-in on Periscope and Facebook Live

    House Democrats broadcast sit-in on Periscope and Facebook Live

    House Democrats are staging a sit-in today in an effort to push their Republican colleagues to vote for a gun control bill that would exclude suspected terrorists from purchasing automatic weapons. Led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the Representatives sat down on the chamber floor, chanting “No bill, no break,” and calling for a vote. The beginning of the dramatic protest was… Read More

  • Congress warned about cybersecurity after attempted ransomware attack on House

    Congress warned about cybersecurity after attempted ransomware attack on House

    Congressional gridlock can usually be blamed on stubborn Representatives and Senators. But a new string of ransomware attacks on the House of Representatives could stall legislation more effectively than party infighting or a filibuster. Read More

  • House committee votes unanimously for Email Privacy Act

    House committee votes unanimously for Email Privacy Act

    Maybe you’ve delighted in reading some of Hillary Clinton’s more humorous emails, released in several stages over the past year — there’s the one where she calls Harriet Tubman her “home girl,” or the time she jokes about Chinese hackers messing with her contacts. But imagine someone digging into your old emails and reading through all your bad jokes… Read More

  • Here is how to watch the Apple vs. FBI congressional hearing live

    Here is how to watch the Apple vs. FBI congressional hearing live

    Today at 1pm EST representatives from Apple and the FBI will give testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. The hearing is titled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy,” and will be streamed live on YouTube. The hearing will cover the events surrounding the FBI’s request for Apple to unlock the iPhone of the… Read More

  • Tech-Backed Bill Expanding Privacy Rights To EU Citizens Sails Through House

    Tech-Backed Bill Expanding Privacy Rights To EU Citizens Sails Through House

    Tech companies today are celebrating the passage of a bill in the House of Representatives that will expand privacy rights to non-U.S. citizens. The bill, known as the Judicial Redress Act, sailed through the House on a bipartisan, voice vote. If passed by the Senate, the measure will expand some of the privacy rights enjoyed by American records to citizens in allied nations, mostly in the… Read More

  • Patent Reform Tries Again Crunch Network

    Patent Reform Tries Again

    Patent reform, long a decidedly unsexy topic best discussed over a strong espresso, has been a hot topic in recent years. Even though Congress substantially overhauled the patent system just three and a half years ago with the passage of the America Invents Act, the continued public drumbeat (a drumbeat taken up by President Obama, among others) against “Patent Assertion… Read More

  • House Republican Efforts To Curb FCC Authority Mirror Cable Industry Lobbying

    House Republican Efforts To Curb FCC Authority Mirror Cable Industry Lobbying

    A bill introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening by Rep. Bob Latta would “limit” the FCC’s ability to regulate the telecom industry by prohibiting it from classifying broadband as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act. Latta’s argument against regulating broadband as a public utility is that it would create… Read More