Cybersecurity

Sales of citizen data worries lawmakers and experts alike

Expert witnesses expressed support for bills that close loopholes in existing laws, which currently allow government purchase of private data.

Cybersecurity

Simple cyber reporting will enable better governmentwide response, lawmaker argues

Sen. Gary Peters discussed how streamlined reporting to CISA can clarify the cyber threat landscape to all U.S. networks.

Cybersecurity

NIST identifies 4 quantum-resistant encryption algorithms

Federal researchers are one step closer to protecting U.S. data from quantum computing decryption capabilities.

Emerging Tech

Research uncovers vulnerabilities in blockchain tech, non-secure crypto transactions

Mutability within some decentralized ledger technologies prompted researchers' concerns over the security of cryptocurrency transactions.

Cybersecurity

DOJ ramps up efforts to curb digital stalking and abuse

In a whole-of-government approach to fighting online harassment, a new Justice Department task force will improve data collection on digital crimes and train state and local law enforcement.

Cybersecurity

Better public-private partnerships could prevent major ransomware attacks, crypto insiders say

Cryptocurrency industry execs stressed their commitment to collaborating with law enforcement to track ransomware payments.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Hearing examines human side of telecom bills

While equitable broadband access was a recurring point of discussion during the hearing, several witnesses discussed the critical role broadband plays in public health and safety.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Biden administration launches new component to internet expansion

The Internet for All program utilizes funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to deploy internet connectivity nationwide.

Public Safety

FirstNet, NIST launch immersive emergency response training lab

The customized space is equipped with a motion capture system, 42 high speed optical tracking cameras, a variety of augmented and virtual reality headsets, and gear and fixtures that add a tactile component to simulations.

Emerging Tech

How drones document crash scenes

Using photos, video imagery and orthomosaics provided by drones, the National Transportation Safety Board can analyze and recreate accidents across all transportation industries.

Data & Analytics

Census data tool maps socioeconomic equity, resilience

My Community Explorer shows location and demographic data on poverty, educational attainment and language that communities can use to measure inequality and make data-driven decisions.

Cybersecurity

Report reveals surveillance abuses in educational technology

Four education technology companies misused surveillance software while students were using their products, resulting in contact with local law enforcement, according to a report prepared by two senators.

Emerging Tech

Senator questions crypto companies' impact on local communities

Sen. Ron Wyden raised concerns that cryptocurrency mining companies may be exploiting Opportunity Zones without generating enough jobs and economic development for the local community.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers move to protect healthcare infrastructure from potential Russian threat

The Healthcare Cybersecurity Act works to protect sensitive health care data and information from hackers. 

Cloud & Infrastructure

Lawmakers request agency support in broadband rollouts

Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to help make good on broadband development with Bipartisan Infrastructure funding.

Data & Analytics

Data key to ensuring pandemic funding accuracy

Enhanced data collection and analysis will help ensure pandemic relief funding is spent properly, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Public Safety

Proposed bill would let people know when law enforcement is surveilling them

The legislation would require law enforcement to disclose surveillance orders covering digital communications, such as e-mails and search histories, as well as more traditional calls and wiretaps. 

Emerging Tech

Scrubbing the bias from machine learning systems

Monitoring, testing and evaluating impacts will help limit the systemic, statistical and human biases that affect artificial intelligence systems, according to a new NIST report.

Data & Analytics

Supply chain data-sharing pilot aims to ease shipping bottlenecks

The Freight Logistics Optimization Works initiative looks to mitigate supply chain disruption and improve the flow of goods to consumers by fostering information-sharing between port operators and trucking, warehousing and logistics companies.

State & Local

House Committee's cyber training bill targets public sector responders 

The legislation calls for development of new cybersecurity training and education programs for federal and state homeland security employees in advance of widespread ransomware or digital attacks.

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