But the increasing demand for flexible, wearable electronics, sensors, antennas and biomedical devices has led a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences SEAS to innovate an eye-popping new way of printing complex metallic architectures -- as though they are seemingly suspended in midair.Sheldon Whitehouse and Lindsey Graham are on a mission to make things worse.EFFGchat was the future of messaging, but Google didn't know what it had Everyone has been talking about Slack lately.Just a click or a tap and, if you ve some 21st century connectivity, you landed on this page in a trice.Bloomberg first reported the issues surrounding the video when it obtained an email posted on an internal Google forum.Tech InsiderOne fascinating reason cable companies won t willingly compete against each other If you're like many Americans, you might live in an area that's effectively dominated by a cable monopoly.
Sheldon Whitehouse is a politician with a great name, a bad haircut, and a pissed-off attitude.The second-term Democratic junior senator from Rhode Island has built his career around two seemingly unrelated issues—climate change and money in politics—and he’s just written a book to demonstrate how intimately connected they turn out to be.Whitehouse, who is sixty-one years old, has an aristocratic bearing and a background that belies his everyday fury.He’s descended from the Crocker railroad fortune, his father was a career diplomat (which included stints as ambassador to Laos and Thailand), and Sheldon himself is the product of St. Paul’s and Yale.At one level, climate change is almost a parochial issue in what’s known as the Ocean State; the Atlantic is getting bigger all the time, and, consequently, Rhode Island, which is not too big to start with, is shrinking.“It’s unbelievably important to Rhode Island,” Whitehouse told me in a conversation the other day.
p Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt sent a memo to agency employees last week saying that he would recuse himself from lawsuits that he brought against the Agency as Oklahoma Attorney General, according to Reuters.In his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Pruitt hadn’t definitively stated that he would step back from all the lawsuits against the very agency he was about to head.Instead, he said that he would defer to the EPA’s ethics counsel, which stated that he must recuse himself from lawsuits brought against the agency in the year previous.In a four-page recusal memo sent on Thursday (PDF), which E News obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Pruitt said that he would “not participate in any active cases in which Oklahoma is a party, petitioner, or intervenor.” The Administrator listed twelve cases, including three involving Murray Energy Corp., one of the largest coal mining companies in the US, as well as a case involving Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing.Pruitt also tied up some other loose ends last week, issuing a clarification of testimony he gave to senators in January regarding his use of personal e-mail to conduct state matters.At the time, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI) asked Pruitt to respond in writing to a question about whether Pruitt had ever used private e-mail, text, or other communication channels to conduct business in his capacity as Oklahoma Attorney General.
Bitcoin isn't money, so money laundering laws shouldn't applySpooked by prosecutions of Bitcoin sellers and pending money laundering rules, The Bitcoin Foundation on Tuesday said the cryptocurrency isn't really money and asked lawmakers to investigate the Department of Justice's pursuit of merchants selling it.In a letter [PDF] to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Llew Claasen, the foundation's executive director, expressed opposition to Section 13 of the "Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act of 2017" (S 1241).That portion of the proposed law – introduced in May by Senators Chuck Grassley (R‑IA), Dianne Feinstein (D‑CA), John Cornyn (R‑TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D‑RI) – would extend record keeping requirements, used to track money laundering, to "digital currencies.""Bitcoin lacks the characteristic of monetary instruments or financial products which S 1241's Section 13 attempts to regulate," he wrote.Claasen also takes issue with the lawmakers' claim that terrorists are using cryptocurrencies.
On Tuesday, lawyers representing the three companies faced a marathon round of questions from U.S. lawmakers about how Russia used their platforms to meddle in the U.S. election.“The foreign interference we saw is reprehensible,” said Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing.From January 2015 to August 2017, Russian entities used ads to promote 120 Facebook pages they set up, which then posted more than 80,000 pieces of content.Twitter said they found more than 36,746 automated accounts linked to Russia that posted 1.4 million tweets, representing about 0.74 percent of election-related tweets from September to November 2016.“How do you deal with the problem of a legitimate and lawful, but phony American shell corporation, one that calls itself say Americans for Puppies and Prosperity, has a dropbox as its address and a $50 million check in its bank book that it is using to spend to manipulate election outcomes?,” asked Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island.Twitter’s acting general counsel Sean Edgett pointed to the work the company is doing to increase transparency around advertising and said they’re working on the best approach to identify who is behind these ads.
In a letter, Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, minority leads on the House Intel and Senate Judiciary committees respectively, called for the two tech companies to release any information that have about Russian ties to the recent social media campaign around a controversial memo written by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes.The pair argues that there is evidence that Russian bots promoted Nunes’ political agenda and the public deserves to know about it, citing last week’s Business Insider story “Russia-linked Twitter accounts are working overtime to help Devin Nunes and WikiLeaks.”The new Russian bot debate surrounds a hashtag known as releasethememo.As Feinstein and Schiff’s letter argues, releasethememo is tainted by Russian influence:Specifically, on Thursday, January 18, 2018, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Majority voted to allow Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to review a misleading talking points “memo” authored by Republican staff that selectively references and distorts highly classified information.The rushed decision to make this document available to the full House of Representatives was followed quickly by calls from some quarters to release the document to the public.
The bipartisan Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (PDF), introduced to the Senate yesterday, aims to iron out confusion around which laws apply when governments want access to data stored in the cloud.Senators Orrin Hatch, Christopher Coons, Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse said that the US government's efforts to access data stored overseas are impeded by exactly that."In today's world of email and cloud computing, where data is stored across the globe, law enforcement and tech companies find themselves encumbered by conflicting data disclosure and privacy laws," said Hatch."We need a common-sense framework to help law enforcement obtain critical information to solve crimes while at the same time enabling email and cloud computing providers to comply with countries' differing privacy regimes."The most obvious example where existing laws fail to address cloud storage is the ongoing legal wrangling between Microsoft and the US government.The state says the Stored Communications Act requires Microsoft to share crime suspects' emails, but Redmond has refused, saying the search warrant can't reach beyond US borders.
One of the biggest challenges that law enforcement faces today is gaining access to data that is stored overseas that has bearing on cases being tried in the US.The challenge is that even when the data falls under US jurisdiction, the data is still very difficult to access.New legislation is before Congress that would make it easier to access data that could have bearing on cases relating to terrorism and other major crimes.Sometimes the tech companies that are storing the data want to give access to law enforcement, but they must withhold that data due to other rules and policies.The new legislation put forth by Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Democrats Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons along with members of the House would clarify the legal authority of the US to obtain data stored in another country.The legislation, if approved, would authorize special agreements to resolve legal conflicts.
There was granular focus on privacy definitions and data collection, and quick footwork by Zuckerberg—backed by a phalanx of lawyers, consultants, and coaches—to craft a narrative that users “control” their data.Here are the five of the biggest questions about Russia that Zuckerberg wasn’t asked or didn’t answer—and why it’s important for Facebook to provide clear information on these issues.In fact, this was not the primary means of distributing content, collecting information, identifying potential supporters, and promoting narratives.The main tool for this was fake accounts posting "native" content—plain old Facebook posts—building relationships with real users.But this wholesale removal of accounts obviously went way beyond the 740 accounts that have been identified as buying ads on behalf of the IRA.So, while Facebook's announcement that group pages will now require verification with a government ID and a physical address that can be validated, fake IDs and the use of US-registered shell corporations (a point raised by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse) can be used to bypass these security protocols—albeit with a much more significant expenditure of resources.
Apple is creating a dedicated team to help train law enforcement officials around the world in digital forensics, the company said Tuesday in a letter to Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.The letter, obtained by CNET, addresses a report issued earlier this year by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) regarding cybersecurity and the "digital evidence needs" of law enforcement agencies.To meet challenges raised in the report, Apple said in the letter, the company is upgrading its law enforcement training program.This includes developing an online training module for police that mirrors Apple's current in-person training, according to the letter and to details on the company's website."This will assist Apple in training a larger number of law enforcement agencies and officers globally, and ensure that our company's information and guidance can be updated to reflect the rapidly changing data landscape," the site says.The company is also working on a portal, set to be operational by the end of 2018, where law enforcement officials can submit and track requests for data.
Apple will create a special portal for law enforcement officials to legally request and receive user data from Apple, according to a letter sent to a senator and obtained by Business Insider.In a letter to the US Senate, Apple's highest-ranking lawyer said that the company plans to take several steps to make it easier for police to obtain some of its users' data during investigations.Police frequently subpoena user data from the big tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Apple.The letter is signed by Kate Adams, Apple's general counsel."When the portal goes live, law enforcement agents will be able to apply for authentication credentials, giving them the option to submit legal requests online," the letter continues.Many of Apple's changes are in response to a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, called "Low Hanging Fruit."
(Reuters) — Apple plans to create an online tool for police to formally request data about its users and to assemble a team to train police about what data can and cannot be obtained from the iPhone maker, according to a company letter seen by Reuters.The letter, dated Sept. 4, was from Apple General Counsel Kate Adams to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island.Apple declined to comment beyond the letter.Apple can and does provide some user data, such as data stored in its iCloud online service, to law enforcement officials if they make a valid legal request.But Apple has sparred with U.S. law enforcement officials because it encrypts its devices in such a way that Apple cannot access the devices if asked to do so.The company said in its letter that it had responded to 14,000 U.S. law enforcement requests last year, including 231 “domestic emergency requests,” that it largely addressed within 20 minutes of receipt “regardless of the time of day or night.”
The tool won’t involve any changes to Apple securityApple Inc, which in June announced it was boosting encryption on its iPhones in order to prevent unauthorised police efforts to unlock handsets, is planning to create an online tool for law enforcement officers to formally request user data.That’s according to a company letter seen by Reuters.In the letter – by Apple General Counsel Kate Adams to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island – the company said it had responded to 14,000 US law enforcement requests last year that it had generally dealt with within 20 minutes of receipt “regardless of the time of day or night.”Rather than taking those requests by email, the company will now create an online tool for law enforcement officials to make and track requests, according to its letter.Apple is capable of and does provide some user data, such as data stored in its iCloud online service, to law enforcement officials if they make a valid legal request, Reuters notes, but the company has repeatedly clashed with US law enforcement officials because it encrypts its devices in such a way that Apple cannot access the devices, and has refused attempts to build backdoors into its OS.
Apple is creating a dedicated team to help train law enforcement officials around the world in digital forensics, the company said Tuesday in a letter to Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.The company is also working on a online portal, set to be operational by the end of 2018, where law enforcement officials can submit and track requests for data and obtain responses from Apple.When the portal goes live, police and law enforcement agents will be able to apply for "authentication credentials," Apple said in the letter.The letter, obtained by CNET, addresses recommendations made in a report issued earlier this year by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) regarding cybersecurity and the "digital evidence needs" of law enforcement agencies.Apple said in the letter that it's eager to adopt the report's recommendations, including making upgrades to its law enforcement training program.This includes developing an online training module for police that mirrors Apple's current in-person training, according to the letter and to details on the company's website.
In 2016, Apple and the FBI went to court over the company’s unwillingness to hand over private data.Now, the company is working to find a better way to handle law enforcement requests for data and information pertaining to criminal investigations.According to its website, the company is currently working on building an online portal which will make it easier for law enforcement to submit requests to Apple regarding such data.Apple’s website says that, by the end of the year, it hopes to have created an” online portal for authenticated law enforcement officers globally to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data from Apple.” However, a letter sent to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), seen by CNET, provides some more information on the company’s plans.Many of Apple’s recently announced policies were made in response to recommendations from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which suggested that Apple make changes to the way it works with law enforcement on investigations and training.This new training is outlined on the company’s website, where it discusses Apple’s plans for a revamped relationship with law enforcement, which includes providing better training in technology and data-gathering.
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Facebook says its third-party fact-checking partners “do review and rate climate misinformation, and there has never been a prohibition against them doing so,” in a response to criticism from Democratic senators. Facebook will continue its policy of exempting “clear opinion content” from fact-checking, the letter says. The senators are unsatisfied.
In the response, which was shared exclusively with The Verge, the tech behemoth says it does not consider all climate change content “opinion.” But opinion articles about climate change don’t receive fact-checking, a policy Facebook says it began in 2016.
“There should be no company too big, too powerful, and too opaque to be held accountable for its role in the climate crisis.”
Senate Republicans voted Monday night to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, tilting the balance of the court to a 6-3 conservative majority for years to come and handing US President Donald Trump a victory barely a week before the election.Every Republican but one, senator Susan Collins of Maine, voted to confirm Barrett. Every Democrat voted no. The final tally was 52 to 48.The White House planned to hold a large outdoor event later Monday night to celebrate Barrett’s confirmation, despite a previous White House event for Barrett triggering a coronavirus outbreak among attendees. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reportedly will administer the constitutional oath to Barrett at the event.Barrett’s confirmation ends a weekslong dash by Republicans to put her on the court before the November 3 election, in the event Trump loses reelection and leaves a potential President Joe Biden better positioned to fill the seat in 2021. Barrett, 48, will fill the seat left vacant by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September.Democrats protested the rushed process, calling it a “sham” and boycotting Barrett’s vote out of the Judiciary Committee. They criticised Republicans for the hypocrisy of filling a Supreme Court seat in a presidential election year after they denied President Barack Obama the ability to do so. They warned that Barrett is a threat to the Affordable Care Act and highlighted her record of hostility to the health care law, women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights. But they never had the votes to stop her confirmation.Ahead of the vote, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats’ complaints about the process were unfounded.“You can’t win ’em all,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Elections have consequences.”“What this administration and this Republican Senate has done is exercise a power that was given to us by the American people in a manner that is entirely within the rules of the Senate and the Constitution of the United States,” he said.But Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Monday’s vote “one of the darkest days” in the history of the 231 years of the Senate, and said Republicans will regret their power grab in the long haul.“I want to be very clear with my Republican colleagues: You may win this vote, and Amy Coney Barrett may become the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, but you will never, never get your credibility back,” Schumer said. “The next time the American people give Democrats a majority in this chamber, you will have forfeited the right to tell us how to run that majority.”Barrett, a conservative US appeals court judge, dodged even the most basic questions in her confirmation hearing. She refused to say if climate change is real (it is), and wouldn’t say if it is illegal to vote twice in a presidential election (it is).Barrett is Trump’s third Supreme Court justice, after Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. All three are members of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organisation through which Trump has outsourced his selection of Supreme Court justices and nearly all of his 53 appeals court judges. The Federalist Society is part of a vast and secretive $250 million network of groups promoting conservative judges and causes. During Barrett’s confirmation hearing this month, senator Sheldon Whitehouse connected the dots between the conservative dark money groups and Barrett’s nomination, saying her confirmation is the grand prize for big donors hoping for favourable court rulings on the issues they care about: among them, weakening or doing away with the Affordable Care Act, abortion rights and marriage equality.“Two hundred and fifty million dollars is a lot of money to spend if you’re not getting anything for it,” he said as Barrett sat feet away. “So that raises the question, ‘What are they getting for it?’”Related...
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