politics

FCC crackdown on cellphone subsidies leaves millions without service

The Ajit Pai-era FCC has spent much of its energy cracking down on claimed abuses of the Lifeline subsidy program, but this anti-fraud effort may be hurting low-income households more than it helps. The investigative news outlet Center for Public In… Source: Engadget | FCC crackdown on cellphone subsidies leaves millions without service

FCC formally approves the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The decision comes after a drawn-out, and at times contentious, review of T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid to merge with Sprint. Source: Engadget | FCC formally approves the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

China tells online stores to stop selling e-cigarettes

E-cigarette sales bans are quickly becoming an international phenomenon. China's tobacco regulators have asked online shopping companies to "temporarily" close online stores that sell e-cigarettes — effectively, it's banning e-cig sales on the inte… Source: Engadget | China tells online stores to stop selling e-cigarettes

Facebook will let politicians run false ads during UK elections

Facebook's policy of allowing politicians to run false ads is going to get tested in short order. CNN Business has confirmed that the social network won't fact-check candidates' ads in the weeks ahead of the UK election on December 12th. It will ba… Source: Engadget | Facebook will let politicians run false ads during UK …

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Pentagon's draft AI ethics guidelines fight bias and rogue machines

Tech companies might have trouble establishing groundwork for the ethical use of AI, but the Defense Department appears to be moving forward. The Defense Innovation Board just published draft guidelines for AI ethics at the Defense Department that a… Source: Engadget | Pentagon's draft AI ethics guidelines fight bias and rogue machines

Interior Department grounds drone fleet over security concerns

The US Department of the Interior has halted the use of its 800 drones, which help monitor endangered species, inspect federally protected land and fight forest fires. According to The Wall Street Journal, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt called fo… Source: Engadget | Interior Department grounds drone fleet over security concerns

ACLU sues to reveal the FBI's uses of facial recognition

The ACLU is unsurprisingly concerned about the FBI's use of facial recognition, and it wants to force the agency to divulge its practices. It just filed a lawsuit against the FBI, the Justice Department and the DEA ordering them to turn over records… Source: Engadget | ACLU sues to reveal the FBI's uses of facial …

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Toronto is reining in Sidewalk Labs’ smart city dream

Sidewalk Labs, the part of Google-parent Alphabet that's focused on futuristic cities and urban development, has agreed to compromise on a proposed smart neighborhood in Toronto. Back in June, the company submitted a draft MIDP (Master Innovation and… Source: Engadget | Toronto is reining in Sidewalk Labs’ smart city dream

Facebook takes down fake political ad meant to test its fact checking

Facebook's stance on truth in political ads has been put to the test. The social media giant has removed a 'stunt' ad from a Political Action Committee, the Really Online Lefty League, that falsely claimed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported… Source: Engadget | Facebook takes down fake political ad meant to test its fact checking

Trump administration may blacklist Chinese firms that routinely copy tech

The US trade war is meant in part to punish China for allowing intellectual property theft, but the Trump administration might not be convinced it goes far enough. Washington Post sources claim that White House advisor Peter Navarro is exploring a p… Source: Engadget | Trump administration may blacklist Chinese firms that routinely copy tech

Recommended Reading: How memes became political weapons

How memes got weaponized: A short history Joan Donovan, MIT Technology Review Memes are entertaining, but they've also become key weapons in politics and the spread of misinformation. This piece starts with just one of many insane stories: "In Oct… Source: Engadget | Recommended Reading: How memes became political weapons

Facebook’s 2020 election 'protections' still allow for lying politicians

Today, Facebook outlined new measures to stop abuse and interference in the 2020 election. They include safeguards meant to make Facebook more secure and transparent, but they make one glaring omission. The new policies don't change Facebook's rules… Source: Engadget | Facebook’s 2020 election 'protections' still allow for lying politicians

Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from your car

Your connected car data might be safer from prying eyes — Georgia's Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to obtain personal data from cars. The decision overturns an earlier state Court of Appeals ruling that defended police obtaining… Source: Engadget | Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from …

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