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China reportedly had ‘deep, persistent access’ to Japanese networks for months

Late last year, Nikkei Asia reported that Japan was planning to add thousands of personnel to its military cyber defense unit. Now, we might know why — according to a report from the Washington Post, hackers in China had “deep, persistent access” to Japanese defense networks. When the National Security Agency is said to have […]

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French Assembly passes bill allowing police to remotely activate phone cameras and microphones for surveillance

French law enforcement may soon have far-reaching authority to snoop on alleged criminals. Lawmakers in France’s National Assembly have passed a bill that lets police surveil suspects by remotely activating cameras, microphones and GPS location systems on phones and other devices. A judge will have to approve use of the powers, and the recently amended

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Judge blocks federal officials from contacting tech companies

A judge has blocked the Biden administration and other federal officials from communicating with social media companies in a case that could have far-reaching implications. On Tuesday, a Trump-appointed judge granted the state attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri a temporary injunction against the federal government, reports The Washington Post. The two Republican lawyers sued

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Senate bill would hold AI companies liable for harmful content

Politicians think they have a way to hold companies accountable for troublesome generative AI: take away their legal protection. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Josh Hawley have introduced a No Section 230 Immunity for AI Act that, as the name suggests, would prevent OpenAI, Google and similar firms from using the Communications Decency Act’s Section 230

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YouTube changes misinformation policy to allow videos falsely claiming fraud in the 2020 US election

In a Friday afternoon news dump, YouTube inexplicably announced today that 2020 election denialism is a-okay. The company says it “carefully deliberated this change” without offering any specifics on its reasons for the about-face. YouTube initially banned content disputing the results of the 2020 election in December of that year. In a feeble attempt to

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Ron DeSantis had trouble announcing his presidential bid because Twitter’s servers were ‘kind of melting’

Ron DeSantis was supposed to take to Twitter Spaces today to officially announce his bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Unfortunately for the governor of Florida, it appears Twitter was not prepared for the influx of people who were waiting to listen to the announcement. Shortly after the Space went live, the broadcast dropped

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TikTok creators sue Montana over statewide ban of the app

One day after Montana Governor signed the first statewide ban on TikTok into law, the measure is already facing a legal challenge. Five TikTok creators are suing in an effort to block the ban from taking effect. In court filings, lawyers representing the TikTok creators say the ban is unconstitutional and that it violates their

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Montana’s governor signs bill banning TikTok

Montana’s TikTok ban is now official. Governor Greg Gianforte signed a bill banning the app in the state, one month after it was passed by the state’s legislature. The law is scheduled to take effect in 2024, though legal challenges could potentially delay that timeline. The law prohibits the company from operating in the state

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Vice President Harris tells tech CEOs they have a moral responsibility to safeguard AI

The Biden administration may be funding AI research, but it’s also hoping to keep companies accountable for their behavior. Vice President Kamala Harris has met the CEOs of Alphabet (Google’s parent), Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic in a bid to get more safeguards for AI. Private firms have an “ethical, moral and legal responsibility” to make

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Bipartisan Senate group reintroduces a revised Kids Online Safety Act

US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) reintroduced a bill today that would put the onus on social media companies to add online safeguards for children. The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) was first introduced last February (sponsored by the same pair) but never made it to the Senate floor after backlash from

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