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An LA-led, public-private partnership pitches a $150B green infrastructure package to Congress

An LA-led, public-private partnership pitches a 0B green infrastructure package to Congress Representatives from the government and the utility managing the power of Los Angeles are proposing a sweeping infrastructure package worth roughly $150 billion centered on the broad electrification of transportation and industry. Drafted by the Los Angeles-based public-private Transportation Electrification […]

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Why Congress isn’t working remotely due to COVID-19

Why Congress isn’t working remotely due to COVID-19 As COVID-19 forces much of America to work from home, the United States Congress — whose 535 members have an average age of 60 — is still operating from Capitol Hill. Why this population (deemed high-risk to the coronavirus) isn’t yet doing legislative business […]

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White House and House Democrats agree to funding package for paid sick leave, funding for tests

White House and House Democrats agree to funding package for paid sick leave, funding for tests Late Friday night, after nearly two full days of negotiations, the House of Representatives is finally set to pass a bipartisan plan to provide sweeping new benefits to workers and businesses affected by the outbreak of […]

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Stocks sharply rebound as markets rally on expectations of government bailout, testing

Stocks sharply rebound as markets rally on expectations of government bailout, testing As America’s fractured Congress inches closer to an agreement on a comprehensive bailout for the economic hardships businesses and workers are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stocks are poised for a big rally on Wall Street. The move is more […]

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Facebook bans deceptive deepfakes and some misleadingly modified media

Facebook bans deceptive deepfakes and some misleadingly modified media Facebook wants to be the arbiter of truth after all. At least when it comes to intentionally misleading deepfakes and heavily manipulated and/or synthesized media content, such as AI-generated photorealistic human faces that look like real people but aren’t. In a policy update […]

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Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs

Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids […]

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Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media

Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media The White House is contemplating issuing an executive order that would widen its attack on the operations of social media companies. The White House has prepared an executive order called “Protecting Americans From Online Censorship” […]

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Facebook will not remove deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian and others from Instagram

Facebook will not remove deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian and others from Instagram Facebook will not remove the faked videos featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump from Instagram, the company said in a statement. Earlier today, Vice News reported on the existence of videos created by the artists […]

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Trump agrees to reopen the federal government through mid-February

Trump agrees to reopen the federal government through mid-February On Friday, President Trump announced his intentions to back off of his demand for border wall funding, allowing the federal government to reopen for three weeks through February 15. The president touted the decision to reopen the government as a deal in spite […]

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Representatives Pelosi and DelBene: “No tolerance” for culture of harassment

Representatives Pelosi and DelBene: “No tolerance” for culture of harassment  Washington Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently visited the UW’s Computer Science school to discuss the workplace of the 21st century and women’s place in it. Their talk covered a number of topics, but one given more serious consideration […]

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