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Washington state considers new privacy law to regulate data collection and facial recognition tech

January 22, 2019

Lawmakers in Washington state are pushing for a new privacy law that would attempt to give consumers more control over the information that big tech companies and data brokers collect about them. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, would give consumers the right to see what data is collected about them and find out whether that information is being sold to a third party.

Managing your child's 'screen time' in a digital world

January 22, 2019

Camille Cole, an Education Technology Specialist, says not all screen time is created equal, so the key is to find the right balance. It helps to talk to your child's teacher about how much class time is spent on a computer. Also, pay attention to what your children are doing online when they have their devices. Is it productive?

Survey: Few Americans Willing to Pay for Privacy

January 22, 2019

Only one in four Americans want online services such as Facebook and Google to collect less of their data if it means they would have to start paying a monthly subscription fee, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation. Few surveys of Internet users’ attitudes toward online privacy ask about such tradeoffs, so the Center probed Americans’ reactions to a series of likely consequences of reducing online data collection.

Robots Will Be Your Colleagues Not Your Replacement: Manpower

January 21, 2019

Fears that robots will eliminate your job are unfounded with a growing number of employers planning to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation, staffing company ManpowerGroup said in a survey published on Friday. The "Humans Wanted: Robots Need You" report surveyed 19,000 employers in 44 countries and found 69 percent of firms were planning to maintain the size of their workforce while 18 percent wanted to hire more people as a result of automation. That was the highest result in three years.

Facebook's Sandberg says tech giant is 'far from done' fixing its problems

January 21, 2019

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg defended the tech giant's efforts to fix a wide range of problems but conceded that it is "far from done" during a speech in Munich. In a Sunday speech at the Digital, Life, Design conference, the embattled Facebook executive and board member outlined five areas that Facebook is focused on improving for 2019: safety, election interference, fake accounts, data protection and transparency.

Missile Defense Review Calls for Protecting US From Cruise Missiles

January 18, 2019

The plan -- laid out in the administration’s long-anticipated Missile Defense Review -- stops short of calling for the deployment of hypersonic interceptors and space-based lasers, controversial weapons that reportedly been under consideration. Instead, the review calls for spending more to develop technologies that could be used in these types of weapons.

Hubble Space Telescope will last through the mid-2020s, report says

January 17, 2019

Despite recent issues with one of its instruments, the Hubble Space Telescope is expected to last at least another five years. A new report suggests that the iconic spacecraft has a strong chance of enduring through the mid-2020s."Right now, all of the subsystems and the instruments have a reliability exceeding 80 percent through 2025...

China Is a Dangerous Rival, and America Should Treat It Like One

January 17, 2019

The Trump administration has been clear about its view of China. A 2017 national security strategy document called China a “revisionist” power attempting to reorder international politics to suit its interests. It’s difficult to think otherwise given Beijing’s military buildup, its attempts to undermine American influence and power, its retaliations against American allies such as Canada, and its economic actions.

7 ways the U.S. government shutdown is impacting the tech sector

January 17, 2019

Going into the fourth week of the U.S. government shutdown, its impact goes beyond the some 800,000 federal employees who’ve been furloughed. It’s also having a huge impact on the tech sector in myriad ways, from layoffs to Super Bowl ads. Here are seven ways the shutdown is having an impact on the sector.

House Republicans question mobile carriers on data practices

January 17, 2019

Top House Republicans are pressing the telecommunications industry about its handling of customer data following a report earlier this month that detailed how companies sell user location data to third parties. The top GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint on Wednesday asking for details about the companies’ data-sharing agreements.

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