Europe’s far-reaching General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect this May, and will be consequential for business and the world. Recent U.S. privacy and cybersecurity debacles suggest a Dodd-Frank-styled privacy overhaul may be in the making, lest the U.S. cede privacy and cybersecurity governance to the Europeans.
Leading black lawmakers are growing impatient with tech’s largely unfulfilled promises to improve employee diversity. During the Congressional Black Caucus’ trip to Silicon Valley this week, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. shared her surprise to find out that many tech companies had only 1 to 2 percent black employees. The group discussed expanding the Community Reinvestment Act to include tech companies.
Credit-monitoring firm Equifax Inc said on Monday it has sent a letter to several U.S. Congressional committees providing additional details on data that was breached in a cybersecurity incident in September. Equifax said that about 38,000 driver’s licenses and 3,200 passports details had been uploaded to the portal that had was hacked.
Microsoft recently filed an amendment to add the U.S. Virgin Islands as an additional area of operation for its TV white space deployment. This would allow the company to help restore communications in areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Microsoft’s intention is to operate TVWS radios on channels authorized for use across Puerto Rico supporting the recovery efforts of organizations like Net Hope, Claro and others. In these same areas, many broadcast TV operators are off the air due to the effects of the storms, but channel availability and power limits remain restricted for white space operations on or next to these channels.
Green Bay Press Gazette Column: Broadband critical to small business success
John Gard, the president of Wisconsin Independent Business, shares how broadband connectivity in rural areas impacts small business owners in this column. About 745,000 rural Wisconsinites remain on the wrong side of the “digital divide.” Many Wisconsin-based organizations are rallying behind TV White Space technology because it promises to expand rural broadband connectivity while relieving local providers of the need to build our expensive fiber networks to serve relatively small markets.
Microsoft wants to outfit school buses in Hillman, Mich., with high-speed internet to help bridge the “homework gap” that many rural students face because of lack of internet access at home. Working with Allband Communications, an internet service provider for northeastern Michigan, Microsoft will place equipment on buses and fixed base stations along the bus routes that use TV white space, or TVWS, for internet connectivity.
Green Bay Press Gazette Presentation on increasing broadband access in northeast Wisconsin, UP set
State Sen. Tom Tiffany and State Broadband Director Angie Dickison held a press conference and listening session at a Green Bay area high school to discuss plans to roll out TV white space broadband to 80,000 homes in Wisconsin. See this tweet from Sen. Tiffany.
Several technology companies have sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) over a recent policy memo that placed greater restrictions on companies that contract out workers with H-1B visas. The tech companies argue that the public policy is meant to increase access to IT professionals, not increase burdens on U.S. companies to retain those resources.