CNBC After Bernie Sanders tweet, Amazon is now in the crosshairs of both political parties
Amazon is now under scrutiny from both sides of the U.S. political aisle, as Democrat Bernie Sanders echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of the e-commerce giant in a tweet this week. “You know what Amazon paid in federal income taxes last year? Zero,” the U.S. Senator from Vermont said in a tweet Monday evening.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said on Thursday that the well-known gap in computer skills and education is not the only major technology problem the U.S. faces.The other is lack of access to broadband, particularly in rural areas. According to Smith, who was speaking at the Collision tech conference in New Orleans, there are at least 25 million Americans who lack access to broadband, and 19 million of them are in rural counties.
The Meridian Star White Space the Solution for Rural Broadband?
Syndicated columnist Bill Crawford shares positive news about efforts around TV white spaces and rural broadband by Connect Americans Now (CAN) in Mississippi: The state’s Gov. Phil Bryant has joined nine other governors in requesting the Federal Communications Commission to reserve “at least three white space channels in every U.S. market” to enable better access to broadband internet for rural areas.
Legislation aimed at improving rural broadband in Missouri is heading to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ desk after the House voted overwhelmingly to give final approval on Thursday afternoon, declaring the intent of the Legislature to encourage development of fiber optic infrastructure by Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives.
Note: This article is in French. A prominent French technology news site shares Microsoft’s plan to deploy TV white space technology for a 9-month pilot program in Gers, France, nears Toulouse in the southwest corner of the country.
Fredericksburg.com King George Takes Some Measures to Help Company Provide Internet Service
Note: This article discusses radio broadband technology, different than TV white spaces. King George County, Virginia has taken the first step to bring high-speed internet to residents. On April 17, the King George Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to waive fees and expedite the processing of permits—as much as possible—for KGI Communications Inc. Its representatives are looking to bring “air fiber,” the fastest form of broadband technology, to the rural area via radio signals transmitted from towers.
The European Union is about to roll out sweeping regulations governing how companies collect, use, and share people’s data. And it doesn’t matter where your business is based–if you deal with E.U. residents online, you’re going to be affected too. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect May 25, is designed to give users more control of their information. The law will require companies to obtain consent from users before collecting any data. GDPR also requires companies to notify regulators and affected individuals of any breaches of security within 72 hours. Companies that don’t comply with the new rules can be fined as much as 4 percent of their global annual revenue.
The push comes a few weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress about privacy breaches. But we’re also about a month before Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect on May 25. The GDPR, as mentioned in earlier in Tech+, gives Europeans the “right to be forgotten” and force tech companies to erase certain user data online.
Stress permeates every aspect of our daily lives and is now making its way into our digital lives as well. In a survey, Kaspersky Lab found that 81% of Americans and 72% of Canadians suffer from “cyber stress” related to the fear of being hacked or having their personal information stolen. The survey, commissioned by Kaspersky Lab and conducted by research firm Opinion Matters, drew from 2,515 internet users across the United States and Canada, finding that people were overwhelmingly untrustworthy of activity on the internet and stressed over the best ways to protect their digital profiles. However, that also means that users are thinking even more about security.
Concerns for data protection within cyberspace are rising, especially as the cost of security spending increases while the amount of data loss incidents continues to grow. Traditional approaches to cybersecurity are failing, and so various data protections firms are adapting their strategies to counter the malicious attacks.
With an ever-increasing amount of emerging technology on the horizon, Liebert says, taking a security-first approach to both emerging technology and any amount of technology in the state can be an effective way to address changes in the security environment. “Whenever I look at any of these technologies, I make sure that there’s a layer of security really layered throughout it so we don’t have inherit risks that are being brought in,” Liebert says.
Artificial intelligence brings tremendous opportunity for business and society. But it has also created fear that letting computers make decisions could cause serious problems that might need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Broadly speaking, AI refers to computers mimicking intelligent behavior, crunching big data to make judgments on everything from how to avoid car accidents to where the next crime might happen. Yet algorithms aren’t always clear on their decision-making logic. If a computer consistently denies a loan to members of a certain sex or race, is that discrimination? Will regulators have the right to examine the algorithm that made the decision?