Kathy Byron, a Virginia House Republican, has put forth a bill that would essentially block any municipal broadband in the state. Proposals of this sort can't be blocked by the FCC and they're supported by cable companies who would prefer not to compete with cities.
South Korean officials have been investigating Samsung's connection to government corruption for months. That investigation has now led to Jay Y. Lee, Samsung's de facto leader, being formally accused of bribery. Prosecutors in the case have requested an arrest warrant.
China's Cyberspace Administration (CAA) has implemented a requirement that all app stores in the country must register with the government. Stores that don't register and possibly submit themselves to greater oversight won't be operating in accordance with the law.
Just ahead of the new presidential administration, outgoing president Barack Obama has enabled the NSA to expand its data sharing. The controversial decision allows the NSA to share raw surveillance data with the US' 16 other intelligence organizations.
Net neutrality rules are potentially being violated by AT&T and Verizon's zero-rating, says the FCC. According to the agency, those carriers may not be following the Open Internet Order by treating their streaming services differently from other services.
Content on Facebook is being censored in Thailand in accordance with what the government views as acceptable. The nation doesn't allow people to criticize the royal family. In cases where high-profile users have posted "controversial" content, their posts are being blocked.
The US Department of Transportation has established an automation committee that'll specifically deal with matters like autonomous vehicles and drones. Industry experts, company leaders, politicians, and researchers are included among the committee's members.
While still keeping most of its data to itself, Uber is opening up to some extent to help cities. Through a new website called Uber Movement, the company is offering local governments potentially valuable transit information. This could lead to improvements in transit systems.
AT&T's $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner may avoid FCC scrutiny. A filing with the SEC reveals Time Warner's FCC licenses will be sold ahead of the merger. Without those licenses on hand, the FCC doesn't really have jurisdiction to give its input.
While the United States claims Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and leaked information to WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is adamant that's not what happened. The WikiLeaks founder says he knows who their source is and they're not connected to Russia.
An investigation is underway to figure out why potentially Russia-linked malicious internet activity affected a laptop associated with the Burlington Electric Department in Vermont. So far, the federal investigation says there's no reason to believe Russia attacked the system.
The amount of ways work seems to seep into our non-work related life are astonishing. However, if you live in France, having to worry about being contacted out of hours may soon be a thing of the past: the "Right to Disconnect" law has gone into effect.
Encrypted messaging app Signal has applied its domain fronting feature to Cuba and Oman. The feature lets users in those countries get around blocks instituted by government authorities against the app. Signal recently rolled out the same ability in Egypt and the UAE.
The Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revealed a mobile app, called Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), that's intended to work as a full alternative to cash payments. BHIM can operate in place of credit cards and point-of-sale terminals.
In response to Russia's election-related hacking, the United States is imposing sanctions against the country and is removing 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the US. This is the largest response the United States has ever had against cyberattacks.
Regulators in Iran have determined Clash of Clans is too problematic to be allowed in the country. Because the mobile game allegedly encourages real-world tribal warfare, the Ministry of Justice recommends it be blocked by Iran's large censorship system.
As part of its serious commitment to space missions, China has reaffirmed its plan to soft land a Moon probe around 2018 and fully launch a Mars probe by 2020. The government has released a white paper that explains how it'll carry out space missions peacefully.
An appeals court judge in Florida has ruled Fifth Amendment protections don't apply to iPhone passwords, meaning you can be compelled to hand over your passcode. This goes against an earlier ruling which opposed requiring a suspect to provide their password.
The FBI is investigating a series of hacks targeted at the US' Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), says Reuters. Hackers connected to the Chinese military are responsible, the FDIC believes. The cyberattacks began in 2010 and remained an issue for years.
A standard for communication between autonomous vehicles will be developed in China around 2018, laying the "framework" for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies. It'll fully establish and publish the standards between 2020 and 2025.