The Boring Company has gone from being an idea posted by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to social media to an actual transportation possibility in very little time. Musk is already meeting with government officials to discuss the plan and he recently met with LA's mayor.
A proposal from the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs could implement a strong ban against encryption backdoors in member countries. The draft proposal outlines a plan to block the kind of backdoor the FBI wanted from Apple last year.
President Trump will meet again with leaders in the tech world, including executives from Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple, to discuss ways in which tech can be used to reduce government expenditures. The White House is under the impression that it could massively cut costs.
US intelligence agencies tried to convince Telegram employees to build encryption backdoors into its app, says founder Pavel Durov. On Twitter, he claimed US agencies made two separate attempts to bribe some of the company's developers when they were in the US last year.
The highest court in the European Union has ruled in favor of copyright holders in their never ending fight against The Pirate Bay and others. In a ruling from the European Court of Justice (CJEU), it was decided Dutch internet service providers must block access to the site.
Election systems in the majority of US states were compromised by Russian hackers, reports Bloomberg. State-sanctioned hackers are said to have attacked voting systems in 39 states. In some cases they accessed campaign financial databases. No results appear to have been altered.
Civil liberties organizations and tech companies will stand in support of net neutrality regulations on July 12, a "day of action" for the cause. Among those supporting the event are Amazon, Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Reddit, and Vimeo. The ACLU and EFF are supporting it.
A mobile privacy case will be heard by the Supreme Court and it could result in police officers around the nation needing to get warrants before collecting phone location data. The justices have agreed to hear an appeal from a man convicted of armed robbery in Ohio and Michigan.
In the wake of a terrorist attack in London, UK prime minister Theresa May has called for stronger internet regulations. She believes the government should institute regulations that get rid of "safe spaces" for terrorists. Internet services currently provide a safe space.
The US' Office of Management and Budget has approved a revised version of the visa application process that includes checking social media posts. A new questionnaire will request social media handles dating back up to 5 years from certain applicants.
President Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday and Elon Musk stuck to his threat. The Tesla CEO has taken himself off of Trump's advisory councils due to the administration's decision. Musk has argued in favor of climate change action.
Russia won't admit it was responsible for some of the hacking or other interference seen during the 2016 US presidential election, but president Vladimir Putin is practically endorsing those actions. He says "patriotically minded" Russians may have interfered.
2016 US presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has opened up about the role social media played in the election. At the Code conference on Wednesday, Clinton said Facebook needs to keep fake news from "creating a new reality."
The first autonomous vehicle testing license in New York has gone to Audi, which hopes to deliver a self-driving car by 2020. Its application to test its technology in New York was recently approved, giving it an SAE Level 3 license. SAE Level 3 covers automated highway driving.
A couple dozen US technology companies have called on Congress to further restrict internet surveillance. Facebook, Amazon, and others believe the government should be working to increase personal privacy and government transparency. They're focused on FISA's Section 702.
Facebook says a hate speech bill making its way through Germany's government isn't "suitable" to combat hate speech. The bill , which was proposed by the Ministry of Justice, would fine social networks up to €50 million if they don't quickly get rid of infringing content.
A couple reports have connected the WannaCrypt ransomware with North Korea, but a new analysis by researchers at Flashpoint suggests there could be a Chinese link. Based on language in the ransom notice, the creators of the notice appear to have been Chinese.
In a forward-thinking move from the Japanese government, the company is close to finalizing plans to allow delivery drones by 2020 and self-driving trucks by 2022. Those plans could be finalized on June 9. The government is trying to reinvigorate Japan's corporate sector.
The US could move to ban laptops on all international flights, though a final decision hasn't been made. Elements of the Trump administration are in favor of an expanded ban. Laptops and other devices larger than phones have been banned from the cabin on Middle Eastern flights.
Like other European countries, the UK is considering the implementation of fines against social media companies that don't adequately moderate their services. There seems to be support throughout the government for increased regulations covering social media.