Algorithms are serving as "sophisticated, strategic tools to maintain and strengthen" the power of companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, says Senator Al Franken. He criticized the tech industry for increasing its power over users through those tools.
Following a government meeting on Monday, Afghanistan decided to reverse course and avoid blocking WhatsApp and Telegram. The country's Ministry of Communications and Information sent letters to internet service providers last week telling them to block those services.
In order for Silicon Valley to make up for letting their platforms become home to large amounts of Russian propaganda, Senator Mitch McConnell believes they should help the US government "retaliate." He said companies like Facebook and Twitter could help the US.
China is known to be working on a spaceplane that's reusable and capable of taking off from a runway. Some of its alleged features haven't been publicly confirmed, but the government has confirmed its existence. It says the vehicle will launch in 2020.
Six officials with the Russian government could face charges from the United States over their alleged involvement in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email hack last year. That hack allowed damaging emails to reach the public, making a republican win in 2016 more likely.
Using a Congress-approved budget, the US' Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) says it'll invest $200 million in venture capital funds over the next few years. That money will be used to support projects intended to improve living standards around the world.
AT&T has backed away from its legal case against Louisville and Jefferson County over them providing Google Fiber and other competitors with faster utility pole access. It sued the local government early in 2016, but a US District Court judge ruled against AT&T in August.
Russia's posts on Instagram had a reach of 20 million in the United States, Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch revealed to Congress on Wednesday. Tech companies are testifying in front of a Senate committee about how Russia-linked groups used posts and ads.
Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt believes the United States needs to dedicate more resources to artificial intelligence, otherwise competitors in China could end up with a significant lead. He thinks the US' lead will only be maintained for another five years.
To maintain censorship capabilities, Russia is cracking down on the use of VPNs, which let people more easily mask their identity and get around censorship. This move from the government was already known, but the law is officially being implemented today.
The reach of Russia's misinformation campaign during the 2016 US election was substantial. Recode reports Facebook will tell a Senate committee that 126 million users in the US saw posts, stores, or other content from Russia-linked groups. It's only publicly shared the ad reach.
The FCC's Lifeline program assists people below the poverty line in gaining access to phones and the internet. According to Ars Technica, chairman Ajit Pai wants to cap Lifeline spending, though an exact budget restriction wasn't mentioned. Lifeline covers phones and broadband.
More details about Russia's use of Google services during the 2016 US presidential election are coming out. A group linked to the government spent $4,700 on advertising as part of an influence campaign, says Google, and 18 separate YouTube channels uploaded 1,108 videos.
The WannaCry malware that spread early this summer has been publicly blamed on North Korea by UK officials. According to Security Minister Ben Wallace, who spoke on the topic during a BBC interview, North Korea is the most likely state actor. The investigation wasn't detailed.
The FCC's vote on whether to roll back net neutrality regulations implemented in 2015 isn't going to occur in November, despite what some reports claimed. Chairman Ajit Pai has listed the measures that'll be decided next month and net neutrality isn't on the list.
For two years the US and UK have been in discussion about a plan to let each other access data stored in each other's countries, reports the Financial Times. Under this plan, US law enforcement would be able to request access to data in Britain. And the same goes for the reverse.
Companies like Amazon could have an easier time testing their drones in some parts of the US under a new plan from the Trump administration. A policy outlined by President Trump on Wednesday would see the federal government make it easier to obtain permissions.
It seems unlikely that the 2016 US presidential election is the only political event Russia has influenced using social media campaigns. Another possible event was the EU referendum, which concluded with citizens voting to separate the UK from the European Union.
Though most of the victims of the large Equifax breach are in the United States, some are located in the UK, which has led to the UK's Financial Conduct Authority becoming interested in the case. Equifax already faces investigations from US authorities.
The Honest Ads Act, a bipartisan bill, has been introduced with the goal of regulating political ads online in a way that's similar to how ads are regulated on TV and radio. It was introduced by Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar, two Democrats, with support from John McCain.