Policy

Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Strategy

Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas.

There’s a Big Obstacle to the Pentagon’s New Strategy to Speed AI to Troops

Defense officials want to accelerate the delivery of artificial-intelligence tools from the lab to the field. But it's hard to obtain the massive data streams that make AI work.

The Problem With a ‘Smart’ Border Wall

To resolve Trump’s impasse, many lawmakers have proposed boosting surveillance technology to create a virtual border wall. Is that more humane and effective?

GAO Urges Congress to Start Moving on a Privacy Law

Researchers recommended lawmakers give regulators more power to write rules and punish the companies that break them.

Defense Acquisition Guidance Overhaul Will Focus Squarely on Software

The Defense Department shouldn’t be buying software the same way it buys weapons, and the next version of its acquisition guidance should reflect that.

Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data?

Public libraries are one of the most trusted institutions, and they want to make sure everyone has access to the information cities are collecting and sharing.

FBI Should Tighten Monitoring of Employee Texting, Watchdog Says

Software recommendations come as follow-up to 2016 review of alleged political bias.

Trump Says He’s ‘Extremely Unhappy’ With Spending Agreement, Still Predicts No Shutdown

Congressional leadership appears on board with the deal, though Trump would not commit to signing it.

White House Unveils a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative

The executive order calls for agencies to focus on AI, but details and funds are sparse.

China’s Rapid AI Development Has Its Limits: Report

Chinese artificial-intelligence researchers are aware of ways their work lags the United States’—and Beijing is working to fix those.

Lawmakers Propose a Rotational Program for Federal Cyber Workers

They also introduced bills to bolster counterterrorism efforts, stop robocallers and keep ZTE in check.

Amazon Proposes Facial Recognition Guidelines to Policymakers

The company called for “open, honest and earnest dialogue” instead of a ban.

Diplomats Aren’t Following the State Department’s Social Media Rules, Watchdog Says

At least 20 ambassadors have used their personal Twitter accounts for diplomatic activities.

Partnership for Public Service Pushes for the End of Shutdowns Forever

The nonprofit, nonpartisan group urged Congress and the president to come together.

Lawmakers Push for the State Department to Help Secure Foreign Elections

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Dan Sullivan resurrected a bill that would allow the agency to share information on election threat with foreign countries.

The Pentagon’s First AI Strategy Will Focus on Near-Term Operations — and Safety

The document is intended to make commander think through the implications of their new artificial-intelligence tools.