Internet of Things

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Surprise Microphones Inside Google Nest

The group wants Google CEO Sundar Pichai to provide answers—in writing, and in person—on the microphones discovered in Nest products.

The Microphones That May Be Hidden in Your Home

The controversy around Google’s Nest home-security devices shows that consumers never really know what their personal technology is capable of.

Managing the Risks Inherent to Smart Cities

A new guide for non-technologists aims to help local officials avoid technology and policy pitfalls.

How the Pentagon is Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth

The Army Research Lab is funding tech that could put the computing power of the cloud in the hands of individual soldiers—and ultimately bring more artificial intelligence to the battlefield.

Wall Funding Remains In Limbo But Both Sides Argue For Border Security Tech

Democrats and Republicans from both chambers of Congress said they want cutting-edge tech patrolling the border but GOP members of the conference committee say they want physical barrier funding, too.

Commission Wants to Know If China’s Smart Cities Are Smarter than Ours

The U.S.-China Commission wants to look at how Chinese smart cities development plans could affect U.S. economic and national security.

FCC Approves Google's Motion Sensor Tech

Radar-based motion sensing gets a government thumbs up.

Seven Government Tech Bills that Died in Congress

Next session, lawmakers must decide whether to reintroduce legislation to strengthen the chief information officer, lock down network-connected devices, protect elections and more.

Homeland Security Delegation Visits Asia for Emerging Tech Ideas

An agency group is going abroad for ideas about 5G, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cybersecurity.

Congress Demands Answers on NRCC, Marriott Data Breaches

Strengthening the nation’s cyber stance was top of mind, with a new House Energy and Commerce Committee cyber report, and bills to improve connected devices and cyber education.

Upcoming Bill Would Lock Down Agencies' Internet-Connected Devices

But agency chief information officers could make exceptions, according to the legislation.

The Pentagon is Spending Big on RFID Tech

The military is spending millions on RFID to track supplies, vehicles and other shipments, and recently exercised a second option on a $102 million RFID contract.

Intel Community is Developing a More Spy-Proof Room

The intelligence community’s research arm is upgrading SCIF security to protect against threats from personal devices and sensors.