Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

Managing the Risks Inherent to Smart Cities

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

Emerging Tech

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.

Policy

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.

Emerging Tech

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.

CIO Briefing

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.

Emerging Tech

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.

CIO Briefing

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.

Cybersecurity

Upcoming Bill Would Lock Down Agencies' Internet-Connected Devices

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

Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

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.

Ideas

Want Safer Internet of Things? Change Government Buying Rules.

Federal agencies could shape the security of connected devices by using the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Emerging Tech

Amazon Is Invading Your Home With Micro-Convenience

The company's new line of voice-automated products, including a wall clock and a microwave, could help it amass an enormous database of consumer behavior.