US Government

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter to add more labels identifying government accounts

Twitter has said it will shortly add labels to identify more state-affiliated accounts, including world leaders’ personal accounts, to give users more context for geopolitica...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon urged judge to set aside $10 billion cloud contract award to Microsoft

Amazon.com urged a US judge to throw out the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract award after the Defense Department said in September a court-ordered re-eval...

Platform News: President Donald J Trump

Trump signs order on principles for U.S. government AI use

The current US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order setting guidance for federal agency use of artificial intelligence in government decision-making.

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

US court agrees to expedite government TikTok app store ban appeal

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a Justice Department appeal of a ruling preventing the government from banning new TikTok downloads from US app stores.

Platform News: Intel logo on a retail window in the US

Intel wins second phase of contract to help Pentagon develop new chips

Intel Corp has said it has won a second-phase contract at a project aimed at helping the American military make more sophisticated semiconductors within the US.

Platform Economy: Quantum Computing at the heart of innovation

US to spend $625 million in five quantum research hubs

The US Department of Energy has said that it will provide $625 million over the next five years for five recently formed quantum information research hubs as it tries to keep ahead...

Platform News: viral TikTok video streaming app

How the US seeks to protect children’s privacy online

TikTok is under investigation for allegedly violating a settlement reached with US authorities last year that resolved charges the popular app broke rules governing how children...

Platform News: Facebook Social Media Buttons

Facebook bans accounts linked to US ‘boogaloo’ movement

Facebook has stepped up the battle against the anti-government “boogaloo” movement, banning accounts of adherents who encouraged violence during recent anti-racism prot...

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

US House panel hears from Facebook, Google and Twitter on security

Top officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter were grilled by US lawmakers at a virtual hearing on foreign influence and election security, ahead of the November 3rd presidential...

Platform Industry: President Trump, Social Media, Section 230 and Fake News

GOP senators push FCC to act on Trump social media order

Four Republican US senators have urged the Federal Communications Commission to review whether to revise liability protections for internet companies after President Trump urged ac...

US Trade Dept

America launches trade probe into digital taxes, preparing the ground for new tariffs

The United States is investigating digital services taxes being adopted or considered by Britain, Italy, Brazil and other countries, the US Trade Representative’s office said...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

US senators urge probe of TikTok on children’s privacy

Four US senators, including a China hawk have urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate allegations that the popular video app TikTok violated a 2019 consent decree protect...

Ted Cruz, Texas

Senator Ted Cruz seeks federal Twitter probe as Trump feuds with company

US Senator Ted Cruz has urged the Treasury and Justice Departments to investigate whether Twitter, which is embroiled in a feud with the White House, is violating US law by letting...

Platform News: President Trump speaking at the White House

Bid to extend US surveillance tools stalls after Trump threatens veto

An effort to extend parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) stalled in the US Congress on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump promised to veto it and Republic...