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  • President Donald J. Trump Is Committed To Safeguarding America’s Vital Communications Networks And Securing 5G Technology

    03/12/2020 4:51:18 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | Mar 12, 2020 | White House
    "The security and prosperity of the United States depend on high-speed, reliable, and secure communication networks." President Donald J. Trump RELIABLE AND SAFE NETWORKS: President Donald J. Trump signed new legislation to ensure that our Nation’s communications networks are protected from foreign adversaries. Today, President Trump signed the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, furthering his commitment to defend our networks from entities posing an unacceptable risk to national security.This legislation will help protect our telecommunications infrastructure by prohibiting the use of Federal funds to purchase equipment from companies that pose a national security threat.The Act creates a reimbursement program...
  • For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries.

    02/12/2020 12:18:37 PM PST · by ransomnote · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2020 | Greg Miller
    For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. SNIP The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican. But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly...
  • Department of Justice to Hold Workshop on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

    02/03/2020 2:38:35 PM PST · by ransomnote · 6 replies
    justice.gov ^ | January 30, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 30, 2020 The Department of Justice will hold a public workshop in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 19, 2020, titled “Section 230 – Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability?,” to discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, its expansive interpretation by the courts, its impact on the American people and business community, and whether improvements to the law should be made.Drafted nearly 25 years ago in the early years of the internet to protect online businesses in their incipiency, Section 230 limited certain liabilities for interactive...
  • Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

    08/15/2019 2:58:09 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Aug 2019 | Charlie Savage
    The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans’ phone and text records — while acknowledging that the program has been indefinitely halted. Breaking a long silence about a high-profile National Security Agency program that sifts records of Americans’ telephone calls and text messages in search of terrorists, the Trump administration on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the system has been indefinitely shut down — but asked Congress to extend its legal basis anyway. In a letter to Congress delivered on Thursday and obtained by The New York...
  • Russian nuclear sub crew prevented ‘planetary catastrophe,’ top naval officer says

    07/08/2019 12:08:40 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 8. 2019 | Caitlin Yilek
    The crew on a nuclear-powered Russian military submarine prevented a “planetary catastrophe,” according to a top naval officer who spoke at the funeral for the 14 sailors who died during a fire on the vessel. Captain Sergei Pavlov, an aide to the commander of Russia’s navy, said Sunday the sailors “saved the lives of their colleagues, saved the vessel and prevented a planetary catastrophe.” Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said there were no signs the incident could have caused a larger catastrophe. “As for the reactor, there are no problems with that,” he said. After days of secrecy about the...
  • Emergency communication tower destroyed near Oregon coast

    06/20/2019 8:28:39 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 29 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 6-17-19 | oregon live
    he sheriff's office says it was determined that the wires holding up the Coos Mountain Repeater site were cut. The sheriff’s office says that tower is used for emergency communication for loggers, fire personnel and ham radio operators and is an integral piece of infrastructure in the region especially now as fire season begins. The sheriff's office says when the tower fell, it was completely destroyed.
  • SunTrax project moves toward phase two in Polk

    06/12/2019 4:29:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Ledger ^ | June 3, 2019 | Gary White
    AUBURNDALE — Florida has one of the world’s most famous asphalt ovals in the Daytona International Speedway. A slightly smaller track recently completed in Auburndale won’t draw massive crowds for races, but it’s part of a project that could hasten the day when self-driving vehicles take over the roads. Crews finished laying asphalt for the 2Ľ-mile oval — phase one of SunTrax — in early May, and construction will begin in the coming months on infield elements designed for the development and testing of connected and autonomous vehicles. The second phase of SunTrax, a project overseen by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise...
  • Huawei: China's State Hackers 'Rigging 5G Tests' Against Nokia And Ericsson

    06/02/2019 12:23:37 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/1/2019 | Zak Doffman C
    Now, a story in the Sunday Telegraph is just the latest to pose serious questions. The newspaper reports that China has been "rigging" 5G equipment testing to discredit Huawei's rivals, including Nokia and Ericsson. According to government and industry sources, "Beijing is feeding secret details of security vulnerabilities" to the testers to tip the balance in Huawei's favor. The testing encompasses "hacking techniques used to check for weak spots... vulnerabilities discovered by China’s secret state hackers have been passed to the 5G testers to ensure Nokia and Ericsson’s equipment is found to be insecure." Huawei's security issues have always been...
  • When ‘Fairness’ Becomes Censorship

    06/01/2019 6:16:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | May 24, 2019 | Billy Easley II
    On April 10, 2018, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Facebook Chairman and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg over the social media platform’s content moderation policies. Citing examples of Facebook censoring pro-conservative accounts and articles, Sen. Cruz explained to Zuckerberg, “to a great many Americans, that appears to be a pervasive pattern of political bias.” Sen. Ted Cruz then pressed the Facebook chairman on whether his organization was a “neutral public forum,” arguing that neutrality is necessary to enjoy the protections guaranteed by Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. A willingness to consider modifying Section 230 to weaken protections enjoyed by...
  • US Satellite Abandoned in 1967 JUST Started Transmitting Again

    05/27/2019 7:13:08 PM PDT · by MikelTackNailer · 57 replies
    HisTech ^ | 2016 | John Smith
    Surprise” might be an understatement to describe amateur astronomer Phil Williams’ reaction upon being told that the ghostly radio signal he had detected was, in fact, coming from a satellite that had failed and disappeared decades ago. Williams told Southgate Amateur Radio News that the signal he detected from his base in Cornwall seemed to cycle every four seconds, diminishing and returning to create an eerie repetitive sound. It would later be determined that the fluctuation was the result of the long-lost satellite barreling end over end through the void of space, causing variations in the light reaching the solar...
  • A Communications Satellite Just Died in Orbit. It's Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Now

    04/21/2019 12:39:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | 04/21/2019 | Leonard David
    Luxembourg-based Intelsat reports that its Intelsat 29E satellite (IS-29E) is now a total loss, after having reported earlier that the spacecraft suffered an anomaly. Late on April 7, the Intelsat 29e propulsion system experienced damage that caused a leak of the propellant on board the satellite, resulting in a service disruption to customers.. That event caused a service outage on the Intelsat 29e satellite that affected maritime, aeronautical and wireless-operator customers in the Latin America, Caribbean and North Atlantic regions. While working to recover the satellite, a second anomaly occurred, after which all efforts to recover the satellite were unsuccessful,...
  • California utilities panel cancels planned 'text tax' ... FCC rules that texting is...

    12/16/2018 7:30:56 PM PST · by aquila48 · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 December 2018 | MAXINE SHEN
    Following a new FCC ruling, the California Public Utilities Commission has ditched its planned 2019 vote on taxing text messaging. The CPUC revealed on Twitter Friday that it has decided not to go forward with a scheduled January 2019 vote to levy a 'text tax' following the FCC's ruling that text messages were an 'information service' — as opposed to a telecommunications service — meaning that texts aren't eligible for taxation under California state law. The commission's controversial 'text tax' plans involved a per-text surcharge which would help fund programs that provide cell phone services for low-income and disabled people,...
  • ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE FOR CAVE-TRAPPED THAI BOYS

    07/07/2018 10:21:46 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 40 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | JULY 6, 2018 | MAX SCHINDLER
    It’s every parents’ worst nightmare – their children stuck underground as rescuers work around-the-clock to save them. For some 12 boys and their soccer coach – who have been trapped for nearly two weeks in a flooded Thai cave – Israeli technology may be part of the answer. It’s every parents’ worst nightmare – their children stuck underground as rescuers work around-the-clock to save them. For some 12 boys and their soccer coach – who have been trapped for nearly two weeks in a flooded Thai cave – Israeli technology may be part of the answer. Donating the communication systems...
  • Coast Guard warns mariners of no offshore radio communications along South Florida coast

    06/27/2018 5:34:39 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 69 replies
    U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 06/27/2018 06:19 PM EDT MIAMI — Coast Guard Sector Miami reported a loss of radio communication capability Wednesday. The Coast Guard cannot monitor radio traffic offshore and is urging mariners to use extreme caution throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone, which includes the ports and waterways surrounding Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami areas. Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway. If in distress, mariners should...
  • About 100,000 pay phones left in the United States, says the FCC

    05/08/2018 11:16:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WCMH-TV ^ | March 19, 2018 | Joe Clark
    There are still about 100,000 payphones here in the United States, according to the FCC, but their numbers are dwindling fast. It's kind of like spotting a unicorn. Apparently pay phones still exist in the United States and apparently people are still using them! According to the FCC, there are approximately 100,000 pay phones throughout the country; about a fifth of them are in New York. There were around 2 million in 1999. Pay phones remain somewhat of a steady business, according to CNN. The FCC says providers reported a $286 million revenue in 2015. However with rising audit costs,...
  • Net neutrality is all but dead. Here's what happens now.

    04/23/2018 7:34:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 64 replies
    https://mashable.com/ ^ | 4/23/18 | MJ FRANKLIN
    Everyone take a moment of silence please — the free and open internet is all but dead. In December 2017 the FCC, under chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality, signaling the end of the open internet as we know it. The decision was controversial at the time, with everyone from Alyssa Milano to Reddit calling out the FCC in the lead-up to the vote, but the the vote was just the first step toward repeal. To enact the change, the FCC would have to officially list the ruling and provide a timeline for it. That listing came in...
  • Ham / GMRS 400-1000mhz PC board antenna PCB LDPA review by Survival Comms

    04/06/2018 11:25:47 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 12 replies
    SurvivalComms ^ | Jul 29, 2016 | SurvivalComms
    Antenna review by Survival Comms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN-jELK0Wq0
  • Carlo Ratti Associati Designs First Smart Highway System in Italy

    02/01/2018 10:08:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Architect Magazine ^ | January 31, 2018 | Ayda Ayoubi
    International design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) is collaborating with ANAS, an Italian government-owned road construction and maintenance company, to design a smart highway system that will stretch across more than 1,500 miles of roads and highways in Italy. Dubbed ANAS Smart Road, the project aims to manage the traffic and enhance road safety, according to a firm release. The system will utilize drones and "flying poles"—a series of grounded smart poles that are equipped with sensors and in-motion Wi-Fi connectivity. The drones can take on various tasks, ranging from "monitoring tunnels, viaducts, or other remote pieces of...
  • Roy Moore’s Communications Director Resigns

    11/22/2017 3:58:57 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Washingtonian ^ | 11-22-17 | ELAINA PLOTT
    John Rogers has resigned as communications director from Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter. Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rogers confirmed his resignation. He declined to comment further.
  • For the First Time Ever, Quantum Communication is Demonstrated in Real-World City Conditions

    09/02/2017 8:30:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 18 replies
    In a massive step forward, researchers have sent the first quantum-secured message through the air above a city containing more than one bit of information. This proof-of-concept success means that high-capacity, free-space quantum communication will one day be both a practical and secure process between satellites and Earth—and a worldwide quantum encryption network will also be feasible. In their demonstration, researchers used 4D quantum encryption to transmit data over a free-space optical network between two buildings. The buildings on the University of Ottawa campus stand 0.3 kilometers apart. The high-dimensional encryption scheme is described as “4D” because it sends more...