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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said at a data privacy event she worries the issue will be overshadowed by AI.

Data privacy law seen as needed precursor to AI regulation

Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman of the Commerce Consumer Protection subcommittee, has proposed a framework for AI regulation alongside Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

As US debates, EU begins to audit AI

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and owner of X, arrives for the Inaugural AI Insight Forum in Russell Building on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday.

There’s consensus, not details, on AI regulation, Schumer says

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (left) andSpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Musk, Zuckerberg among tech titans converging for Senate AI forum

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer has scheduled forums and briefings to bring senators up to speed on artificial intelligence.

Threats like AI-aided bioweapons confound policymakers

Former California Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, who co-chaired the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus, is pictured before leaving Congress last year.

Europe’s approach to regulate AI seen as too hasty for US

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement that the malware affected banks, a contractor for critical infrastructure and a medical device manufacturer.

FBI shuts down Qakbot malware tied to ransomware, financial fraud

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, pushed to include a provision in the fiscal 2023 appropriations bill on tracking US investment into China's tech sector.

Biden bans US investment into China’s tech sectors

Arati Prabhakar, right, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the contest would be a collaboration between the government and four AI companies.

Defense agency holds contest for AI tools to boost cybersecurity

Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn says national security is the main reason Congress provided the aid to semiconductor makers.

Officials juggle several US goals as they award CHIPS money

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law Subcommittee on May 16.

Companies have pledged safe AI development, White House says

White House Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden, second from right, participates in a panel discussion on the National Cybersecurity Strategy in Long Beach in April.

White House issues cybersecurity plan as GOP calls for restraint

The European Union says its legislation would give consumers and companies a say on what can be done with the data generated by their connected products.

EU action on data-sharing for smart devices raises concerns

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

Congress, White House race to get arms around AI systems 

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., plans committee hearings on ways to keep AI-generated breakthroughs in the U.S.

Congress ponders whether AI should have the power of the patent

Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, says steady funding is essential to meeting evolving threats.

Cybersecurity, nondefense research may face cuts in debt deal

National Telecommunications and Information Administration head Alan Davidson has said "accountability mechanisms" can help ensure that AI is trustworthy.

Experts say AI poses ‘extinction’ level of risk, as Congress seeks legislative response

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.,  said “it would be a huge mistake for Republicans to make cuts to” science and technology funding.

House Republican deficit plan seen as shift in thinking on China

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, warned about the close proximity of U.S. and Chinese installations in the UAE.

Briefings on UAE-China ties revive lawmakers’ worry about Mideast ally

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., led a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing into data brokers' practices.

Lawmakers eye response as data brokers target ‘rural everlasting’ and ‘married sophisticates’

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., ranking member of Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, says a screening policy can't harm US interests.

Screening US funds for Chinese tech raises question: Which tech?

Ransomware, a tactic where hackers take over a computer system and demand payment to release it, is also a problem among U.S. allies.

Demand rises for US cybersecurity aid to allies, diplomat says

Whistleblower Frances Haugen's revelations about Meta Platforms in 2021 raised legislative concern about the harm social media can do to children.

States act to curtail kids online, raising pressure on Congress

Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the Agriculture Department's undersecretary for research, envisions precision technology helping farmers apply fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides as they are needed.

Amid technology worries, farm sector still eyes its potential

Rep. Jay Obernolte, R-Calif., said TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew's plege for third-party review of code wouldn't necessarily uncover a malicious actor.

Obernolte, Johnson use tech backgrounds to question TikTok CEO

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testifies to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Lawmakers reject CEO’s assurance TikTok is autonomous from China

House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said TikTok 'knowingly allowed' Beijing to access Americans' data.

TikTok CEO to face skeptical lawmakers in testimony Thursday

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said “Big tech wants to keep its code in a black box where no one can see what they’re doing."

Critics say Big Tech uses trade deals to avoid data privacy laws

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan.

NSF eyes science alliances on ‘steroids’ to meet China challenge

Senate Armed Services Committee member Mike Rounds, R-S.D., pushed for an extension of auction authority to Sept. 30.

FCC spectrum auction authority lapses amid questions on military need

Sohn appears at her confirmation hearing in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on February 14, 2023.

Sohn withdraws after Manchin opposes her FCC confirmation

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the House Appropriations chair in the last Congress, pushed to get the report requirement into law last year.

Treasury puts price on outbound technology investment scrutiny

House Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, R-Tenn., said building trust with the private sector is to  harmonize rules rather than encourage disparate and competing efforts.

White House cybersecurity strategy likely to face obstacles

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., conducts a news conference in the Capitol after the Senate luncheons on Jan. 24.

Gaps in broadband access is backdrop to Sohn’s FCC nomination fight 

Federal Communications Commission nominee Gigi Sohn told Senate Commerce members Tuesday that "dark money groups and surrogates" are trying to block her confirmation.

Sohn blames ‘dark money’ for opposition to her joining FCC

Rep. Ro Khanna, a member of the new select committee on China, has called for a broad industrial strategy to revive domestic manufacturing in several sectors and subsidies to help U.S. companies compete against Chinese exports in some sectors.

Lawmakers seek to stop China’s tech rise without a ‘Great Wall’

Rep. Mike Gallagher says the U.S. is placing more scrutiny on technology transfer to counter "malign" Chinese Communist Party-directed companies while also providing a "green light" to the  capitalization of many of them.

Little-noticed US funding for China tech sector now draws scrutiny

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., receives a round of applause during a House Energy and Commerce Committee organizational meeting on Tuesday.

Lawmakers stumble on data privacy as another tech CEO to testify

House Science Chair  Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said the committee will "focus on the things that are five weeks, five months, five years, five decades — maybe five centuries is too long — but 150 years from now."

At ‘fun’ House Science, Lucas sees CHIPS aid as potential model for AI, quantum computing

Judiciary Committee member Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was one of four senators who proposed legislation in the last Congress that would require social media platforms to provide data to researchers on the companies’ decision-making processes. The bill didn't advance out of Judiciary.

Court cases test opposing views of online content moderation

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., in the Capitol on Jan. 12., the day he and two other Republicans released a bill that would prohibit federal officials from influencing third party content on social media.

White House, House GOP take aim at Big Tech, but see different targets

Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., will chair the new Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party.

House finds bipartisan agreement on a China-focused committee

Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., above, along with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., 
last year introduced legislation that requires companies to disclose financial support from adversarial foreign governments in pre-merger notifications to U.S. agencies.

Congress tightens screws on Chinese tech purchases, collaboration

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., says an overreliance on China has exacerbated U.S. drug shortages.

Peters eyes progress on unfinished cyber bills in next Congress

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., expected to become chair of House Energy and Commerce next year,  is expected to give greater scrutiny to the FCC's and NTIA's wireless spectrum allocations.

Lawmakers will face familiar technology issues next Congress

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says her bill would “preserve strong, independent journalism.”

Big Tech, free-speech advocates join to oppose journalism bill

Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell hasn't commented on a data privacy bill, but she is urging passage of two bills that would provide protections for children online.

Advocates, industry push data privacy bill in lame-duck session

Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said that "no one has been disenfranchised" because of some technical glitches Tuesday.

Glitch, website attack in two states fuel election misinformation

Jen Easterly, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, warned of the threat of harassment or violence against voters and poll workers.

‘Rampant disinformation’ seen undermining safe voting technology

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has linked the company's investments to the level of federal spending on semiconductor manufacturing.

Chipmakers offer big investments as they jockey for federal aid