IoT cybersecurity bill passed by Senate

Credit to Author: David Ruiz| Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:32:49 +0000

The US Senate passed a bill to improve security guidelines and protocols for Internet of Things devices purchased and owned by the Federal government.

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A vision for sustainable, resilient, pandemic-era buildings: Here’s how we do it.

Credit to Author: Annette Clayton| Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 17:29:24 +0000

These days, I’ve been thinking about what our chairman and CEO, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, often says: “When it comes to climate change, I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist: I’m an… Read more »

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Protection that safeguards your home and family

Credit to Author: Yasemin Borg| Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 03:35:25 +0000

A consumer unit, or fuse box as some still call it, is the heart of a home. It is the distribution center of the electrical supply and has a big… Read more »

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Assessing your options for rapid healthcare capacity expansion

Credit to Author: Warren Rosebraugh| Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2020 20:51:17 +0000

Hospitals around the U.S. are facing the challenge of adding capacity faster than ever before. What once may have taken months or years of planning is now happening in weeks,… Read more »

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GDPR: An impact around the world

Credit to Author: David Ruiz| Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:19:24 +0000

Two years after GDPR became effective in the European Union, countries across the world have emulated its approach to data privacy. Here’s a look at a few.

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Why the Fed is considering a cash-backed cryptocurrency

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800

The Federal Reserve is investigating the potential of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) as the backbone for a new, secure real-time payments and settlements system.

The move toward a form of government-backed digital currency is being driven by Fintech firms and a banking industry already piloting or planning to pilot cash-backed digital tokens, according to Lael Brainard, a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.

“Today, it can take a few days to get access to your funds. A real-time retail payments infrastructure would ensure the funds are available immediately – to pay utility bills or split the rent with roommates, or for small business owners to pay their suppliers,” said Brainard, who serves as chair of the committees overseeing Financial Stability and Payments, Clearing and Settlements.

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Iowa Caucus chaos likely to set back mobile voting

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2020 12:51:00 -0800

A coding flaw and lack of sufficient testing of an application to record votes in Monday’s Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus will likely hurt the advancement and uptake of online voting.

While there have been hundreds of tests of mobile and online voting platforms in recent years – mostly in small municipal or corporate shareholder and university student elections – online voting technology has yet to be tested for widespread use by the general public in a national election.

“This is one of the cases where we narrowly dodged a bullet,” said Jeremy Epstein, vice chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC). “The Iowa Democratic Party had planned to allow voters to vote in the caucus using their phones; if this sort of meltdown had happened with actual votes, it would have been an actual disaster. In this case, it’s just delayed results and egg on the face of the people who built and purchased the technology.”

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Seattle tries out mobile voting

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800

About 1.2 million Seattle area voters will be able to use their smartphone, laptop or a computer at their local library to vote in a current election this year.

This will be the first-time online voting is available to all eligible registered voters of a district, according to a foundation behind the initiative.

The King Conservation District in Washington State is the third region in the U.S. to partner with the non-profit Tusk Philanthropies on a national effort to expand mobile voting, and Washington is the fifth state to pilot mobile voting in general. The King Conservation District is a state environmental agency that includes Seattle and 33 other cities, but it is separate from the King County Elections agency and operates under a different budget.

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