U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) reintroduced the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Government Act, legislation that would improve the use of AI across the federal government by providing access to technical expertise and streamlining hiring within the agencies. Federal agencies are also directed to develop governance plans to promote government uses of AI that benefit the public while establishing best practices for identifying and mitigating bias and other negative unintended consequences.
Rep. Tipton Seeks to Improve Access to Broadband for Rural Communities Congressman Scott Tipton introduced the Reprioritizing Unserved Rural Areas and Locations for Broadband Act (RURAL Broadband Act) which if passed would improve the process for expanding broadband to rural communities. The bill was introduced with Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04).
San Francisco limits city use of face recognition The bill bans the use of face recognition tech by the city government unless departments that want to deploy the technology first submit proposals and post public notices. The bill doesn't address private-sector use of facial recognition, including for security and marketing. Also, federal law enforcement agencies, like TSA, aren't subject to the city rules.
FCC announces action and legal framework to fight robocalls Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a ruling Wednesday that would combat robocalls that spoof legitimate, in-service numbers and provide legal framework for phone carriers to carry out the action. The declaratory ruling will be voted on and, assuming it passes, be adopted by June 6, per the FCC. If enacted: Phone companies would be allowed to block calls for consumers by default, Consumers could "white list" their contacts and opt-in to only receive calls based on that list, Emergency and other vital calls would not be blocked, Through the notice of proposed rulemaking, the FCC will also seek comment on additional measures aimed at curbing robocalls.
Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain President Trump issued an executive order prohibiting U.S. companies from using telecom services solely owned by a foreign adversary, clearing the way for a ban on Chinese-owned Huawei.