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When Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Hiroshima in 2016, he stated: “Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us.” Those words ring true today. At the 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we stand in another moment of global chaos and profound loss.
WASHINGTON - Last week, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting an explanation as to whether the DOJ had authorized mass serveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters. The Members request clarity on whether powerful surveillance technologies such as cell-site simulators were being deployed against protesters.
In the letter, the Members write:
Dear Attorney General Barr:
The Pentagon’s top research agency thinks it has developed a new generation of technology that will make voting machines, medical databases and other critical digital systems far more secure against hackers.
Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which helped invent GPS and the Internet, is launching a contest for ethical hackers to try to break into that technology before it goes public. DARPA is offering the hackers cash prizes for any flaws they find using a program called a “bug bounty.”
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FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that foreign disinformation efforts against the U.S. “never stopped” after Russian actors used them on social media platforms during the 2016 elections.
The FBI chief also told lawmakers during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that malicious foreign influence campaigns are now targeting more than just elections.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the US House of Representatives passed the TRACED Act to stop unwanted robocalls by a vote of 417-3. This bipartisan, bicameral bill would curb robocalls by implementing a nationwide caller authentication system, allowing consumers to block spam calls at no extra charge, and empowering the Federal Communications Commission to go after robocallers that break the law.
LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) hosted his congressional district’s fourth-annual Congressional App Challenge and second-annual reception for the Challenge at Santa Monica College. Twenty-four students from thirteen high schools submitted seventeen apps for this year’s competition. The winner. Julian Quevedo of Redondo Union High School, submitted an app entitled “dot-buddy.” “dot-buddy” is a tool for students in marching band.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney raising concerns over an Axios report that 12 senior White House cybersecurity officials have left or have been forced out of their roles. These White House employees were charged with protecting the White House and President from hacking efforts. The weakening of their office, the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, could jeopardize national security.
In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sent a letter to acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Friday, obtained by Axios, asking the White House to explain the recent series of departures from various cybersecurity offices, as we reported earlier this week.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the SHIELD Act (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for A Lasting Democracy Act). This comprehensive legislation will strengthen the resilience of our democracy and protect against foreign interference in America’s elections, including by foreign governments.