FROM Robert McMillan
Is "Net Neutrality" Essential to the American Way of Life? The Federal Communications Commission is faced with a crucial decision on open access to the Internet. A survey shows 80 percent of Americans want the FCC to prohibit providers from giving enhanced access to customers that pay more. Now the President agrees . But providers — like Time Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T — say that will discourage innovations and investments that improve service for everyone. As the pressure rises for FCC action, will there be toll lanes on the information super highway.
Bitcoin Theft Halts All Transactions Mount Gox , one of the most popular exchanges for Bitcoins , has shut down for all transactions after the theft of more than 700,000 bitcoins worth $350 million. The massive theft involves some 6% of all the bitcoins in circulation. Robert McMillan, senior writer for Wired magazine, explains how it happened and what it could mean for an alternative currency system.
Is the Bitcoin a Boom or a Bubble? The price of a Bitcoin has jumped from $13 at the start of this year to more than a thousand, and it's still rising. Congress and federal regulators are beginning to pay attention. There already are Bitcoin millionaires — and Bitcoin criminals -- even though most people don't understand what a Bitcoin is. We hear about digital currency, controlled and stored in computers and traded across the Internet as a way to make payments. How does it work? Is it really safe? Is the value of Bitcoins subject to the old adage: what goes up must come down?
Cyberattack Hits US Government Websites Computers from all over the world overwhelmed major websites this weekend in South Korea and the United States. Targets included the White House, the Pentagon, the New York Stock Exchange and the Washington Post. Robert McMillan is senior writer, covering computer crime, for IDG News .
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?