Tony Romm

President Trump pledges to help Chinese phonemaker ZTE ‘get back into business’

President Donald Trump pledged  to help Chinese telecom giant ZTE return to business, days after the company said it would cease “major operating activities” because of the US government’s recent trade restrictions, a dramatic shift in tone for a

Can Facebook and Google’s new federal watchdogs regulate tech?

Facebook and Google must answer to new cops on the beat – a group of five fresh Washington regulators at the Federal Trade Commission who have the power to punish Silicon Valley if it misbehaves. But veterans of the 103-year old watchdog say that

What the life and death of Cambridge Analytica tells us about politics — and ourselves

Politics and data are now inextricably linked. Cambridge Analytica was part of a world increasingly fueled by vast troves of personal data that billions of Internet users emit every day.

AT&T and Verizon are again being investigated for collusion. Here’s what happened the first time.

The Justice Department is investigating whether AT&T and Verizon may have colluded to thwart a technology that could allow wireless customers to switch network providers more easily.

Once deemed ‘unsafe’ by Facebook, Diamond and Silk are now coming to Capitol Hill

Republican Reps have invited “Diamond” and “Silk,” two conservative video bloggers who were deemed “unsafe” by Facebook after becoming online sensations, to testify April 26 about allegations of conservative bias online.

Why Europe, not Congress, will rein in big tech

Technology companies are readying themselves for sweeping new privacy rules that go into effect in May 2018 across the European Union.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg long resisted going to Congress. Now he’ll face a ‘reckoning,’ lawmakers say

When Mark Zuckerberg testifies to Congress the week of April 9, the Facebook chief executive will face off with lawmakers who have long been itching to confront him – on everything from a privacy mishap involving 87 million users to a litany of is

Lawmakers hope to use Facebook’s ‘oil spill’ privacy mishap to usher in sweeping new laws

It was October 2010, and two members of Congress were furious with Facebook. In the eyes of then-Rep. Edward J. Markey and Rep.

FTC opens investigation into Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scrapes millions of users’ personal information

The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook following reports that a data analytics firm that had worked with the Trump campaign had improperly accessed names, “likes” and other personal information about tens of million

Here’s who could become one of Trump’s top science and tech advisers

More than a year after entering the White House, President Donald Trump still has not selected his top science and technology adviser, leaving unfilled a critical policy post that guides the administration on issues as varied as artificial intelli