Comey To Testify Before Congress, Huawei CFO Arrested, Canada And France Launch AI Panel, And More

Comey To Testify Before Congress, Huawei CFO Arrested, Canada And France Launch AI Panel, And More
  • ​Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the U.S. House Oversight and Judiciary Committees today in a closed-door session. Comey was subpoenaed to appear before the committees and agreed to testify in a private session as long as the transcript of his testimony was provided to him within 24 hours to release to the public. ​

  • Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada over the weekend on the request of U.S. authorities, heightening tensions between China and the United States. “U.S. lawmakers are condemning Huawei, which they say poses a national security threat to the United States,” according to CNN. “Chinese officials have called for Meng’s release. An op-ed in the Chinese tabloid Global Times said the United States is just trying to stifle Huawei because it’s a business competitor.”

  • Canada and France announced on Thursday the creation of an international panel to study and respond to changes brought on by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The International Panel on Artificial Intelligence will also address ethical concerns and the potential downsides of AI technology. Canadian and French officials say the panel “is needed to rein in unethical uses of AI and minimize the risk of economic disruption such as job losses caused by automation,” WIRED reports.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters Friday morning that he intends to nominate William P. Barr to replace former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Barr previously served as attorney general during former President George H.W. Bush’s administration and supports a “strong vision of executive powers,” according to The New York Times.

  • Suspected militants killed at least 18 people in near the center of an Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo earlier on Friday. “Repeated attacks by armed groups on civilians, Congolese soldiers, and U.N. peacekeepers have hampered efforts to contain the epidemic, the second worst in history,” Reuters reports.

  • In other news, a winter ​storm is moving into the southern United States, a U.S. Supreme Court case on do​uble jeopardy could have implications for Trump associates, Germany’s Christian Democratic Union will elect a new leader to r​eplace Chancellor Angela Merkel, a new poll finds that Russia plays a more important role in international affairs than it did a decade ago, and WIRED put together a guide on data breac​hes.​