The White House and private businesses are developing year 2000 command centres to respond to problems and prevent rumours and myths from prompting panic buying or rash financial decisions.
Stories by Patrick Thibodeau
A delegation of high-level Russian officials will soon meet with the US Senate's Y2K committee to discuss year 2000 issues, including defence-related problems, and are expected to seek financial help from the US to help pay repair costs, the chairman of the US Senate's Y2K committee said.
US Federal agencies, which have begun spending millions to upgrade information security in response to a presidential directive, said protecting computer networks will also mean finding ways to hold software vendors accountable for the quality of their products.
Federal officials believe that a set of consumer protection guidelines for electronic commerce, developed by an international treaty organisation, may help spur trade by fostering consumer confidence. Industry officials aren't disagreeing, but they say the guidelines may be too specific and could ultimately force companies to make Web site changes to comply with them.
The lack of year 2000 preparations at many small to medium-size businesses located overseas may lead to supply-chain problems for larger enterprises, especially those dependent on "just-in-time" distribution, a CIA official testified at a congressional hearing last week.
Forget the Y2K problem. A congressional committee is looking into the ability of emerging nuclear states, such as North Korea, to hold the US hostage by threatening to unleash an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
The lack of year 2000 preparations at many small to medium-size businesses located overseas may lead to supply-chain problems for larger enterprises, especially those dependent on "just-in-time" distribution, a Central Intelligence Agency official testified at a congressional hearing yesterday.
Each of the two sides in the Microsoft antitrust case filed blistering rebuttals to the other side's version of the facts on Friday.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has concluded there are no Y2K problems affecting the ability of nuclear power plants to safely shut down. However, that assessment met with skepticism from one watchdog group that says the NRC is exerting only minimal oversight.
Information systems at the U.S. Department of Defense suffer from "serious weaknesses" and are vulnerable to hacker attacks and fraud, warned the General Accounting Office this week after conducting an audit of the department's massive array of unclassified systems.
When President Clinton leaves the White House in January 2001, his legacy will include an e-mail system with some 40 million messages in it. Those records, by law, must go to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
For the 24 satellites that make up the Global Positioning System (GPS), the "new year" is arriving next weekend. The internal clocks in those satellites will reset for the first time since the government started launching them in 1978. And that's prompting users to take precautions, ranging from GPS system shutdowns to simply warning employees to be ready for potential problems.
Many companies don't use digital or electronic signature technologies because electronic signatures don't carry the same legal weight as a pen-and-ink signature. It's a problem that's hindering e-commerce, and it has prompted national efforts to change existing laws.
A recent Gartner Group study that claimed Y2K might ultimately lead to a $US1 billion theft drew some scepticism from a US congressional subcommittee.
The Clinton administration is developing a computer security plan that would link public agencies and private companies in one massive intrusion-detection system.