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FBI’s Top Lawyer Urges Congressional Action on Encryption

James Baker, the top lawyer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, recommended that Congress take a more active role in legislating on US law enforcement’s limited access to encrypted data tied to a criminal investigation.

Rep Goodlatte: Electronic Privacy, Foreign Intelligence on Judiciary Agenda

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said the panel’s top tech priorities consist of updating a 1986 electronic privacy law and reauthorizing a provision in the foreign intelligence statute that allows US spies to intercept comm

Sen Rounds Is Ready to Lead New Cybersecurity Subcommittee

Sen Mike Rounds (R-SD), chairman of the recently created Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, views cyberspace like any other battleground. “Cyberwar is more than simply stealing emails,” Chairman Rounds said.

Trump’s Order on Regulations Doesn’t Affect Independent Agencies Like FCC and FTC

A new executive order that requires executive agencies to find at least two existing regulations to rescind for every new rule does not extend to independent agencies, according to the White House.

An Economics Bureau for the FCC

[Commentary] The Federal Communications Commission needs some structural reform.

Senate Bill Would Exempt Small ISPs From Open Internet Transparency Rules

Sen Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced bipartisan legislation (S 228) that would exempt small internet service providers from transparency requirements under the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order.

What Commerce Dept Nominee Ross Said About Tech Policy During Confirmation Hearing

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, touching on tech subjects ranging from wireless spectrum to broadband deployment.

Data-Sharing With EU Could Change Under New Commerce Secretary

The Secretary of Commerce in the next administration will be responsible for a data-sharing agreement with the European Union that is worth billions to the US tech industry.

House Passes Bills on Small ISP Exemption, Data Efficiency

The House passed two bills on unanimous voice votes Jan 10 — one that would waive certain transparency requirements for small internet service providers and one that encourages data efficiency in the federal government.

The Next National Infrastructure Push Must Be Powered by Broadband

[Commentary] It’s been more than 60 years since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, fresh from World War II Europe and its front-row seat to the efficiency of the German autobahn, vowed to create our nation’s interstate highway system.