Government & Communications

Attempts by governmental bodies to improve or impede communications with or between the citizenry.

The Most Powerful People In Trump’s Washington: #40 Dan Scavino

Dan Scavino, White House Director of Social Media, began as Trump's golf caddie. Today, he tends to Trump's Twitter grudges as the guy firing off many of Trump's tweets (often dictated to him by the POTUS).

The Most Powerful People In Trump’s Washington: #1 Hope Hicks

A 29-year-old, just three years removed from a gig with Ivanka Trump's fashion line (doing PR mostly but also a little modeling, too), can become the president's most tr

A Homeland Security Department advisory group wants to help emergency responders control the social media conversation

State and federal emergency responders should have plans ready to go to counter rumors, misinformation and fake news in the wake of disasters, according to a new white paper from a Homeland Security Department advisory group.

FCC Proposes to Adopt Separations Joint Board's Recommendations

In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice), we take steps to harmonize our rules regarding jurisdictional separations to reflect the Federal Communications Commission’s actions in February 2017 to reduce and eliminate unnecessary accounting ru

FCC Updates And Modernizes National Broadband Map

As it works to close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission has updated and modernized its National Broadband Map so the map can once again be a key source of broadband deployment information for consumers, policymakers, researc

What’s worse than fake news? The distortion of reality itself.

[Commentary] Which hurts civilization more: no one believing anything, or everyone believing lies? If we fail to take immediate action to protect our news and information ecosystem, we may soon find out.

Threat Tracker

[Commentary]  At the beginning of 2017, the US Press Freedom Tracker started cataloguing every violation of press freedom that took place on American soil, be it through violence, arrest, denial of access, or other threats.

How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online

The Russian attempt at long-distance choreography was playing out in many cities across the United States.

When Trump goes global

[Commentary] The hope of the Arab Spring has been realized: Now that anyone can publish anything from anywhere, it is impossible for even the most determined despot to jail every journalist and critic.

Fear itself

[Commentary]  President Donald Trump’s derision hasn’t just seeped into the public consciousness; it’s worked its way into journalists’ bloodstreams, too.