Government & Communications

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

White House: Media puts national security at risk by publishing classified info

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused reporters of putting national security at risk by publishing classified information. Revelations that former staff secretary Rob Porter received an interim security clearance despite an FB

Rep Devin Nunes creates his own alternative news site

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), a relentless critic of the media, has found a way around the often unflattering coverage of his role in the Trump-Russia investigation — by operating his own partisan news outlet.

President Trump blocks release of Dem memo rebutting GOP claims of FBI surveillance abuse

President Donald Trump refused to authorize the release of a Democratic rebuttal to a Republican intelligence committee memo alleging that FBI and Justice Department officials abused their power to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

States are stealing funds from 9-1-1 emergency services — now they’ll be punished

[Commentary] On our individual phone bills a line item is typically included for 9-1-1 service. It’s a relatively small fee that states and localities charge to support emergency calling services.

Donald Trump, Fox News, and the logic of alternative facts

[Commentary] We like to imagine American politics as a kind of scored debate, with political actors acting as the debaters, the media acting as the judge, and the public acting as the audience.

FCC Chairman Pai's Response to Sen Markey Regarding the First Amendment

On October 11, 2017, Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai asking for a response to President Donald Trump's call to challenge television broadcasters' licenses because of their news coverage.

CLOUD Act Promotes Surveillance-Data Access Framework

With government access to foreign communications much on the minds of Washington legislators these days--particularly a FISA Act warrant related to a Trump Administration official--a bipartisan group of Congressmen is introducing the Clarifying La

Puerto Rican journalists sue over under-reported hurricane death toll

A Puerto Rican journalists’ organization is suing the island’s Demographic Registry over what it says are under-reported death counts following Hurricane Maria.

Cities to federal government: Don't tell us how to build our internet

At the end of January, San Jose's (CA) Mayor, Sam Liccardo, brought the issue of the digital divide fight into the open, publicly resigning from a Federal Communications Commission committee tasked with recommending ways to speed up broadband depl

Sens Schatz, Harris, and Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Emergency Alert System

Following the false emergency alert that went out across Hawai‘i on January 13 and caused widespread panic, Sens Brian Schatz (D-HI), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Authenticating Local Emergencies and Real Threats (A