Government & Communications

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

Americans Favor Protecting Information Freedoms Over Government Steps to Restrict False News Online

The widespread concerns over misinformation online have created a tension in the United States between taking steps to restrict that information – including possible government regulation – and protecting the long-held belief in the freedom to acc

Senatorial attack on the First Amendment

[Commentary] On April 11, 11 Democratic senators and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanderssent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai requesting that the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media be deni

Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar

More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, announced a set of principles that included a declaration that they would not help any government — including that of the United States — mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilia

Supreme Court Tosses Out Microsoft Case on Digital Data Abroad

The Supreme Court announced that it would not decide whether federal prosecutors can force Microsoft to turn over digital data stored outside the United States.

Europe to Follow US Lead in Sharing Data to Fight Crime

The United States and the European Union are aligning rules to help crime-fighters access suspects’ emails, text messages, photos and other data, despite simmering trans-Atlantic tensions.

President Trump, Having Denounced Amazon’s Shipping Deal, Orders Review of Postal Service

President Trump abruptly issued an executive order demanding an evaluation of the Postal Service’s finances, asserting the power of his office weeks after accusing Amazon, the online retail giant, of not paying its fair share in postage. In the ex

Data rights are civic rights: a participatory framework for GDPR in the US?

[Commentary] While online rights are coming into question, it’s worth considering how those will overlap with offline rights and civic engagement.

Investigators Focus on Another Trump Ally: The National Enquirer

President Trump has long had ties to the nation’s major media players.

Experienced Advice for New Broadband Program

It is equally important for the Federal Communications Commission to understand how the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) pilot program funding is being spent.

Why Mark Zuckerberg's Senate hearing could mean little for Facebook's privacy reform

Facebook's lobbying influence — along with Mark Zuckerberg’s expected mea culpa — may be enough, privacy experts say, to blunt any talk of significant consumer privacy regulations meant to reign in Facebook and other tech giants, regardless of the