Government & Communications

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

The Secret to Smart Policies About Smart Cities

[Speech] I want to talk about the secret to smart policies about smart cities.  I can summarize my idea in one word.  Learning.

CBO Scores Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act

The Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act (HR 4824) would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish a program to enhance the permitting process for broadband Internet projects in each of the agency’s field offices.

President Trump levels false attacks against The Post and Amazon in a pair of tweets

President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to make false and misleading attacks against The Washington Post and Amazon, the behemoth online retailer whose founder owns The Post.

Behind the scenes: Trump's TV guy

In the early evening of July 9th, President Donald Trump stood in the gold draped East Room of the White House with a small group of senior advisers to rehearse his announcement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

Who should be most alarmed about the decline of local news? Republicans.

[Commentary]  Not only has voter participation in local elections fallen to dangerously low levels, but the health of local newspapers, traditional watchdogs for the most direct and abundant form of government in the United States, has also been d

CBO Scores Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018

The Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 (HR 4881) would direct the Federal Communications Commission to establish the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States and selec

More African governments are trying to control what’s being said on social media and blogs

Increasingly, African governments are looking at the internet as a threat and are using a motley of targeted shutdowns, surveillance, and arbitrary legislation to silence digital users.

Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting US democracy

The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting US democracy under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election

FCC Transparency Act Reintroduced

Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has reintroduced the Federal Communications Commission Transparency Act (HR 6422), which would mandate that the FCC publish the drafts of items to be considered in a public meeting 21 days ahead of that vote.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Directed Ads to Americans

A broadcasting organization backed by the federal government has used Facebook to target ads at United States citizens, in potential violation of longstanding laws meant to protect Americans from domestic propaganda.