Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

The Guardian view on Google: overweening power

[Commentary] Neither Google, nor Eric Schmidt, told New America to fire Barry Lynn or his colleagues. They did not have to. Academics fill an intellectual gap that regulators often don’t have time to fill themselves.

Mueller Has Early Draft of Trump Letter Giving Reasons for Firing Comey

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has obtained a letter that President Donald Trump and a top political aide drafted in the days before President Trump fired the FBI director, James B.

President Trump claims Comey 'exonerated' Clinton before e-mail probe was over

President Donald Trump seized on a letter from two Republican senators claiming evidence that FBI Director James Comey cleared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing over her private e-mail server before concluding his investigati

Here’s How Google’s Money Really Influences Research

[Commentary] The think-tank world has come to be dominated by a distinctly modern kind of doublethink, which combines a rational understanding that corporations spend money to influence public policy with an instinctual belief that some of the ins

Google is losing allies across the political spectrum

With so many Googlers in government, Google had an outsized influence on policymaking during the Obama years. But today, Google is in a different situation.

Trump nominee blames 'internet crimes' for inflammatory comments against Obama

William Bradford, the man President Donald Trump has appointed to head an office under the Department of Energy, has blamed "cyber attacks and Internet crimes" for derogatory comments made against former President Barack Obama by an online user ap

Sarah Palin’s Defamation Suit Against The New York Times Is Dismissed

A federal judge on Aug 29 dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by the former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin against The New York Times, saying Palin’s complaint failed to show that a mistake in an editorial was made maliciously.

Republicans Divided in Views of Trump’s Conduct; Democrats Are Broadly Critical

In his first seven months as president, Donald Trump has generally drawn high job approval ratings among Republicans.

Mapping the Public Interest Technology Landscape

So how, exactly, do we define “public interest technology”? Depending on context and conversation, the phrase can refer to a field, a profession, a methodology, a solution, or an aspiration. In turn, each of those has its own definition.

Rep Blackburn's view from Silicon Valley

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has been critical of Silicon Valley's default position on network neutrality and its privacy practices.