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Washington Post reporter barred, patted down by police, at rally for Mike Pence

Location:
Waukesha County Exposition Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI, 53188, United States
Recommendation:
3

Donald Trump’s campaign has denied press credentials to a number of disfavored media organizations, including The Washington Post, but on July 27, the campaign of his running mate, Gov Mike Pence (R-IN), went even further. At Gov Pence’s first public event since he was introduced as the Republican vice-presidential candidate two weeks ago, a Post reporter was barred from entering the venue after security staffers summoned local police to pat him down in a search for his cellphone.

Weather Service conducts ‘illegal surveillance’ on staff, union says

Location:
National Weather Service, 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, United States
Recommendation:
3

If it’s on Facebook, can it be secret? Members of the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) thought they had a secret Facebook page that was available only to them. But not only did National Weather Service (NWS) management officials know about the page, they accessed it and made scornful comments about the postings, according to the union.

Jacob Appelbaum was an online privacy hero. Then a scandal exploded.

Location:
The Tor Project, 217 1st Ave South #4903, Seattle, WA, 98194, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Tor Project, a digital privacy group, said July 27 that an internal probe found that Jacob Appelbaum, a former employee who has been held up across the Web as a champion of online privacy, engaged in sexual misconduct.

Time to Stop Hitting the Cyber Snooze Button on US Infrastructure

Location:
Raytheon, 870 Winter Street, Waltham, MA, 02451-1449, United States
Recommendation:
3

Power grids have proven to be vulnerable to cyber terrorists. Hackers interrupted a regional power supply abroad (in the Ukraine), and white hat hackers in the Midwest recently demonstrated there’s nothing special about our own grid that would protect our systems from the eventuality of a similar – and potentially much more damaging – fate.

Professionals Across the Globe Agree: Government Don't Invest Enough In Cyber

Location:
Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
3

A global lack of cybersecurity talent could make nations more vulnerable to cyberattack, and governments aren't doing enough to fill that gap, a new report finds.

Should Secret Service Protect Emails of Future Presidents?

Location:
USA, United States
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3

Maybe it's time the Secret Service starts cracking down on the computer security of presidential candidates, in addition to their physical security, some private cyber investigators say, after a leak of Democratic party files right before the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.

A better tech platform for Hillary Clinton

Location:
X-Lab, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The 2016 Democratic Party Platform fails to offer meaningful improvements to national tech policy that would improve cybersecurity. Americans deserve a plan that would strengthen networks, bolster security, and safeguard civil liberties.

FCC to Fine AT&T $106K for Overcharging Florida Schools and E-rate Program

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T $106,425 for charging two Florida school districts some of the highest telecommunications rates in the state, in apparent violation of federal law and the FCC’s “lowest corresponding price” rule.

Internet providers won’t rest until the government’s net-neutrality rules are dead

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Internet providers who oppose the government's network neutrality rules will once again take the issue to court as they ask more than a dozen federal judges to throw out the regulations. A Washington trade group representing cellular carriers, CTIA, will be requesting a rehearing of the case by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, apprently.

T-Mobile's John Legere says Verizon-Yahoo is `slippery slope'

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
3

John Legere wishes Verizon luck with its pending acquisition of Yahoo’s core assets. T-Mobile’s CEO, never shy about bashing rivals, kept up the refrain when asked about Verizon's $4.8 billion Yahoo deal, which Verizon executives hope will make it a major competitor in mobile media.

Democrats Ignored Cybersecurity Warnings Before Theft

Location:
Democratic National Committee, 430 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Democratic National Committee was warned in the fall of 2015 that its computer network was susceptible to attacks but didn’t follow the security advice it was given, apparently.

Commissioner O'Rielly Statement on Biennial Review Public Notice

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

I am pleased that [Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler] has initiated our statutory responsibility under section 11 to review our telecommunications regulations, and I hope my colleagues will vote quickly on this rather clean procedural step to get the process started.

Watching the press at the DNC

Location:
2016 Democratic National Convention, 3601 S Broad St Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, 19148, United States
Recommendation:
3

Shifting from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (OH) to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (PA), the press working to cover the Democrats inside the convention hall have to battle for less space, bigger crowds, and a security perimeter so wide, it nearly extends to New Jersey.

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