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The Facebook Election Machine

As the 2016 Presidential primaries were starting in February, we looked at the digital tools offered by Facebook and Google to help voters gain information -- and be reached ...

FCC Review of State Opt-Out Requests from FirstNet, et al.

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

This Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addresses the 758-769/788-799 MHz band, which the Federal Communications Commission licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on a nationwide basis pursuant to the provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The Report and Order adopts rules intended to resolve the remaining questions posed in the 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in these dockets.

FirstNet Board approves $6.5 Billion budget package

Location:
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The FirstNet Board approved a major budget package, which at $6.585 billion would support a wide swath of developments targeted for Fiscal Year 2017. In addition to $85 million for FirstNet operations, the budget included $6.5 billion obligated toward supporting a network contract in FY17.

Rep Ted Lieu (D-CA) to FCC: Fix phone network flaw that allows eavesdropping

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

A documented weakness in Signaling System 7 has been shown to allow widespread interception of phone calls and text messages.

No Matter How You Slice It, Pai Is Right

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
3

As one of two Republican commissioners who voted to end the Federal Communications Commission's ban on television-newspaper crossownership only to come up short, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai summed up his — and the industry's — frustration.

Tech companies sign President Obama's equal pay pledge

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Twenty-nine businesses, including ten tech giants, signed President Barack Obama's Equal Pay Pledge, the White House announced.

DOJ lawyer who leaked Bush spy program is censured for ethics failure

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Justice Department lawyer who disclosed the secret and warrantless surveillance program then-President George W. Bush adopted in the immediate aftermath of the Sept.11 terror attacks was publicly censured Aug 25 by a federal appeals court for breaching legal ethics.

Nielsen Universe Rises To 118.4 Million Households

Location:
Nielsen, 770 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-9595, United States
Recommendation:
3

Nielsen’s estimate of the number of TV homes in the US for the 2016-17 is 118.4 million.

How to Delight Customers Through Public-Private Partnerships

Recommendation:
3

A key function of government is to address citizen constituent needs. Fulfilling those needs requires implementing innovative and cost-effective services through the public sector’s digital transformation.

How this social network for neighborhoods is trying to fix its racism problem

Location:
Nextdoor, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

What do you do when your social network ends up revealing racism in users' back yards? That's the problem Nextdoor, a site that connects people who live in the same area, is trying to tackle.

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