Grant Gross

What to expect from the Trump administration on cybersecurity

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Look for President Donald Trump's administration to push for increased cybersecurity spending in government, but also for increased digital surveillance and encryption workarounds.

Net neutrality policy still up in the air under President Trump

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

While the Federal Communications Commission may repeal the net neutrality rules, the Republican-controlled Congress may take a different path.

Stanford researchers invent tech workaround to net neutrality fights

Location:
Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Engineers at Stanford University have invented a new technology that would give broadband customers more control over their pipes and, they say, possibly put an end to a stale network neutrality debate in the US.

Local officials question FCC's broadband subsidy proposal

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

Elected officials in several cities and states aren't completely on board with a US Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow low-income people to purchase broadband service through a program subsidizing voice service.

NTIA to seek consensus on security-vulnerability disclosures

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
1

he National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hopes to gather security researchers, software vendors and other interested people and reach consensus on the sticky topic of how to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

Location:
Gig.U, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, 20016, United States
Recommendation:
3

US communities looking for faster broadband service than incumbent Internet service providers provide have alternatives to the increasingly controversial choice of seeking to publicly fund a network, according to a new handbook for city officials.

Lack of broadband in some areas limits telemedicine

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Lack of broadband service is limiting the deployment of telemedicine services in some places of the US, and not just remote rural areas, some experts say.

Network neutrality rules let FCC police future ISP conduct

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s new network neutrality rules allow the agency to police future network management practices and business models rolled out by broadband providers, raising concerns among critics that an activist commission will inject itself into ISP board rooms. The so-called future conduct standard in the FCC’s new rules leave questions about what ISP practices the agency will allow, critics say.

FCC will adopt network neutrality rules in early 2015

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission will adopt network neutrality rules in early 2015, maybe as soon as February, several observers believe, but few people want to predict what those rules will look like.

Give National Security Agency unlimited access to digital data, says federal judge

Location:
U.S. Court Of Appeals Seventh Circuit, 219 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, 60604, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, according to influential Judge Richard Posnerof the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Secretive funding fuels ongoing net neutrality astroturfing controversy

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The contentious debate about network neutrality in the US has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process.

Senators hear calls on the FCC to step back from net neutrality rules

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission should abandon its efforts to pass network neutrality rules because new regulations would hurt investment and the deployment of broadband, a parade of Republican senators and advocates said.

NSA reform bill stalled with Congress headed toward fall recess

Location:
Capitol Hill, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Congress is unlikely to pass legislation to end the National Security Agency's widespread collection of US telephone records before leaving Washington (DC) on a two-month break.

FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers

Location:
Constitution Center, 400 7th St SW, Washington, DC, 20024, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said the collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but may also lead some companies to create profiles of consumers leading to discrimination.

New survey raises questions about net neutrality regulation, advocacy group says

Location:
CALinnovates.org, 548 Market St, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States
Recommendation:
1

CALinnovates -- whose members include broadband provider AT&T, VC firm SV Angel and online education service JobScout -- says more than two-thirds of US respondents in a new survey say that decades-old telephone regulations should not apply to the Internet, which suggests that the Federal Communications Commission should stay away from reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility.

Net neutrality advocates plan slow-lane protest

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Several high-profile websites -- including Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla, and Meetup -- will display spinning-wheel icons on Sept 9 in an attempt to show visitors the Internet slow lanes they say will appear if the Federal Communications Commission doesn't pass strong network neutrality regulations.

Industry groups: FCC shouldn't overturn state laws against municipal broadband

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

The Federal Communications Commission should stay out of the way of states that have passed laws prohibiting or limiting city-funded broadband networks that compete with private services, several groups have told the agency.

New software analyzes hard-to-understand privacy policies

Location:
Disconnect, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Have you ever tried to read a website's privacy policy only to give up after slogging through paragraphs and paragraphs of dense, lawyerly language? Privacy-focused companies Disconnect and TRUSTe have released a new browser add-on that attempts to translate those policies into easy-to-understand terms.

Cisco: Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same

Location:
Cisco, 170 West Tasman Dr., San Jose, CA, 95134, United States
Recommendation:
3

All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite network neutrality advocates' calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems said.

Network neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks

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

The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the US could become swept up in political fallout as the Federal Communications Commission figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.

California consumer group files complaint against Verizon on 'forced' IP conversions

Location:
California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Avenue, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon Communications is forcing customers in southern California to move from traditional telephone service to voice over IP or wireless services, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), a consumer advocacy group, said in a complaint filed with the state.

Carriers say they support mobile kill switch effort

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Executives with three US mobile carriers have voiced support for an effort in the US Congress to encourage mobile carriers to offer services to customers that would render smartphones and tablets inoperable if they're stolen.

Verizon: Heavy Web users should pay more

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Heavy broadband users should help shoulder the cost of their traffic, but Verizon Communications does not give preferential treatment to some Web traffic, said Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam.

President Obama touches on NSA reform in State of the Union address

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Barack Obama repeated his call to reform intelligence surveillance programs, saying US intelligence agencies need the trust of people inside and outside the country, during his State of the Union speech.

Tech, telecom vendors spend millions on lobbying in DC

Location:
K Street, 1500 K Street, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on US government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports.

Consumer Watchdog files Google+ complaint with FTC

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google, through its plan to link Gmail addresses to its Google+ social network, is violating a privacy agreement the company made with the Federal Trade Commission, a longtime critic of the company's privacy practices said in a complaint to the agency.

DOJ defends NSA phone records program after judge's ruling

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Department of Justice defended the National Security Agency's massive phone records collection program after a US District Court judge ruled that the program is likely to violate the Constitution.

Lawyer: Verizon should be able to block websites

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon Communications should be able to block its broadband customers from going to websites that refuse to pay the provider to deliver their traffic, a lawyer for Verizon told an appeals court.

Some privacy advocates question mobile apps agreement

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

A proposed code of conduct for mobile app developers intended to make them explain how user data is collected and used does not have a clear enforcement mechanism, one privacy advocate said.

FAA looks to relax rules on using electronic devices during flights

Location:
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 800 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20591, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Aviation Administration is moving toward relaxing the rules about using electronic devices on airplanes, but the decision isn't final yet. An advisory panel to the FAA has recommended that the agency relax the ban on some types of electronic devices at low altitudes. The recommendations don't cover mobile phone use because the agency didn't ask the panel to address that issue.