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Russia denies use of Facebook ads in 2016 election

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia

Russia's government denied using Facebook ads to influence the 2016 US presidential election, saying in a statement it didn't even know "how to place an advert" on the social media giant.

Democratic Sens ask FCC to delay net neutrality repeal

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

A group of Democratic Sens is asking the Federal Communications Commission to delay its effort to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations in order to review a trove of recently-released documents related to the proceeding.

Curbing 'clicktivism' at the Federal Communications Commission

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

If you want to file something in an official record and meaningfully participate in the regulatory process, then perhaps a few guidelines should apply.

White House ratchets up its attacks on 'hypocritical' ESPN

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

The White House on Sept 15 hammered ESPN, calling the network “hypocritical” for what it says is a double-standard in the way it treats conservative and liberal employees.

Senators blast Lifeline in Hearing

Location:
Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, 340 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510, United States

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing Sept 14 titled, "FCC’s Lifeline Program: A Case Study of Government Waste and Mismanagement". ...

White House lays out case that Comey broke the law

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

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the case for why former FBI Director James Comey broke the law, expanding on comments from the day before about how federal prosecutors should consider bringing a case.

Google critics pushed out by think tank launch independent group

A group of antitrust experts has launched their own independent organization after they were pushed out of the New America think tank two weeks after raising criticisms of Google.

Twitter founder: Trump presidency is product of short attention spans

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

President Donald Trump is a symptom of a media environment based on short attention spans that is making the world stupider, one of the founders of Twitter has said.

Congress, don't let net neutrality debate fall victim to executive orders

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

President Donald Trump’s recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) decision is a case study in the consequences of writing law through executive order. If congressional leadership does not take action, then network neutrality will meet DACA’s same fate.

AT&T workers in contract dispute to protest at iPhone launch

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

AT&T workers are planning a demonstration outside Apple headquarters on Sept 12 during the highly anticipated iPhone 8 launch to draw attention to their ongoing contract dispute.

Google appeals $2.9 billion EU fine

Location:
Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi 175, Brussels, B-1048, Belgium

Google has appealed a record $2.9 billion fine from the European Union over its comparative shopping service, the EU Court of Justice announced.

FCC must dump Obama's net neutrality rules for broadband

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 open internet order has long been a posterchild for bad law and worse economics. It has been labeled an “economics-free zone” by the FCC’s own chief economist.

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

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

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 investigation.

If FCC repeals net neutrality, FTC won't leave users unprotected

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

The Federal Trade Commission can challenge harmful non-neutral practices on a case-by-case basis under its antitrust authority and under its consumer protection authority.

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

Location:
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20585, United States

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 appearing to be Bradford.

End the policy pingpong, cement net neutrality into law

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

According to a new survey, Americans overwhelmingly favor a permanent law over regulations that can be changed from administration to administration. Indeed, 74 percent of Americans said they would support net neutrality legislation that enabled them to use the internet free from government or corporate censorship, while creating rules that ensure a level playing field.

The Internet thrives without overregulation

Location:
House Judiciary Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building -- 2141, Washington, DC, United States

Fostering competition and punishing anti-competitive conduct creates an environment where innovators can create new products and services in response to consumer demand more freely, without having to spend time and money to comply with static, “one-size-fits-all” regulations from Washington, D.C. With that in mind, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with its jurisdiction over our nation’s antitrust and competition laws, is ideally equipped to both protect the interests of consumers and foster competition in the ISP marketplace.

President Trump: I pardoned Arpaio during hurricane because I thought TV ratings would be higher

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

President Donald Trump said he announced his pardon of former Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas because he “assumed the ratings would be far higher.”

White House advisory group raises cybersecurity concerns

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States

A White House advisory group says in a new report that federal agencies generally have the correct tools to protect from cyber attacks but face bureaucratic hurdles.

Sen Klobuchar wants answers on FTC's quick approval of Amazon-Whole Foods deal

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member, is demanding answers on the speed with which the Federal Trade Commission approved Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods.

Verizon reports spike in government requests for cell 'tower dumps'

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

Government requests for the mass disclosure of every caller who connected to a particular cellphone tower have spiked during the first half of 2017, according to Verizon’s latest transparency report.

Lawyers for fired Google programmer ask other employees to come forward

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

A law firm representing James Damore, who was fired from Google earlier in Aug for writing a controversial internal memo, is asking other former and current employees to come forward with “illegal employment practices” at Google.

Incompas asks FCC to open up cable and internet competition for apartment buildings

Location:
INCOMPAS, 1200 G St. NW (formerly COMPTEL), Washington, DC, 20005, United States

A trade association is asking the Federal Communications Commission to give apartment building tenants more choices when it comes to internet and cable providers.

Public-Interest Groups urge FCC to release net neutrality complaints

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

Public interest groups opposed to the repeal of network neutrality rules are asking the Federal Communications Commission to release a trove of documents in an effort to keep the rules in place.

Unlike FCC, FTC cannot protect net neutrality

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

To distract you while they smother network neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and acting Federal Trade Commission Chair Maureen Ohlhausen have offered confident assurances that the FTC can step into the role abdicated by the FCC and protect net neutrality with its antitrust and consumer protection enforcement authority. It sounds plausible (plus most people aren’t entirely sure what the FTC does), so you nod along, but don’t fall for it; it’s a ruse.

President Trump blasts 'dishonest Fake News reporting' as he ends vacation

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

President Donald Trump blasted the news media ahead of his return to Washington on Sunday after a 17-day working vacation.

Arts council members call for President Trump to step down in their resignation letter

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

In a letter announcing their resignation, several members of President Donald Trump's Committee on the Arts and Humanities called on him to step down as well if he can't vocally denounce white supremacy.

While Congress kills internet privacy, states take a stand for users

Location:
Sonic, 2260 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa, CA, 95407, United States

The disturbing implications of abolishing internet privacy rules go far beyond how the internet is used. By selling customer data, larger internet service providers could capture more of the market, albeit unfairly, leaving smaller ISPs in the dust and harming what little competition exists.

Democratic Lawmakers call for independent investigation into FCC's cyberattack response

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Democratic lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into how the Federal Communications Commission responded to a reported cyberattack in May that crippled the agency’s comment filing system.

The FCC must enforce standards that keep the web free and open

Location:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21215, United States

The internet is fundamental to economic opportunity, social action and innovation in the modern age. It has the power to democratize information, it allows us to communicate instantly and effectively, and in recent years, it has facilitated innovation and been the catalyst for social justice movements. That’s why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) supports a free and open internet.