Government & Communications

Attempts by governmental bodies to improve or impede communications with or between the citizenry.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai Before the Free State Foundation's Tenth Anniversary Gala Luncheon

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

On issue after issue at the Federal Communications Commission, the Free State Foundation has spoken out forcefully and eloquently on behalf of limited government, the rule of law, and rigorous economic analysis.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Free State Foundation's Tenth Anniversary Luncheon

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

I’m excited and honored to play a part in the new Federal Communications Commission, and to the extent it is helpful, I am humbly going to outline some very broad areas where the next Commission could potentially focus some of its efforts.

Our desperate need to save US democracy from ourselves

Location:
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
3

The trouble is that no one really sees it as their job to save American democracy — not politicians, not owners of social media platforms, not advocates of conservative and liberal causes, and maybe not even citizens themselves.

The United States Commitment to the Open Government Partnership and Open Government

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

Five years ago, President Obama joined with the leaders of seven other nations to launch the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global partnership between governments and civil society organizations to advance transparency and accountability, bolster citizen engagement, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks

Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

By the time you finish reading this column, you would be foolish not to download the messaging app Signal onto your smartphone and computer.

Documentary filmmakers fear more legal challenges in Trump era

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Many in the documentary film world expect further assaults on free speech in the current divisive political climate. With a president-elect who has threatened to loosen libel laws and sue over reporting he doesn’t like, indie filmmakers are steeling themselves for open season.

How Donald Trump's potential press secretary views the press: "Worse than irrelevant"

Location:
Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
3

On Dec 6, President-elect Donald Trump met with conservative commentator Laura Ingraham at Trump Tower. Ingraham — a talk radio host, Fox News contributor and the founder of conservative lifestyle site Lifezette — is believed to be the leading candidate to be Trump’s press secretary.

CBO Scores the OPEN Government Data Act

Location:
Congressional Budget Office, Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States
Recommendation:
3

The OPEN Government Data Act (S 2852) would direct federal agencies to publish all data they collect in an open format that can be used by any computer.

President-elect Trump invites tech leaders to roundtable for Dec 14

Location:
Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
3

President-elect Donald Trump has invited technology industry leaders to a roundtable Dec 14 in New York.

Commerce Sec Penny Pritzker Delivers Keynote on Cybersecurity Commission Recommendations at USTelecom Forum

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered a keynote address to USTelecom’s eighth National Cybersecurity Policy Reform on a report issued Dec 2 by the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

Time Warner CEO: Trump isn’t serious about redefining First Amendment

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who counts CNN, HBO, Warner Bros. and TBS among the media companies in his portfolio, says that President-Elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises to redefine the First Amendment and “open up the libel laws” are not likely to happen when he takes office.

New Coalition Against Hate Targets Incoming Trump Administration

Location:
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), 55 S Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91105, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new group called the Coalition Against Hate, which includes the National Hispanic Media Coalition, is taking aim at the incoming Trump Administration with plans to push "media platforms" to "abandon hate speech as a model," it said.

Chairman Wheeler's Response to Sens Re: Stingray Cell Site Simulators

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

On Oct 7th, several Senators wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding reports about state and local law enforcement's use of "cell site simulators" -- portable surveillance devices that collect cell phone identification and location information by mimicking cellphone towers, also known as "stingrays".

Commissioner Pai on FCC's zero-rating investigation

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

This end-run around Congress’s clear instruction is sad—and pointless. For any unilateral action taken by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Chairman’s direction in the next 49 days can quickly be undone by that same bureau after January 20, 2017.

Commissioner O'Rielly on FCC's zero-rating investigation

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

In light of the multiple directives we have received from Congress to avoid directing attention and resources to complex or controversial matters, the staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is inappropriately pressing forward and escalating its investigation of certain providers’ zero-rated video services.

Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy

Location:
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899-1070, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recognizing the extraordinary benefit interconnected technologies bring to our digital economy—and equally mindful of the accompanying challenges posed by threats to the security of the cyber landscape—President Barack Obama established this Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

Maybe the Internet Isn’t a Fantastic Tool for Democracy After All

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The question we face now is: What happens when the industry destroyed is professional politics, the institutions leveled are the same few that prop up liberal democracy, and the values the internet disseminates are racism, nationalism, and demagoguery?

Internet Archive Successfully Fends Off Secret FBI Order

Location:
Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94118, United States
Recommendation:
3

Ten years ago, the FBI sent Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, a now-infamous type of subpoena known as a National Security Letter, demanding the name, address and activity record of a registered Internet Archive user.

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Getting to Know Mark Jamison, President-elect Trump’s FCC Transition Team Co-Leader

Progress and Momentum in Support of TechHire Initiative

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

Since its launch, TechHire communities across the country have piloted fast-track training programs designed to give people skills that are in high demand by employers.

A political temper tantrum at the FCC

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

President-elect Donald Trump should appoint somebody to lead the FCC who truly understands the economics of the business, respects the law and, most importantly, is committed to uphold every American's basic right to due process. If not, then just when you think the next chairman can't be any worse than the last — they will be.

Farewell to President Obama, our first digital president

Location:
Acquia, Boston, MA, United States

Beginning eight years ago, the Obama Administration embraced a fresh approach to leveraging technology platforms and improved the experience of interacting with government.

Correcting the cyber cacophony in our cybersecurity institutions

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

cybersecurity presents one of the greatest and fastest growing threats facing our country — and finding ways to address these threats is one of the most pressing concerns of the new administration. The new administration will have the ability to rethink the design of our country’s various cybersecurity institutions.

Reimagining cities from the Internet up

Location:
Sidewalk Labs, 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
3

It’s been a little more than a year since Alphabet (then Google) and I launched Sidewalk Labs. Larry Page and I shared a view that a combination of digital technologies — ubiquitous connectivity, social networks, sensing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and new design and fabrication technologies — would help bring about a revolution in urban life.

Sen Cruz calls for lifting campaign fundraising limits

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants to squeeze out super PACs by abolishing limits on fundraising dollars to individual candidates. Joining with Rep Mark Meadows (R-NC), Sen Cruz is filing legislation that the pair argues will increase transparency and treat all campaign donations like free speech.

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the US government's hacking powers failed Nov 30, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

FBI and NSA Poised to Gain New Surveillance Powers Under Trump

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

The FBI, National Security Agency and CIA are likely to gain expanded surveillance powers under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, a prospect that has privacy advocates and some lawmakers trying to mobilize opposition.

Internet Archive putting database in Canada to keep it from President-elect Trump

Location:
Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94118, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Internet Archive, a nonprofit that saves copies of old web pages, is creating a backup of its database in Canada, in response to the election of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is going to war with CNN. Again.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Seven weeks before taking the oath of office, President-elect Donald Trump spent part of his night retweeting angry messages about CNN's coverage of his bogus voter fraud claims — including one tweet from a teenager — then continued the tirade into the morning of Nov 29.

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