Government & Communications

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Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

It is the policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people.

The Trump White House’s press problems just keep getting worse

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

The message — if you are really bad at reading the signs — is that President Donald Trump and the people who support him believe they are at war with the media, plain and simple.

Joint FCC-FTC Commissioner Statement on Suspension of Broadband Privacy Protections

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
5

“Today Chairman Pai has created an unfortunate dilemma: accept a Bureau-level action that indefinitely unwinds key consumer privacy protections established by the FCC last year, or accept four business days (rather than the usual three weeks) to evaluate and vote on a decision that has massive ramifications for the security of private information held by broadband providers,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

Trump at CPAC: Right’s Unlikely Hero Renews Attack on Press

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
5

President Donald Trump intensified his slashing attack on the news media during an appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference , reiterating his charge that “fake news” outlets are “the enemy of the people.”

White House Bars Times and Other News Outlets From Briefing

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

Journalists from The New York Times and several other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Donald Trump’s press secretary on Feb 24, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.

Washington Post: Our story wasn't fake, it led to Trump ousting Flynn

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Washington Post pushed back against President Donald Trump’s claims that a report about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with a Russian ambassador was “fake news.”

Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Since the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.” From Virginia to Washington state, legislators have introduced bills that would increase punishments for blocking highways, ban the use of masks during protests, indemnify drivers who strike protesters with their cars and, in at least once case, seize the assets of people involved in protests that later turn violent.

Minority Leader Pelosi calls for DOJ probe of Priebus on FBI, Russia

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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says the Department of Justice must probe reports that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI to push back on media coverage linking figures from President Trump's campaign to Russian intelligence.

The FBI's New FOIA Policy Is a Big Step Backward

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

As of March 1, the FBI will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests via e-mail. Anyone seeking public records from the FBI will have to use a new online portal — or send requests via fax or snail mail.

White House dismisses CNN report on FBI as ‘indefensible’

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

President Donald Trump’s top spokesman dismissed a news report alleging the FBI rejected a request by the White House to publicly knock down reports about communications between Trump associates and the Russians.

Steve Bannon’s not-so-subtle threat to the media

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

here was no reason to think that Bannon was going to be anything but confrontational with the media during a joint appearance with Trump White House chief of staff Reince Priebus at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But, even by Bannon's standards, he seemed to ramp up his attacks on the media and offer a very clear message to political journalists: You think this is bad? Just wait.

A Bot That Identifies 'Toxic' Comments Online

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For those outlets who can’t hire 14 full-time moderators to comb through roughly 11,000 comments a day, help is on the way. Jigsaw, the Google-owned technology incubator, released a tool that uses machine-learning algorithms to separate out the worst comments that people leave online.

Nearly 200,000 People Urge the FCC to Protect Network Neutrality

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

On Valentine’s Day, tens of thousands of Free Press members sent out love letters to the open internet that described why they need network neutrality. On Feb 23 we delivered these messages to the Federal Communications Commission.

Sure the Media Is Biased. But the Enemy? Not Quite.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Biased? Probably. Oppositional? Maybe. Essential? In theory. But the enemy? Not so much.

The Trump White House doesn’t really want balanced media coverage

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

When CNN's Dylan Byers reported that counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway had been pulled off the air by the White House, his story included a familiar line: “Conway did not respond to a request for comment.” Within minutes of the report's publication, however, Conway was talking — to rival network MSNBC, claiming Byers and CNN had it wrong. Half an hour later, Conway's “might be doing TV later tonight” became is doing TV later tonight.

Partisan Conflict and Congressional Outreach

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Hostility in political discourse was thrown into sharp relief in 2016 by a contentious presidential campaign. A new Pew Research Center analysis of more than 200,000 press releases and Facebook posts from the official accounts of members of the 114th Congress uses methods from the emerging field of computational social science to quantify how often legislators themselves “go negative” in their outreach to the public.

University of Texas Chancellor McRaven calls Trump’s media comment ‘threat to democracy’

Location:
University of Texas , Austin, TX, 78712, United States
Recommendation:
2

University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven said President Trump’s recent description of the media as “the enemy of the American people” must be challenged and “this sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”

Decoding the Doublespeak of FCC Chairman Pai

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Washington Post noted that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai likes to talk the talk of bridging the digital divide—during his first speech as FCC chairman, he said it would be a top agency priority. But when the FCC released his anti-Lifeline action days later, “he opened another gap,” wrote the Post, “this time between his words and his actions.” It’s the sort of head fake that’s familiar to those who’ve followed Pai’s career as a lead apologist for the phone companies he once worked for—and still serves.

Conway sidelined after going 'off message'

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

The White House is barring counselor Kellyanne Conway from television appearances after the high-profile aide made multiple on-air statements contradicting the Trump administration’s official stance.

Donald Trump is losing his war with the media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that while people may be broadly unhappy with the mainstream media, they still think it's more credible than President Donald Trump.

18F Wants to Change the Rules, Not Break Them

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

The tech group 18F took some heat when a General Administration Services inspector general audit found it skirting compliance rules and security procedures, but the department’s leader says the Obama-era tech unit is still committed to hacking bureaucracy.

Why Trump loves to hate the media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump seems to have three reasons for attacking the press.

Five ways President Trump can become media literate

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
3

With cries of “fake news” coming from all sides, schools are stepping up — teaching media literacy to help students distinguish rumor from fact, hoax from reality. As President Trump’s bizarre suggestion of a recent terrorist attack in Sweden proved recently, he needs a crash course. We’re here to help.

A Modified Delegated Authority Proposal

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

I have made the case previously that the Commission delegates way too many substantive decisions to Bureau staff, usurping the role and obligations of duly appointed and confirmed Commissioners.

What is the “Cost per Regulator” on GDP and Private Sector Job Creation?

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
3

In these frugal times, many Americans are forced to do more with less. Given the pernicious effect of the growth of the regulatory state, it is time for the government to do less with less.

How Peter Thiel's Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised. How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand the sprawling American spy apparatus, already vulnerable to abuse, is disturbing enough on its own. But the outlook is even worse considering Trump’s vast preference for private sector expertise and new strategic friendship with Silicon Valley billionaire investor Peter Thiel, whose controversial (and opaque) company Palantir has long sought to sell governments an unmatched power to sift and exploit information of any kind.

How President Trump is challenging the media to redefine its role

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

How the media work through this challenge will affect not only how this insurgent presidency is portrayed, but also how the American public sees the role of the press – as a biased meddler or an essential pillar of American democracy.

Here’s how to defend network neutrality

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Network neutrality is under threat, but you can do something to defend it. Activists working on the issue have numerous suggestions. So how exactly can you make your voice heard?

Ajit Pai is making the FCC more transparent — but only when it suits him

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has had a whirlwind first month, taking immediate action to scale back network neutrality, slow broadband subsidies for low-income households, and block efforts to reform the exorbitant calling rates to prisons. But in the background of all of this, Chairman Pai has also made a series of changes at the commission in the name of transparency.

A Dangerous Time for the Press and the Presidency

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

he relationship between the government and the press should be adversarial, as their missions are often at odds. As those seeking to downplay the current confrontation have rightly pointed out, this has resulted in a power struggle between that is as old as the Republic itself. But Trump’s relationship with the media represents something new and potentially dangerous to both.

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