Government & Communications

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

5 New Cities Become Smart Gigabit Communities

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

At the Smart Cities Connect Conference held June 25-28 at the Austin Convention Center, US Ignite and the National Science Foundation announced five new cities that have joined the Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program, which "accelerates the development of advanced gigabit applications that cannot run on current networks as the bedrock of smart communities by identifying new economic and social opportunities created by those applications," according to the SGC website.

Trump’s asymmetric warfare against the media continues to pay off

Location:
USA, United States

Donald Trump won the presidency by assuring voters he could do everything, and do it quickly. Much of his presidency so far has been spent covering up the fact that he can’t. And we keep learning a painful lesson: There’s not much we can do about it.

Amazon primed for merger battle

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States

The proposed $13.7 billion merger of Amazon and Whole Foods is primed to set off a massive lobbying effort in Washington.

President Trump blasts media after CNN retraction: 'They are all Fake News!'

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

President Donald Trump blasted several publications after CNN retracted a story published recently tying a top Trump ally to a Russian investment bank.

Speaker Ryan: Ignore The Cable News Bickering. This Congress Is Getting Things Done

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

Sometimes the noise drowns out the good news. And it certainly is right now. It would be hard to fault the average American for thinking all that’s going on in Washington these days is high-drama hearings and partisan sniping. But amid the countdown clocks and cable news chatter, something important is happening: Congress is getting things done to help improve people’s lives.

The Past, Present, and Future State of Lobbying

Jul 11 2017 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Location:
American Trucking Association, 430 First St SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

A look at the lobbying profession - where we've been, the current environment, and some expert opinions on where we might be headed

President Trump’s Media Policy Creating Friction

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

President Trump's relations with the media — never strong to begin with — have taken another sour turn with dwindling opportunities for on-camera engagement with the president's representatives.

Facebook, Free Expression and the Power of a Leak

Location:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States

Today, as social media sites are accused of spreading false news, influencing elections and allowing horrific speech, they may respond by increasing their policing of content. Clarity about their internal speech regulation is more important now than ever. The ways in which this newfound transparency is harnessed by the public could be as meaningful for online speech as any case decided in a United States court.

Chairman Pai reveals new details about cyberattack following John Oliver segment

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled new details about a reported cyberattack that came after comedian John Oliver urged his viewers to flood the agency with pro-network neutrality comments.

Industry 'surprised' by DOJ appeal in data warrant case

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

Businesses leaders expressed surprise that the Department of Justice is appealing a case about when law enforcement should have access to data stored in other countries.

Analysis: Majority of FCC Comments Favor Repealing Internet Rules

Location:
Consumer Action, 221 Main Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States

Free market group Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE) says according to its analysis of the Federal Communications Commission's open internet docket, a majority (65%) favor repealing the Title II-based Open Internet order, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed to do.

Twenty years after Reno v. ACLU, the long arc of internet history returns

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1996, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, which found the communications decency provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to be unconstitutional.

Media opposes right-of-publicity bill: ‘an attack on the First Amendment’

Location:
Columbia Journalism Review, 729 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY, 10019, United States

The hasty effort in New York to pass a right-of-publicity bill ended—for now—recently after the state assembly sponsor pulled his bill and the senate appeared unwilling to advance its own version until the assembly acted.

President Trump: Obama didn't 'choke,' he 'colluded or obstructed'

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

President Donald Trump on June 26 said former President Barack Obama took no action against Russia for its actions in the 2016 election because he expected Hillary Clinton to win. President Trump concluded that Obama had not "choked" in taking no action against Russia.

RNC Chair Doubles Down on 'Fake News’

Location:
Republican National Committee, 310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel put her signature to the latest e-mail that uses attacks on the media to try and raise money for the party and its candidates.

Why the Case for Transparency Must Be Made Anew

Location:
USA, United States

The Trump Administration’s penchant for secrecy is not a media issue; it is a democracy issue. And that makes it the weak spot in President Donald Trump’s otherwise successful jihad against American journalism.

The FISA Amendments Act: Reauthorizing America’s Vital National Security Authority and Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties

Jun 27 2017 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

FCC Chairman Pai is getting too cozy with the White House, critics say

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

As the head of an agency that's supposed to keep its distance from the White House, Pai has shown no qualms about appearing on the same agenda with President Trump. And that is now raising questions among some about his overall independence from the Trump administration.

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

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

President Obama also approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow. The project, which President Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when he left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.

President Trump is struggling to stay calm on Russia, one morning call at a time

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

President Donald Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 am on many days — before all the network news shows have come on the air — he gets on the phone with a member of his outside legal team to chew over all things Russia. The calls — detailed by three senior White House officials — are part strategy consultation and part presidential venting session, during which President Trump’s lawyers and public-relations gurus take turns reviewing the latest headlines with him.

President Trump congratulates himself for influencing Comey’s testimony with White House tapes ruse

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

President Donald Trump gave his first interview in more than a month on June 22, and the result — airing June 23 on Fox News — included President Trump congratulating himself for his suggestion that there might be tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey.

White House Correspondents' Association: We are not satisfied with off-camera briefings

Location:
White House Correspondents' Association, 600 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, DC, 20037, United States

White House Correspondents' Association President Jeff Mason said they are "not satisfied" with the White House putting a halt on their daily, on-camera briefings.

DHS Working with Google to Improve Screening Techniques at Airpots

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

The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports. On June 22, the department, working with Google, will introduce a $1.5 million contest to build computer algorithms that can automatically identify concealed items in images captured by checkpoint body scanners.

President Trump bashes the press but seeks advice from media figures

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

As he considers limiting White House news briefings to one per week and requiring journalists to submit written questions, President Donald Trump is listening to advisers outside his administration. Ironically, a couple of those advisers are members of the media — Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), a Fox News contributor.

Broadband’s future is in the crosshairs of the FCC’s ‘political spectrum’

Location:
Georgetown University, 36th Street, NW & Prospect St, NW Walsh Building Room 395, Washington, DC, United States

The Federal Communications Commission, once a sleepy regulatory backwater, has become a deeply political agency, governed less by the science of radio waves than by pressure from inside-the-Beltway groups. How did we get here?

Don't Let President Trump Silence Communities of Color

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

Thanks to the open internet, a new generation of activists fighting for civil rights and equality has been able to make their voices heard in ways previously unimaginable. Now the Trump Administration is trying to turn back the clock and silence them by undoing the Network Neutrality rules.

President Trump is being sued for deleting official emails because we have learned nothing

Location:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 455 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

After what felt like years of hammering Hillary Clinton for failing to adhere to federal e-mail transparency policies, you might think politicians would take pains not to make the same mistake. But now, the White House has been accused of just that.

Ajit Pai: How the US can win the digital future

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

In order for us to expand prosperity and extend economic opportunity to more Americans, we must remain on the cutting edge. This means that government at all levels must focus on removing barriers to innovation and ensuring that technological advances aren’t strangled by bureaucratic red tape.

Commissioner Clyburn's Remarks at the Open Technology Institute

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

I am heartened that at the very beginning of the latest [network neutrality] process, we have already seen another five million speak out. And as significant as that is, it still may not be enough.

FCC Chairman Pai Defends FCC Budget Cut

Location:
Senate Committee on Appropriations, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building 138, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said the commission can do more with less—102 fewer full-time employees, for example—and his budget reflected that philosophy while still being able to serve the FCC's core mission of protecting the public interest and closing the digital divide.

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