Government & Communications

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

In Chicago, Obama tells young leaders that ‘special interests dominate the debates in Washington’

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
3

In his first public appearance since leaving the White House in January, former president Barack Obama told young leaders that "special interests dominate the debates in Washington" and that he had failed to realize his "aspirational" goal of uniting Americans in red and blue states.

Uber’s CEO Plays With Fire

Location:
Uber, 800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A blindness to boundaries is not uncommon for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. But in Travis Kalanick, that led to a pattern of repeatedly going too far at Uber, including the duplicity with Apple, sabotaging competitors and allowing the company to use a secret tool called Greyball to trick some law enforcement agencies.

FBI allays some critics with first use of new mass-hacking warrant

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On April 5, Deborah M. Smith, chief magistrate judge of the US District Court in Alaska, greenlighted this first use of a controversial court order. Critics have since likened it to a license for mass hacking.

President Trump’s Fake War on the Fake News

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

Since taking office, President Trump has dismissed unfavorable coverage as “fake news” and described the mainstream media as “the enemy of the American people.” But behind that theatrical assault, the Trump White House has turned into a kind of playground for the press.

How President Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media

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

Months before Donald Trump blew up American politics with his surprise win in November, he did the same thing to the conservative media. Through much of the campaign, two very different media moguls with colliding visions for the Republican Party vied for Trump’s soul: Roger Ailes, the longtime president and CEO of Fox News, and Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of the populist online tabloid Breitbart.

‘Everyone tunes in’: Inside Trump’s obsession with cable TV

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

For President Donald Trump — a reality TV star who parlayed his blustery-yet-knowing on-air persona into a winning political brand — television is often the guiding force of his day, both weapon and scalpel, megaphone and news feed.

In Trump’s America, who’s protesting and why? Here’s our March report.

Location:
University of Denver, 2199 S University Rd, Denver, CO, 80208, United States
Recommendation:
3

For March 2017, we tallied 585 protests, demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and rallies in the United States, with at least one in every state and the District. Our conservative guess is that 79,389 to 89,585 people showed up at these political gatherings, although it is likely that there were far more participants.

Floyd Abrams Sees Trump’s Anti-Media Tweets as Double-Edged Swords

Location:
Cahill Gordon & Reindel, 80 Pine Street, New York, NY, 10005-1702, United States
Recommendation:
2

Trump’s anti-media Twitter posts still serve as reminders of his campaign vows to “open” libel laws, his veiled threats to punish corporate owners of news organizations whose coverage he does not like and his occasional calls for leak investigations. They took on a more ominous tone as the Justice Department began considering whether to bring a case against WikiLeaks that the Obama administration decided against pursuing, fearing it would start a trend of prosecuting news organizations and criminalizing journalism.

Telecom giants spent $11m on first-quarter lobbying

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Major internet service providers spent more than $11 million on lobbying amid fights over privacy rules and a coming showdown over net neutrality.

The US government’s ‘witch hunt’ to root out a Trump critic has now sparked an investigation

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

The federal government’s effort to root out an anonymous critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has sparked an investigation into whether officials abused their authority by demanding that Twitter reveal the identity of one of its users, according to a letter released April 21.

International Efforts to Regulate the Internet Continue

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

Over the last several years, we’ve been lectured by many that the US position on Internet governance was no longer sustainable in the larger, global community.

DOJ debating charges against WikiLeaks members in revelations of diplomatic, CIA materials

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, taking a second look at a 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents and investigating whether the group bears criminal responsibility for the more recent revelation of sensitive CIA cyber-tools, apparently.

Trump lawyer: ‘No right’ to protest at rallies

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

President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in an April 20 court filing that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights.

Facebook, Google and others are focusing some DC lobbying dollars on fighting President Trump

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Large tech companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft focused some of their lobbying dollars in Washington over the past three months on combating President Donald Trump, as he eyed major changes to the US tax code and imposed new restrictions on foreign immigrants.

Privacy messenger app Confide, used by some in White House, gets slapped with lawsuit that says it's not as secure as it claims

Location:
Confide, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new lawsuit claims that Confide, a privacy-focused messaging app reportedly used by several politicians including those in the Trump administration in February, may not be as secure as it has advertised.

Silicon Valley’s finest are finally developing a code of ethics

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Resistance begins at home. For Silicon Valley, that means transforming an unprecedented protest movement against US President Donald Trump’s young presidency into something more than signs and slogans.

Seeking better data on Hispanics, Census Bureau may change how it asks about race

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal officials are considering major changes in how they ask Americans about their race and ethnicity, with the goal of producing more accurate and reliable data in the 2020 census and beyond.

Activists RickRoll FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Never Gonna Give Up on Net Neutrality

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

On April 20, several activists “RickRolled” the Federal Communications Commission’s open meeting to protest FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plans to undermine network neutrality.

Republicans Sell Access to Congressional Staffers, Flouting Cardinal Ethics Rule

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

Congressional Republicans are baldly enticing donors with the promise of meetings with senior legislative staff, effectively placing access to congressional employees up for sale to professional influence peddlers and other well-heeled interests.

Trump blows his deadline on anti-hacking plan

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

President-elect Donald Trump was very clear: “I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office,” he said in January, after getting a US intelligence assessment of Russian interference in 2016’s elections and promising to address cybersecurity. April 20, President Trump hits his 90-day mark. There is no team, there is no plan, and there is no clear answer from the White House on who would even be working on what.

Intelligence Community Pushes to Keep Surveillance Powers

Location:
Director of National Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20511, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence April 19 published a document advocating for the protection of what newly minted spy chief Dan Coats has described as the “crown jewels” of the intelligence community.

US Press Freedom Tracker will keep tabs on the safety of journalists in America

Location:
Freedom of the Press Foundation, 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
3

A coalition of advocacy organizations including the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Index on Censorship have settled on a name for their forthcoming press freedom website, and a journalist to lead it.

A Lesson in Moscow About Trump-Style ‘Alternative Truth’

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

I wanted to better understand President Trump’s America, a place where truth is being ripped from its moorings as he brands those tasked with lashing it back into place — journalists — as dishonest enemies of the people. So I went to Russia.

DC appeals court poised to rule on whether police need warrants for cellphone tracking

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Police and federal agents around the country have for years been quietly using cell site simulators in which a portable device intercepts signals from cellphones attempting to connect with cell towers and then captures their identifying numbers and precise locations.

Consumer groups blast DHS head for seeking travelers' social media passwords

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

A coalition of consumer advocacy groups is calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to oppose requiring foreign nationals to provide their social media passwords to enter the US.

FCC Chairman Pai Letter to Chris Henderson, Universal Service Administrative Company, Re: USAC's Performance as Schools and Libraries Program Administrator

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

Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that there are serious flaws in Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) administration of the E-Rate program—flaws that relate to the process by which schools and libraries apply for E-Rate funding and that are in fact preventing many schools and libraries from getting that funding.

EU launches public consultation into fears about future of internet

Location:
European Union, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

The European Union is launching an unprecedented public consultation to find out what Europeans fear most about the future of the internet. A succession of surveys over the coming weeks will ask people for their views on everything from privacy and security to artificial intelligence, network neutrality, big data and the impact of the digital world on jobs, health, government and democracy.

President Reagan Manipulated Television. President Trump Is Controlled by It.

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

The largest source of unpredictability in the Trump administration is the president’s addiction to television news. For good or bad, mostly bad, the herky-jerky logic of TV news coverage dictates the president’s strategy, or lack thereof. Previous presidents, most notably Ronald Reagan, became famous for their ability to manipulate television. Television manipulates Trump.

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove

Recommendation:
2

Former Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer sought to “figure out what the government really does with the money. What really happens?” He plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Sean Spicer: Lobbyists Deserve Privacy When Visiting the White House

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

President Barack Obama did not release the names of every visitor to his White House, so President Donald Trump will not release any at all.

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