Government & Communications

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

FCC Chairman Pai: Whether NY Times, CNN, NBC are 'fake news' is a ‘political debate’

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commissioner Chairman Ajit Pai said that President Trump’s charge that media outlets including The New York Times, CNN and NBC are “fake news” is a “political debate,” that he would not “wade into.”

Read President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods

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

When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I’m talking about is surveillance. And today, [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Devin Nunes just had a news conference ...

Chairman Nunes Puts Credibility of House Panel He Leads in Doubt

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of a House panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, may have dealt his own inquiry a fatal blow.

Proven wrong, President Trump borrows a defense from the media

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump contended in his conversation with Time's Washington bureau chief, Michael Scherer, that although some of his assertions are not precisely true, they are substantially true. Ironically, the substantial-truth defense is borrowed from the news media — the “opposition party,” according to the White House — which sometimes uses it to win libel cases.

Journalism cannot be neutral toward a threat to the conditions that make it possible.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rush Limbaugh called government, academia, science, and media the “Four Corners of Deceit.”

Remarks at Workshop on "Public Diplomacy in a Post-Truth Society"

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
2

There has been much discussion in the media, academia, and within the US government about living in a “post-truth” or “post-factual” society and how to operate in it.

House Oversight grills law enforcement on facial recognition tech

Location:
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest Room #5154, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Lawmakers grilled law enforcement officials in a tense hearing March 22 over their use of facial recognition programs. Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about the FBI’s use of facial recognition technology during a House Oversight Committee hearing, pressing a bureau official about the ability to access photos of hundreds of millions of citizens and the technology’s accuracy.

Improved Staff Openness & New Priorities

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

One of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s most welcomed, yet least noted, process reforms has been his unequivocal direction that staff should be completely up front with all Commissioners, not just the Chairman.

House Intel Chairman: Trump Team Was Surveilled During Transition

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said he’s received dozens of reports showing that communications from President Donald Trump’s transition team — and possibly Trump himself — were intercepted during the transition period between Election Day and Inauguration Day.

A President’s Credibility

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

If President Donald Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that President Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

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"Deconstruction"

Recommendation:
4

It’s a challenge to pick the worst of the furnace-hot verbiage spewing forth from the new Administration; there is just so much to choose from. But to me, one completely frightening statement stands out. It is “deconstructing the administrative state” as the stated purpose of the Trump team.

Supporters Rallied Against Senate Broadband Privacy Regulation Rollback

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Warning that Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on rolling back Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy regulations as early as March 23, Public Knowledge is trying to get supporters of the regulations to ask their Congresional members to push back.

Q&A: Garry Kasparov on the press and propaganda in Trump’s America

Location:
Human Rights Foundation, New York, NY, 10118, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, Russian pro-democracy leader, and chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation since 2012.

From the Internet to Trump's Twitter feed, how a phony conspiracy theory caught fire

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

When Michael Flynn, President Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, resigned last month, Mark Levin was outraged. Not because Flynn had falsely denied speaking with the Russian ambassador about US sanctions before Trump took office. Rather, the conservative talk radio host was furious that US surveillance had picked up Flynn’s venture into freelance diplomacy.

What Happens When the President Is a Publisher, Too?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

What everyone actually knows, or should by now, is that while President Donald Trump claims to hate “the media,” he is himself an active publisher.

Opposition and a Shave: Former Obama Aides Counter President Trump

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The cultural-political revolution of the Nixon era was neither televised nor sponsored. The Trump era’s #Resistance is flipping all of that on its head.

Hot mic catches GOP congressman’s adviser planning spin about ‘un-American’ protesters

Location:
Novi, MI, United States
Recommendation:
2

“We’re going to take that part where they’re booing funding the military, and I’m gonna get somebody to write a story, and we’re going to promote the s— out of that,” Republican strategist Stu Sandler could be heard saying on a video recorded by local TV station WDIV and uploaded by the district’s local branch of the Indivisible project. “It’s un-American crap.”

FBI Director Comey confirms probe of possible coordination between Kremlin and Trump campaign

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

FBI Director James B. Comey acknowledged that his agency is conducting an investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in a counterintelligence probe that could reach all the way to the White House and may last for months.

FCC Chairman Pai Vows to Stand Up To Trump Administration

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
2

“I am glad to read Chairman Pai’s recognition that free media is vital to our democracy. While the Trump Administration continues to treat the press as the ‘opposition,’ Chairman Pai says he will respect the First Amendment. I hope that additional federal officeholders and Members of Congress also live up to their oath to defend and protect the Constitution.”

How To Fight for Your Rights and Privacy Online

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The future looks grim for digital privacy and the open Internet in the United States. Here are six ways you can get involved.

Section 702: Two myths, two concerns, and two final thoughts

Location:
Saul Ewing LLP, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia , PA, 19102, United States
Recommendation:
3

I often run across the belief, expressed in print or in person, that Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act allows for bulk collection of information and that it offers no protections whatsoever for non-US persons. Both of these are urban legends.

The FBI Says It Doesn’t Need Encryption for Unclassified Evidence

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

In a list of technical requirements for a smartphone recording app, the FBI says it doesn't need to use encryption.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration punches above its weight

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

For the first time in 25 years, Congress conducted hearings in Feb to reauthorize the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Hearing on Russian Active Measures Investigation

Mar 20 2017 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

An open hearing on its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign.

Trump’s Wiretap Accusations Renew Debate About Privacy

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

Even if President Trump’s wiretap claim was groundless, as seems all but certain, it has unexpectedly renewed a debate on the left as well as the right over whether security agencies invade Americans’ privacy and could undermine democracy.

Vice President Pence ally part owner of conservative news outlet: report

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
3

A top political ally to Vice President Mike Pence is an investor in the conservative news organization that was granted special access to cover Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's latest overseas trip.

The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

These days, even a labor strike can be corporatized and repurposed as public relations. The typical refrain from brands that take on a cause is that they are “using their platform” to “raise awareness” about an issue. But the internet has complicated the transaction.

German reporters press President Trump on wiretap claims, ‘fake news’

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

Foreign reporters challenged President Donald Trump to address his wiretapping accusation and attacks on the media at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A German reporter asked President Trump whether he regrets claiming that former President Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, provoking Trump to joke about reports that the National Security Agency had once monitored Merkel’s phone under Obama.

It's Possible to Cut Legacy Spending. Here's How the FCC Did It.

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

In recent years, legacy IT has shaped up to be one of the government’s biggest tech challenges. There’s a reason the legacy tech challenge is so widespread across government: Modernizing is hard and can be expensive. Yet, some agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, have done just that.

Why Eliminating Government Agencies Is A Lot Easier Said Than Done

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

President Donald Trump's budget blueprint calls for eliminating dozens of government programs and zeroing out funding for 19 independent agencies. And that may only be a preview of things to come as the Trump administration seeks to reorganize the executive branch.

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