Government & Communications

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

AP files lawsuit against DOJ over fake news story

Location:
Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Associated Press is bringing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice seeking information about the government’s use of a fake news story to catch a teenager suspected of calling in bomb threats.

Cuba's Internet Dilemma: How to Emerge From the Web's Stone Age

Location:
Cuba, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Internet is essential for today’s business, finance, communications and information, but today hasn’t dawned in Cuba, which still has some of the worst Internet access in the world.

The 22 Amendments That Could Determine the Fate of the Senate's Cybersecurity Bill

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

After a brief but heated battle, Senators packed up for summer recess early in August without voting on a key cybersecurity bill, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA.

CBO Scores Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (S 779) would require federal agencies that spend $100 million or more annually on extramural research activities to make the results of such research freely available on the Internet.

Domestic Content Policies in the Broadband Age

Sep 25 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22201, United States

Caroline Kennedy Used Personal E-mail for State Department Business, Report Finds

Location:
Tokyo, Japan
Recommendation:
1

Caroline Kennedy, the United States ambassador to Japan, and several other senior American diplomats there have used personal e-mail accounts to conduct State Department business, the inspector general for the department said in a report.

China’s Party-Run Media Is Silent on Market Mayhem

Location:
China, China
Recommendation:
1

After China’s stock markets crumpled, prompting a global sell-off, People’s Daily, the premier newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, had other things on its mind ...

As legacy media cuts back on FOIA, digital-only news outlets step in

Location:
Freedom of the Press Foundation, 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
1

Ask any journalist and they’ll tell you the Freedom of Information Act process is broken.

The White House has received input from all federal agencies on new ways to promote broadband investment, deployment, and competition

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

At Cedar Falls, the President created by Presidential Memorandum the Broadband Opportunity Council, directing all federal agencies to think creatively and develop new ways to promote broadband investment, deployment, and competition. The President gave this whole-of-government effort a five-month deadline. We are pleased to report that the White House has received this input from all federal agencies. On September 21, we will be sharing a formal report and recommendations to improve broadband across the country. So stay tuned -- we are excited for you to see what comes next.

Advocates call for public access to Congress’s research arm

Location:
Congressional Research Service, 101 Independence Avenue, SE Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 20540-7500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Forty groups sent a letter to key members of Congress calling on them to give the public access to reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a major research arm for staffers on Capitol Hill.

Twitter's decision to ban archiving of politicians' deleted tweets is a mistake

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
1

Twitter’s commitment to transparency appears to end when it makes the powerful uncomfortable. Back in 2012, Twitter decided to allow the Sunlight Foundation to collect and curate deleted tweets from lawmakers and people seeking public office in order to hold them accountable by preserving their public statements on the record.

A court just made it easier for the government to sue companies for getting hacked

Location:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 601 Market Street 21400 US Courthouse, Philadelphia, PA, 19106-1790, United States
Recommendation:
3

Yes, federal regulators can go after firms whose lax security policies result in big hacks and a loss of personal data, the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug 24.

Congress Still Has a Long Way to Go On Surveillance Reform

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

In 2013, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that if concerns about US surveillance caused even a modest drop in the expected foreign market share for cloud computing services, it could cost the United States between $21.5 billion and $35 billion by 2016.

A New Kind of Media Using Government Data

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

MSNBC has published a data-heavy story collection that takes advantage of the Internet’s power to communicate not only faster, but in different and meaningful ways.

Plotting Against the Internet

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Obama administration caved in to critics by admitting that it needs more time to give up US protection of the Internet. But instead of delaying its plan, the administration should have killed it.

Everything you need to know about how the State Department classifies information

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
1

We knew we'd get to this point in the Hillary Clinton e-mail story eventually: examining the nitty gritty of how information gets classified. So what are the government's rules surrounding classified information?

Brace yourself: SOPA set to strike again

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison PL, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

SOPA and PIPA died in Congress two years ago in the face of massive protests by Internet users. But supporters of the legislation, such as the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, continue to push for SOPA-like antipiracy powers through other channels. Now an obscure case, ClearCorrect Operating v. International Trade Commission, could give the federal trade agency the power to force Internet service providers to block websites and threatens to usher in a de facto SOPA ability to restrict the flow of information on the Internet.

Modernizing the FCC’s IT

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

Over the past year, we have made significant progress to upgrade and modernize our infrastructure, and we continue to work on modernizing the Federal Communications Commission’s legacy IT systems with the resources we have available.

Judge Says Hillary Clinton Didn’t Follow Government Email Policies

Location:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said that Hillary Rodham Clinton did not comply with government policies in her exclusive use of a personal email account while she was secretary of state, challenging her longstanding position that she abided by the rules.

FCC Plans Open Source Accessibility Platform

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the agency will offer an open source video access platform that will enable Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or who have a speech disability to communicate directly with federal agencies and businesses in American Sign Language (ASL).

If Congress keeps cutting its staff, who is writing your laws? You won’t like the answer.

Location:
Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway , Lubbock, TX, 79409, United States
Recommendation:
2

Congress itself determines how much money to spend on staff when it creates a budget. Staff cuts immediately limit Congress’s capacity to influence policy, while also limiting its ability to retain experienced staffers or attract replacements. Why would Congress cannibalize its own legislative and creative capacity?

What the Ashley Madison hack could mean for national security

Location:
Ashley Madison, 20 elinton ave, Toronto, Canada
Recommendation:
1

The release of information stolen from Ashley Madison, a site devoted to helping married individuals cheat on their spouses, could harm many people. But there is one group in particular -- members of the military -- that might suffer more than their civilian counterparts if they’re implicated by the data dump.

In Responding To Cyber Attacks, Voters Say a Good Defense Is the Best Offense

Location:
Morning Consult, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

American voters want the US government to employ tougher cybersecurity measures, instead of retaliatory actions, to guard against cyberattacks originating from foreign countries.

US Effort to Grab Data from Microsoft in Ireland Should Frighten All Firms Using the Cloud Overseas

Location:
Peerstone Research, 49 Baldpate Road, Boxford , MA, 01921, United States
Recommendation:
1

Does your company have staff or facilities overseas? Do you use cloud services from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, DropBox and other leading providers? Then, in all likelihood some of your data is stored overseas, because in order to reduce network latency most of the big cloud providers now operate data centers in Europe and Asia in addition to the U.S.

A Six Month Update on How We’ve Been Using Data, and How it Benefits All Americans

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

As I’ve had a chance to explore the different areas we’re working on across the government, it’s clear that this is the most data-driven Administration we’ve ever had. So, what does a data-driven government look like?

Jeb Bush says the NSA isn't powerful enough

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
1

eb Bush says the National Security Agency should not have its powers scaled back. But encryption by private technology companies like Google, Bush suggests, is a threat to national security.

How Many Stars Would You Give the TSA? Review Federal Agencies on Yelp...and Maybe Get a Response

Location:
Yelp, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Yelp has concluded an agreement with the federal government that will allow federal agencies and offices to claim their Yelp pages, read and respond to reviews, and incorporate that feedback into service improvements.

Meet the Most Powerful Political Players in Silicon Valley

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

In New York or Los Angeles, political fundraising visits have a predictably transactional quality: The candidate shows up for an event, poses for a photo with a donor and leaves with a contribution. Not in Silicon Valley.

United Nations to contact AT&T about report US wiretapped Internet at UN

Location:
United Nations, First Avenue at 46th Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
3

The United Nations said it plans to contact telecommunications giant AT&T about a report that it allowed the US National Security Agency to wiretap all Internet communications at UN headquarters.

Here’s Why the Close Collaboration Between the NSA and AT&T Matters

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

Newly disclosed documents unveiling the close relationship between the National Security Agency and AT&T could breathe new life into a long-running legal dispute about the NSA’s controversial method of tapping the Internet backbone on US soil.

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