Government & Communications

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FCC Chairman Pai Says He Supports Free Speech But Does Not Condemn President Trump

Location:
fcc, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai declined to criticize President Donald Trump’s attacks on broadcasters. In his first public appearance since President Trump tweeted that Comcast’s NBC and other broadcasters should lose their licenses for reporting “fake news,” Chairman Pai instead noted that his agency could not do what the president wanted.

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly says President Trump is “rightfully venting” anger at the press

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

Commissioner Michael O'Rielly of the Federal Communications Commission has now said that "politics" should not interfere with FCC decision-making, and that the agency should remain independent. Still, O'Rielly defended President Donald Trump's attacks on the media, saying the president has been treated poorly by journalists.

FCC Chairman Pai's bind: Defend President Trump or free speech

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai may have to pick between the Constitution and President Trump.

As US Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

Location:
China, China

For years, the United States and others saw China’s heavy-handed censorship as a sign of political vulnerability and a barrier to China’s economic development. But as countries in the West discuss potential internet restrictions and wring their hands over fake news, hacking and foreign meddling, some in China see a powerful affirmation of the country’s vision for the internet.

Sen Blumenthal urges Chairman Pai to disavow President Trump tweet

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) joined the growing number of Democratic lawmakers who are calling on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to disavow President Donald Trump’s calls to challenge certain media outlets’ broadcast licenses.

President Trump calls past sexual assault allegations against him 'fake news'

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

President Donald Trump again denied allegations of sexual assault made against him before he took office, calling the claims "fake news" and "made-up stuff." “All I can say is it’s totally fake news — just fake. It’s fake, it’s made-up stuff. And it’s disgraceful what happens,” President Trump told reporters during an impromptu White House Rose Garden press conference.

Google, Facebook putting an early mark on political advertising bills

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Google and Facebook are looking to make an early imprint on legislation being drafted in the House and Senate that would force them and other online networks to disclose information about the buyers of political ads.

The 140-character president

Location:
USA, United States

The president’s use of a public platform like Twitter to talk directly with the American people is unprecedented for the presidency, and it raises legal, ethical, and cultural issues that have never been tackled in American politics.

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel on President Trump Tweets: History Won't Be Kind to Silence

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

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel of the Federal Communications Commission said that the FCC needs to stand up tall for the First Amendment and against threats against TV station licenses leveled by President Donald Trump.

House Communications Are Now Available in Congress.gov!

Location:
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20540, United States

As part of our latest Congress.gov enhancements, we are excited to provide access to House Communications transmitted from January 6, 2015-present (since the 114th Congress convened).

DHS to Order Agencies Implement E-mail, Website Encryption Tools

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

The Homeland Security Department plans to issue a binding directive Oct 16 requiring agencies to implement a slew of new e-mail security protections.

The Fox News president

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

Since his election as president, Donald Trump has tweeted to or about Fox News nearly 130 times.

Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, apparently.

President Trump joked Pence 'wants to hang' all gay people

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

President Donald Trump once joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, The New Yorker reported.

President Trump’s threats against the press may be toothless. But they’re far from harmless.

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

President Donald Trump’s constant press attacks carry a worldwide price — they hurt America’s ability to stand for democratic freedoms around the world.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Technology for the People

Oct 18 2017 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location:
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States

Anne-Marie Slaughter will talk about local changemakers and how civic technology can be the best way to encourage citizens to organize, participate and act in government.

US withdrawal from UNESCO is blow for press freedom

Location:
Committee to Protect Journalists, 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY, 10001, United States

The US government's decision to withdraw from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has a mandate to promote "the free flow of ideas by word and image [and] to foster free, independent, and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online," will make the world less safe for journalists.

FBI director warns against restricting controversial NSA surveillance program

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

FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that changing the rules of a soon-to-expire surveillance program could create new barriers to preventing terrorist attacks, similar to those that existed before 2001.

Press Freedom Groups Urge Chairman Pai to Renounce Trump's Attacks on Broadcasters

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

On Oct 13, 20 press freedom, media justice, labor and civil liberties groups submitted a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to publicly condemn President Donald Trump's threats to challenge the broadcast licenses of news media outlets he dislikes.

After Trump tweets threat to free press, FCC’s GOP commissioners remain silent

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

By their silence, the Republicans at the Federal Communications Commission have joined in the president’s strategy to get into the head of every television station news editor and station manager in the country. If, because the FCC failed to make clear that the government can’t bully them, even one broadcaster thinks twice about a story and its effect on their license, then the Constitution has been abridged and the FCC is complicit.

FCC Chairman Pai Should Condemn Trump's Attacks on Free Speech

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

As President Donald Trump exploits his office to chill his critics’ speech at a nearly unprecedented level, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has a chance to be on the right side of history.

President Trump Says NBC May Be Worse Than CNN

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

The president is not letting up on NBC, retweeting former Fox host Bill O'Rielly's take on the Federal Communications Commission license issue and taking new shots at the network for its reporting, including suggesting it could be President's new 'fake news' whipping outlet--replacing CNN.

CBO Scores the Connected Government Act

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

The Connected Government Act (S 1769) would require all federal agencies that create or update a website intended for use by the public to ensure that the website is mobile friendly.

FCC Chair Ajit Pai's Silence on President Trump Tweets Speaks Volumes

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

President Donald Trump's war of words with the press escalated again when he suggested challenging, or revoking, the broadcasting licenses of stations that air network news programming. The response from the chair of the Federal Communications Commission: silence.

President Trump's Tech Office Wants More Short-Term Talent

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

While key White House technology leadership positions remain unfilled, President Donald Trump’s technology office is looking for ways to bring business professionals into government for short-term projects.

Two Dedicated Activists Provide Crucial Support for Team Internet

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

Team Internet is a network of volunteers combining people power with technology to mobilize people across the country to pressure their lawmakers to stand up for Net Neutrality.

Trump’s Attacks on the Press: Telling Escalation From Empty Threats

Location:
USA, United States

Rage against the media is political Wagyu for the president’s base.

FCC Chairman Pai “refused” to rebuke President Trump over threat to take NBC off the air

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai still hasn't publicly responded to President Trump's call for NBC and other networks to have their FCC licenses challenged, and Democratic lawmakers are stepping up the pressure.

US withdraws from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural organization, citing anti-Israel bias

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

The United States will withdraw from UNESCO at the end of 2018, the State Department said Oct 12, to stop accumulating unpaid dues and make a stand on what it said is anti-Israel bias at the U.N.’s educational, science and cultural organization.

House FCC Oversight Hearing Slated for Oct 25

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

The House Communications Subcommittee plans to hold a Federal Communication Commission oversight hearing Oct 25.

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