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Senate is ‘playing chicken’ with NSA spy program, White House says

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

The White House and top Republican Senators traded dire warnings as a standoff over a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program threatened to continue into the weekend.

Pass the USA Freedom Act

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The result was the USA Freedom Act -- which the Senate should debate and pass before time runs out. With the USA Freedom Act as the best legislative option available, it is time for Senate Republican leaders to honor their promise to govern by regular order and allow for a full and open debate.

Russia 'will block' Google, Twitter and Facebook if they withhold blogger data

Location:
Moscow, Russia
Recommendation:
2

Russia’s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian internet laws and a spokesman said they risked being blocked if they did not comply. Roskomnadzor said it had sent letters this week to the three US-based Internet companies asking them to comply with laws that critics of President Vladimir Putin have decried as censorship.

Edward Snowden: Sen Rand Paul's 'Filibuster' Is a 'Sea Change'

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

With a little help from his friends at the American Civil Liberties Union, Edward Snowden conducted a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on May 22.

Senate Is Sharply Split Over Extension of NSA Phone Data Collection

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

With the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records set to expire in June, senators remained deeply divided over whether to extend the program temporarily or accept significant changes that the House overwhelmingly approved. The chamber seemed broken into three camps.

GAO: Agencies must do more to cut $1 billion federal phone bill

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
Recommendation:
2

Most federal agencies have not done enough to help cut down on the $1.2 billion a year the government pays for mobile phones and other wireless devices, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

What happens if the PATRIOT Act expires?

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

With the Senate stuck over whether and how to reform the PATRIOT Act before parts of it expire within days, officials across Washington are starting to contemplate a future in which lawmakers don’t act -- and key surveillance provisions simply die.

Senate scrambles to save Patriot Act

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

Senators are scrambling to nail down a way to preserve critical National Security Agency programs before portions of the Patriot Act run out at the end of May.

Sen Markey: How often do police request cellphone data?

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

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) said that he wants more information from wireless companies about law enforcement agencies’ requests for mobile phone data.

What was the effect of Sen Rand Paul’s 10-hour “filibuster?”

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

"There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer," said Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) as he began speaking on the Senate floor at 1:18pm Eastern time on May 21.

On NSA Spying, Sen McConnell's Only Options Are Bad Options

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

On June 1, the portion of the Patriot Act that authorized the National Security Agency's bulk data-collection program is set to expire. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had hoped Congress would reauthorize Section 215 and leave the program intact, arguing that it's a critical part of defense against terror attacks.

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

Location:
National Security Agency, MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.

Sen Rand Paul speaks 11 hours against Patriot Act renewal and the Designated Hitter Rule

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) spent most of May 20 talking.

What Congress gets wrong about NSA surveillance practices

Location:
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), 2100 K. St NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

The heated debate in Congress about whether to reauthorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act has focused mainly on the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records ever since details of that program were leaked to the press. As a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent federal oversight agency, I extensively reviewed that program, including still-classified information about how it works. I believe it is critical that whatever Congress decides, this debate should be based on solid facts rather than rhetoric.

Obama Admin: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week

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

The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama Administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as May 22.

Sen Rand Paul to slam surveillance ‘until he can no longer speak’

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

Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) took to the Senate floor to launch a “filibuster” of a bill to reauthorize a major government surveillance program. One problem: It’s not yet a filibuster.

House conservatives: Sen McConnell push for clean Patriot Act a 'waste of time'

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

House GOP lawmakers derided Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) push to renew expiring provisions of the Patriot Act without any changes.

FBI chief: Letting Patriot Act expire would be a 'big problem'

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
1

Letting key portions of the Patriot Act expire at the end of the month would make it harder for the FBI to do its job, bureau Director James Comey warned.

Sen McConnell plays hardball on PATRIOT Act

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Republican divisions on Capitol Hill over the PATRIOT Act deepened May 19 as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) privately made his case against a popular House bill that would end the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program.

Hacked Sony E-mails Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Political Dealings in LA

Location:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90036, United States
Recommendation:
1

E-mails stolen by hackers from Sony Pictures Entertainment have been fodder for a steady stream of gossipy Hollywood scoops. But the trove also contains a hidden and more consequential story about how corporations can try to influence local politics and advance their executives' pet projects.

Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

The cascade of reports following the June 2013 government surveillance revelations by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have brought new attention to debates about how best to preserve Americans’ privacy in the digital age. At the same time, the public has been awash with news stories detailing security breaches at major retailers, health insurance companies and financial institutions. These events -- and the doubts they inspired -- have contributed to a cloud of personal “data insecurity” that now looms over many Americans’ daily decisions and activities.

The bizarrely slow process of releasing Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, explained

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

When Hillary Clinton handed over 30,000 e-mails to the State Department, she did so in a very 20th-century way: She had them all printed out. That decision -- combined with the fact the some but not all of the pages were double-sided -- meant the State Department had to spend five weeks of time re-digitizing the documents. The department now expects it won't release the documents until at least January. The State Department recently completed a tedious process to convert the 55,000 pages of e-mail and attachments back into a suitable electronic format.

Silicon Valley’s Army of Advocates in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Industry incumbents regularly try to convince their friends in Congress or regulatory agencies to stifle new competitors and protect their businesses.

The Anti-Surveillance Rush

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Senate is supposed to be the cooling saucer for political passions, but surveillance opponents want it to be a slip ’n slide instead: They want the Senate to accept wholesale revisions to counterterrorism programs with little if any debate before Congress skips town for vacation at the end of the week. We hope Senators show more respect for their institutional dignity.

Rep Schiff: If surveillance reform fails in Congress, President Obama should act alone

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, believes that if the Senate enacts an extension of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of call records then it’s finally time for the Obama Administration to take action: It should, he says, shut down the program unilaterally.

Utah Broadband Outreach Center Launches Locate.utah.gov

Location:
UT, United States
Recommendation:
1

Utah’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) launched a premier interactive economic development map, now available online at locate.utah.gov, the first site of its kind which allows users to explore the state’s broadband availability, utility information, transportation, work force and lifestyle features.

Sen Markey, Reps Pallone and Eshoo on GAO Report on Broadband Performance

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and Reps Prank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office released the new report “BROADBAND PERFORMANCE: Additional Actions Could Help FCC Evaluate its Efforts to Inform Consumers”, which describes the difficultly for consumers in accessing accurate broadband performance information such as speed, reliability and availability.

House, Senate Republicans square off over PATRIOT Act

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

House and Senate Republican leaders are locked in a standoff over one of the nation’s most controversial national security programs -- with each chamber refusing to budge, the clock ticking and patience running low.

End secret sponsors of political advertisements

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Californians know the power of transparency in politics. Our state laws require campaign advertisements to include the disclosure of their true sponsors.

State Department plans to release Hillary Clinton's e-mails in January 2016

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

The State Department is proposing a deadline of January 2016 to complete its review and public release of 55,000 pages of e-mails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchanged on a private server and turned over to her former agency last December.

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