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No Time To Waste

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Word on the street is that the Trump Federal Communications Commission transition team has submitted its report to Administration higher-ups and that it has been largely or wholly accepted. What we know of its recommendations, which have not and may never be released as such, makes for awful news. It sounds like an always-on green light for more mergers and acquisitions than ever and for such a deregulatory approach that our media and telecommunications conglomerates will be encouraged to build out monopoly markets across the land. That means one-sixth of our economy will lack meaningful oversight to protect the common good, a.k.a. the public interest.

Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, Reboots His Relationship With the Press

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

The Trump White House sent a message to the media: Be nice.

AT&T beefs up lobbying after merger proposal

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T spent more money on lobbying during 2016 in the midst of its proposed merger with Time Warner than it has since 2012.

'Skype seats' to be added to White House press briefings

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

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at his first press briefing that future briefings will include four "Skype seats" for reporters who are outside of the Washington (DC) area.

How the Trump administration can promote a free global internet

Location:
Freedom House, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

American values and interests face three major threats online.

In the Trump administration era of ‘alternative facts,’ what happens to government data?

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

Questions about the Trump administration’s handling of factual information could lead to more of what has already happened in the past when there have been gaps in the government’s data: outside groups, including news organizations, trying their best to find answers.

Trump’s disdain for the press has a silver lining

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

] Not once in the eight years that George W. Bush was president did he handle the press with the derision and contempt President Donald Trump displayed in his first week.

Was Trump’s inauguration the most-streamed of all time?

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

In Sean Spicer’s first official daily press briefing Jan 23, he said that when you factor in people who streamed President Donald Trump’s inauguration online, it would make it the most-watched presidential inauguration in history. He has a point, but it is one that is almost impossible to prove.

Police, public differ on key issues but align on others

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

On issues ranging from an assault rifle ban to racial progress in the US, the public and the police stand on opposite sides of a wide attitudinal divide.

Newt Gingrich’s White House Press Briefing Plan

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Newt Gingrich has a new proposal for the Trump Administration’s efforts to delegitimize and weaken critical journalists: turn White House press briefings into a “town hall” format where presumably hand-picked citizens would join the “total left-wing propagandists” in the press corps, while banning the most critical reporters from asking questions.

Should we want a bipartisan FCC?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The short answer is, “No!” In an independent regulatory agency like the Federal Communications Commission, political alliances should be left at the door. That has not been the case the past few years and now is the time for change.

What Silicon Valley can expect under Trump

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

Since the election, President Trump has named only a handful of appointments to serve his administration, making it difficult to grok what a Trump presidency means for many of the complex issues that are dear to Silicon Valley — like immigration, network neutrality, self-driving cars and surveillance. Here’s what we know:

Dear media: The Trump White House has total contempt for you. Time to react accordingly.

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Here is one thing we learned about the new Trump White House: It views the institutional role that the news media is supposed to play in our democracy with nothing but total, unbridled contempt. We may be looking at an unprecedented set of new challenges for the media in covering the new president.

FTC's Ohlhausen: Agency Should Focus on Real Harms

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Republican Federal Trade Commission member Maureen Ohlhausen, who is reportedly President Donald Trump's choice as interim FTC chair, said she has not met with the President but says the FTC should focus its energies on real harms, rather than speculative harms.

News Media, Target of Trump’s Declaration of War, Expresses Alarm

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

For wary Washington journalists, it seemed only a matter of time before Donald Trump’s presidency would lead to a high-tension standoff between his administration and the news media. But on Day 1?

One President With Two Very Different Twitter Voices

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

America inaugurated two very different presidents on Jan 20.

With False Claims, President Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift

Location:
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Langley, VA, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump used his first full day in office on Jan 21 to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.

White House Website Scrubbed of LGBT, Climate Change, Healthcare and Civil Rights Mentions

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

Immediately after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, some changes were made to the White House's official website and social media accounts.

Wheeler's Auction: Promises Undelivered

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
3

Outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said the other day that the auction “delivered on its ambitious promise.” That’s quite a stretch by any measure.

Don't Let Trump Kill Public Media

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

The Trump Administration is pushing a plan to axe funding to hundreds of local NPR and PBS stations around the country. After coming out of an election where fake news was rampant and cable-news networks refused to call out racism, the last thing we need is an attack on public broadcasting.

The Knowns and Unknowns of Trump's Cyber Plan

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

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president Jan 20 with cybersecurity looming larger than it has for any of his predecessors—and with many unknowns about how he’ll tackle the issue. Here’s a rundown of what we know and what we don’t.

President Obama's Last Bill Codifies Presidential Innovation Fellows Program

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

In one of his last official acts as commander in chief, President Barack Obama signed a law Jan 20 codifying his Presidential Innovation Fellows Program.

How Years Of The Right-Wing Media’s Obama Hatred Paved The Way For Trump

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

On Jan 20, Donald Trump will swear the oath of office and become president of the United States. His ascent would not have been possible without the years of vitriol that the right-wing media directed at his predecessor.

How to Protest Without Sacrificing Your Digital Privacy

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

If you're a peaceful protester, but you don't necessarily want your participation in a demonstration to follow you around or lead to harassment online, what sort of steps can you take around your digital security?

US counterintelligence officials are examining possible ties between Russia and Trump associates

Location:
Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20220, United States
Recommendation:
3

US counterintelligence officials are sifting through intercepted communications and financial data as part of a wider look at possible ties between the Russian government and associates of President-elect Donald Trump, officials said. But while it has been clear for months that a broad investigation is underway, what remains murky — even to lawmakers receiving closed briefings — is its scope and target.

President-elect Trump needs time to make whitehouse.gov great again

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

Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House’s website is going to come in on time and under budget — with a larger reboot planned a bit later in 2017.

President-elect Trump stirs apolitical Silicon Valley

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

Silicon Valley has long been an apolitical bastion of brainy engineers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists more concerned about the next hot social media startup than what's happening in Washington.

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

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

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Jan 20’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy. The changes they propose are dramatic.

FCC's net neutrality enforcement policy should be rated zero

Location:
Precursor, 7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22102, United States
Recommendation:
3

A week before the transition to the new administration, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Bureau issued a report about mobile “zero-rating” plans, which provide consumers the option of free data usage paid by advertising. This zero-rating kerfuffle exposes that network neutrality has transmogrified from the FCC’s original net neutrality purpose of protecting consumers’ freedom to competitively access and use the legal content, apps, and devices of their choice, to potentially taking away consumer’s freedom to access cost-saving content and apps of their choice on the device of their choice. How can the FCC claim to be pro-consumer, and then tell consumers that more consumer choice, control, and savings are a net neutrality violation?

For the sake of national security, Donald Trump needs to trade in his cellphone

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

As president-elect, Donald Trump has continued to use his Android device as his primary means for both keeping in touch with associates and expressing his displeasure with news outlets and “Saturday Night Live.” But experts say that, as president, Trump really needs to use something a whole lot more secure.

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