Government & Communications

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

Public-Interest Groups urge FCC to release net neutrality complaints

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

Public interest groups opposed to the repeal of network neutrality rules are asking the Federal Communications Commission to release a trove of documents in an effort to keep the rules in place.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Americans for Prosperity's 2017 Defending the American Dream Summit

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

Shortly before the inauguration, I outlined four general areas where actions could be taken to reinvigorate investment,

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

These platforms draw arbitrary boundaries constantly and with much less controversy — against spammers, concerning profanity or in response to government demands. These fringe groups saw an opportunity in the gap between the platforms’ strained public dedication to discourse stewardship and their actual existence as profit-driven entities, free to do as they please.

Highly ideological members of Congress have more Facebook followers than moderates do

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

The most liberal and conservative members of the 115th Congress have attracted more Facebook followers than moderates, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

Boston ‘free speech’ rally ends early amid flood of counterprotesters; 27 people arrested

Location:
Boston, MA, United States

Tens of thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Aug 19 in efforts to drown out the planned “free speech” rally that many feared would be attended by white-supremacist groups.

Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era

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

For in this new civil rights era, voting rights for broad swaths of Americans — minorities, the young and the old — are again imperiled and under attack.

Enough is Enough

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States

These are not normal times. The man in the White House is reckless and unmanageable, a danger to the Constitution, a threat to our democratic institutions.

Why the ACLU is adjusting its approach to “free speech” after Charlottesville

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the city of Charlottesville (VA) to allow the Unite the Right rally to happen downtown. And now, it had happened, and blood had been spilled.

President Trump blasts 'dishonest Fake News reporting' as he ends vacation

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

President Donald Trump blasted the news media ahead of his return to Washington on Sunday after a 17-day working vacation.

Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: We don’t use stingrays to locate undocumented immigrants

Location:
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20536, United States

The acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with deportations, has confirmed in a new letter that it does not use cell-site simulators, also known as stingrays, to locate undocumented immigrants.

Where Is the Line? Charlottesville Forces Media and Tech Companies to Decide

Location:
USA, United States

It took the death of a young woman at the hands of one of the neo-Nazis she was protesting to force the ever-expanding media universe to face a question it has been evading for years: Where’s the line?

President Trump announces move to elevate Cyber Command

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

President Donald Trump has directed that Cyber Command — which is currently a part of the National Security Agency — will become its own unified military command in a move that is meant to strengthen cyberspace operations and bolster U.S. defenses.

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Can Communications Unite Us? Lessons from Charlottesville

This week, a white supremacist terrorist killed counter-protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his initial response, the President of the United States condemned violence “on many sides.” Three days later, President Donald Trump spoke with reporters, again assigning “blame on both sides” in remarks that, according to the New York Times, “buoyed the white nationalist movement...as no president has done in generations.” Much has been written, and will be written, about the President’s choice of words, the timing of his remarks, and the effects all of this will have on our Republic. The incidents this past weekend will be an indelible, dark mark in our nation’s history. At Benton, we believe that communications policy -- rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity -- has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities to bridge our divides. These values are vital in a political climate swelling with hate and intolerance.

FCC Pledges Openness – Just Don’t Ask to See Complaints

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

Shortly after Ajit Pai was named chair of the Federal Communications Commission in February, he said he wanted the agency to be “as open and accessible as possible to the American people." Six months on, the agency is falling short of Pai’s lofty goal in some key areas.

Tech-Powered Civic Engagement Playbook Launch

Sep 7 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Google (DC), 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, United States

Next Century Cities invites you to the official launch of our playbook: 5 Lessons for Tech-Powered Civic Engagement.

After Charlottesville, time to censure President Trump

Location:
USA Today, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108, United States

This is a moment of reckoning for members of the Party of Lincoln: Do they want to stand up for American values, or do they want to keep enabling a president whose understanding of right and wrong has slipped dangerously off the rails?

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly: Trump Characterization of Protests Was Wrong

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

Commissioner Michael O'Rielly of the Federal Communications Commission says President Donald Trump was wrong to suggest there were some fine people amongst the racist and neo-Nazi protestors who sparked violence in Charlottesville (VA), and said he was "astounded" by the President's press conference on Aug 16.

Democratic Lawmakers call for independent investigation into FCC's cyberattack response

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Democratic lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into how the Federal Communications Commission responded to a reported cyberattack in May that crippled the agency’s comment filing system.

Now you can see what President Donald Trump sees every time he opens Twitter

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

Much of what President Donald Trump learns about the world is filtered through two lenses: what he watches on cable news (particularly Fox) and what he sees on Twitter.

When the Government Rules by Software, Citizens are Left in the Dark

Location:
USA, United States

Governments increasingly rely on mathematical formulas to inform decisions about criminal justice, child welfare, education, and other arenas. Yet it’s often hard or impossible for citizens to see how these algorithms work and are being used.

Online activist group Anonymous posts what it says are private contact details for 22 GOP Congressmen

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

AnonOps, a group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous, posted what it says are the private cell phone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Trump's impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in US political battles.

Trump White House is still holding back visitor information, watchdog group says

Location:
Public Citizen, 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009, United States

Public Citizen, a government watchdog group, sued to compel the Trump administration to release names of at least some visitors to the White House complex, as was done in the Obama era.

FCC’s claim that it was hit by DDoS should be investigated, lawmakers say

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

Sen Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep Frank Pallone (D-NJ) called for an independent investigation into the Federal Communications Commission's claim that it suffered DDoS attacks on May 8.

E-Rate, Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to US Treasury

Location:
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), 2000 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Universal Service Administrative Company, the nonprofit organization responsible for administering the E-rate program and other federal universal-service funds, announced August 8 that it would transfer more than $9 billion it oversees out of the private banking market and into the US Treasury.

President Trump hits media for misrepresenting Charlottesville remarks

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

"The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!"

Un-American activities

Location:
University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States

I’ve been struck by the similarity between recent calls for suppressing white supremacist speech and past calls for suppressing Communist speech. Of course, there are differences as well — there always are for any analogy — but I thought I’d note some likenesses. Communists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates — I can’t stand them. They are supporters of ideologies of slavery and murder. They are losers, who lost for very good reason. But their speech should be protected, I think; and the cases for stripping protection from such speech have always been very similar.

Congress Innovation Fellowship 2018

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

Do you think Congress needs to be more tech savvy? Then bring your digital knowledge to Washington with a congressional innovation fellowship.

2016/2017 Mobile Analysis: Mobile Device Trends on Government Websites

Location:
General Services Administration (GSA), 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20405, United States

In December 2016, mobile devices (smartphone and tablet) accounted for 43 percent of all traffic vs. 36 percent the same time the year before.

President Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views

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

President Donald Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback Aug 16 as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville (VA) this weekend.

President Trump’s remarks defending neo-Nazis were full of right-wing media talking points

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

President Donald Trump parroted multiple right-wing media talking points during a press conference as he responded to questions about deadly white supremacist violence in Charlottesville (VA).

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