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Activists want to know why feds are searching more devices at the border

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th StreetUris Hall, Room 142, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

A free speech advocacy organization sued the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seeking "statistical, policy, and assessment records regarding the government’s searches" of digital devices at the United States border.

Fight for the Future Promises Billboard Attacks Against Lawmakers Voting to Repeal Internet Privacy Rules

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States
Recommendation:
3

Fight for the Future is promising to put up billboards attacking lawmakers who vote in favor of a bill that would dismantle privacy protections for internet users.

The Apprentice: Donald Trump and Joe McCarthy

Location:
Time Inc, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, United States
Recommendation:
3

Donald Trump was four years old when the word “McCarthyism” first appeared in print as shorthand to describe Senator Joe McCarthy’s penchant for lying, bullying, and trying to stifle dissent.

EUGNet Offers Uncommon Gigabit Deployment Model

Location:
Eugene, OR, United States
Recommendation:
3

An uncommon model for municipal broadband network deployment comes from Eugene (OR) where the local utility company is partnering with the city and other entities to build the network, dubbed EUGNet.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Releases Final #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Our office is pleased to release a final version of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan. We believe these recommendations, if acted upon in a timely manner, can deliver robust, affordable, and reliable connectivity within the next four years.

Democracy Fund and First Look Media Make Major Commitments to Support Independent, Free Press

Location:
Democracy Fund, 1333 New Hampshir Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

At a time when news organizations find themselves under attack, the Democracy Fund along with our partners at First Look Media are announcing the largest grants either organization has made to date in support of journalism.The Democracy Fund is joining with First Look Media to make major commitments of more than $12 million to support an independent, free press. Included in this commitment are grants of $3 million each to three national nonprofit newsrooms, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity, and ProPublica.

Consumer Alert: 'Can You Hear Me' Scams

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account.

Why Silicon Valley isn't fighting to save the Internet (yet)

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

"I'm surprised the tech industry isn't speaking out more forcefully," said Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator. "My guess," he said, "is there are bigger problems people are focused on right now."

Demand Progress Seeks Funds for Pro-Privacy Rules Push

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Demand Progress is asking for contributions for a "grassroots" push to fight Republicans' effort to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules.

America's plan for stopping cyberattacks is dangerously weak

Location:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

The United States again confronts the grim challenge of managing technological advances and their implications for warfare (as it has several times since, from chemical weapons to missiles to drones). Today, cyberweapons are nearly as synonymous with military power as fighter jets.

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