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Louisville’s Award-Winning Redlining Map Helps Drive Digital Inclusion Efforts

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville (KY) has garnered much praise for an award-winning data map that visualizes the modern day effects of redlining — a practice that dates back to the 1930s, and involves racial and socioeconomic discrimination in certain neighborhoods through the systematic denial of services or refusal to grant loans and insurance.

Nonprofit group sues President Trump over infrastructure council

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

A nonprofit group is challenging President Donald Trump over his infrastructure council, claiming that the panel has been operating in secrecy and that its co-chairs have potential conflicts of interest.

This is not okay

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

When President Donald Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a tweet July 25 for not aggressively investigating Hillary Clinton, most attention focused, understandably, on the implications for Sessions. Yet even more alarming than the president’s assault on his own attorney general is President Trump’s return to the “lock her up” theme of his 2016 campaign.

How Smart Devices Could Violate Your Privacy

Location:
USA, United States

Where smart technologies are concerned, the expectation of privacy extends only from the consumer to machine. Once the machine communicates with an outside server – even where data is sent to a server controlled by the product's manufacturer – privacy is violated.

Twitter faces new criticism from Congress amid charges it briefly blocked net neutrality critics

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

Sens Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) sharply rebuked Twitter following reports that the website briefly blocked its users from posting links to a blog post that criticized the US government’s network neutrality rules.

'Confused' Public Needs Help on Net Neutrality, Rep Brooks Says

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

Rep Susan Brooks (R-IN) told a packed room of small and mid-sized cable operators here that the government should back away from burdensome internet regulation, and called on the crowd to help explain to consumers how the current rules could hurt.

Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors, Talks Tribune & Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there’s one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list: Sinclair Broadcast Group has no plans to launch a rival conservative-friendly TV network.

Is a Verizon FirstNet Plan in the Works? FCC Letter Seeks Clarification

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

When the Commerce Department earlier in 2017 awarded the contract to build the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband public safety network to AT&T, it wasn’t a done deal for all 50 states. Individual states still must opt in (which at least five already have done) or opt out of AT&T’s plan for the state. And as a Verizon FirstNet letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission July 24 illustrates, there are a lot of questions about what opting out means.

Broadband Expansion Initiatives Lack Accountability, Rural Advocates Say

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

Legislation that would give telecommunication companies tax breaks for expanding high-speed internet access doesn’t include proper oversight controls to ensure firms invest in areas where it’s most needed, public interest groups say.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Free State Foundation

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

Today’s topic – Next Generation 5G Wireless Networks: Seizing the Opportunities and Overcoming the Obstacles – is one of great importance.

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