What's on the agenda for policymakers.

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Federal Communications Bar Association

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:15 to 13:30

Dr. Eric Burger, appointed by Chairman Pai as the FCC’s newest chief technology officer, serves as an advisor to the Chairman and as the senior technology expert in the agency. We’ll have a “fireside chat” with Eric to hear about his work, include finding a technical solution to robocalls, rural broadband deployment, and supporting the security, stability, and reliability of the IP network.

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Common Sense 

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:00 to 17:00

9:00 a.m. Registration


9:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

  • Dr. Loel Solomon, vice president, community health, Kaiser Permanente
  • James P. Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense


10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. The Truth About Tech: Industry's Role in Shaping Health and Democracy

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Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security

Senate Commerce Committee

The hearing will examine the October 2016 Uber data breach, the overall value of so-called “bug bounty” programs and other approaches to identify vulnerabilities, and the allegations of impermissible payments by Uber to conceal the security incident.  


  • Mr. John Flynn, Chief Information Security Officer, Uber Technologies, Inc.
  • Mr. Marten Mickos, Chief Executive Officer, HackerOne, Inc.
  • Ms. Katie Moussouris, Chief Executive Officer, Luta Security, Inc.

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Hudson Institute

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) maintains exclusive or shared regulatory responsibility for a wide range of issues including privacy, cyber-security, media broadband deployment, and network neutrality. Some of these issues, like network neutrality, have generated millions of comments to the FCC and are currently among the most controversial topics in public policy.

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Public Knowledge

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:00 to 15:00

Join Public Knowledge for a conversation about privacy legislation in 2018 and the launch of "Principles for Privacy Legislation," a new white paper from Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld.

Our panel, representing a range of viewpoints, includes:

Justin Brookman, Director of Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy, Consumers Union

Eric Null, Policy Counsel, Open Technology Institute

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Wilson Center 

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:00 to 14:30

Three Wilson Center analysts examine the push and pull between state and society in the expression of cultural values in contemporary technologies, and what this tension implies for the international system:

1. Valerie Anishchenkova:  The importance of video games in modern global culture cannot be underestimated, especially in their increasing impact on personal and collective identities. What do Russian war-themed video games reveal about contemporary Russian nationalism? Who are friends and who are foes? Drawn directly from today’s geopolitical conflicts.

Trump infrastructure plan not likely to impact rural broadband

[Commentary] While the public still has no more than a leaked plan and vague State of the Union statements of aspirations, it appears the Trump administration's proposed approach to broadband infrastructure will end up delivering little of the abu

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Racial Justice and Equal Economic Opportunity Project

National Consumer Law Center

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:00 to 14:00

Communities of color often face challenges connecting to and maintaining affordable broadband and voice service. The federal Lifeline program has been around since the mid-1980s. While it started as a low-income program to help households afford voice service, it has been expanded to include wireless voice and broadband Internet support.

Chairman Blackburn Sides With President Trump on Broadband

House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) isn’t joining fellow rural state lawmakers in pushing for dedicated funding for broadband in the infrastructure package.

Senate receives notice of FCC net neutrality repeal

Apparently, the Senate has now received official notice of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal. That procedural development is important because it could be the first step to triggering a 60-day clock for Congress to undo