Government & Communications

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

Groups Seek Probe of Senate Task Force Meetings

Groups are calling on the Senate Rules Committee to launch an investigation into whether a closed-door meeting of the Senate Judiciary tech task force violated the chamber’s procedures for public notice.

Cisco to Pay $8.6 Million to Settle Government Claims of Flawed Surveillance Tech

Cisco Systems agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle claims that it sold video surveillance technology that it knew had a significant security flaw to federal, state and local government agencies.

Combating disinformation and foreign interference in democracies: Lessons from Europe

For people pondering the potential effects of foreign interference in the 2020 elections here in the United States, it is worth understanding what other democracies are doing to confront the same problem and what lessons can be learned from their

Selected Agencies Should Clearly Communicate Practices Associated with Identity Information in the Public Comment Process

Members of Congress asked the Government Accountability Office to review issues related to identity information associated with public comments on proposed rulemakings.

FCC Updates Information Quality Guidelines

The Federal Communications Commission's Office of Economics and Analytics and the Office of the Managing Director update the FCC’s Information Quality Guidelines as required by the Data Quality Act, with guidance from the Office of Management and

Vacancies on FCC's Native Nations Communications Task Force

The Federal Communications Commission seeks nominations to fill three Tribal vacancies on the Native Nations Communications Task Force.  Members appointed by the FCC Chairman to fill the vacancies will serve through the end of the Task Force’s cur

Attorney General Barr says encrypted apps pose ‘grave threat’ to safety

Attorney General William Barr delivered a blistering critique of encrypted messaging programs, saying they are preventing law enforcement from stopping killings, drug dealing and terrorism, and warned that time may be running out for the tech indu

Chairman Pai Introduces Two New Proposals To Modernize FCC Processes

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he has presented his colleagues with two new proposals to modernize and streamline the agency’s processes.

Trust and Distrust in America

Many Americans see declining levels of trust in the country, whether it is their confidence in the federal government and elected officials or their trust of each other, a new Pew Research Center report finds.

Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million to Develop New Field of Research Around Technology's Impact on Democracy

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information.