Government & Communications

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

Sen Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

Democratic presidential candidate Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA) is introducing the Digital Service Act of 2019 on March 14 that would give state and local governments access to a pool of $15 million a year in grant funding, which they could use to set

President Trump on Tech: ‘What Is Digital?’

He prefers Sharpies over email. His aides cart around cardboard boxes of work papers — not laptops — for him to sift through on Air Force One.

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

Google, a shrewd Washington player, has shifted into overdrive and adapted its approach as calls to regulate Big Tech have grown louder.

Sens Wyden, Cotton Request Annual Report on Threats to Senate Computers

Sens Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) urged the Senate to take the cyber threats to congressional computers and cell phones seriously by providing an annual report on the number of successful hacks of Senate devices.

Huawei is better positioned to spy on us than we think

The United States and its allies are arguing over whether governments should use telecommunications equipment manufactured by Huawei. However, 5G is not the only important communications network.

Congress at SXSW: Yes, we’re dumb about tech, and here’s what we should do

What could help a body as large and overwhelmed as Congress get its tech facts straight?

The (Harlem) Shaky Grounds for Redaction Award

After repealing the Open Internet Order and ending net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai doubled down on his efforts to ruin online culture.

President Trump Budget Request Seeks $150 Million for Tech Modernization Fund

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request seeks $150 million in new funding for the Technology Modernization Fund, which provides seed money to governmentwide IT projects that agencies are ultimately expected to pay back.

Chairmen Pallone, Doyle: FCC May Be Violating Federal Records Act

House Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.

A world and web divided

A global reckoning around the future of the internet is underway as autocratic regimes look to censor the internet in their countries, and races to develop new internet technologies, such as blockchain and 5G, heat up between the US and China.