Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

Cyber memo warns of new risks to White House network

An internal memo on cybersecurity warns that "the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again." That's after at least a dozen top- or high-level officials have resigned or been pushed out of a cybersecurity mission

Rep. Elijah Cummings, longtime Baltimore advocate was key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) of Baltimore, a committee chairman known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights and for blunt and passionate speechmaking, died of longstanding health problems on Oct 17, his office said. He was 68 years old.

Commissioner Carr Announces Ben Arden as Acting Media Advisor

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr announced that Ben Arden will join his office on detail as Acting Legal Advisor for media issues. Arden is currently the Associate Chief of the Media Bureau’s Video Division, having recently returned to the FCC follow

The Presidential Candidates Need a Plan for Big Tech That Isn’t “Break Up Big Tech”

What is the agenda that provides hope and opportunity for Americans in a new digital-based economy? So far, much of the campaign focus on the new economy has been reduced to a misleadingly simple “break ‘em up!” solution for Big Tech.

FCC Setting Up Precision Agriculture Task Force

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) intends to establish a Federal Advisory Committee, known as the ‘‘Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States." The FCC intends to

Chairman Pai Appoints Evan Swarztrauber As Policy Advisor

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Evan Swarztrauber has joined his office as a Policy Advisor. Swarztrauber starts Sept 30 in his new role and replaces Nathan Leamer, who recently left the FCC.

2019 Internet Hall of Fame Inuctees Announced

Eleven individuals hailing from six countries around the world, including Peru, Japan, Brazil, Netherlands, Togo and the US, are being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for their pioneering and visionary contributions to the Internet’s globa

Nathan Leamer Leaves FCC

Nathan Leamer, policy adviser to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, has left the agency after nearly three years. Leamer is taking up a new role at Targeted Victory.

Upgrading the Office of Tech Assessment

With Congress inching toward reopening its long-shuttered Office of Technology Assessment, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has 

Tech Firms Need More Regulation

In contrast to prior technological eras—marked by inventions such as the railroad, telephone, automobile, and television—the age of digital technology has progressed for several decades with remarkably little regulation, or even self‑regulation.