Policy

  • Lawsuit Calls FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules “Arbitrary” And “Capricious”

    Lawsuit Calls FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules “Arbitrary” And “Capricious”

    As expected, the FCC’s recently passed net neutrality regulations came under fresh legal fire today. USTelecom, a telecommunications-focused trade group, filed suit, calling the FCC’s open Internet regulations “arbitrary” and “capricious.” The FCC passed net neutrality regulations this year on a party-line vote of 3 to 2, reclassifying broadband under Title… Read More

  • Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress is back from a recess this week, and with lawmakers we’ll see the return of some familiar issues. We will see Congress address patent reform and cybersecurity in the coming weeks. Once lawmakers finish with cybersecurity, it’s possible we could even see legislation related to National Security Agency (NSA) phone record collection before the end of the month.  These are… Read More

  • Phone Surveillance Revelation Should Prompt Reassessment Of NSA Spying

    Phone Surveillance Revelation Should Prompt Reassessment Of NSA Spying

    Does evidence of a decades-old surveillance program throw out the case many public officials have made for the modern surveillance state? Since Edward Snowden first leaked documents about secret National Security Agency (NSA) programs, government officials have defended them in the name of September 11 and national security. Again and again, we heard that these programs were built in the wake… Read More

  • Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    The same Russian hackers who breached the State Department system for months also gained access to an unclassifed White House computer system, according to a report from CNN. Although the system did not contain classified information, the Russians reportedly had access to the president’s private schedule. The connected cyberattack on the State Department in recent months has been… Read More

  • Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will join TechCrunch at the Disrupt NY conference next month to chat about technology policy and a little thing you might have heard of called net neutrality. Wheeler has become at once a pariah and lauded leader in his role as chairman — most notably after his commission passed new net neutrality regulations on a party-line vote of 3-2. The congressional… Read More

  • John Oliver Just Changed The Surveillance Reform Debate

    John Oliver Just Changed The Surveillance Reform Debate

    Remember Edward Snowden? For many Americans who talked to John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, the answer is no. It’s been almost two years since the world was captivated by Snowden’s leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post about American surveillance programs. For weeks it seemed there was a new headline everyday about another previously classified surveillance program or… Read More

  • Bharti Airtel Fuels Net Neutrality Fire In India With Free Access To Partner Apps

    Bharti Airtel Fuels Net Neutrality Fire In India With Free Access To Partner Apps

    The net neutrality debate has been stirred up in India once again today after details of a new program from operator Bharti Airtel became public. Medianama broke news of Airtel Zero, a soon-to-launch initiative that will grant consumers free access to services run by developers who pay the operator for the privilege. Read More

  • Brace Yourselves, The Net Neutrality Legal Challenges Are Coming

    Brace Yourselves, The Net Neutrality Legal Challenges Are Coming

    On Wednesday afternoon the Federal Communications Commission filed its net neutrality order to the Federal Register, an FCC official confirmed to TechCrunch. Once published by the Register, the filing opens the gates to an inevitable outpouring of legal challenges from net neutrality opponents. The FCC’s filing comes a week-and-a-half after the agency was slammed with the first… Read More

  • When April Fools’ Day Gets More Love Than Good Policy

    When April Fools’ Day Gets More Love Than Good Policy

    Here is something to ponder: Silicon Valley will have gotten more work done on its April Fools’ Day jokes tomorrow than Washington has gotten done in the past several years. And that’s scary, for as much as playing PacMan on Google Maps is funny and maybe even endearing, driving on bridges ready to collapse is not. Read More

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