| March 25, 2015, 2:19 p.m.
No commuter should die on a smoke-filled train because of inadequate communication between victims and first responders.
| March 18, 2015, 4:48 p.m.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations will hold a hearing soon on the Restoration of America’s Wire Act introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. You may wonder why there’s a sudden interest in “restoring” the Wire Act of 1961. Oddly, the answer has to do with online gaming and a perceived executive overreach.
| March 17, 2015, 2:45 p.m.
Worried that U.S. military satellites have become increasingly vulnerable to attack, the Pentagon plans to spend a scarce $5 billion on new initiatives over the next five years to protect them.
| March 16, 2015, 3:15 p.m.
The United for Patent Reform coalition has to win over congressional Democrats, who hold the key to getting a patent bill out of Congress, as well as Senate Republicans, who must feel confident the issue is important enough to risk bringing up in the face of potential Democratic roadblocks.
| March 16, 2015, 3:02 p.m.
As lobbying coalitions go, United for Patent Reform looks fierce as it wades into what’s expected to be one of 2015’s highest-profile lobbying duels in Congress.
| March 16, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
Scientific research is dramatically more global in its practice and impact than it was just a decade ago. Whether the United States is able to capitalize effectively on new discoveries stemming from international collaborations will determine future economic growth and job creation in America.
| March 2, 2015, 3:23 p.m.
Since the Edward Snowden revelations of 2013, foreign governments have raised concern about the safety of their citizens’ data stored by American Internet companies.
| Feb. 23, 2015, 4:27 p.m.
Republicans often push voluntary programs to avert the need for new regulations, with mixed success. In the case of Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai’s campaign to get hotels to allow direct 911 calls from their rooms, so far so good.
| Feb. 23, 2015, 4:11 p.m.
Although 7 out of 10 emergency calls are made from cellphones, the location data sent to help 911 responders go to the right place is notoriously inaccurate. In response to an outcry from members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission is trying to fix the problem. But it’s going to be a slow process.
| Feb. 12, 2015, 11:51 a.m.
The cyberattack carried out recently against Anthem, one of the nation’s leading health insurers, is yet another stark reminder of the persistent threats American businesses and consumers face in the digital age.
| Feb. 11, 2015, 10:28 p.m.
Early last year, the White House announced its plans to go forward with ending any United States government oversight over Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and the World Wide Web.
| Feb. 6, 2015, 7:11 p.m.
The federal law governing chemicals used in commerce in the United States affects every person and business, but few are aware of its importance to their lives or that it is outdated and in serious need of modernization.
| Feb. 6, 2015, 2:57 p.m.
I have argued that President Barack Obama has won the net neutrality debate, but the most important question facing him and the Congress is how he wins.
| Feb. 3, 2015, 4:08 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s call for legislation to strengthen cybersecurity may be one of the few points in his State of the Union address that has some bipartisan support, according to the morning-after pundits and analysts. And it should because the threats are real and imminent.
| Feb. 2, 2015, 1:58 p.m.
Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have laws dealing with data breach notification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
| Feb. 2, 2015, 1:57 p.m.
Lawmakers are restarting a long-running effort to enact a single federal law specifying when consumers should be notified when their credit cards, Social Security numbers or other personal information has been hacked or compromised.
| Jan. 30, 2015, 5:47 p.m.
What is Congress asking of scientists?
| Jan. 28, 2015, 1:38 p.m.
The 1980s were a decade to remember. Advancements in the ’80s became the foundation for many of the technologies that have become a part of our daily lives — wireless phones, video game consoles and, of course, the foundations of the Internet. And just like our favorite ’80s TV shows are remade into new movies (such as “Transformers” and “The A-Team”) let’s add a 28-year-old online privacy law deserving of a remake too: the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
| Jan. 27, 2015, 6:56 p.m.
Did you lock your front door when you left for work this morning? Rest easy, then, knowing your papers are secure. But what about your emails? Not so much. Because right now, an outdated law threatens the Fourth Amendment protections of every American who uses the Internet. Whether you are a committee chairman or an unpaid intern, your digital privacy is currently at risk.
| Jan. 19, 2015, 4:18 p.m.
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will give his sixth State of the Union Address and there is no doubt that the speech will contain familiar themes on policy initiatives his administration has long championed. Perhaps chief among them though is telecommunications policy, an area that Congress and the president must address if the country is to remain competitive around the world.