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Congress -- Yes, Congress -- Can Take The Politics Out of Net Neutrality | Commentary

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.

Collaborative Cybersecurity Action Needed to Help Thwart Attacks | Commentary

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.

What's a Data Breach? It Depends on the State

Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have laws dealing with data breach notification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Identity Theft: Is a Federal Standard Really the Answer?

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.

Checking the House Science Committee's New Subpoena Power | Commentary

What is Congress asking of scientists?

Time for the ECPA to Get an '80s-Style Remake | Commentary

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.

How Congress Can Protect Americans' Email Privacy | Commentary

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 Because right now, an outdated law threatens the Fourth Amendment protections of every American who uses the Internet.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.

Telecom & Technology Offer Hopes for Positive Congressional Reform in 2015 | Commentary

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.

Congressional Action in the Fight Against Superbugs | Commentary

If the members of the new Congress are looking for ways to show the world they can take action and get things done, I have a suggestion. How about a bipartisan piece of legislation that has the potential to help save injured troops and strengthen public health in the United States and across the globe?

Innovation Deficit Threatens America's Health and Prosperity | Commentary

In the center of the country there’s a quiet revolution taking place that holds great promise for our nation, though only if we address the growing innovation deficit facing America.

Court Battle May Follow Open Internet Rule-Making

While lawmakers have proved to be more than willing to weigh in on the Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet rule-making, and some have threatened legislation, the legislative branch likely isn’t the area of government that worries the FCC most.

Net Neutrality Is Low-Hanging Fruit for Congress | Commentary

As is normal, the start of a new Congress resonated with pledges of bipartisan intention as legislative leaders expressed a determination to work across the aisle in addressing the nation’s challenges.

FCC, Congress Gear Up for Net Neutrality Next Steps

After months of speculation about how the Federal Communications Commission would act on its new open Internet rule, the agency is beginning to show its cards, and lawmakers watching the net neutrality issue are starting to put plans of their own into play in reaction.

A Science and Technology Challenge for Congress | Commentary

When the 114th Congress convenes, it will find it has lost something of significance: much of its institutional memory about science and technology. And with the rest of the world making a strong play to topple America from its perch atop the innovation pyramid, that’s very troubling.

Civil Rights and Racial Justice Groups Support Real Net Neutrality, Reclassification | Commentary

Known Verizon hired gun Marty Chavez recently purported to speak not just for the Hispanic Technology and Telecom Partnership, but also the “vast majority” of civil rights organizations on the issue of net neutrality and reclassification (“Why Minorities Oppose Utility Regulations on the Internet,” Roll Call, Dec. 16).

FCC and FTC Can Co-Exist on Net Neutrality | Commentary

Yet another esteemed group of academics waded into the net-neutrality debate this month. While their contribution will not attract the attention that followed President Barack Obama’s Nov. 10 call for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify the regulatory framework for broadband Internet access, they identify a serious problem. Unfortunately, they fail to embrace the obvious solution to that problem.

Why Minorities Oppose Utility Regulations on the Internet | Commentary

Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and even the executive branch, continue to grapple with net neutrality and whether or not the government should reclassify the Internet as a public utility.

Commercial Space Industry Regroups After Accidents

Two accidents in the commercial space industry this year — an unmanned rocket that exploded shortly after launch in the fall and an experimental suborbital craft that broke apart during flight shortly after — are almost sure to come up the next time a congressional committee discusses the private spacecraft market. But, experts say the incidents won’t have much of an effect on the sector’s increasing expansion.

Internet, Email Taxes Could Become Reality if Lawmakers Fail to Act | Commentary

If certain members of Congress and President Barack Obama have their way, 2014 may very well be remembered as the year we started taxing the Internet. The good news is that the passage of Internet sales tax legislation appears unlikely — at least for the moment. The bad news is there are still two far reaching and potentially expensive measures under consideration that pose a serious threat to the Internet as Americans now know it.

Ebola Drives Interest in More Biomedical Research

Lawmakers are using the Ebola outbreak to call for a broader investment in biomedical research and public health funding to avoid scrambling to respond to a specific disease.

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