| March 20, 2013, 6:28 p.m.
At just 25 years old, Derek Khanna has learned how quickly fortunes can change in Washington.
| March 20, 2013, 6:26 p.m.
When the White House embraced an online petition earlier this month to legalize cellphone unlocking, it marked another key milestone in the rising importance of technology policy issues.
| March 20, 2013, 6:24 p.m.
Natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy leave devastation in their paths and, often, hard questions. For more than a decade, the vulnerability of the nationís emergency communications networks has been studied and discussed. Communications outages during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina were wake-up calls, but actual action on solutions remained sleepy for years. Just about one year ago, Congress created a new federal entity that is supposed to bring the cutting-edge technologies used by commercial networks to an entirely new National Public Safety Broadband Network for use by ďfirst respondersĒ ó police, fire and rescue personnel ó called FirstNet.
| March 19, 2013, 6:37 p.m.
The budget crunch, Obama administration officials contend, is already threatening the federal governmentís ability to recruit the people it needs to respond to cyberattacks. But it might end up being even harder on the next generation of would-be cyber-warriors.
| March 19, 2013, 6:36 p.m.
The Department of Defenseís Cyber Command reportedly wants to quintuple its workforce, but its leader, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, told a House Armed Services subcommittee last week that the threat of furloughs is going to hamstring his ability to recruit people to defend U.S. computer networks.
| March 15, 2013, 6:17 p.m.
Thereís a reason 100 million people in the U.S. still donít have broadband service in their homes. Itís not simply because the economics donít initially support development of broadband in rural, tribal and underserved markets. And itís not because consumers donít want it. Rather, studies suggest that the low rates of broadband adoption can be attributed to localized cultural and educational gaps, as well as a lack of digital literacy.
| March 15, 2013, 12:12 p.m.
Music is a labor of love, but itís also a business that works under the same market principles as any other part of our economy.
| March 13, 2013, 6:49 p.m.
As the once-separate wired and wireless communications networks for voice, video and data converge on the single Internet Protocol standard, the Federal Communications Commission stands at a crossroads. It can serve as midwife in the transition to next-generation networks. Or the agency can put on the blinkers and mechanically apply regulations designed for a bygone era.
| March 6, 2013, 4:53 p.m.
Does exposing children to violence in TV shows, movies and video games increase their odds of violent behavior later on?
| March 6, 2013, 3:58 p.m.
The first fan letter I ever wrote was at age 7 to Wernher von Braun, the legendary rocket scientist. I dreamt of being a rocket scientist myself (it didnít work out), and he was the superstar, a man hyped by NASA as the genius who would take America to the moon and beyond. I got back a glossy photo of von Braun and a NASA patch, and I was, figuratively, over the moon.
| March 6, 2013, 3:56 p.m.
Any law that attempts to limit the amount of violence in media would have to pass a high bar: the First Amendment.
| March 6, 2013, 4 a.m.
Thereís a lot of confusion and disagreement over how the government should manage two increasingly important techniques of waging war: drones and cyber-activities.
| March 4, 2013, 10:19 a.m.
President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and MIT professor Ernest J. Moniz to serve as Energy secretary during his second term.
| March 1, 2013, 5:41 p.m.
Each year, two of Americaís noblest raptors share the sky over a patch of Nevada desert: In springtime, the golden eagle arrives to nest at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge 20 miles north of the Las Vegas strip, while at other times of the year another aerial predator, the F-22 Raptor, launched from adjacent Nellis Air Force Base, takes to these same skies to train American fighter pilots.
| March 1, 2013, 5:40 p.m.
Perhaps the most important role of federal government, highlighted in the preamble of the Constitution, is to ďprovide for the common defense.Ē This role is generally thought of as military defense against missiles and bombs. But in the digital age, Americans are more frequently becoming the targets of high-tech cyberattacks.
| Feb. 26, 2013, 6:11 p.m.
Among the many roadblocks that have prevented offshore wind farms from proliferating off the Atlantic coast is how to get the electricity generated from the Outer Continental Shelf to the mainland.
| Feb. 26, 2013, 5:28 p.m.
An increasingly likely outcome of the looming budget sequester is the prospect of all Pentagon programs being cut equally ó about 10 percent ó regardless of performance, potential or priority. The administration and Congress may actually allow this to happen, damaging successful and well-performing programs in the developmental pipeline while preserving failing or antiquated programs. Doing so would be a major mistake.
| Feb. 21, 2013, 1:44 p.m.
Each year, young people send drawings and paintings to their representatives in Congress in the hope of having their work selected for display on the walls of the Cannon Tunnel.
| Feb. 13, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
The mood was understandably somber when friends and well-wishers gathered last week to pay tribute to the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz. A host of speakers, including members of Congress from both parties, lamented the wasted talent of the 26-year-old prodigy who dedicated his life to the liberation of information.
| Feb. 13, 2013, 5:44 p.m.
Unfortunately, your recent article (ďAides Take Advantage of Rules to Extend Trips,Ē Feb. 5) on congressional staff travel to the International Consumer Electronics Show omits the very reasons that policymakers come to CES in the first place.