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Let's Embrace Life-Saving Personal Safety Technology the Way We Embrace Photo-Sharing Apps | Commentary

No commuter should die on a smoke-filled train because of inadequate communication between victims and first responders.

The Wire Act — Don't Fix What Isn't Broken | Commentary

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.

Pentagon to 'Adversaries': Space Is Not A Good Place to Start War

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.

Patent Reform Coalition Tries to Please Both Parties, Chambers

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.

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Patent Overhaul Lobbyists Battle It Out

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.

Innovation in an Age of Global Science | Commentary

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.

Privacy Concerns Threaten Overseas Tech Industry | Commentary

Since the Edward Snowden revelations of 2013, foreign governments have raised concern about the safety of their citizens’ data stored by American Internet companies.

Hotels Move to Make 911 Dialing Easier for Guests

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.

FCC Calls for Greater Accuracy in 911 Call Locations

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.

Protecting Medical Identity Is a Must-Win Battle in the War for Cybersecurity | Commentary

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.

Consent of the Governed: A Principled Path to a Free and Open Internet | Commentary

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.

TSCA Reform Should Embrace the Best Application of Toxicological Science -- a Perspective From its Practitioners | Commentary

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.

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.

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