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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 Pais 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 its 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 nations 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the United States affects every person and business, but few are aware of its importance to their lives or that it is outdated and in serious need of modernization.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 Obamas 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) lets 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 theres 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 Commissions open Internet rule-making, and some have threatened legislation, the legislative branch likely isnt 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 nations 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, thats very troubling.

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