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November 21, 2014

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November 17, 2014

The Week Ahead: Sports Blackouts, Intellectual Property and Smart Phone Encryption

It’s a busy week in Washington with several congressional hearings including one on sports blackouts and events on intellectual property and smart phone encryption.

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November 7, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Elections, FTC and Patent Assertion Entities and More

News from this week includes the mid-term elections, of course, and a Federal Trade Commission settlement with a patent assertion entity. Technocrat had some election and 114th Congress-related posts and we also covered a panel discussion on issues like revenge porn and the law.

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October 24, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Spectrum Incentive Auction, ECPA & Online Sales Tax Bill

Among some of the news in tech policy this week: the Federal Communications Commission announced a delay of the spectrum incentive auction as well as a pause on its 180-day review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV transactions. In case you missed it, Technocrat had posts on Sen. Orrin G. Hatch‘s call for enactment of legislation targeting abusive patent litigation and changes to electronic privacy law next Congress as well as the state of play on the online sales tax bill.

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Friday Q&A: Next Century Cities’ Deb Socia

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(Photo courtesy of Deb Socia)

A new organization called Next Century Cities launched this week and among its 32 members are Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., which have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt laws in their states that they contend restrict their expansion of municipal broadband.

Technocrat talked to the group’s executive director Deb Socia about what it does and if it has a position on the matter of municipal broadband.

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October 22, 2014

Online Harassment is Common, Young Women Experience More Stalking, Report Finds

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(Source: Pew Research Center)

Online harassment is commonly experienced among all Internet users, but young women specifically experience more online stalking and sexual harassment than men the same age and even women who are a few years older, according to a new report by Pew Research Center.

The report’s findings, released Wednesday, were drawn from an online survey of 2,849 Internet users.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 10:57 a.m.
Broadband

October 20, 2014

Leahy Wants Comcast Pledge of No Paid Prioritization

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Sen. Patrick Leahy speaks with reporters before the Senate luncheons in the Capitol in March 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As federal regulators continue to review Comcast’s proposal to acquire Time Warner Cable and as the Federal Communications Commission seeks to draft net neutrality rules, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on Comcast to promise that it won’t engage in paid prioritization.

In a letter to Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen on Monday, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., wrote:

In a May blog post, you wrote that Comcast does not intend to enter into paid prioritization agreements. I welcome that assertion, but I remain gravely concerned that if such agreements are permitted [under the FCC's net neutrality rules], market incentive may drive Comcast and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to change that position in the future.

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The Week Ahead: ‘Right to Be Forgotten,’ Net Neutrality and Cybersecurity

Events on the “right to be forgotten,” net neutrality are cybersecurity are on tap for this week.

Monday

Georgetown University holds a panel event on the “right to be forgotten.”

Tuesday

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai holds a net neutrality forum at Texas A&M University.

Wednesday

The Atlantic Council hosts an event on the current landscape of cyber threats.

Microsoft hosts a panel discussion on cybersecurity and state and local governments.

The Brookings Institution holds a panel discussion on the 1934 Communications Act.

Thursday

The George Washington University Law School holds an event on net neutrality and global Internet freedom.

October 17, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Encryption, Patent Office and Robots

FBI Director James B. Comey’s remarks on encryption and law enforcement access to data, the nomination of Michelle K. Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Q&A on robots and the law were among the highlights from the last few days. Check out the Mid-Week Catchup for happenings from earlier this week.

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October 14, 2014

The Week Ahead: FCC Meeting and the Future of Internet Regulation Event

The Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting, the American Red Cross holds an event on video games and the laws of war and Tim Berners-Lee, Vinton G. Cerf and others are scheduled to participate at a Duke event on the future of Internet regulation.

Tuesday

The Society of Professional Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism hold a panel discussion on net neutrality and media.

The American Red Cross hosts an event on video games and the laws of war.

Wednesday

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative hosts a panel discussion on net neutrality rules and wireless Internet.

The Heritage Foundation hosts an event on regulation of the video marketplace.

Thursday

The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus hosts a panel discussion on whether an update of the Communications Act needs to include the Internet.

The United States Institute of Peace hosts an event on the impact of technology on Afghanistan’s democratic process.

Friday

The Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting.

Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy hosts an event titled “Internet Regulation in 2020.”

October 10, 2014

Weekly Recap: Net Neutrality, Mobile ‘Cramming’ and a Spacewalk

Among the highlights in happenings from the past few days: President Barack Obama talked net neutrality, AT&T Mobility agreed to a $105 million settlement over mobile “cramming” allegations, and an astronaut popular on Twitter took his first spacewalk outside the International Space Station. That and more news highlights as well as some Technocrat posts are below. For happenings from earlier this week, check out the Mid-Week Catchup.

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