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January 26, 2015

The Week Ahead: State of the Net, Data Breach Hearing & FCC Open Meeting

The State of the Net Conference, a House hearing regarding data breach legislation and the Federal Communications Commission’s January open meeting are on tap for this week.

Tuesday

The Federal Communications Commission hosts a “Small Business & Emerging Technologies Conference and Tech Fair.”

A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing titled “What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?”

A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a cybersecurity hearing.

The Internet Education Foundation hosts its annual State of the Net Conference.

Wednesday

The American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy hosts an event on tech policy issues in 2015.

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy hosts a panel discussion on media mergers and independent programmers.

A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing on supercomputing.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing titled “Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing.”

Thursday

The Center for Democracy and Technology holds an event titled “Always On: The Digital Patient.”

The Federal Communications Commission holds its January open meeting.

George Mason University School of Law’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property co-hosts a discussion on patents and startups.

January 21, 2015

Obama’s Tech Talk in SOTU

President Barack Obama’s call for lawmakers to pass legislation to address “cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information” in his State of the Union address wasn’t a surprise given his announcements last week in advance of Tuesday night’s speech, but he also mentioned net neutrality, surveillance and space in his speech. Below are some of his science and tech-related mentions:

  • “I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.”
  • “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet.”
  • “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.”
  • “So while some have moved on from the debates over our surveillance programs, I haven’t. As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, with the recommendations of privacy advocates, to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse. And next month, we’ll issue a report on how we’re keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.”
  • “I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs — converting sunlight into liquid fuel; creating revolutionary prosthetics, so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can play catch with his kid; pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay. Last month, we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send American astronauts to Mars. In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain — and make sure to Instagram it.”

January 20, 2015

The Week Ahead: Net Neutrality, Cybersecurity and Patents

The State of the Union and congressional hearings on net neutrality are on tap this week, as well as a number of other events on cybersecurity, patents and more.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s deputy director, and Obama’s nominee to head the patent office, Michelle K. Lee, is slated to talk at The Brookings Institution.

January 16, 2015

Weekly Wrapup: Net Neutrality, Obama and Space Debris

Get ready for a double feature of net neutrality hearings from the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over telecom next week. This week, the GOP chairmen the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee laid out a net neutrality proposal in a Reuters op-ed and released legislative text as well.

In case you missed them, other Technocrat coverage included posts on space debris, stress and technology and more:

  • The Pew Research Center released a report on stress and technology. Here’s our takeway from the report: if you’re stressed out and you think it’s because of all that texting and tweeting, don’t blame it on frequent use of Internet and social media itself. There is, though, something to be said about social use of technology and knowing about stressful events in others’ lives.
  • Technocrat also had a roundup of a few stories on issues covered in President Barack Obama’s multiple tech-related announcements this week that either give you a sense of stakeholder reaction, the current landscape or another announcement made in one particular state.
  • Among the findings in a recent Government Accountability Office report: the government watchdog contends that there are several reasons why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s estimate of a minimum three-month potential gap in satellite data could occur sooner and last longer than anticipated. One of those reasons has to do with space debris.

January 15, 2015

Roundup: Data Breach Notification, Cybersecurity and Broadband

President Barack Obama’s announcements this week on data breach protection, privacy, cybersecurity and broadband drew a lot of media coverage, but if you’re looking to catch up, here are a few stories on the themes covered this week that either give you a sense of stakeholder reaction, the current landscape or another announcement made in one particular state.

  • The President’s legislative proposal for a national standard for data breach notification:

Seth Rosenblatt at CNET reports on reaction from outside groups and the current landscape of state laws: “While 47 states have laws requiring companies to at least notify consumers of security breaches involving their personal information, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the similarities often end there.”

  • Obama’s cybersecurity information-sharing proposal:

Steven Norton at The Wall Street Journal reports: “The move is indeed encouraging, CIOs and security experts say, but its success will depend largely on making companies comfortable sharing sensitive information in the first place.” He goes on to write: “Firms tend to agree that sharing is a good thing, but the reasons for not wanting to share are plenty.”

  • Broadband announcements:

Of course, the big news was Obama laying out his opposition to state laws restricting municipal broadband and the White House saying that the administration was sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the panel to address “barriers inhibiting local communities from responding to the broadband needs of their citizens.”

But Matthew Patane at The Des Moines Register reminds us that another announcement on broadband was made in Iowa as well. He looked at a broadband proposal unveiled on Tuesday by Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad: “Branstad asked the Legislature on Tuesday to approve a $5 million grant program that would provide money to telecommunications firms that build or provide more broadband access to rural areas, schools and under-served communities. A similar attempt last year to increase broadband service failed in the state House.”

He also writes that: “Branstad’s proposal calls for a 100 percent property-tax exemption for any broadband infrastructure put in place on or after July 2014. Similar language in last year’s legislation helped derail it.”

January 12, 2015

The Week Ahead: Cybersecurity, Communications Law and More

This week, President Barack Obama will announce legislative proposals and executive actions addressing cybersecurity, privacy and identity theft and broadband access, previewing his State of the Union address, according to a White House official this past weekend. Events discussing the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, communications law and digital security are on tap as well this week.

Tuesday

The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a briefing titled “The North Korean Threat: Nuclear, Missiles and Cyber.” The briefing comes after the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack.

Heritage Action for America’s Conservative Policy Summit continues on its second day, which will include a session on digital security in 2015.

Wednesday

NetCompetition hosts a panel discussion on modernizing communications law.

Thursday

The Bipartisan Policy Center hosts a panel discussion on strategic implications of the cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

January 9, 2015

Weekly Wrapup: Net Neutrality, Panel Changes & More

This week, the big news included Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s comments on Title II at International CES in Las Vegas and the announcement of DISH Network’s Sling TV, which will start offering select television channels delivered over the Internet, including ESPN.

At Technocrat, we had posts for you on net neutrality, changes on a House panel with jurisdiction over intellectual property, and more.

  • Online sales tax legislation could make it through this new Congress, but only if there are significant changes from the measure the Senate passed back in May 2013, per CQ Roll Call’s Katy O’Donnell.
  • Technocrat chatted with Arizona State University law professor Adam Chodorow, who wrote a piece in Slate this week on taxes and Mars. Apparently, tax law even specifies how to treat income earned from space activities.

December 22, 2014

December 19, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Sony Pictures, CFPB Sues Sprint, and Senate GOP Rosters Change

Holiday vacations are fast-approaching for many, but before you jet off, here’s a roundup of some news and Technocrat posts this week.

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it has determined that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • President Barack Obama said Sony Pictures had “made a mistake” in pulling the movie “The Interview.”
  • The White House’s announcement on Cuba included allowing commercial export of some communications devices and allowing telecommunications companies to establish infrastructure in Cuba so they can provide service.
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint, alleging the company billed wireless customers for unauthorized third-party charges over a roughly 10-year period.
  • There are some changes in store for the Republican rosters on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Judiciary Committee .
  • A group of 36 Democrats in the House and Senate wrote to Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, saying it’s “time for action” on net neutrality rules.
  • The Senate confirmed FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly for a full five-year term that started July 1, 2014.
  • Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wasn’t satisfied with Uber’s response to his letter where he raised privacy concerns.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has an app to help the tipsy find a ride home.

December 17, 2014

Report Looks at Broadband Competition at Different Speeds

(Source: Commerce Department Economics and Statistics Administration)

(Source: Commerce Department Economics and Statistics Administration)

While consumers have multiple Internet service providers to choose from at lower broadband speeds, “this number dwindles at higher speeds,” according to a new report by the Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration

The report was based on data from the Census Bureau and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Full story

By Anne L. Kim Posted at 12:49 p.m.
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