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October 23, 2014

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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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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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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October 9, 2014

Rep. Lofgren Writes to FCC’s Wheeler on Net Neutrality Rules

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., arrives at the House Triangle for a news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California Democrat Zoe Lofgren wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday, contending that the strongest proposal for net neutrality rules is to both reclassify broadband as a common carrier and implement rules under Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

In the letter, she writes that she’s “unconvinced” that rules to “ensure an open and prosperous Internet” can be established solely under Section 706 authority.  She also writes that reclassifying broadband as a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act “it not without some concern,” contending it should be done narrowly, a point she’s previously asserted.

She writes:

Of the proposals put forward, there is only one that currently meets the criteria of clear, unambiguous authority, strong rules and measured restraint that has been demanded by the public. That is for the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet access as a title II service, and use a combination of its rulemaking and forbearance authority under section 706 to implement its Open Internet rules.

House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking Democrat Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., proposed a “hybrid” approach last week that would reclassify broadband under Title II and use Section 706 to adopt rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization.

October 7, 2014

‘Zero-Rating’ Issue Continues in the Net Neutrality Debate

The debate over “zero-rating” plans  — where access to certain applications or websites doesn’t count against a wireless carrier’s data caps – has come up in the context of net neutrality and the issue was brought up at a Federal Communications Commission Open Internet roundtable on Tuesday.

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October 6, 2014

The Week Ahead: Open Internet & Surveillance Impact Roundtables

The Federal Communications Commission’s law-focused Open Internet roundtables and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden‘s Silicon Valley roundtable on surveillance impacts are among the events on tap this week


The Progressive Policy Institute, along with the Internet Society’s Greater Washington D.C. Chapter and George Washington University’s Institute for International Economic Policy host an event titled “Sizing Up the Digital Economy,” a panel discussion on a International Trade Commission report.


The FCC holds Open Internet roundtable sessions on “Sources of Legal Authority” and “Construction of Legally Sustainable Rules.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation holds an event on data-driven innovation.


Wyden holds a roundtable in Silicon Valley on the impact of surveillance.

The American Enterprise Institute hosts an event featuring Jeff Pulver, known for his work on Voice over Internet Protocol.


George Mason University School of Law’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property kicks off a two-day intellectual property conference.

The Internet Innovation Alliance and Pew Research Center hold an event titled “Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age: New Research & Panel Discussion.”

The Center for Global Development holds an event titled “Delivering on the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

October 3, 2014

Weekly Recap: Football, Spectrum Incentive Auctions and Facebook Research

Happy National Manufacturing Day! Football, the spectrum incentive auctions and research processes at Facebook were among the issues that cropped up this week. Here’s a look at some of the highlights along with a few Technocrat posts in case you missed them.

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