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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.


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.


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.”


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.

November 3, 2014

The Week Ahead: Antitrust, Crypto-Currencies and Farming & Space Tech Transfer

Attention will be focused on the mid-term elections this week, but there are other events happening as well that cover issues including antitrust, crypto-currencies and farming and space tech transfer.

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September 29, 2014

The Week Ahead: Sports Blackout Rules, Net Neutrality & Education Technology

In addition to the Federal Communications Commission being scheduled to vote on a proposal to eliminate the sports blackout rule, several net neutrality-related events are happening this week, including the FCC’s economics-focused Open Internet roundtable session.

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September 26, 2014

Weekly Recap: Comcast’s Merger Comments, Google on Data Localization & Jason Chaffetz

The week wraps up with the Federal Trade Commission’s 100-year birthday. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this week in Washington and a few Technocrat posts from this week, in case you missed them.

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August 11, 2014

Virtual Currencies Come With Risks, CFPB Warns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says consumers should keep in mind the risks of using virtual currencies such as bitcoin, such as exposure to hackers and fewer protections than banks and credit cards provide.

The CFPB released a consumer advisory on Monday that states that virtual currencies “offer the potential for innovation,” but that “a lot of big issues have yet to be resolved – some of which are critical.”

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July 28, 2014

Bitcoin Event Pulls In Jared Polis, Bob Goodlatte, Mick Mulvaney


Polis uses a Robocoin machine to purchase bitcoins during a demonstration on Capitol Hill in April. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jared Polis and two other House members who have shown a piqued interest in digital currency are hosting an event on the topic Tuesday evening in a House office building.

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June 30, 2014

One-Sentence Bill Legalizes Bitcoin Use in California


Brown, speaking at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., in March. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Using bitcoins for transactions was illegal in California until this weekend, until Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that repealed a state law banning the use of “anything but the lawful money of the United States.” For a piece of legislation on such a complex topic, it was surprisingly brief.

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June 13, 2014

Steve Stockman Shops Bitcoin Tax Bill

Texas Republican Steve Stockman is shopping around his bill that would require the IRS to treat virtual currencies like Bitcoin as foreign currencies instead of property.

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June 10, 2014

Bitcoin, ‘the Coming Digital Anarchy’ and the Blockchain

Bitcoin Center Offers Classes On The Digital Currency

Shirts for sale at the Bitcoin Center NYC in February during a class on the basics of the digital currency. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The rise of digital currency (i.e. Bitcoin) points toward a future in which similar uses of “cryptographic proof” could drive huge changes in society and government, writes Matthew Sparkes in a long, detailed argument for the Telegraph. At stake are control and sustainability of the Internet, as well as the viability of laws, banks and other institutions, he says.

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May 20, 2014

Marc Andreessen on Surveillance, Online Education and Bitcoin

What does Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, see as the  “international problem for the Internet”?

“As a consequence of the Snowden revelations, which continue,” there’s been a “massive” loss of “faith and confidence in the United States,” he said at an event with Atlantic editor-in-chief James Bennet.

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