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December 5, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Sports Blackouts, Intellectual Property Panel Chairman, Orion Test Flight

A Senate hearing on sports blackouts, the announcement of the next chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee with jurisdiction over intellectual property issues and NASA’s Orion crew capsule’s first flight into space was among the news this week.

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on sports blackouts and CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reported (subscription) that senators and the National Football League exchanged threats over the issue.
  • A coalition of groups and companies, called the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition, opposing the Comcast Time-Warner merger was announced. The coalition includes satellite television provider Dish Network, Public Knowledge, Writers Guild of America, West, and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, and others.
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., announced Darrell Issa, R-Calif., as chairman of the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee.
  • NASA’s Orion crew vehicle had its test flight which the Wall Street Journal described as “virtually flawless.” Technocrat had a preview here.
  • The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Pennsylvania resident Anthony Elonis, who was convicted in 2010 of a felony for making violent comments on Facebook and Technocrat had a roundup here.
  • Technocrat reported that Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.,  said there was “such potential for conflicting regulatory directives” from agencies when it comes to the Internet of Things and that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee had a responsibility to “really look at the big picture and ensure that agencies aren’t conflicting with each other, that what is being done makes sense and… allows for future innovation that we can’t even anticipate right now.”

November 13, 2014

LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner Talks Education

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner talks to the audience before a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama on September 26, 2011 in Mountain View, California. (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has an interest in the issue of education and at a  Thursday event he talked about his personal investment in the matter.

“I got into business because I was interested in education reform,” he said at an event hosted by AtlanticLive. “And I can’t separate my career path from this interest in reforming education and democratizing access to information.”

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October 15, 2014

Group of Moderate Democrats Call for Digital Literacy Study

A group of moderate Democrats are worried that schools aren’t doing enough on digital literacy and are a looking for a sweeping study on the status of the situation and ways to improve it.

Forty-three members of the House’s New Democrat Coalition sent a letter to the head of the National Academy of Sciences on Wednesday asking for a study that looks at factors like levels of digital literacy among pre-kindergarten through high school students and the types of digital education programs that are being deployed in schools.

“Being able to use technological tools at a fundamental level to access, analyze and understand electronic information is necessary for an individual to participate in the 21st century competitive economy and easily navigate our digital lives,” they write. “In order to maintain America’s competitiveness, we must improve these skills and address disparities in digital literacy across the country.”

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 3:18 p.m.

Mid-Week Catchup: Drones, Dropbox and “Double Irish” Tax Arrangements

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A drone flies over vineyards of the Pape Clement castle, belonging to Bordeaux winemaker Bernard Magrez in the soutwestern French town of Pessac. (JEAN PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)

In case you missed it, some highlights from news this week include stories about Dropbox, drones and “Double Irish” tax arrangements.

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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 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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September 30, 2014

FCC Eliminates Its Sports Blackout Rules

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted on Tuesday to eliminate its sports blackout rules and CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports that commissioners advised the National Football League not to try to keep their blackout policy going on their own.

“I hope that the NFL will not respond to today’s vote by digging in its heels,” Commissioner Ajit Pai said prior to the vote, Margetta reports (subscription).

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July 14, 2014

Unauthorized In-App Charges: Questions About Parents’ Role and the FTC’s Approach

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging that Amazon on numerous occasions billed customers for unauthorized “in-app” charges made by children, but several writers are raising questions about whether parents should take more responsibility in choosing what games their children have access to, and how the Federal Trade Commission should go about addressing such issues.

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June 16, 2014

The Best Paragraph in the Annual Permit for Burning Man

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The 2013 Burning Man pavilion. (Photo by Bexx Brown-Spinelli, used under a Creative Commons license)

This morning’s Federal Register includes the annual notice by the Bureau of Land Management for the Burning Man festival, which, of course, counts Silicon Valley’s techies as one of its chief constituencies. It’s generally a ho-hum, 4,000-word document of dos (uh, be cool) and don’ts (no fireworks except those for the “sanctioned art burn event”). But there’s one paragraph included by BLM every year that sums up where things can go wrong in the desert.

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T Bone Burnett on Pre-’72 Royalties, Digital Music Services, and the Question of Fairness

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Burnett at a premiere of “Inside Llewyn Davis” in Hollywood in November. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Films)

In the fight over royalty payments by digital music services for pre-1972 recordings, are digital music services doing harm or are they the ones being treated unfairly? In a Roll Call Guest Observers piece, musician, songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett argues that it’s the musicians who are the little guy and that digital music services are biting the hand that feeds them.

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