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December 22, 2014

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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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.”

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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August 18, 2014

What’s Your State’s Open Data Score?

(Center for Data Innovation – open data score map)

Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah scored the highest in an assessment of state open data policies and portals by the Center for Data Innovation.

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July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 3, 2014

Government Email Preservation: A Chat With CREW’s Melanie Sloan

Controversy over missing Internal Revenue Service emails has been in the headlines recently, but Melanie Sloan and Anne Weismann at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington argue the real problem is a systemic issue with federal agency record-keeping. In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, they write that Congress has long known that federal agencies have not been preserving records but hasn’t done anything about it.

Technocrat talked with Sloan, the group’s executive director, and here’s some of what she said:

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June 19, 2014

Are Cities’ Budget Woes Helping Drive Open Data?


Kraft (Photo by Flickr user Daniel X. O’Neil, used under a Creative Commons license.)

Local governments’ resources pale in comparison to what the federal government has on hand, but could that actually be helping with open data at the local level?

The way the OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft sees it, local governments are taking the lead on open data, and that’s because of a combination of budget woes, the presence of  “civic hackers” and flexibility that leaders have at the local level.

“The vast majority of innovation in producing government information is happening at the local level,” said Kraft, group’s executive director, in an interview with Technocrat. Full story

May 28, 2014

Weekend Hackathon at NSF

The National Science Foundation and the coder group Code for America’s Northern Virginia Brigade are holding a civic-minded “hackathon” at the NSF in Arlington, Va., on Saturday.

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May 9, 2014

Commentary Roundup: Bitcoin, Rural Broadband, Patents, Copper Lines

Some of the latest tech-oriented pieces from Roll Call’s Guest Observer files:

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