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November 26, 2014

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November 25, 2014

Study Indicates Most Internet Users Understand Concept of Net Neutrality

According to a survey by Pew Research Center, the majority of Internet users correctly identified what the concept of net neutrality refers to.

The online survey released Tuesday – which quizzed roughly 1,000 Internet users between Sept. 12 and 18 – asked a number of questions, like whether Twitter has a 140 character limit and whether the Internet and the World Wide Web are the same.

One of the questions asked what net neutrality refers to, and according to Pew, 61 percent selected the correct answer from four options: “Equal treatment of digital content by internet service providers.”

Another 12 percent incorrectly chose the answer “The postings on websites that are nonpartisan” and 13 percent selected “A promise by users of some websites that they will not make critical comments.”

“The way Wikipedia editors are instructed to handle new entries on their site” was an answer selected by six percent of respondents and nine percent didn’t answer the question at all.

The percent of respondents who correctly answered a privacy-related question was much lower.

The survey found that only 44 percent of Internet users are “aware that when a company posts a privacy statement, it does not necessarily mean that the firm actually keeps in information it collects on users confidential.”

The majority – 52 percent – incorrectly answered that this statement was true: “When a company posts a privacy policy, it ensures that the company keeps confidential all the information it collects on users.”

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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November 14, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Net Neutrality, Surveillance Overhaul Legislation & Drones

Net neutrality, surveillance overhaul legislation and drones are in your weekly wrap-up.

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November 7, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Elections, FTC and Patent Assertion Entities and More

News from this week includes the mid-term elections, of course, and a Federal Trade Commission settlement with a patent assertion entity. Technocrat had some election and 114th Congress-related posts and we also covered a panel discussion on issues like revenge porn and the law.

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Addressing Celebrity Nude Photo Leaks and Revenge Porn: the First Amendment Question

In thinking about addressing issues like revenge porn and the leak of celebrity nude photos online, there’s a key challenge that some see: how to write a law that would prohibit such actions that wouldn’t violate First Amendment rights of other types of speech.

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November 4, 2014

Don’t Forget: CQ Roll Call’s Post Election Impact Conference

It’s Election Day, and here at Technocrat, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the results of the Colorado Senate race, where incumbent Democrat Mark Udall, a critic of the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices, is among Roll Call’s 10 Most Vulnerable Senators list. We’ll also be keeping an eye on the results of the race between incumbent Democrat Mike Honda and Democrat Ro Khanna for California’s 17th congressional district in Silicon Valley.

Oh, and don’t forget: CQ Roll Call’s Post Election Impact Conference is on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Liason Capitol Hill. CQ Roll Call technology, intelligence and security reporter Rob Margetta will be among the speakers. See below for more info and a code for 20 percent off your registration fee.

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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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October 31, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Net Neutrality, Spacecraft Crashes & ECPA

Some highlights of the news this week relate to net neutrality, commercial spacecraft and data “throttling.” In case you missed it, Technocrat had a Q&A with the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Chris Calabrese on the details of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act as well as coverage of a report on tariffs and taxes different countries place on technology goods and services.

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Friday Q&A: CDT’s Chris Calabrese

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Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union at the time, testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of unmanned aviation on January 15, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Tech companies and public interest groups have been calling for an update of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Technocrat talked with Chris Calabrese, who previously worked at the American Civil Liberties Union lobbying on privacy issues and now is senior policy director the Center for Democracy & Technology, about the details of the law.

He said the 1986 law stemmed from a concern that third parties were beginning to retain increasing amounts of communications and information on individuals and that according to the Supreme Court, it didn’t have Fourth Amendment protection.

In starting to grapple with that in the 1980s, ECPA was their solution, he said.

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October 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: Yelp’s CEO, Cybersecurity & Identity Theft

Events on cybersecurity and identity theft are on tap this week and Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman stops by 1776.

Monday

The State Educational Technology Directors Association and the National Association of State Boards of Education host a day-long education technology event.

Tuesday

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a day-long cybersecurity forum.

The Progressive Policy Institute hosts an event on wireless policy.

Wednesday

The Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an event related to a survey they’re releasing on the impacts of identity theft on victims.

Thursday

Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology hosts a day-long event on the Privacy Act and the 1974 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

1776 hosts a discussion with Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Yelp.

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