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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 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 8, 2014

Mid-Week Catchup: Twitter’s Lawsuit, Student Data Privacy & AT&T’s Data Breach

Need to catch up on what’s happened in tech policy news over the past day or so? A few highlights include Twitter’s lawsuit against the federal government, student data privacy and an AT&T data breach.

  • The Software & Information Industry Association and the Future of Privacy Forum released an education privacy pledge on student data, with Microsoft and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt among the companies that signed on.  A few stories point out that some big name companies did not sign on, like Apple, Google and Pearson.

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

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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 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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September 25, 2014

Data Localization Requriements Pose Security Issues, Google’s Salgado Says

Google has been a critic of data localization and at a panel discussion Thursday, the company’s director of information security and law enforcement laid out more details of the negatives he sees in such proposals by foreign countries. Among them: inefficiencies, cost and security issues.

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July 29, 2014

Leahy: Surveillance Bill Is About ‘Fundamental Relationship’ With Government (Video)

“This is a debate about Americans’ fundamental relationship with their government,” Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said on the Senate floor Tuesday about his new bill to limit surveillance. “About whether our government should have the power to create massive databases of information about its citizens or whether we are in control of our own government, not the other way around.”

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 2:33 p.m.
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New Surveillance Overhaul Bill Coming From Sen. Leahy

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to introduce new surveillance overhaul legislation.

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July 21, 2014

New Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown

Georgetown University Law Center has created a new Center on Privacy and Technology and has hired Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Alvaro M. Bedoya as its executive director.

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July 8, 2014

A Name to Know: 3PLA — China’s Version of the NSA

“The Third Department of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Department” is a mouthful, but you can be sure that you’ll be hearing more of its abbreviated name: 3PLA. Spy-watchers say the agency “is central to China’s military strategy, tasked with monitoring and analyzing much of the world’s communications—including embassy cables, corporate emails and criminal networks—for foreign threats and competitive advantages,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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