Postal Service Challenges Have Plenty of Answers

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 8:55 am

The US Postal Service will default on a $5.5 billion prepaid retiree health benefit payment today, and this will surely lead to calls for privatization or mass jobs cuts. But the default concerns the unusual way in which the USPS, unlike virtually any other company in the world, pre-pays its health benefits many years out. [...]

Cybersecurity Bill on Fast Track in Senate, With Amendments Upcoming

By: Friday July 27, 2012 11:37 am

The Senate easily advanced a motion to proceed on their version of a cybersecurity bill yesterday, by an 84-11 vote. Clearly this bill, a separate version of which has already passed the House, has a broad degree of support. As if on cue yesterday, the head of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander, warned about [...]

Cybersecurity Bill on Track for Senate Floor, After Privacy Protections Added

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 12:22 pm

The Senate will vote on a cybersecurity bill that’s taken years to get to the floor. The House has already passed a bill known as CISPA, which raised the ire of privacy and technology activists. Even the White House threatened a veto. Now the Senate will get their turn, after a series of maneuvers designed [...]

Broadband Companies Begin March to Usage-Based Billing

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 12:59 pm

We’ve been waiting for this to come to pass, and it looks like the days of tiered broadband pricing are finally upon us: Here in South Texas, Time Warner Cable customers have been given the online equivalent of a scale in the bathroom, a “usage tracker” that adds up all the household’s Facebooking and YouTubing. [...]

White House Opposes CISPA in Favor of Senate Cybersecurity Bill

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 10:58 am

I mentioned earlier that the White House weighed in on CISPA, the cybersecurity bill working its way through Congress. Previously they had been generally supportive of it, at least from the words of counter-terrorism czar John Brennan. But now, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council has criticized the bill. CISPA would encourage companies to [...]

House Leaders Try to Salvage Cybersecurity Bill By Watering It Down Slightly

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:33 am

Over the past couple weeks, another grassroots protest has emerged against legislation that would affect the Internet. It’s at a lower level than the SOPA/PIPA protests so far, but the activism against CISPA, which is considered cybersecurity legislation, is following the same trajectory. Many experts have described the threats from CISPA, particularly to the privacy [...]

FCC Poised to Pass New Local TV Disclosure Requirements for Political Ads

By: Monday April 9, 2012 10:15 am

Here’s some potentially good news. I wrote back in January about an FCC proposed rule that would force local TV stations to put the results of the political ad spending on their airwaves online, rather than in an obscure filing room at the station that few people ever see. This would increase the transparency of [...]

On JOBS Act, Ask a Con Man

By: Friday April 6, 2012 8:17 am

I’m not suggesting that convicted con men should perpetually give testimony in Congressional hearings. But on something like the JOBS Act, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Because they could tell you in a matter of minutes why you wouldn’t want to relax restrictions on capital formation to this degree. Mark L. Morze knows [...]

Woodward and Bernstein Join Rich Tradition of Blaming the Internet for Everything

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 10:21 am

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein sat for an interview at the American Society of News Editors yesterday, and they were asked about how a Watergate-type scandal would play out in the Internet age. They mocked a set of papers from a Yale journalism class, which they claimed said that the Watergate scandal would pop up [...]

Twitter Allows for Censorship of Tweets in Individual Countries

By: Friday January 27, 2012 10:15 am

I think we should definitely be concerned that Twitter is bowing to pressure and allowing for the censorship of tweets in individual foreign countries. Twitter has refined its technology so it can censor messages on a country-by-country basis. The additional flexibility announced on Thursday is likely to raise fears that Twitter’s commitment to free speech [...]

SOPA Also Dies; Anti-Piracy Push Languishes for Now

By: Friday January 20, 2012 11:38 am

After the death of PIPA this morning comes the news that Lamar Smith, the Republican chair of the House Judiciary Committee who planned on resuming the markup of SOPA, the House version of anti-piracy legislation, in February, has put the bill into cold storage. The work of the grassroots coalition did the trick: SOPA and [...]

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