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Zoe Lofgren Wants To Slow Down Domain Seizures By ICE & DOJ

GovTechGuy Lofgren Q&A on Tech Policy (46 comments)

Meant to include this link: http://www.rollcall.com/news/seeing_the_internet_as_a_place_for_freedom_to_flourish-220070-1.html From the post: "I don’t want to critique my colleagues. My degree was in political science, not computer science. So, you have to teach yourself. I spend as much time as possible trying to become a knowledgeable person. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve taken some courses on how to do some simple programming. And I actually did some simple programming a long time ago in college. So I’m not an expert, but you need to have at least some concept of how the technology works to avoid making mistakes." --Lofgren

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Cybersecurity overhaul looks likely to pass soon

GovTechGuy Re:Emergency powers can continue forever (5 comments)

Bill is still being debated, chances are that language could be changed if groups like the EFF and other privacy advocates get involved. But have to get the word out first.

more than 4 years ago
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Cybersecurity overhaul looks likely to pass soon

GovTechGuy Interesting. (5 comments)

Didn't look at it that way...

more than 4 years ago
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DC CTO Vivek Kundra Named To Top Federal IT Job

GovTechGuy Re:not US Government CTO (105 comments)

Actually, the article points out that CTO seems to be less important than it was originally thought, which is why Kundra likely preferred to be at OMB, where he will oversee all federal IT projects.

more than 5 years ago

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Congress Wants FCC To Auction TV White Spaces

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Things don't look good for Google, Microsoft and other companies hoping to experiment with super WiFi and other technologies in unused TV channels or "White spaces". Both House Republicans and Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller are prodding the FCC to sell as much spectrum as possible at next year's incentive auction, which may not leave much for those hoping to advance the next generation of WiFi technology."
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DOJ: We don't need a warrant to track you

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "The Department of Justice maintains it does not need a warrant to track an individual using location data captured from their cellphone. That has prompted Maine and Montana to pass laws banning warrantless cellphone tracking; unfortunately, Congress doesn't appear close to doing the same."
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New bill from Sen. McCain takes aim at rising cable prices

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Arizona Republican John McCain recently introduced legislation that would compel cable providers to offer consumers the option of purchasing channels "a la carte," rather than being force to pay over $50 per month for channels they rarely watch. McCain blamed the rising cost of sports programming for swelling cable bills, and vowed to take on the giant media conglomerates that control the industry. However, his legislation faces stiff opposition, starting with those companies, which often control both programming and cable distribution as in the cases of Comcast and Time Warner."
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Congress Wants Federal Government to Sell 1755-1780 MHz spectrum band

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "WIth next year's reverse auction of TV spectrum not expected to sate the wireless industry's growing demand for mobile broadband, lawmakers are turning up the heat on the Obama administration to auction the 1755-1780 MHz band, which is considered especially desirable for mobile phone use. However, the Pentagon and other federal agencies are already using those airwaves for everything from flying drones and surveillance to satellites and air combat training. They say it would take ten years and $18 billion just to vacate the band so it can be sold."
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House panel passes Internet Freedom legislation

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed legislation on Wednesday once again affirming the current management structure of the Web. In doing so, the lawmakers made one thing clear: the only government that should have its hands on the underpinnings of the Internet is the U.S."
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Cellphone unlocking fix could violate trade agreements

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Since the White House came out in favor of legalizing the unlocking of cellphones, a number of lawmakers have rushed to offer legislation to fix the problem. Sen. Ron Wyden's bill to create a permanent DMCA exemption has gained the most support, but some key members of Congress argue that bill would violate recent free trade agreements such as the pact signed with South Korea last year."
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Lawmakers Say CFAA Is Too Hard On Hackers

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GovTechGuy writes "A number of lawmakers are using the death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz to speak out against the Justice Department's handling of the case, and application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The controversy surrounding the Swartz case could finally give activists the momentum they need to halt the steady increase in penalties for even minor computer crimes."
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Zof Lofgren Wants To Slow Down Domain Seizures By ICE & DOJ

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Rep. Zoe Lofgren sat down with Roll Call to discuss her proposal to slow down the seizure of domain names accused of piracy by the federal government. Lofgren turned to Reddit for help formulating the bill, and also discussed whether her colleagues in Congress know enough about technology to make informed decisions on tech policy."
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Rep. Issa says backlash has killed SOPA

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "House Oversight Chairman and former CEA chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Hillicon Valley on Friday that the massive online backlash to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has stopped the bill dead in the tracks. Issa said the Judiciary Committee's attempts to ram the bill through have been halted after the Internet erupted in opposition to the legislation this week."
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Bill would require a warrant for digital tracking

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Sens. Mark Kirk and Ron Wyden used the 25th anniversary of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to stump for a bill that would require police to obtain a warrant before using an individual's cell phone, laptop or other digital device to track their location. Under current law the government can access that data without a judge's approval, or even access a user's email account without first getting a warrant."
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Verizon challenges FCC's net neutrality rules

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Verizon filed an appea on Friday asking a federal court to strike down the FCC's net neutrality rules, which are scheduled to take effect on November 20. A federal judge tossed the FCC's previous attempt at enforcing net neutrality against Comcast last May and more legal challenges are expected in the coming days."
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Senators slam firm for online background check

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Social Intelligence Corp's online employment screening service, which preserves users' social media profiles and other data for use by potential employers, infringes on consumers' privacy and could be a violation of the law according to Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Al Franken. The Senators wrote to Social Intelligence Corp on Monday demanding answers to a host of questions about the service and how it collects data."
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FCC to test opening white spaces up to public

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "The FCC will begin a test on Monday that will give the public access to "white spaces," the unused spectrum between TV and radio stations. The Commission is in the process of opening up the airwaves for public use; the last release of unlicensed airwaves eventually spawned a number of innovations such as WiFi, cordless phones and baby monitors. Officials hope this move will lead to better WiFi technology that can cover up to 50 miles."
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Feds say cyber threat to banks is growing

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Federal officials told lawmakers that attacks against the U.S. financial industry are growing increasingly sophisticated and damaging, increasing the need for new security laws that will enable firms and the government to share information on attacks."
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Obama admin wants hackers charged as mobsters

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  about 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "The Obama administration wants hackers to be prosecuted under the same laws used to target organized crime syndicates, according to two officials appearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning."
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Congress puts the brakes on AT&T/T-Mobile merg

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Once thought to be a foregone conclusion, AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition ran into a stumbling block this week as the first real resistance emerged on the Hill in the form of Senate antitrust subpanel chairman Herb Kohl, who came out vehemently against the deal. Kohl's resistance has given heart to the opposition, also buoyed by a letter from a trio of prominent House Democrats who termed the deal a troubling step back towards the Ma Bell phone monopoly disbanded in the 1980s."
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Google chairman Eric Schmidt will testify

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Google chairman Eric Schmidt will testify at a September hearing in front of the Senate antitrust subpanel after the search giant backed off its earlier refusal to send either Schmidt or CEO Larry Page. Google appears to have reversed itself under the threat of a subpoena from the subpanel."
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Survey shows support for new privacy laws

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Two-thirds of consumers want the government to safeguard their privacy online and 81 percent want to add their names to a Do Not Track list, according to a May poll released Tuesday by Consumers Union. In addition, over 80 percent of respondents were concerned that companies may be sharing their personal information with third parties without their permission. The survey's release comes just one day before a Senate Commerce Committee hearing where lawmakers will hear testimony on three data privacy bills currently in front of the Senate."
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FCC ups penalties for caller ID "spoofing"

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "The FCC adopted new rules on Thursday that would significantly increase the penalties for individuals or organizations that alter their caller ID information to commit fraud or with other harmful intent. The new rules allow the FCC to fine violators $10,000 per violation plus more for every day it continues. Users can still change their caller ID info as long as it's not for fraud or harmful purposes."
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Bill would make carriers publish 4G data speeds

GovTechGuy GovTechGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "A new bill from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) would force wireless carriers to provide consumers with information on the minimum data speeds for their 4G networks at both the point of sale as well as on all billing materials. The bill would also task the FCC with compiling a Consumer Reports-style comparison of the 4G data speeds at the top ten wireless carriers so customers can view a side-by-side comparison."
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