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Chelsea Manning Proposed a Bill from Prison

May 7, 2015 Chelsea Manning wants to change the laws that earned her a 35-year sentence in prison. The convicted soldier on Thursday proposed the "Bill to Re-Establish the National Integrity and to Protect Freedom of Speech, and the Freedom of the Press," in a memo she sent to every member of Congress...

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CNN and FAA Team Up to Test Drones

May 6, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration plans to work with CNN and others to test a new system that could allow commercial-drone operators to better pilot drones in urban areas, it announced Wednesday. The agency has faced pushback over its proposed regulations of commercial drones, which critics have said are too conservative....

CNN and FAA Team Up to Test Drones

May 6, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration plans to work with CNN and others to test a new system that could allow commercial-drone operators to better pilot drones in urban areas, it announced Wednesday. The agency has faced pushback over its proposed regulations of commercial drones, which critics have said are too conservative....

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Why the U.S. Copyright Office Wants to Run Away From Home

April 30, 2015 A federal office that has taken on the role of digital custodian and is now in charge of such 21st-century regulatory activities as approving mobile-phone jailbreaking and setting royalty rates for Internet radio says it needs out of its 19th-century home. The U.S. Copyright Office has been part of the...

Trade Bill Takes Aim at Foreign Governments' Data Protections

April 17, 2015 Key lawmakers reached a deal Thursday on legislation to give the White House fast-track authority for trade deals—and they want to make sure part of those deals involves keeping foreign governments from insulating their networks from American digital goods and services. The draft legislation says a U.S. negotiating priority should...

How Tech Giants Became a Leading Civil-Rights Voice

April 1, 2015 Once the disruptive, gangly adolescents of the business world, tech companies are now one of the most effective civil-rights voices in the U.S., and they're increasingly unafraid to throw their weight around. Over the past week, the leaders of two tech giants denounced an Indiana "religious freedom" law that they...

Bipartisan Drone Privacy Bill Back on the Table

March 18, 2015 A bipartisan pair of lawmakers announced Tuesday that they would introduce legislation to require all government entities—from a federal agency to a local police department—to apply for a special license from the Justice Department before it can fly drones. Currently, there are few privacy limitations on how individuals and the...

How New US Net Neutrality Rules Are Shaping the Internet Worldwide

March 5, 2015 Fuel for the next wave of open Internet activists, or a propaganda tool for dictators? New U.S. net neutrality rules are affecting Internet governance worldwide, reshaping the debate over Internet regulations as some major world powers near fork-in-the-road decisions about how they'll govern their own stretch of cyberspace. But while...

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The FCC Has Ruled on Net Neutrality; Do States Get a Say?

March 4, 2015 Among the many details of the FCC's net-neutrality plan that remain vague is the role of states in implementing the regulations, setting in a modern context one of the oldest debates in American politics: the overlapping and sometimes conflicting roles of state and federal government. The Constitution affords the federal...

Tech Lobby Spends Big in Washington

February 24, 2015 Tech and telecom companies have spent more than $3.3 billion on lobbying over the past decade. And they're just getting started. Net neutrality has recently consumed the interest of companies that would be affected by Internet regulations. But even after the Federal Communications Commission votes Thursday to implement a plan...