Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

Other Developments Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas made remarks on his “Vision for Cybersecurity Resilience” and outlined how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) will change their approach to public and private sector cybersecurity. Mayorkas provided a very high level preview of a previously promised forthcoming … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (29 March 2021)

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Democrats Turn To Infrastructure

Two bills would significantly increase broadband funding amongst other technology programs. Now that the White House and Democrats have completed work on the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” (P.L. 117-2), their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan, they have turned to an infrastructure package. Like the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Democrats would use … Continue reading Democrats Turn To Infrastructure

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

Further Reading “Millions of people’s data is at risk’ — Amazon insiders sound alarm over security” — By Vincent Mamancourt — Politico EU. Three whistleblowers are claiming that Amazon has widespread data protection and privacy issues, some of which may violate European Union (EU) or United States (U.S.) law. They claimed the company culture was … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (26, 27, and 28 January 2021)

Further Reading “President Biden’s Tech To-Do List” By Shira Ovide — The New York Times. Another survey of the pressing tech issues President Joe Biden and his Administration will grapple with.“Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons” By Javeria Salman — The Hechinger Report. An organization that is helping refugee … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (26, 27, and 28 January 2021)

FCC Denies Trump Administration’s Request To Block Ligado

The FCC denies the NTIA petition, but language in the FY 2021 NDAA all but pauses the project. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) denied the petition to stay submitted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to stop the FCC’s April 2020 decision to let Ligado proceed with “a … Continue reading FCC Denies Trump Administration’s Request To Block Ligado

Preview of Senate Democratic Chairs

It’s not clear who will end up where, but new Senate chairs will change focus and agenda of committees and debate over the next two years. With the victories of Senators-elect Rafael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA), control of the United States Senate will tip to the Democrats once Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (D) … Continue reading Preview of Senate Democratic Chairs

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 January 2021)

Further Reading “Why the Russian hack is so significant, and why it's close to a worst-case scenario” By Kevin Collier — NBC News. This article quotes experts who paint a very ugly picture for the United States (U.S.) in trying to recover from the Russian Federation’s hack. Firstly, the Russians are very good at what … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 January 2021)

FY 2021 Omnibus and COVID Stimulus Become Law

The end-of-the-year funding package for FY 2021 is stuffed with technology policy changes. At the tail end of the calendar year 2020, Congress and the White House finally agreed on FY 2021 appropriations and further COVID-19 relief funding and policies, much of which implicated or involved technology policy. As is often the practice, Congressional stakeholders … Continue reading FY 2021 Omnibus and COVID Stimulus Become Law

Biden Administration Tech Policy: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC could be a major force for technology policy in the Biden Administration. The next Administration will change many of the technology policies put in place under President Donald Trump, but among the highest profile policy reversals will be the Biden Administration’s reestablishment of net neutrality rules. This signature accomplishment of the Obama Administration … Continue reading Biden Administration Tech Policy: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)