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Tech firms seek Internet freedom planks on party platforms

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A range of technology companies are urging Democrats and Republicans to add language to their party platforms opposing any greater United Nations role in governing the Internet. The U.N. telecom agency, the International Telecommunication Union, released proposed changes to international regulations on Wednesday. Many U.S. officials, Internet freedom groups, and ...

ACLU sues for FBI GPS tracking guidelines

August 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the Justice Department to court over the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most recent policies for using global positioning systems to track people. In documents filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the group asks the department ...

Officials: United Nations Internet regulation is not a conspiracy

August 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although some have dismissed fears that other countries will use international telecommunications negotiations later this year to hand the United Nations a greater role in governing the Internet, the United States government doesn’t seem to be taking any chances. Internet companies, civil liberties advocates, and lawmakers have been debating the ...

FCC chairman lobbies Pentagon for more spectrum

August 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the Defense Department using a wide swath of wireless spectrum, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Friday that he is personally lobbying the military to help free more airwaves for private companies. Telecommunications companies say they are struggling to find enough spectrum to run ever-expanding networks, and ...

House unanimously approves U.N. Internet resolution

August 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a resolution aimed at preventing any efforts to hand the United Nations more power to oversee the Internet. The resolution had previously cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee with a unanimous vote. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., championed the resolution, which ...

Cybersecurity bill on life support

August 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Members of the Senate said they are open to reviving a cybersecurity bill that failed to advance on Thursday, but the political and policy spats that plagued the legislation for months won’t disappear any time soon. As the Senate failed to break a filibuster of the bill, Senate Majority Leader ...

Cybersecurity bill fails to advance in Senate

August 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After months of wrangling the Senate on Thursday rejected White House calls and failed to advance sweeping legislation aimed at protecting American computer networks from cyberattacks. The cloture vote to end debate on the bill was 52-46, with 60 votes needed to advance the measure. The White House and top ...

Chances dwindle for senate cybersecurity bill

August 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chances appeared slim on Wednesday for any agreement that would allow the Senate to move forward on a bill aimed at protecting American computer networks from cyberattacks. Late on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed to end debate on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, but few Republicans appeared ...

Appeals court rejects broadcasters' bid to block FCC disclosure rules

July 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal appellate court on Friday denied a request by broadcasters to immediately block new Federal Communications Commission rules requiring stations to make political ad information available online. The National Association of Broadcasters filed a motion on July 10, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ...

Senate to debate cybersecurity bill next week

July 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate voted on Thursday to move ahead on a bill designed to boost cybersecurity, setting the stage for debate next week. Senate leaders spent Thursday gathering support for the motion to proceed on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Some Republicans, like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had said the Senate ...