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Kaveh Waddell Kaveh Waddell is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he previously conducted policy research​. A native of Seattle, he studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College
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Bipartisan Drone Privacy Bill Back on the Table

March 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 ...

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 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 ...

FAA Proposes New Rules for Commercial Drones

February 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After months of delay, the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday proposed a set of rules and regulations for flying commercial drones. The rules, which would allow commercial users to fly drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, require operators to fly the devices within their sight during daylight hours only. ...

The Feds Want Your Grandma to Teach You How to Be Safe on the Internet

February 11, 2015 Older Americans are avoiding using the Internet—or are using it less than they would otherwise—because of security and privacy concerns. And efforts by government and nonprofit groups to educate seniors about safe Internet practices have been met with limited success. Now, they're taking a different approach—one that leverages older adults' ...

Few Privacy Limitations Exist on How Police Use Drones

February 6, 2015 As drones become cheaper and more capable, more police departments across the country are asking for and getting federal approval to use them for law enforcement. But the Federal Aviation Administration only takes safety into consideration when it grants a law enforcement agency approval to use drones, leaving privacy protections ...

Few Privacy Limitations Exist on How Police Use Drones

February 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As drones become cheaper and more capable, more police departments across the country are asking for and getting federal approval to use them for law enforcement. But the Federal Aviation Administration only takes safety into consideration when it grants a law enforcement agency approval to use drones, leaving privacy protections ...

Obama Calls for Regulations After Drone Crashes Near White House

January 27, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday emphasized a need for regulations on commercial drones, just a day after a drone crash-landed near the White House. The regulations should ensure that drones are operated safely and do not violate others' privacy, the president said. Obama said he directed federal agencies such as the ...

Obama to Agencies: We Need More Regulations on Commercial Drone Use

January 27, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday emphasized a need for regulations on commercial drones, just a day after a drone crash-landed near the White House. The regulations should ensure that drones are operated safely and do not violate others' privacy, the president said. Obama said he directed federal agencies such as the ...