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National Journal Laura is a staff correspondent for National Journal covering technology. She is grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and attended Wellesley College, where she received a B.A. in American Studies.
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Teachers Give Failing Grade to Obama's Push for Tech in Schools

June 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Teachers are unimpressed with the Obama administration's plan to upgrade technology in schools. Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association, said he is "beyond frustrated" with a plan announced Friday by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. "We feel the chairman is missing the opportunity to seize ...

Why Terrorists Love Twitter

June 2, 2014 "Try to think like a terrorist for a second. Would you like to get—free-of-charge—satellite services? Of course, you would," says Gabriel Weimann. "Now think about Google Earth." Indeed, it was Google Earth that members of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba used to help plan the 2008 Mumbai terror spree that killed ...

Why Terrorists Love Twitter

June 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "Try to think like a terrorist for a second. Would you like to get—free-of-charge—satellite services? Of course, you would," says Gabriel Weimann. "Now think about Google Earth." Indeed, it was Google Earth that members of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba used to help plan the 2008 Mumbai terror spree that killed ...

FTC Lifts the Veil on Companies That Sell Your Data

May 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Do data brokers know more about you than your own mother? The Federal Trade Commission Congress thinks they might, and the agency released a report Tuesday urging Congress to push for more transparency and accountability for the companies that harvest and sell consumer information. "The extent of consumer profiling today ...

The FCC Chief Just Told the Cable Execs to 'Put Away Their Party Hats'

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of the Federal Communications Commission is warning cable industry leaders not to abuse their power over Internet access—lest they find themselves on the receiving end of tougher federal regulation of the Internet. Speaking at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual Cable Show on Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom ...

The U.S. Is Vulnerable to Terrorism in Space

April 18, 2014 Space terrorism is a growing threat to U.S. national security, according to a new report. And an attack on a U.S. satellite—or damage to one from another country's debris—could have astronomical effects on national security, says the report from the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. is more reliant on ...

How the U.S. Is Vulnerable to Terrorism in Space

April 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Space terrorism is a growing threat to U.S. national security, according to a new report. And an attack on a U.S. satellite—or damage to one from another country's debris—could have astronomical effects on national security, says the report from the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. is more reliant on ...

The Federal Government Is Charging Jerk.com With Deceiving Customers

April 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The social-networking site Jerk.com secretly took information from Facebook to label millions "a jerk" and "not a jerk," the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. FTC is seeking an order to stop Jerk.com from using improperly obtained personal information and to require the website to delete the information. An administrative judge ...

The Government's Technology Agency Admits It Has Lousy Technology

March 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission is charged with regulating the nation's technology and telecommunications industries. But in house, the commission's own equipment is so deficient that its leader came to Congress this week pleading for an upgrade. "We just simply cannot go on this way," the visibly frustrated FCC chairman told ...

The World Wide Web Turns 25

March 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's difficult to imagine life without the Web, even though a large majority of Americans spent part or most of their lives without it. But it was only 25 years ago this week that British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published the proposal that is widely considered to be the birth ...