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  • Tech policy belongs on the 2016 campaign agenda

    The next race for the White House is already well under way, with candidates in each party formally announcing their intention to run for the presidency on a regular basis. The issues that will dominate the political discourse as we move from the primaries to the general election have yet to be determined, although economics and economic opportunity seem to be good bets to loom large in the campaign. Of course, many interest groups will attempt to inject their key issues into the discussion about where the country is and where it should be going.

  • Why the FAA's drone rules should never get off the ground

    It's hard to believe, but it's illegal to fly a drone in the U.S. for commercial purposes.

  • Rethinking communications regulation

    Federal legislation on communications policy predates all the changes brought about by the Internet. It's time to address Internet regulation directly.

  • Ron Miller: Spain's link tax taxes my patience

    The so-called Google tax is a desperate and wrongheaded gambit to save traditional newspapers.

  • Thornton May: The time is now for information governance. But do you even know what it is?

    Information governance covers the entire spectrum of information management, but most people have a fuzzy notion of what it is. This must change, because the real value of information can't be fully realized unless it is properly governed.

  • How Tom Wheeler's FCC plan will wreck your Internet

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal is brilliant because it takes the U.S. as far away from net neutrality as possible by presenting the killing of net neutrality and making it sound like the opposite.

  • Ron Miller: Will the FCC stick us in the slow lane?

    The Internet community has arisen with one voice to lambaste the FCC chairman's proposal to make the Internet less neutral for some.

  • Evan Schuman: One law to rule all data breaches -- but let's make it a real law

    The White House's big report on big-data privacy has several shortcomings.

  • Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

    Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

  • Secure smartphones are nice, but not enough

    In the past week, two new ultra secure smartphones have been in the news. One is called the Blackphone. The other is called the Black phone. The difference in their names is a space. Here's what we know about the two most secure smartphones ever created.

  • Bart Perkins: Pester no more: How to handle the FCC's new rules on robocalls

    Businesses must make sure their processes and IT systems adhere to the new regulations.

  • Jay Cline: U.S. takes the gold in doling out privacy fines

    EU privacy regulators say U.S. privacy laws are too weak to protect EU personal data. But a new analysis of 358 privacy-enforcement actions paints the opposite picture.

  • Ron Miller: Restricting the Internet is a business killer

    Turkey might be about to learn how attempts to control the population by limiting the Internet can backfire.

  • Preston Gralla: There's time to fix Net neutrality

    Yes, the ruling is a disaster for advocates of a free and untrammeled Internet, but not quite an unmitigated one.

  • 2014: Time to rethink privacy

    Companies have to fully confront the privacy issues they face and rethink their policies from the bottom up.

  • If the Internet is magic, why can't we vote on it

    Regular as clockwork -- just after an election which generated far too many stories of people waiting far too long to vote (and far too many local election officials saying that everything went fine and that there were no problems) -- come the calls for voting via the Internet. The press wonders if we are a third-world country, politicians posture and most security experts say "don't go there."

  • Earth Hour on election night: Cast a vote for power

    In a chance case of progress versus sustainability, the NSW Electoral Commission will be in the middle of counting electronic votes on the evening of March 26 when everyone else will switch their power off for Earth Hour.

  • Like the NBN or not, let's make the most of it

    As the 2010 federal election finally came to a close this week technology and political commentators alike have centred their post-poll opinions around the most pivotal policy – the National Broadband Network. With Labor back in the driver's seat the NBN is set to go ahead. It's now time to forget the politics and get behind this advanced technology infrastructure project to make it a success.

  • Google's Wi-Fi spygate is its BP moment

    While it doesn't quite rank up there with dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil into the ocean <a href="">while your CEO goes yachting</a>, Google's huge Wi-Fi spying "oops" may become the search giant's BP moment.