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Congress Asks Telecommunications Carriers to Describe their Role in Domestic Spying Scandal

A particularly interesting element of the NSA Spying story is the role of the telecommunications carriers in the actual wiretapping. Why didn't they challenge the government's request? Some may perceive this as asking alot of these companies, but given Google's response when the government requested search data, did the carriers have a duty to go to a judge to confirm the legitimacy of the wiretapping orders? Read more about Congress Asks Telecommunications Carriers to Describe their Role in Domestic Spying Scandal

President Must Get Serious to Meet Universal Broadband Goal

CIS Associate Director Lauren Gelman wrote an op-ed for the Wireless Internet Institute urging President Bush to support the Community Broadband Act of 2005 sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and John McCain (R-AZ) and “network neutrality” provisions in the Telecommunications Act rewrite because they are the keys to his universal broadband goal. Read more about President Must Get Serious to Meet Universal Broadband Goal

President Must Get Serious to Meet Universal Broadband Goal

I wrote an op-ed for the Wireless Internet Institute urging President Bush to support the Community Broadband Act of 2005 sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and John McCain (R-AZ) and "network neutrality" provisions in the Telecommunications Act rewrite because they are the keys to his universal broadband goal. Read more about President Must Get Serious to Meet Universal Broadband Goal

West Wing Cancelled

I am absolutely devastated by this. We've reached a point where TV is really great again-- think Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Alias (at least the older ones), John Stewart, Boondocks, the Office. I bet you can pinpoint the start of this cultural wave to the emergence of West Wing, a smart, issues-based show with well-developed characters and complex plot lines. It's sad to see it go. Read more about West Wing Cancelled

Copy of the DOJ v. Google Complaint and some thoughts

I'm posting the DOJ/Google complaint because it took me a while to find it and it makes pretty interesting reading. Particularly Google's Oct 10 letter to the DOJ in response to the subpoena for URLs.

First, Google knew MSN and Yahoo turned over the info without a fight and still decided to go forward with this, so kudos to Google! Read more about Copy of the DOJ v. Google Complaint and some thoughts

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