The Innovation Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is a comprehensive bill aimed at neutralizing patent trolls. And it just might pass.
Don’t plan on using official websites of government organizations if the U.S. government is temporarily shut down due to budget woes.
For once, Republicans voted with President Barack Obama.
Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and many more companies are asking President Barack Obama and the U.S. congress for greater transparency on PRISM, NSA surveillance of Americans, and government requests for data about their customers.
Ro Khanna probably isn’t a name you’d immediately recognize, but if you follow the tech industry that may soon change.
Now that an immigration reform bill has passed the Senate, Silicon Valley is targeting lawmakers in the House.
It’s time to begin paying attention to the tech policies formulated in the U.S right now., starting with the 5 very important policy issues we’ve listed below:
“The revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights,” the organization’s open letter reads. “We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.”
It’s difficult to connect with our members of congress, who have busy schedules traveling between their hometowns and Washington D.C., but YouTube is trying to make things a bit easier.
“The DMCA’s unintended consequences on our rights to modify and repair the electronics we buy, and to remix and make fair use of copyright content could easily be fixed as part of a larger Copyright reform act.”
The Senate has backed a repeal of a 2.3 percent tax on medical device makers that was enacted as part of Obamacare.
Editor’s Pick A lack of clarity from government is stifling innovation in the health IT sector.
Congress is conducting a three-day series of hearings to decide how to regulate the explosion of health apps on smartphone and tablet devices.
Guest Post The short answer is no, but perhaps there’s hope.
Congress decided to kill an amendment to an older piece of legislation that would have prevented authorities from viewing a person’s email messages without obtaining a warrant.
The U.S. Senate has just passed a bill that would take the teeth out of online and mobile stalking by creating new rules for location privacy.
If the Internet ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Patent trolls cost the U.S. economy almost $30 billion each year. But now Congress has an opportunity to save that money and help innovators sleep a little better at night.
Hoping to amplify the voice of the Internet, web companies including Mozilla, Reddit, and WordPress have banded together with public interest and human rights groups to urge Congress to stop its work on intellectual property laws.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yI0NZbPwBg&w=560&h=315] For our weekly video show, we decided that not only were we going to talk about SOPA; we were going to do something about SOPA.
Congressman Jared Polis made an impromptu appearance on the official forum for online game League of Legends yesterday, to help gather further support in the movement against the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA).
[Updated with correction on SOPA support withdrawal story.]
Facebook is hosting its first-ever Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon in the Capitol building in three weeks.
Representative Anthony Weiner’s embarrassing tweet has had a chilling effect on congressional Twitter use, an analysis by Tweetcongress.org shows.
FBI director Robert Mueller told Congress today that the bureau intends to ramp up its focus on battling cyber attacks and threats during the next two years, according to Bloomberg.
Move over, C-SPAN. The 111th Congress opens today with a virtual bang — YouTube is launching channels for The Senate and the House of Representatives to make it easier for average viewers to connect with their Senators and Representatives (we know you’ve been procrastinating on your letter writing campaigns). An explanation of the new service (delivered with obvious help from a teleprompter) can be seen here:
A long-awaited struggle over patent reform appears to be upon us, the Washington Post reports today (hat tip to the WSJ’s Health Blog). It pits the tech industry against pharmaceutical/biotech companies over intellectual property protections that, depending on where you stand, are either largely a nuisance or an industry’s lifeblood.
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