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Private, Government Experts Wary About Cybersecurity

A new survey finds that while more than 90 percent of private and public sector security experts say cyber attacks pose a serious threat, they differ on whether each side is doing enough to protect their networks. The poll, released Saturday before the start of a worldwide cybersecurity summit in Dallas, found that 70 percent of government officials surveyed said private-sector networks were not secure enough, while only 39 percent of private sector security officials surveyed believed government networks were not secure enough.

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:09am

The Disclosure Battle

Disclosure has become ground zero in the campaign finance wars now that the Supreme Court has lifted restrictions on political spending by corporations, unions and activist groups. The intensifying debate has raised questions that to go the heart of American political engagement. How much secrecy is too much? How much transparency treads on privacy and free speech? The Supreme Court tackled these questions head-on last week in its oral argument over Doe v. Reed, a closely watched challenge to Washington state's ballot initiative reporting rules.

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 10:23am

FCC Wants Broadband To Stay Deregulated

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated, according to sources, even as a federal court decision has exposed weaknesses in the agency's ability to be a strong watchdog over the companies that provide access to the Web," the Washington Post reports. • "The FCC may soon hire an outsider to oversee its review of Comcast's bid for NBC, in part to free up the commission's resources so that it may focus primarily on its new broadband agenda," The Hill reports. • The Washington Post reports on

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 8:30am

Broadcasters Take Aim At Campaign Finance Bill

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Television station owners are mobilizing against a new Democratic campaign finance bill that would force them to slash prices for many political advertisements," Roll Call (subscription) reports. • "Wall Street has taken its lumps in Washington recently and Goldman Sachs has become everyone's whipping boy, but hedge funds and private equity firms have escaped relatively unscathed," Politico reports.

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 8:30am

Polling Across The Pond

This Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom will cast ballots in parliamentary elections that are expected to be the closest and hardest to predict in decades. As American political junkies start to pore over the polls, I want to highlight some differences in methodology that teach valuable lessons

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Campaign Finance Fight Moves To Disclosure

Disclosure has become ground zero in the campaign finance wars now that the Supreme Court has lifted restrictions on political spending by corporations, unions and activist groups.The intensifying debate has raised questions that to go the heart of American political engagement. How much secrecy

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:00am

The Week Ahead

There are several technology and telecom-related events this week. Here are some of the highlights: Tuesday: The New America Foundation will hold a noon discussion on "Federal Communications Commission: Toothless Regulator or Cop on the Beat?" Wednesday: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a 10:15 a.m. hearing on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The House Judiciary Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee is holding a 2 p.m. hearing on reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Thursday: The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a 10 a.m.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 5:25pm

Lawmakers Request FTC Briefing on Google-AdMob Deal

A bipartisan group of House Energy and Commerce Committee members Friday asked Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to request that the FTC brief the panel on its investigation of Google's proposed acquisition of mobile advertising provider AdMob. In the letter, Reps. John Barrow, D-Ga., Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Steve Scalise, R-La., note recent press reports that indicate the FTC may impose conditions on the Google-Admob deal and of calls for the commission to provide close scrutiny of the deal.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 4:56pm

China, Others Cited For Not Doing Enough To Protect IP

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Friday released its annual "Special 301" report that identifies countries that are not doing enough to protect U.S. intellectual property and noted that three Eastern European countries have been moved off the watch list by making significant progress on the issue. The report "identifies a wide range of serious concerns, ranging from troubling 'indigenous innovation' policies that may unfairly disadvantage U.S.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 2:34pm

Brown-Waite To Retire

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R) will step down at the end of this year, ending her 8-year career in Congress because of health problems, according to a statement released by her office.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 12:48pm