WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress quietly tucked in a new cyber-espionage review process for U.S. government technology purchases into the funding law signed this week by President Barack Obama, reflecting growing U.S. concern over Chinese cyber attacks.
The law prevents NASA, and the Justice and Commerce Departments from buying information technology systems unless federal law enforcement officials give their OK.
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats are
pressing President Barack Obama to elevate Federal
Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to become the
agency’s first female chair, according to a letter obtained by
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will leave the commission in
coming weeks and the letter to Obama, signed by 37 senators,
calls Rosenworcel “a superb candidate” who is “equally
respected” by the telecommunications industry, public safety
community and public interest groups.
WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court
aggressively questioned the scope of the public interest and
trade secrets at a hearing on Tuesday over document secrecy in
Apple Inc’s patent litigation against Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd.
A coalition of media advocacy groups and news organizations
is asking the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a
lower court ruling that ordered the companies to unseal many
financial documents filed in the high-stakes patent case.
WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – Julius Genachowski said on
Friday he will step down as chairman of the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission in the coming weeks after four years
on the job, and touted his record of working to expand broadband
Internet service to Americans.
Genachowski, whose term was due to end in June, told FCC
staffers he would be leaving his post “in the coming weeks” but
did not give a date. He told Reuters after his announcement that
he has no career plans lined up for after his FCC tenure ends.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Julius Genachowski said on Friday he will step down as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks, ending a four-year tenure at the agency that focused on expanding broadband Internet service to Americans.
In remarks to FCC staffers, Genachowski did not give a date for his widely expected exit or specify his plans after he leaves the agency. His term at FCC, which oversees telecommunications and broadcast companies, was due to end in June.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, the senior member of the agency’s Republican minority, said on Wednesday he will leave in coming weeks after a seven-year tenure that promoted deregulation of the Internet and the telecom market.
His exit leaves the five-member panel with three Democrats and one Republican. It may pave the way for Democratic Chairman Julius Genachowski – widely expected to leave in coming months as well – to announce his own exit, in part because a Senate confirmation of two new commissioners from both political parties can be smoother to accomplish.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A law regulating authorities’ access to email drew a good deal of attention in Congress on Tuesday as a House panel quizzed Department of Justice and Google experts About it, and the Senate began taking on a bill to update the rules.
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), passed in pre-Web 1986, does not require government investigators to have a search warrant when requesting access to old emails and messages stored online, providing less protection for them than, say, letters stored in a desk drawer or even messages saved on a computer’s hard drive.
WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – A law regulating U.S.
authorities’ access to email drew a good deal of attention in
Congress on Tuesday as a House panel quizzed Department of
Justice and Google experts About it, and the Senate began taking
on a bill to update the rules.
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), passed in
pre-Web 1986, does not require government investigators to have
a search warrant when requesting access to old emails and
messages stored online, providing less protection for them than,
say, letters stored in a desk drawer or even messages saved on a
computer’s hard drive.
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – The planned incentive
auction of wireless spectrum will fail if U.S. regulators race
to hold it by a 2014 deadline, a broadcasters’ trade group
executive said on Monday, addressing one of the hottest topics
in the telecom industry.
Congress has authorized the Federal Communications
Commission to take back some television airwaves and auction
them off to spectrum-hungry wireless providers, paying
broadcasters a portion of the proceeds. The rest would pay for a
public safety program and pad federal coffers.
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – Corporate leaders from the
defense, technology, energy and banking industries told
President Barack Obama on Wednesday they agreed cyber attacks
were a top security threat but that they were looking for a
“light touch” from the government in response to the risk.
Obama and his top security advisers met with chief
executives from 13 companies in the White House Situation Room
to talk about how the government and private sector could
improve U.S. cyber security, including the need for legislation.