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Senators Scold USDA for Politicizing Broadband Access

By: Noah Vehafric A group of 13 Senators wrote to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concerns over the agencies use of “net neutrality” standards for evaluating applicants of its upcoming ReConnect Loan and Grant Program.  The ReConnect Program was authorized by the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act with the goal…

A Cybersecurity Wakeup Call?

By: Noah Vehafric A top Pentagon IT official resigned last month, warning that China is on pace to overtake the U.S. in key areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity.    Nicolas Chailan was the inaugural Chief Software Officer (CSO) for the U.S. Air Force. This position was created…

The SHOP SAFE Act Jeopardizes Privacy

By: Noah Vehafric Congress wants to crackdown on counterfeit goods at the expense of your privacy. Doing business online may about to become a lot riskier if the SHOP SAFE Act becomes law. The SHOP SAFE Act requires that platforms collect a proof of address from sellers on their platforms.

Where is the Final FCC Nomination?

By: Katie McAuliffe The Federal Communications Commission has been without a permanent Chair or a nomination for a fifth commissioner 250 days into Biden’s presidency. With limited days left in this session of Congress, the possibility of republican commissioners controlling the FCC during a democrat presidency becomes increasingly likely.  How…

Do VPN’s Really Protect Your Privacy? 

By: Noah Vehafric Many VPN’s sponsor popular YouTube Creators who claim VPNs prevent your Internet Service Provider from blocking content, throttling speeds, and most importantly prevent your data from being collected by companies and the government. These would all be great features to protect users, but how true are these…

China Collects American’s Data

By Noah Vehafric In June President Biden issued an executive order replacing Donald Trump’s Executive Order which sought to ban Chinese-owned apps such as TikTok and WeChat for posing national security threats to Americans and their data. Biden’s executive order asks the federal government to evaluate threats to Americans…

China Imposes 3 Hour Limit on Video Gaming; Requires Facial Scans

by: Katie McAuliffe Continuing its crack down on tech companies, China’s video game regulator released new rules today that limit video game screen time of children and teenagers to three hours a week under the guise of combating a supposed rising trend of video game addiction.  The draconian…

Biden Administration Calls to Revive Repealed Net Neutrality Rules

By: Noah Vehafric Last week the Biden Administration released a sweeping Executive Order to supercharge antitrust enforcement across the federal government. The Order, designed to “promote competition in the American economy,” is a grab bag of various policy proposals; including calling on the FCC to “consider adopting” Title II-style…

U.S. Watchdog Announces Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence

By: Noah Vehafric The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report detailing a new framework for accountable use of artificial intelligence by federal agencies. This report sets out  four key principles for government administrators to emphasize: governance, data, performance, and monitoring.  Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office  A deeper look into…

Symmetrical Municipal Broadband is Not What Small Business Needs

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled “Supporting Small Entities through investments in the National Infrastructure: Broadband.” This hearing provided an opportunity for members and special interest alike to repeat the fruitless goals of the Biden Broadband Bust from arbitrary symmetrical speed…