Josh Peterson is a DC-based tech reporter for the Franklin Center's Watchdog.org news site. Peterson previously spent two years at The Daily Caller covering tech and telecom regulatory policy as the publication's Tech Editor. During that time, he focused on cybersecurity, privacy, civil liberties, and intellectual property issues, and in addition to covering political protest movements. Prior to joining The Daily Caller in October 2011, Peterson spent time in DC researching and reporting on technology issues in internship roles with Hillsdale College's Kirby Center, Broadband Breakfast and The National Journalism Center, and The Heritage Foundation. Peterson has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College. He is also a musician and music enthusiast, and an avid martial artist.

Maryland county’s wireless tax hike is for the kids

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Local News, Maryland, Politics, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — Prince George’s County Council is approaching a June 1 deadline to adopt a new $3.63 billion budget proposed by county executive Rushern Baker, but his budget’s proposed tax increases could make residents’ wireless taxes the second highest in the nation.

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Kansas lawmaker accuses governor of risking lives for Uber

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  Kansas, Lobbying, News, Politics, Regulations, Technology, transportation  /  No Comments

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A leading Kansas state lawmaker accused Gov. Sam Brownback of endangering Kansans after a bill aimed at upping insurance requirements and mandating criminal background checks for ride-sharing drivers failed to gain Brownback’s signature on Monday.

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Uber’s Kansas battle gets personal

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Kansas, Lobbying, State Government, Technology, transportation  /  No Comments

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Uber’s threat to leave Kansas over a bill sitting on Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk is also a personal fight for one of the company’s city managers.

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Groups push to end NSA spying before June

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  National, National Security, News, Politics, Technology  /  No Comments

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WASHINGTON – The National Security Agency’s authority to collect the phone records of millions of people is scheduled to end on June 1, and a bipartisan privacy coalition of 39 organizations wants to make sure it stays that way.

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Florida budget stand-off stalls cellphone tax cut

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Florida, News, Politics, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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A standoff over health care is stalling a potential $470 million cut to the communications tax in Florida.

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Ford Foundation pours millions into net neutrality to guarantee billion-dollar investments

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Josh Peterson and Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In addition to major telecommunications firms aiming to influence the public debate on net neutrality, there’s the Ford Foundation, the second-largest private foundation in the world.
“If you are a foundation for justice in the world, and you don’t understand that the Internet is going to […]

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