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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.

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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EMP protections could get a charge from GOP majority

By   /  December 9, 2014  /  National  /  No Comments

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON – Trent Franks is hoping the new Republican majority in Congress will support his effort to protect the nation’s electric grid against solar flares and nuclear blasts.
Some may consider fear of nuclear warfare a Cold War relic. But Franks, an Arizona congressman, says the threat is still real. He points to […]

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Perry: Obama net neutrality Internet regulations are from ‘era of the Great Depression’

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the latest presidential hopeful to go after President Obama on his plan to regulate the Internet.

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Comcast applauds Obama’s net neutrality announcement

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

Network cable and binary code

In what is sure to further confuse newcomers to the debate, Comcast on Tuesday said it applauds President Obama’s proposed net neutrality rules while disagreeing on how to enforce them.

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Obama calls for strict FCC net neutrality regulations while in China, Cruz likens to Obamacare

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama on Monday came out in full support of turning the Internet into a public utility in an announcement released while he was in China addressing business leaders at an economic summit.
In yet another episode of the decade-long net neutrality saga, Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to create strict […]

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New Congress: Boehner, McConnell agenda hints toward patent, telecom reform

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  National, News, Regulations, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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As the tech industry looks to interpret motives of the new Congress, patents and telecom may be part of the legislative and regulatory reform on the horizon for Republican party leadership.

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