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.

Privacy advocates blast New York financial regulators over Bitcoin licensing scheme

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Privacy advocates ripped into financial regulators Tuesday, saying potential regulations for digital currencies could harm free speech.

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Democrats continue pre-midterm push for Internet regulation

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  National, News, Spying, Technology  /  No Comments

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With several weeks left before the November midterm elections, yet another Democratic member of the House is offering ideas to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on how the government should police Internet traffic.

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Minority conflict over net neutrality goes to root of tech divide

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Organizations such as the NAACP and National Urban League, in addition to various Hispanic advocacy groups, are under fire for failing to advocate stricter regulation of Internet service providers, i.e., net neutrality.

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FBI director wants tech companies to cooperate with government surveillance

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  National, National Security, Regulations, Spying, Technology  /  No Comments

FBI CRYPTO-FIGHT: FBI Director James Comey is warning that efforts by Internet companies to encrypt user data by default could put law enforcement at a disadvantage. (Photo Credit: Flickr / Creative Commons https://flic.kr/p/mJ2JSK)

FBI Director James Comey was quick to defend the bureau as an entity committed to the rule of law and civil liberties in a speech to a Washington, D.C., audience Thursday, in which he attempted to dissuade Apple and Google from improving privacy protections in their consumer products.

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FCC chief under fire for media outreach involving net neutrality

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  National, News, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Free-market advocates are questioning the objectivity of the Federal Communications Commission after news the chairman’s press office coordinated with pro-net neutrality activists on media outreach. That outreach involves online protests in early September.

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Study: ‘Excessive’ wireless taxes hurt poor families

By   /  October 9, 2014  /  National, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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High state and local taxes on wireless services could disproportionately burden poor adults as cities and states look for new and increased revenues, say researchers.

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