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.

Congresswoman asks Reddit users to help her donors ‘rebrand’ net neutrality

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Lobbying, National, News, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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One of Silicon Valley’s congresswomen is appealing to Reddit users to help her protect the bottom lines of her largest campaign contributors, including Google, as she seeks to become the top Democrat on one of the oldest and most powerful committees in Congress.

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FCC chief: Federal law and policy preempts state law in ‘appropriate circumstances’

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON — Despite critics wary of municipal broadband’s disastrous track record across the country, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler continues to forge ahead, expressing his desire to use the FCC to preempt state laws banning the services.
Wheeler’s interest in using federal power to ignore state laws noticeably increased after a federal court [...]

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FCC extends second net neutrality comment deadline

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

POINTS: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

The Federal Communications Commission is giving the public more time to reply to concerns about net neutrality.

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Tech companies and influencers seek to prevent EMP damage

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

POWER PUNCH: Federal data challenge energy cost claims by environmental groups

A persistent failure by federal lawmakers to protect the nation’s electric grid from an attack is not stopping private sector efforts to prevent damage resulting from a nuclear blast.

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Expert: If US helps electricity in Africa, it can protect against EMPs

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

SHOCKING: Electrical smart meters bring a short term benefit — and that makes the investment, funded with almost $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars nationwide, an unwise use of money, according to an expert in computer and communications engineering.

President Obama’s plans to commit $7 billion to the electrification of six African countries has at least one security expert questioning Obama’s concern about the security of the nation’s own power grid.

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Missouri the first state with a constitution protecting electronic privacy

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Missouri, News, Spying, Technology  /  No Comments

HANDS OFF: A new piece of legislation before Kansas lawmakers is intended to keep state and local government entities from using NSA-like spying techniques on law-abiding citizens, but opponents of the measure say it's too broad and could have a laundry list of unintended consequences.

Privacy advocates scored another win after 75 percent of Missouri voters chose in Tuesday’s primary election to amend their state constitution to protect electronic privacy rights.

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