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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 |
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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Public broadband agency blasted for bloated costs, conflicts of interest

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments


A new government agency tasked with creating a public broadband system for first responders with billions of dollars has been roundly criticized for its cost overruns and issues with conflicts of interest.

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Wyden: No more ‘back doors’ in Americans’ computers, phones

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Issues, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments


By Yaël Ossowski |
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon wants to ban the practice of requiring tech companies to integrate back doors into their devices, allowing the federal government to snoop on Americans.
In a bill introduced Thursday, titled the Secure Data Act, Wyden, a Democrat, lays out the case for scrapping government requirements for […]

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Illegal immigrants are going home in record numbers

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

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While opponents to President Obama’s Nov. 20 executive action are decrying the plan’s legal consequence and calling attention to the scourge of illegal immigrants in the country, the numbers are saying the problem is actually not as severe as in years past.

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COMMENTARY: Obama’s immigration plan may be his only worthy act

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Commentary, Immigration  /  No Comments


By Yaël Ossowski |
The New York Times and others are reporting that President Obama will sign an executive order Friday to allow some allow some illegal immigrants to stay and work in the U.S.
In an administration notorious for its incompetence and overreach, the president’s order will be among his few worthy actions.
To say that in […]

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Net neutrality would boost FCC’s budget by upping fees

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Federal Government, Finances, Government Regulation, Issues, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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With a name like Federal Communications Commission, one would expect the nation’s premier regulator of the public airwaves to be a functioning government bureaucracy with access to the federal coffers.

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