Tag Archives: Congress

Arun Jaitley Says Snooping Powers For Agencies Came Up Under Congress

After the opposition came down heavily on the government for empowering several investigating agencies to intercept and monitor data on computers, Union minister Arun Jaitley defended the move saying that the authorisation was given under rules framed during the UPA regime in 2009. “Converting India into a police state isn’t going to solve your problems, Modi Ji. It’s only going ... Read More »

US Congress Spars Over Social Media Filtering; Companies Skip Hearing

Democrats and Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Thursday sparred over the role of social media platforms Facebook, Google and Twitter in filtering content after representatives of the tech companies skipped a hearing. Republicans repeatedly suggested at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter are censoring or blocking content from conservatives, a charge the companies denied. Lawmakers from both parties agreed ... Read More »

How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules

Congressional Republicans knew their plan was potentially explosive. They wanted to kill landmark privacy regulations that would soon ban Internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T, from storing and selling customers’ browsing histories without their express consent. So after weeks of closed-door debates on Capitol Hill over who would take up the issue first — the House or the Senate ... Read More »

Obama Education Rules Are Swept Aside by Congress

President Barack Obama after signing the Every Student Succeeds Act at the White House in 2015. The bipartisan support for the measure later disappeared. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times With all the attention paid to President Trump’s lightning-rod secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, and her advocacy for private school vouchers, little public notice has been paid to the action on ... Read More »

The market has not priced in the chances of Democrats taking both houses of Congress this year, but the scenario is growing more likely due to two words: Donald Trump, policy analyst Brian Gardner said Wednesday. Trump’s recent failure to clearly disavow a prominent white supremacist’s endorsement has made Hillary Clinton the front-runner in a likely general election between the ... Read More »

The hottest item at Mobile World Congress won’t be for sale

In Barcelona, you really can buy happiness. (It’s called Iberico, a delicious Spanish ham.) But you can’t buy unlicensed spectrum, and yet it’s going to be the hottest thing at Mobile World Congress next week. Commercial mobile operators, which for years relied on exclusive frequencies doled out through auctions or competitions, are now looking toward bands that anyone can use. ... Read More »

Trade Debate: Congress, stand up and defend your territory

Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution couldn’t be clearer.  “The Congress shall have power…to regulate commerce with foreign nations.” The Obama administration is attempting to seize that power from Congress.  Some lawmakers are willingly playing along because “free trade” promises nations a future wealth and prosperity. The pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, which is also known ... Read More »