FROM Brendan Sasso
Court OK's "Net Neutrality" Treating Internet as a Utility Today a federal court upheld so-called Open Internet rules, also called "net neutrality." Two years ago, John Oliver of HBO's Last Week offered a clear explanation of what that means. For a more sober account today's decision, we turn to Brendan Sasso, who covers technology for National Journal , and Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, who coined the phrase "net neutrality" and is the author of The Master Switch .
Coming Senate Showdown over Phone Records Collection Yesterday the House voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American telephone records. The vote was overwhelming: 338 to 88. But Senators are divided and they're under pressure, because the Patriot Act, which allows bulk collection, expires very soon. Brandon Sasso reports on technology policy for National Journal .
Profits, Privacy and Your Personal Data Edward Snowden's revelations about Internet spying by the National Security Agency put pressure on the Obama White House. Last week, it issued two reports — not on privacy threats from the NSA, but from corporations that use the same techniques for collecting what's called "meta data" from America's millions of Internet users. It's focusing on the way private companies find patterns in your online habits to create a "digital persona" you don't even know about. The goal is not just to market products you might like. It's also used to predict whether you're a good credit risk, job prospect or candidate for insurance. Privacy advocates welcome proposals for regulation, but Silicon Valley's saying, "Not so fast." We hear from both sides.
Federal Court Strikes Down 'Net Neutrality' Yesterday, a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commissions' rules on "net neutrality," the requirement that telecoms charge the same rate to all content providers. Is there a way back for the FCC without an all-out battle in Congress? Verizon, the telecom that sued the FCC, claims yesterday's decision won't change consumers' ability to access the Internet as they do now. So why did it go to court in the first place? Brendon Sasso reports on technology for the National Journal .
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.