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 .
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.