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Orca Shows: Bill Stemming from ‘Blackfish’ Documentary is Deferred

Orca Shows: Bill Stemming from ‘Blackfish’ Documentary is Deferred

By Erika Watts April 9, 2014

The show will go on–for now. Following the fallout from the Blackfish documentary, an assemblyman in California proposed legislation that would end orca shows in the state–namely at SeaWorld San Diego. To the dismay of many animal rights activists, the …

Experts Say Congress Is Unprepared For A Cyberattack Experts Say Congress Is Unprepared For A Cyberattack
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President Obama introduced an executive order last week that intended to help protect the nation’s infrastructure from cyber attacks. It’s similar to CISPA in that it increases information sharing between government and private corporations, but thankfully lacks the privacy infringing …

Facebook Backs LGBT Tax Equity Legislation in CA Facebook Backs LGBT Tax Equity Legislation in CA
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Facebook is throwing its weight behind a proposed California law that would provide tax equity for the state’s LGBT couples. AB 362, proposed by Democratic Assemblymember Philip Ting (San Francisco), would provide tax relief for employees who receive reimbursement from …

Are Bandwidth Caps Really Necessary? Are Bandwidth Caps Really Necessary?
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Some of the major ISPs in the U.S. implement bandwidth caps in the name of controlling network congestion, but most caps are just a backhanded way of making more money. One senator is targeting the practice to bring better Internet …

Is Immigration Reform Vital to Move U.S. Forward? Is Immigration Reform Vital to Move U.S. Forward?
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With the economy weighing heavy on everyone’s mind this election season, legislators are hoping it will help them pass a new initiative. The bill is called Startup Act 2.0 and is designed to spark new businesses and jobs. What does …

Password Protection Act Introduced in House & Senate Password Protection Act Introduced in House & Senate
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If your future employer or current boss asks you for your Facebook password, it might soon be against the law. That’s because there is new national legislation against the practice of employers demanding access to employees’ personal accounts. A group …

What Will the JOBS Act Do for Startups? What Will the JOBS Act Do for Startups?

Last week, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, more commonly known as the JOBS Act. The White House administration is hoping that small businesses and startups will drive recovery and create new jobs.

Stock Act: Obama Signs To Bar Insider Trading Stock Act: Obama Signs To Bar Insider Trading

“It’s the notion that the powerful shouldn’t get to create one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for everybody else,” Obama said on Wednesday. He was referencing a bill introduced this week into legislation that will …

What Will the FTC's Privacy Framework Do? What Will the FTC's Privacy Framework Do?

When the Federal Trade Commission released its final report on privacy last week, it made several recommendations for the future of privacy. Thus far, it has received both praise and criticism for the framework it laid out.

Is Cyber Warfare Imminent, Or Is the Hype Overblown? Is Cyber Warfare Imminent, Or Is the Hype Overblown?
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Is cybersecurity one of your top concerns? Whatever your opinion might be, the government has taken a particularly strong interest in it lately, as security breaches appear to be on the rise. In recent years, the U.S. has seen corporations …

Google's Driverless Cars Inspire CA Legislation Google's Driverless Cars Inspire CA Legislation
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Last summer, Nevada legalized autonomous cars, clearing the way for Google’s driverless cars program. Earlier this month, news came out that the state is developing some regulations for such cars, including new licensing procedures. California Senator Alex Padilla announced new …

Is Obama's Privacy Plan Too Similar to Europe's?
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The ongoing debate over online privacy is in the spotlight once again. However, this time, it’s the White House that’s at the center of the controversy. Last week, the Obama Administration announced a privacy plan that would give consumers more …

Who Controls Your Facebook Account When You Die? Who Controls Your Facebook Account When You Die?
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If you are the executor of someone’s will in the state of Nebraska, you might have some extra responsibilities given to you in the near future. State Senator John Wightman is the sponsor of a bill that would give the …

Interview: Open Spectrum Auctions Are Best Option

The war in Washington over wireless spectrum is really beginning to heat up as policymakers and the FCC aren’t seeing eye to eye. The issue is commonly referred to as the “spectrum crunch” since wireless networks are quickly becoming overloaded.

Cybercrime Bill Would Allow U.S. To Police World
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The U.S. is trying to dabble in policing the Internet again, but in a vastly different way. Meet S.1469 or the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act. The bill was introduced recently into the Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of …

President Obama Doesn’t Support SOPA, But Signs ACTA?
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Move over SOPA, tell ACTA the news? Or is this more of a case of “move over SOPA, it’s ACTA time?” Or does, “Stop! ACTA time!” work? For me, it’s “just when you thought it was safe to go back …

Online Poker Community Speaks Out Via Social Media, Hopes Lawmakers Will Hear Online Poker Community Speaks Out Via Social Media, Hopes Lawmakers Will Hear
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It’s an interesting time for the poker industry in the U.S. as multiple laws have been introduced to Congress regarding the legalization of the online game. The poker community has been pushing for such legislation for years and is optimistic that some type of action will happen soon.