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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Ron Wyden’

These Senators Are Not Happy With The NSA’s Collection Of Webcam Images

On Thursday, The Guardian reported that the NSA had given legitimacy to all the conspiracy theorists who cover up the webcams on their laptops with the reveal of Optic Nerve. The program, carried out by both the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ, collected and stored images from the webcams of innocent users. If that wasn’t enough, the report also revealed that …

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Sen. Ron Wyden Says He’ll Fight Ineffective NSA Reform

NSA reform has been near the top of Congress’ priorities ever since details of the programs were leaked by Edward Snowden in early June. Despite all of Congress agreeing that something needs to be done, they can’t seem to agree on how to reform the intelligence agency. Now one Senator has slammed the “skin deep” reforms proposed by the House …

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Should Internet Access Remain Tax Free?

You probably pay a lot for Internet, but at least you don’t have to pay taxes on your service with each monthly bill. That may all change next year, and two senators want to stop that from happening. The Hill reports that Sens. Ron Wyden and John Thune introduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act into the Senate on Thursday. …

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Senate Wants Somebody To Argue For Your Privacy In The FISA Court

The NSA can spy on just about everything you do. The agency is able to do this thanks to the FISA Court – a secretive judicial system that approves or denies government requests to collect data. The only problem is that the government is the only one at these court hearings arguing in favor of surveillance. Three senators want to …

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Intelligence Director James Clapper Admits That He Lied To Congress, Is Sorry

Before Edward Snowden leaked a number of NSA documents through The Guardian and The Washington Post, some members of Congress who knew something was up was pushing the intelligence community to come clean. One of its first targets was Intelligence Director James Clapper who said that the NSA doesn’t collect data on “millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” As …

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26 Senators Demand NSA Release Information About Its Spy Programs

Early this month, it was revealed that the NSA collects mountains of phone and Internet data on American citizens. Some members of government defend the program, while others have been creating legislation to reign it in. Now a group of Senators are taking it a step further. The Hill reports that 26 senators led by Sen. Ron Wyden have demanded …

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Senators Ask The NSA To Start Telling The Truth

The NSA has been on the defensive ever since Edward Snowden revealed its massive spying programs in a series of leaks earlier this month. The agency has been called into Congress for multiple hearings to defend the programs and to reassure Americans that they’re not being spied on. Even after multiple assurances, some senators still aren’t buying it. Sens. Ron …

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren Publishes Revised Aaron’s Law After Receiving Input From Reddit

After the suicide of Aaron Swartz in early January, Rep. Zoe Lofgren got to work on an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to prevent another tragedy like Swartz’ from happening again. That original amendment was submitted to Reddit and the Internet at large to help her fine tune it before submitting it to the House Judiciary Committee. …

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Advocacy Groups Urge FCC To Investigate Data Caps

At CES, Sen. Ron Wyden laid out his tech policy plans for 2013. One of the more prominent plans was to introduce legislation that would prevent ISPs from instituting data caps. Now some advocacy groups have added their voices calling for federal regulation of data caps. The Hill reports that Public Knowledge and Free Press are now asking the FCC …

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Will Internet Freedom Be Preserved And Expanded In 2013?

CES 2012 was overshadowed by the looming threat of SOPA. At the time, Congressmen Ron Wyden and Darrell Issa met with the tech industry to drum up support for their SOPA alternative – OPEN. SOPA eventually was declared officially dead late last year, but Wyden is back at CES 2013 with a laundry list of proposed legislation that could affect …

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Should The Government Regulate ISP Bandwidth Caps?

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 availability and speed to users across the U.S. TechDirt reported Thursday that Sen. Ron Wyden, Internet freedom fighter, has introduced …

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren Is A True Internet Hero

The Internet is constantly under attack from those who would seek to control it. This year alone, we have seen numerous attempts to regulate the Internet in the name of safety, security, preventing terrorism or just because outdated businesses can’t evolve with the times. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see somebody in government actually understand the importance of keeping …

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