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Cyber Week in Review: February 19, 2021

rom Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program and Net Politics New activity from and against North Korean hackers; Russian hackers target French IT monitoring company; Cambodia adopts China-style internet firewall; Facebook blocks Australian news outlets; and Most of London’s boroughs using Chinese surveillance tech linked to Xinjiang. Blog Post by Adam Segal February 19, 2021, 7:00 am (EST) New Activity From […]


1.3M funds research for a kinder, more inclusive internet

By Tom Fleischman |  February 19, 2021 The Citizens and Technology (CAT) Lab, led by J. Nathan Matias, assistant professor of communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, recently received nearly $1.3 million in grants to further its citizen science studies on the effects of digital technology on society. The CAT Lab received a $300,000 grant from […]


Internet groups, U.S. Chamber sue Maryland over digital advertising tax

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A group representing Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others in filing suit on Thursday to challenge Maryland’s first-in-the nation new digital advertising tax. The Chamber, the largest U.S. business group; the Internet Association, which represents dozens of tech […]

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House Republicans propose nationwide ban on municipal broadband networks

GOP claims ban would “promote competition by limiting government-run networks.” JON BRODKIN – 2/18/2021, 1:04 PM House Republicans have unveiled their plan for “boosting” broadband connectivity and competition, and one of the key planks is prohibiting states and cities from building their own networks. The proposal to ban new public networks was included in the “Boosting […]

Diversity Hiring Policies

Tech Policy Has a Diversity Problem. A New Report Indicates Few Know the Actual Extent of It Public Knowledge asked 31 tech policy partners for diversity makeups of their early-career staff and got 8 responses The sun rises over the US Capitol on Dec. 28, 2020, in Washington, D.C. A new report from the tech policy group Public Knowledge found that among the eight organizations that shared diversity data out of […]

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2020 TPRC Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Awards

Since 1981, Benton has strived for a stronger, more equitable, and more just America by making sure that everyone in the U.S. can use the latest communications technologies. And we root our work in the shared values of access, equity, and diversity. Over those 40 years, the media have changed, but not our mission. Now, […]


Suspected Russian Hackers Used U.S. Networks, Official Says

By Alyza Sebenius and Jenny LeonardFebruary 17, 2021, 1:34 PM EST  A sprawling cyber-attack that compromised popular software created by Texas-based SolarWinds Corp. was executed from within the U.S., a top White House official said, though the government believes Russia was responsible. The federal investigation of the hack will take several months, Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger said in a briefing […]


An Institute to Combat DNS Abuse

By Graeme Buntoni2Coalition Board Member February 17, 2021 Views: 241 Add Comment Co-authored by Brian Cimbolic, Vice President, General Counsel at PIR and Graeme Bunton, i2Coalition Board Member. Over the last few years, it’s become clear that abuse of the Domain Name System — whether in the form of malware, botnets, phishing, pharming, or spam — threatens to undermine trust […]

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TikTok hit with European regulatory complaints over child safety, data privacy

BY REBECCA KLAR – 02/16/21 01:00 PM EST 81 © Getty Images European consumer groups filed complaints Tuesday against popular video-sharing app TikTok, alleging it breaches European Union consumer rights and fails to protect children from hidden advertising and inappropriate content.  The European Consumer Organization BEUC filed the complaints with the European Commission, and consumer organizations in 15 countries have alerted […]


Data Analytics Can Improve How We Design Broadband Strategies

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Digital Beat Internet access is essential for economic development and helping to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially as even basic broadband can revolutionize the opportunities available to users. Yet, more than one billion people globally still live in areas without internet connectivity. Governments must make strategic choices to […]