Revised Assange Indictment Triggers First Amendment Concerns, Complicates Extradition

On May 23rd the Justice Department returned a superseding indictment against Julian Assange that not only includes and expands on the prior claim stemming from an attempt to hack into the Pentagon’s Secret Internet Protocol Network but adds sixteen additional charges stemming from obtaining and publishing classified information. Counts 5, 18: Attempted Unauthorized Obtaining and…

CLBR #320: The Net-Net on Net Neutrality with Free Press’ Gaurav Laroia

The Net-Net on Net Neutrality with Free Press’ Gaurav Laroia LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS     WMR iTunes Podbay Spreaker Stitcher Gaurav Laroia, Policy Counsel with Free Press, joins us to discuss the latest developments and status in the ongoing political war over Net Neutrality. A Net Neutrality Timeline 2015:  FCC Adopts Open Internet Order…

CLBR #310 – Cyber Diplomacy Under Trump with Christopher Painter

Cyber Diplomacy Under Trump with Christopher Painter LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS     WMR iTunes Podbay Spreaker Stitcher Chris Painter is a globally recognized leader and expert on cybersecurity, cyber policy, Cyber Diplomacy and combatting cybercrime. He has been on the vanguard of US and international cyber issues for over twenty-five years—first as a leading federal prosecutor of…

CLBR #308: What the Kavanaugh Nomination Means for Tech with EFF’s Camille Fischer

What the Kavanaugh Nomination Means for Tech with EFF’s Camille Fischer LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS     LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK The Senate will begin hearings on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court immediately after Labor Day.  The nomination is mired in controversy after Republicans insisted in 2016 that it was…

Is Judge Kavanaugh a “Disaster” For Tech?

After President Trump nominated D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the paper of record for Silicon Valley – the San Jose Mercury News – declared: President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is a disaster for the technology industry and…

No Action to Date on Secure Elections Act Legislation Discussed on 60 Minutes

CBS’ 60 Minutes yesterday aired a segment on When Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure, that focused on the actual penetration into the Illinois Board of Elections by Russian hackers.  The segment included members of Congress expressing frustration with the Department of Homeland Security’s response to the hacking and preparations for 2018. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)…

Congress Passes Cloud Act to Facilitate Cross-Border Sharing of Electronic Communications

In an era in which tech legislation can take years before passage, the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act” (“CLOUD Act”) was introduced on February 6th and signed into law on March 23rd — without any hearing or debate. The CLOUD Act seeks to streamline the process by which law enforcement seeks electronic information that…

What is the Cole Memorandum and What Does its Repeal Mean for Cannabis States?

Attorney General Sessions just reversed almost a decade of federal policies that generally limited federal law enforcement for marijuana offenses consistent with state laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana.  What will this mean for the growing U.S. cannabis industry and states that have legalized some form of Cannabis use? The Cole Memo In 1996, California became…

FCC Will Vote Today on “Radical and Reckless” Plan to End Net Neutrality Without Public Hearings

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) Order which will repeal the Open Internet Order (Net Neutrality Rules) adopted by the FCC in 2015 and then some.  You can watch the vote starting at 7:30 a.m. PST / 10:30 am EST here. It is important to remember that…