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    Phones on Airplanes: FCC Moves to Lift Rules

    Something unusual is happening at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At a meeting earlier this afternoon, the commission—led by Obama-appointed chairman Tom Wheeler—voted to review the FCC ban on using cell phones on airplanes. This is the first step to repeal, which Wheeler supports. The move has caused bipartisan consternation … More

    U.S. Military Communications Should Not Be Running over Chinese Satellites

    News has leaked that U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) uses China’s APSTAR-7 satellite for transmitting some of its communications, which means some American military communications are passing through Chinese satellites. There are probably two reasons for this. In the first place, the U.S. military is a massive bandwidth user. The various … More

    Morning Bell: Keeping Americans Safe Online

    Everything we do is online. If you’ve been the victim of identity theft or an email phishing scam, you know how quickly your personal data can be stolen or threatened. It’s important to know the difference between types of cyber threats and the right approach to fighting them. There are … More

    Chinese Public Opinion Warfare: A Wake-Up Call

    Chinese advances on the cultural and informational fronts have not gone unnoticed in Washington. While U.S. international broadcasting continues to struggle with budget cuts, Chinese TV (CCTV) this year launched itself on the Washington scene with sparkling new office facilities close to Capitol Hill, and the Chinese news agency Xinhua … More

    Morning Bell: The Danger of International Internet Regulation

    Regulating the Internet is something Americans have resisted here at home. Now that fight is going global. The United Nations—of course—has an agency that oversees international telecommunications. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was founded in 1865, when the telegraph was its main concern. Now it’s trying to expand its influence … More

    The Bureaucratic Attack on International Broadcasting

    The recent layoff of Voice of America (VOA) employees in Russia comes at a time when U.S. international broadcasting is also losing ground to bureaucratic overkill. Despite a continually expanding budget, many mission-critical broadcasting services are being cut, personnel are being let go, and broadcasters are being required to do … More

    Cyber Security vs. Online Freedom

    By now most people are familiar with the ongoing debate about how far government should be able to go in monitoring Internet communications. Such was the topic of a recent discussion at the Voice of America building in Washington, D.C. Judging by the remarks of the event’s panelists, especially those … More