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Open Source Government: Code-Sharing Site Hires Federal Liaison

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | March 6, 2013

The computer code sharing site GitHub's first government liaison says he hopes to be a bridge between the government and open source communities on legislation and regulations, not just code. Read More »

'Net Neutrality' Ruling Could Be Costly For Consumers, Advocates Say

Chris O'Brien, Salvador Rodriguez and Jim Puzzanghera | Los Angeles Times | January 14, 2014

An appeals court throws out the FCC's 'net neutrality' rules on Internet traffic. The ruling could raise Internet service fees and stifle innovation, some say. Read More »

7 Resources for Open Education Materials

Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." There is an alternative: openly licensed courseware. But where do you find this content and how can you share your own teaching and learning materials? This month I've rounded up a list of seven open educational resources for K-12 and higher education...

Amy Gehrt: Is Internet Censorship Coming To America?

Amy Gehrt | Fall River/Wicked Local | August 8, 2014

The idea of Internet censorship often brings to mind countries such as China or Cuba. However, a key Federal Communications Commission ruling could allow telecom companies to essentially censor what their customers can see ... effectively ending the free and open Internet system on which we rely...

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As Open Source Goes Mainstream, Institutions Collaborate Differently

Alex Howard | TechRepublic | November 14, 2014

18F has quietly become the bleeding edge of the US federal government's adoption of open source software. Read about the benefits and challenges of open source going mainstream...

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Beyond Net Neutrality

Timothy B. Lee | Vox | May 2, 2014

...Last week Wheeler announced a new set of network neutrality regulations. The details haven't been released yet, but press accounts indicate that Wheeler's proposal will allow internet service providers to offer a "fast lane" for online services, a concept that's anathema to network neutrality stalwarts...

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Complaints about Electronic Medical Records Increase

Bill Toland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 3, 2014

Last month, the nation’‍s largest union of registered nurses sent a letter to the FDA asking for broader and more stringent oversight of electronic records systems and of computerized physician-order entry systems, which allow clinicians to log treatment instructions for patients. The National Nurses United, as part of its broader campaign highlighting the potential dangers of “unproven medical technology,” says FDA officials should test electronic medical records as rigorously as they might a new drug or an artificial hip implant...

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Could Local Cities Provide Equitable Internet Access?

Staff Writer | The Bellingham Herald | May 8, 2014

If the FCC votes to effectively end net neutrality, residents of the South Sound do have a potential alternative that is gaining traction elsewhere: turning to local Internet service providers who ride on municipally-owned fiber optic networks...

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Court Prods FCC In Unexpected Direction In This Week’s Verizon Ruling

A court ruling this past Tuesday on FCC “network neutrality” regulation closes and opens a few paths in a three-way chess game that has been going on for years between the US District Court of Appeals, the FCC, and the major Internet server providers. [...] Read More »

Diametrically Opposed FCC Commissioners Both Agree That Tom Wheeler Should Pull Back On Net Neutrality Rule Making

Mike Masnick | Tech Dirt | May 8, 2014

So last night we wrote about over 100 internet companies asking Tom Wheeler, to rethink his plans for his open internet "net neutrality" rule making -- warning that proposed rules that harm an open internet would be a very bad thing. In that post, we mentioned that FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel had asked Tom Wheeler to delay his plan to push forward with the rulemaking, but that Wheeler intended to move forward anyway...

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Eilzabeth Warren: Internet 'Fast Lanes' Will Help 'Rich And Powerful'

Brendan Sasso | Nextgov.com | April 30, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to enact strong net-neutrality rules to ensure that all websites receive equal service.  "Reports that the FCC may gut net neutrality are disturbing, and would be just one more way the playing field is tilted for the rich and powerful who have already made it," the Massachusetts Democrat wrote in a Facebook post.

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FCC Chairman Wheeler Is Just As Bad As We Thought He’d Be

Brad Reed | BGR | April 30, 2014

I begin with this premise because even if we take Wheeler’s statements at face value, he’s still showing a completely wrong-headed approach to regulation that I’ve long found disconcerting ever since I read his take on why AT&T should have been allowed to buy T-Mobile...

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FCC Designates Broadband Frequency For Medical Body Area Networks

Eric Wicklund | Government Health IT | August 26, 2014

Federal regulators have written final rules for the allocation of wireless spectrum for wearable sensors, creating a new position to help healthcare providers shield sensor networks from other wireless users.  The Federal Communications Commission's rules for the operation of Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs) gives healthcare providers a designated broadband frequency on which to use those sensors...

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FCC Doles Out $100K to Open Source Community Apps Challenge Winners

Michael Cooney | Network World | December 16, 2011

The $100,000 challenge: Develop useful, localized open source apps that make local public information more personalized and usable. With that idea as the backdrop the Federal Communications Commission and the Knight Foundation today awarded Code for America developer Ryan Resella the $30,000 Apps for Communities Challenge grand prize.  Resella won for his YAKB.us app, a real time bus Read More »

FCC Eyes New Spectrum For Wi-Fi-Type Service

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | November 4, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission has kicked off a process to determine whether or not Globalstar Inc., which provides satellite phone service, can use a portion of its spectrum to offer terrestrial Wi-Fi-type service in the United States.

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