Amir Nasr, Morning Consult

Amir Nasr

Morning Consult

Washington, DC, United States

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Tech Brief: U.S. Sanctions Did Not Hamper Russian Hacking Efforts

Sanctions from the United States did not hamper Russia's hacking operations and election interference attempts. FBI Director James Comey said he expects them to "come back in 2018, and especially in 2020." → Read More

Lawmakers Question FBI Push to Keep Surveillance Powers

In Senate Judiciary Committee testimony Wednesday, Comey pushed for reauthorization of a surveillance provision the intelligence community views as a vital counterterrorism tool — despite a recent signal from a key House member suggesting reform will be necessary before the provision is extended past its expiration date at the end of the year. → Read More

Tech Brief: Apple Will Invest $1 Billion to Promote Advanced Manufacturing

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said his company will provide $1 billion to promote advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States. The first investment will be announced later this month. → Read More

Battle for Net Neutrality Heats Up in Congress

Debate over how to best protect the open internet has hit Congress, with Republicans pushing to undo the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules and Democrats fighting to preserve them. → Read More

Tech Brief: Georgetown Is Suing the NYPD for Facial Recognition Program Info

The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center sued the New York Police Department in an effort to release documents regarding the department's use of controversial facial recognition technology. → Read More

Goodlatte Seeks Changes to Overseas Surveillance Law

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Tuesday talked up efforts to overhaul a surveillance program that's been an enduring source of controversy in the post-9/11 era. → Read More

Tech Brief: Trump Establishes American Technology Council

President Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing the American Technology Council, which intends to unite leading government officials with Silicon Valley’s top minds to “transform and modernize” the federal government's approach to information. Trump plans to meet with top tech executives in early June. → Read More

Federal Appeals Court Denies Petition to Review Net Neutrality Decision

A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request from an industry group representing telecommunications companies like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. for a full court review of a June decision that upheld the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 net neutrality rules. → Read More

Tech Brief: DHS Issues Warning About Chinese Hacking Campaign

The U.S. government warns that an international cyber-espionage campaign led by a group allegedly connected to the Chinese government is hitting a growing number of companies worldwide. → Read More

Tech Brief: Apple in Talks to Launch Competitor to Venmo

Apple Inc. held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing a competitor to money-transfer service Venmo. Apple’s service would allow iPhone users to send money to each other. → Read More

FCC's Plan to Reverse Net Neutrality Reignites Legislative Debate

Top GOP lawmakers involved in telecommunications policy are calling on congressional Democrats and Republicans to draft bipartisan legislation that would maintain the principles of an open internet following Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement Wednesday that the agency will take steps to reverse its 2015 net neutrality rules. → Read More

Tech Brief: Silicon Valley Voices Support for Trump's Tax Plan

Tech companies, through industry groups such as the Information Technology Industry Council, voiced support for President Donald Trump’s tax reform outline, which could lower tech firms’ tax bills and help them bring back billions of dollars in overseas profits. → Read More

Pai Proposes Net Neutrality Reversal as Advocates Plot Pushback

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday announced the start of a process to undo the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules and to strip the FCC of its regulatory power over internet service providers. → Read More

Tech Brief: Google Changing Search Algorithm to Fight 'Fake News'

Google Inc. is changing the algorithm behind its search engine to limit the prominence of "fake news" and offensive articles. Google will also encourage its raters to flag "low-quality" content. → Read More

Tech Groups Push FCC to Undo Phone Call Record Retention Regulation

A coalition of 38 technology, civil liberties and consumer rights groups is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to act on a petition that would end a rule requiring phone companies to retain call records for 18 months. → Read More

Tech Brief: FCC Will Discuss Net Neutrality Plans Wednesday

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will debut his plans to revise the agency’s 2015 net neutrality regulations Wednesday, and he could have a notice of proposed rulemaking to FCC commissioners by Thursday. The issue would then be up for a vote on May 18. → Read More

U.S. Tech Group Backs Macron's Presidential Bid in France

A major American tech industry group is endorsing French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron — though it doesn't agree with him on every issue. → Read More

Tech Brief: DHS Under Investigation for Twitter Demand

The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General is investigating whether the agency’s effort to unmask an anonymous Twitter account that posted messages critical of President Donald Trump was an abuse of authority and a “potential broader misuse of summons authority.” → Read More

Tech Brief: FCC Seeks Silicon Valley's Thoughts on Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai met with executives at Facebook Inc., Oracle Corp., Intel Corp. and other Silicon Valley companies this week to solicit "thoughts on online protections" as he mulls a replacement for the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rules. → Read More

FCC Passes Deregulatory Measures for BDS, Broadcasting Industries

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday passed two measures aimed at easing regulations in the business data services and television broadcasting markets. → Read More