Brendan Bordelon, National Journal

Brendan Bordelon

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Past articles by Brendan:

Court Ruling Opens Floodgates for State Net-Neutrality Laws

While a federal court upheld the FCC’s net-neutrality rollback, it also nixed the commission’s plan to “preemptively preempt” state efforts. An avalanche of local laws is likely to follow. → Read More

Seeking Tech Silver Bullet, Congress Targets Silicon Valley's Legal Shield

Capitol Hill increasingly views the reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a panacea for tech-policy problems. But experts say this is magical thinking. → Read More

Unlikely Political Alliance Emerges on Tech Transparency

Last week’s Twitter hearing revealed a growing convergence between the Left and Right, as forces in both seek to open up the tech platforms’ algorithms to public scrutiny. → Read More

Why Big Tech Finally Bucked Alex Jones

The Infowars host peddled conspiracies and incited violence for years without consequences. But facing new battles on multiple fronts, some tech platforms jumped at the chance to relieve pressure elsewhere. → Read More

How a Digital-Ad Crackdown Will Change Political Campaigns

As internet platforms, Congress, and the FEC all look to enforce transparency for online political ads, campaigns and digital ad-sellers prepare to adapt. → Read More

Equifax Hack Opens Door for Hill Action on Cybersecurity

From liability reform to a reordering of federal cyber-standards for financial firms, Equifax may push Congress to buckle down on data security. → Read More

North Korea’s Chemical Arsenal Complicates U.S. Options

While the White House focuses on nukes, Kim Jong-un is growing bolder in the study and use of chemical weapons. If war breaks out, there’s little doubt he’d use them. → Read More

Will Massive Net-Neutrality Protest Change the FCC’s Mind?

Activists argue that it’s happened before. But the agency’s insulation from voters, and the uncertain participation of some of the internet’s largest players, will make it a tough lift. → Read More

Tech Brief: EU Gives Nod to AT&T Takeover of Time Warner

The European Commission gave its approval of AT&T Inc.'s proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc. The commission said the merger would not raise antitrust concerns because the companies' activities do not overlap within the European Union. → Read More

Tech Brief: Trump's Budget Would Give DHS $1.5 Billion for Cybersecurity

President Donald Trump's budget request proposes $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security to defend critical infrastructure and federal computer networks from cyberattacks. The White House also called for greater collaboration between public and private partners on cybersecurity. → Read More

Tech Brief: Alleged Hackers in Yahoo Breach Said to Have Ties to Russian Government

Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials plan to announce charges against hackers who they say stole the personal data of hundreds of millions of Yahoo Inc. users, disrupting that company's sale to Verizon Communications Inc. At least some of the alleged hackers are said to have ties to the Russian government. → Read More

Semiconductor Industry Comes Out in Support of House GOP Tax Plan

The Semiconductor Industry Association, a trade group representing U.S chipmakers such as Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and IBM Corp., came out in support of the House GOP’s "Better Way" tax plan on Tuesday. → Read More

Tech Brief: Airbnb Hints at 2018 IPO

Airbnb Inc. Chief Executive Brian Chesky hinted that the company will likely go public in 2018. Chesky said he always considered the preparation of an initial public offering to be a "two-year process," and said Airbnb is currently halfway through that process. → Read More

Tech Brief: Intel Corp. to Buy Mobileye for $15.3 Billion

Intel Corp. will acquire Mobileye, a self-driving car company based in Israel, for $15.3 billion. The two companies began partnering on autonomous vehicles last year. → Read More

Republicans Offer Different Reasons for Effort to Rescind FCC Privacy Rule

Republicans in both chambers this week introduced resolutions designed to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rule for internet service providers. → Read More

Tech Brief: WikiLeaks Offers Firms Access to CIA Hacking Tools to Patch Vulnerabilities

Julian Assange said WikiLeaks will offer tech companies access to Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools in its possession to allow firms to patch vulnerabilities in their software. → Read More

Tech Brief: Google Says It's Fixed Security Vulnerabilities the CIA Allegedly Exploited

Google Inc. says its Android and Chrome products are now strong enough to defend some of the vulnerabilities the CIA may have exploited to carry out surveillance, as described in the documents published by WikiLeaks. → Read More

Tech Brief: Republicans Introduce Resolution That Would Undo FCC's Internet Privacy Rules

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced a resolution that would use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's internet service provider privacy rules. Co-sponsors of the resolution include Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). → Read More

O’Rielly Hints at FCC Push to Pre-empt Local Laws on 5G Deployment

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on Tuesday said he wants the agency to pre-empt municipal regulations that block or slow the deployment of 5G infrastructure. → Read More

Tech Brief: Silicon Valley Condemns Trump's New Travel Ban

The Trump administration introduced a new executive order that temporarily bans people from six predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Airbnb Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. quickly condemned the order. → Read More