Mariam Baksh, Morning Consult

Mariam Baksh

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Past articles by Mariam:

Tech Brief: US-CERT Issues Technical Alert Regarding North Korea-Sponsored Cyberattacks

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a technical alert about cyberattacks that it said are being sponsored by the North Korean government. The report said that North Korean hackers have been using a type of malware, known as “FALLCHILL,” to target computer systems and networks within … → Read More

Tech Brief: Lyft Announces Plans to Expand Beyond United States With Service in Toronto

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Democratic Reps. Frank Pallone (N.J.) and Elijah Cummings (Md.), ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce and House Oversight committees respectively, wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission Inspector General David L. Hunt asking him to investigate FCC Chairman Ajit Pai over suspected preferential treatment of … → Read More

Tech Brief: Google Urges FEC to Expand Online Political Ad Disclosure Rules

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief As Google Inc., Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. come under fire from Congress for their use by Russian actors to sway the 2016 election, Google filed comments with the Federal Election Commission urging the agency to expand online political advertising disclosure rules. Google’s comments suggest the rules … → Read More

Changing Antritust Laws May Not Be the Whole Solution for Net Neutrality

Goodlatte wants to repeal the current net neutrality rules -- even if it takes amending antitrust law. But a leading economist says that's not the solution. → Read More

Tech Brief: Franken Calls for Expanding Net Neutrality Rules to Companies Like Facebook

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), a longtime outspoken proponent of net neutrality for internet service providers like AT&T Inc., is calling for similar rules to apply to major tech companies like Google Inc. Facebook Inc. and Inc. The senator was speaking at an event hosted by the … → Read More

Tech Brief: Sprint, T-Mobile Cancel Merger Deal

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief With an initial vote planned in the Senate this week for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), the Internet Association — a trade group representing leading tech companies like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. — said a change in the bill means IA can now support … → Read More

Tech Brief: Trump Announces Broadcom Ltd.'s Move to U.S. From Singapore

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Trump administration is already in the process of updating its federal guidance for driverless vehicles. The DOT just unveiled a new framework in September that was designed to help pave the way for driverless vehicles, but Chao said that … → Read More

Tech Brief: Google to Cut Off Developer Access to Airfare Data Feed

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Lawmakers released a batch of Russian-purchased ads that were shown on Facebook Inc. during the 2016 presidential election cycle to coincide with congressional hearings featuring executives from Facebook, Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. The Facebook ads that were released, which constitute only a small sample of the … → Read More

Goodlatte Says Antitrust Law Change Could Settle Net Neutrality Fight

A leading House Republican on Wednesday said he's willing to overhaul the nation's antitrust laws to resolve the long-running net neutrality debate. → Read More

Tech Brief: Facebook Says Roughly 126 Million Americans Possibly Exposed to Russian-Linked Content

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham OUT TODAY: Morning Consult’s latest Governor and Senator Approval Rankings. Government Brief Facebook Inc. will reportedly tell lawmakers that approximately 126 million Americans may have been exposed to content from a Russia-linked troll farm between June 2015 and August 2017 on the social media platform. The revelation, which is detailed in written testimony … → Read More

Tech Brief: Lawsuit Accuses Facebook of Depriving Employees of Overtime Pay

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report that it is looking for public input on removing “unnecessary regulatory barriers” to self-driving cars. The federal agency is also seeking comment on what research needs to be conducted before it determines whether to rewrite or … → Read More

Tech Brief: FCC Plans to Vote Next Month to Eliminate Media Cross-Ownership Rule

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said during a House Oversight Committee hearing that the agency will vote during its open meeting next month to eliminate the media-cross ownership rules that prevent any one company from owning a newspaper and television or radio stations within a local … → Read More

Tech Brief: Raytheon to Move Forward With $1.15 Billion DHS Cybersecurity Contract

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief A preview of testimony by Randall Rothenberg, president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group whose members include Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc., shows the group plans to pitch self-regulation of political advertising in the face of a proposed bill that would require disclosures … → Read More

Tech Brief: Kaspersky Lab to Submit Antivirus Software for Independent Review

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a joint statement that infrastructure sectors, including the aviation, energy and nuclear industries, have been targeted by a series of cyberattack campaigns. The hackers used emails, malicious websites and phishing to access information on … → Read More

Tech Brief: McCain Backs Online Ad Disclosure Bill

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is the first Republican senator to sign on to draft legislation that would increase the transparency of online political advertisements. The proposed legislation, championed by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), is scheduled to be introduced during a press conference … → Read More

Tech Brief: Microsoft Cloud Can Now Host Classified DOD Data

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Microsoft Corp. announced that the Defense Department can now host classified data on its Azure Government Secret cloud services. The move gives the DOD, the U.S. military services and other related federal agencies access to new technologies such as cloud learning through the platform. (Nextgov) Federal Communications … → Read More

Tech Brief: Huffington Says SoftBank-Uber Deal 'Very Likely' Finalized 'Within the Next Week'

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Several large U.S. tech companies — including Inc., Facebook Inc. and Oracle Corp. — are expanding their operations south of the border, as Mexico works to capitalized on the Trump administration’s anti-immigration platform. President Donald Trump’s efforts to reduce immigration to the United States, coupled with … → Read More

Tech Brief: Twitter Turns Over 201 Russian-Linked Handles to Senate Investigators

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief Twitter Inc. reportedly turned over to Senate investigators the profile names, or “handles,” of 201 accounts linked to Russian groups that attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election. It is unclear if the posts associated with the accounts identified by Twitter have been deleted from the social … → Read More

Tech Brief: Samsung CEO to Step Down in March

By Mariam Baksh and Edward Graham Government Brief After reports of a website breach at Equifax Inc., the Internal Revenue Service temporarily suspended a contract with the company, which the agency had renewed after Equifax revealed the personal information for up to 145 million consumers had been compromised in a hack. The IRS said no … → Read More

Broadcasters Emerging as Winner in FCC Reauthorization Process So Far

House Democrats on a panel considering the first reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission in 27 years are finding some common cause with their Senate Republican counterparts in efforts likely to help the broadcasting industry. → Read More