Technology

CPSC Launches Consumer-Driven Online Database for Unsafe Products

CPSC Launches Consumer-Driven Online Database for Unsafe Products

New product safety initiative receives mixed reviews.

DOJ Approves the Google-ITA Merger but More Antitrust Scrutiny May Be Waiting in the Wings

DOJ Approves the Google-ITA Merger but More Antitrust Scrutiny May Be Waiting in the Wings

The FTC may investigate Google’s practices after the company settles with the DOJ.

Federal Research Center’s New Venture Into Drug Discovery

Federal Research Center’s New Venture Into Drug Discovery

New National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences works with pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs.

Senate Committee Hearing on the “Digital Divide”

Senate Committee Hearing on the “Digital Divide”

Hearing addresses improving native communities’ access to telephone and digital services.

Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate, Taken Up By House

Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate, Taken Up By House

Most substantial reforms in half century proposed for the U.S. patent system.

Senate Judiciary Committee Discusses the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Discusses the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Agencies disagree over how to balance between privacy and crime-fighting.

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Generates Debate Over American Preparedness

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Generates Debate Over American Preparedness

Lawmakers study the nuclear disaster in Japan and debate the necessity of improvements to American nuclear safety.

Sunshine Week Brings New FOIA.gov, But Critics Say Glass is Still Half Full

Sunshine Week Brings New FOIA.gov, But Critics Say Glass is Still Half Full

New government website teaches users how to request government information but with mixed reactions.

The House May Block Funding to Implement the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

The House May Block Funding to Implement the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC’s newly adopted rules aim to ensure freedom and openness, but face appropriations hurdles.

Democrats and Republicans Wrangle Over the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Democrats and Republicans Wrangle Over the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Congress debates whether net neutrality rules promote competition and innovation or stifle economic activity.

OIRA’s Guide Provides Agencies with Recommendations for Using Regulations.gov

OIRA’s Guide Provides Agencies with Recommendations for Using Regulations.gov

OIRA recommends that agencies promote public access by uploading rulemaking documents in a timely, consistent fashion.

“Do Not Track Me” Bill Would Promote Online Privacy

“Do Not Track Me” Bill Would Promote Online Privacy

New bill would require the FTC to regulate companies’ use and collection of data about Internet users