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Bringing systems thinking to the #CommActUpdate

The update of America’s Communications Act, the laws that govern the country’s communications networks, has proceeded over the past year and provides a great example of Congressional bipartisan cooperation. Whereas many telecom policy debates are dominated by those who can yell the loudest and produce the best bumper sticker slogans, the #CommActUpdate represents ideal governance practices. This transparent process, led by the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Committee, consists of a series of...

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NSA surveillance reform: What are the prospects?

There exists one implacable deadline with regards to NSA surveillance reform: in June 2015, legal authority for the agency’s data collection programs will expire. Beyond that, continuing substantive differences combined with political complexities make it impossible to predict just how the legislative process will play out.

Just over a month ago, I wrote in some detail about the current status of reform proposals: specifically, the somewhat surprising emergence of Chairman of the Senate Judiciary...

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The latest miracle diet: The Internet (and it might really work!)

The personal and societal costs of obesity in this nation are broadly recognized. Just as well-known, however, is that losing weight and keeping it off is incredibly difficult. Deeply rooted habits, lack of access to healthy foods, lack of knowledge about exercise and healthy eating, the time crunch, and life in general all seem to sabotage our aspirations to live healthier lives, making initial weight loss difficult and weight loss management even harder.

There is...

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Jeff Eisenach testifies on net neutrality and the Open Internet proceedings

Today, Jeff Eisenach will be testifying in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing “Why net neutrality matters: Protecting consumers and competition through meaningful Open Internet rules.” His written testimony can be found below, and video from the hearing can be found here.

My testimony today advances three main points.  First, net neutrality regulation cannot be justified on grounds of enhancing consumer welfare or protecting the public interest.  Rather, it is best understood as an effort...