Senate passes 'Fast Track' bill for future trade agreements

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Future trade agreements will not have the luxury of getting amendments or even an argument from lawmakers in Washington if the Fast Track bill for trade agreements is agreed upon by both chambers of Congress. The House already passed the bill, H.R. 2146, last week. Today by a vote of 60-37 in favor the Senate version of the "Fast Track" bill for trade agreements.  The last steps for the bill to become law are reconciliation between the House and Senate versions of the bill and President Obama's signature.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer visits Staten Island to promote anti-swatting bill

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is making the rounds in New York where swatting incidents have occurred to push legislation he has put forth in the Senate to stiffen penalties against those who engage in swatting (placing calls to emergency personnel and police departments claiming some violent criminal act is in progress in the hopes of swat team being deployed at a specific location). The senator was joined by Susan Wagner Principal Gary Giordano at the press conference.

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White House warns Congress about meddling with FCC appropriations

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House sent to a letter to the  House Appropriations Committee this week strongly urging lawmakers to remove language that would stop the FCC from enforcing the new neutrality rules that went in to effect this month. Congress has added language to the appropriations bill that would limit the FCC's power to enforce the new rules and cut $25 million from its annual budget.

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NJ Assembly passes stricter penalties for swatting

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The New Jersey Assembly has passed tougher penalties for those engaging in the act of swatting - making false calls to police in the hopes of a swat team being deployed to a specific location. New Jersey lawmakers were likely motivated to take some sort of action in the wake of a massive uptick in swatting incidents within the state in the last several months. The bill passed the Assembly by a vote of 74-0, giving a good indication that the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester) has everyone's approval.

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'USA Freedom Act' is now law

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On the evening of June 2, the Senate passed the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 67 - 32. Shortly thereafter, President Barak Obama signed the bill into law. The bill was expedited in part because portions of the USA Patriot Act expired on June 1. Supporters of the bill and opponents of bulk data collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act say that it is a first step in reforming the warrantless domestic surveillance activities of the NSA.

Shortly after the vote President Obama sent out an approving tweet and then signed it into law:

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The 'USA Patriot Act' expires, 'USA Freedom Act' fails to pass

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Patriot Act has officially expired this morning after the Senate failed to pass reauthorization of the bill on Sunday night. Along with it, many of the NSA's most controversial programs under Section 215 of the law (detailed over the last several years thanks to leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden) have also expired, though it is likely that it will be extended within the week.

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Rep. Katherine Clark gets House backing on forcing DOJ to investigate online threats

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) once again called on the Department of Justice to investigate cyber crimes (online threats, swatting, etc.) aimed at women, and to announce that the House of Representatives has formally supported her request to "intensify investigation and prosecution of severe online threats against women."

Twenty-eight groups urge the Senate to let the 'USA Patriot Act' expire, vote no on extension

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A total of 28 rights groups and organizations sent a letter to lawmakers in the Senate urging them to oppose S. 1357. S. 1357 would extend the USA Patriot by two months up until July 31. The USA Patriot Act is set to expire on June 1 and the groups who sent the letter say that lawmakers should let it expire as it was intended to do.

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Rand Paul promises to do 'everything possible' to end the NSA's domestic surveillance programs

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) promised at a speech yesterday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that he will do "everything possible" to halt the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance and collection of phone data as the deadline for the renewal of the USA Patriot Act inches closer.

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The 'USA Patriot Act' passes the House

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The USA Patriot Act has passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin, putting the legislation to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone meta-data in the hands of the Senate. If the bill manages to make its way through the Senate (either by reconciliation with a Senate version of the bill or an adoption of the original), it would make it so that the government's phone surveillance database would be housed at individual phone carriers for a certain amount of time.

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Lobbying groups urge Congress to pass the USA Freedom Act

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Seven lobbying and trade groups representing Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many others urged Congress to severely limit the National Security Agency's collection of personal data under various domestic and international surveillance programs, NBC News reports.

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Senate Majority Leader fights for reauthorization of the Patriot Act without changes

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A few hours after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the National Security Agency's collection of phone call meta data was not authorized by Congress (and therefore illegal), Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Kentucky) took to the Senate floor to fight for the USA Patriot Act - including the controversial Section 215 which the NSA has used to spy on Americans.

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Report: MPAA funding pro-copyright protection research to influence political policy

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it should come as no great shock to anyone, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is funding pro-copyright protection research through its global research grant program. The program is part of the trade group's "Academic Outreach program." The program gives out $20,000 grants to academics doing research on various topics related to copyright infringement and piracy.  

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NY Congressman introduces 'Anti-Swatting Act' today

April 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) will introduce a bill in the House of Representatives to stiffen the penalties for those convicted of "swatting." Engel, who is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will introduce the bill today.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer visits Rochester to talk about swatting

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will be in Rochester, New York today to talk about the issue of "swatting." Sen. Schumer, who is the likely replacement for Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) as the Senate Minority Leader (Reid won't seek reelection in 2016) also said that he plans on introducing legislation that would increase penalties for the individuals engaging in such behavior and make them pay restitution to police and other emergency services affected by bogus calls.

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New Jersey lawmakers want to increase penalties for 'swatting'

April 7, 2015 - James Fudge

While there is a lot of editorializing in New Jersey this week after several high profile swatting attempts occurred in the state (most notably the March 29th swatting of Digital Press Videogames in Clifton, New Jersey) about how dangerous it is to the public, there isn't much talk about how to effectively deal with this new an alarming trend.

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Verizon CEO urges Congress to update 'Telecommunications Act'

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On Friday Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam sent a letter to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress urging them to push forward with legislative efforts to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act and defang the FCC, according to The Hill.

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Indiana governor signs 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' into law

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) has signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law today. Earlier in the week organizers of Gen Con urged the Governor not to support the bill and threatened to hold the annual event somewhere other than Indianapolis in the future.

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Lawmakers reintroduce the 'Surveillance State Repeal Act'

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

The reintroduction of an old bill takes a run at repealing the Patriot Act and rolling back all the authority the NSA has in conducting mass surveillance.

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Twenty-Nine Sponsors Of 'The Internet Freedom Act' Took Money From Telecom Industry in 2014

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Daily Beast report, 29 of the Republican lawmakers who signed on to The Internet Freedom Act put forth by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) -- including Blackburn -- received a total of $800,000 from major telecoms and related lobbyists in 2014.

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Republican Bill Seeks to Take Power From FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality

March 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republicans are preparing a bill that will make impudent the Federal Communications Commission as it relates to net neutrality rules. Led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. - pictured, left) and co-sponsored by 31 other Republican lawmakers, the legislation "will put the brakes on this FCC overreach and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations," Blackburn said in a statement.

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Proposed California Bill Requires Warrant to Access Digital Data

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A California State lawmaker is making a bold move to fight against law enforcement and federal agencies who want to secure private data without obtaining a warrant from a court first. State lawmaker Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a new bill called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA).

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Reintroduces Bill to Ban Online Gambling

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

We have received a lot of emails from interest groups who are upset that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is once again pushing an anti-gambling law. The Restoration of America's Wire Act would reinstate an old federal ban on some gambling operations by extending it to include Internet gaming. The bill is almost identical to a bill Chaffetz pushed last year. This time around Chaffetz has six GOP co-sponsors and the backing of one Democrat, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

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New York State Senator Working on More Incentives for Video Games Industry

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A top New York State Senator admits that lawmakers are not doing enough to attract the video game and tech industries to the Empire State, but will make it his top priority in 2015. New York State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) believes other states and parts of Canada are beating New York State in attracting gaming and biotech companies.

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Republican Lawmaker Puts Forward His Own 'Net Neutrality' Bill

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This week Republican lawmakers put forth a bill that enforces net neutrality rules but takes away power from the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to enforcing them. The new bill put forth by US Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) also forbids the FCC from reclassifying broadband companies as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

The bill enforces net neutrality rules such as banning on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, but leaves an exception for undefined "specialized services." Can you say "loophole?"

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PSA: President Barack Obama to Deliver State of the Union Address This Evening

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address to at 9pm ET in Washington D.C. As is the tradition, the State of the Union will be broadcast nationwide on most major networks. Some of the big issues that will be kicked around tonight include tax increases on America's most wealthy, a plan for free college tuition, immigration reform, and more.

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President Unveils 'Personal Data Notification and Protection Act'

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barak Obama has proposed that companies that become the victim of a security breach should have to disclose it to the public. President Obama announced two proposal on Monday that are aimed at providing more protection to consumers from the massive data breaches and to protect student from companies farming and sharing their data.

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Congress Likely To Revisit 'The Marketplace Fairness Act' in 2015

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In this interesting article on 2015 tax policy plans for lawmakers, Politico highlights one tax issue that all of us should pay attention to: Internet sales tax. The bill that passed the Senate last year (The Marketplace Fairness Act) but floundered in the House because some lawmakers didn't like many of its provisions, may get a resurrection of sorts this year.

38 Studios Is The Cautionary Tale Rhode Islanders Tell Politicians With Questionable Ideas

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In Rhode Island when a constituent drops the name "38 Studios," it's probably not going to illicit warm and fuzzy feelings in anyone. So when one vocal detractor raised the specter of the 38 Studios failure to describe "Rhode Map RI," people got a little defensive.

The Rhode Island State Planning Council has voted unanimously in favor of the controversial Rhode Map RI and has adjourned the meeting. The plan is a bit complicated and includes federal grants, but there are a bunch of details on it here.

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Sen. Wyden Introduces Bill Banning Software and Hardware 'Back Doors'

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced a bill that would ban the use of backdoors to circumvent encryption on phones and other data. The bill is called the Secure Data Act, and would prohibit government agencies from requiring software or device makers that would provide a means of circumventing encryption to secure data.

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james_fudgeThat's the clean install, for anyone asking07/29/2015 - 9:23am
TechnogeekAlso, it's the upgrade that's available for installation now. You might need to forcibly initiate the Windows Update process before it'll start downloading, though. (If there's a C:\$Windows.~BT folder on your computer, then you're in luck.)07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekAdmittedly there's more room to push for an advertiser boycott when you get into opinion content versus pure news, but keep in mind that reviews are opinion content as well.07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekMatts: There's a difference between "this person regularly says extremely terrible stuff" and "I don't like the phrasing used in this one specific editorial".07/29/2015 - 8:45am
MattsworknameWait, is that for the upgrade or the clean install only? cause I was gonna do the upgrade07/29/2015 - 8:32am
james_fudgehttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows1007/29/2015 - 8:30am
PHX Corp@Wilson, I'm still waiting for My upgrade notice aswell07/29/2015 - 7:57am
MattsworknameWilson: how? Im still waiting for my upgrade notice07/29/2015 - 3:44am
Matthew WilsonI updated to a clean instill of windows 10.07/29/2015 - 2:36am
Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
 

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