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First POST: Pontifex

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 11 2013

The Pope's last tweet

"Cyber week"

  • The House expects action this week on cybersecurity legislation, including the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would make it easier for private companies to share information on security threats but which some lawmakers say does not do enough to protect privacy.

  • Politico takes a look at the right's position on Internet freedom. Public Knowledge founder Gigi Sohn takes a shot at the Republican frame for the Internet, which manages to stand with Democrats against U.N. regulation but against them on net neutrality: "absolutely no government, consumer competition protection and no regulation whatsoever."

  • Immigration reform hopes are rising among tech-sector types.

  • Flying death machine bonus — David Carr: "If the Congress — and perhaps the public — doesn’t know about the drone program, it isn’t for lack of coverage. Perhaps the reason so many people are in the dark is because they want it that way. After all, if the bad guys are on the run without risking legions of boots on the ground, what’s not to like?"

    "... If some of the news coming out of the hearings last week was a big surprise, it might be because people chose not to pay close attention."

Data-driven decisions or data-driven propaganda?

  • Former RNC eCampaign Director Michael Turk writes that what Republicans are really missing is access to academia:

    In the case of Obama, the frightening advantage the left has is in a less touted entity known as the Analyst Institute (AI) and a consortium of behavioral scientists or COBS. The combination should be truly terrifying for anyone on the right.

    To sum it up briefly, the AI and COBS combine to create an academic approach to data that the right truly doesn’t have and may well have difficulty matching.

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This post has been corrected. Gigi Sohn is the co-founder of Public Knowledge.