Takeaways from Disrupter Series Hearing on The Internet of Things, Manufacturing, and Innovation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already impacting and changing the global manufacturing landscape. On Thursday January 18, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing as part of their Disrupter Series on IoT, Manufacturing and Innovation. Specifically, the Committee heard testimony from Rodney Masney, Vice President, Technology…

Pai Says the Biggest ISPs that Control Users’ Access to Internet Services Can Be Trusted; Instead Deflects Blame, Scrutiny on Internet Services

Washington — Since FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules was released, there has been widespread concern expressed from the public, startups, and Internet companies, launching a heated debate. Last week, a speech by Pai muddied the waters surrounding the plan to dismantle net neutrality. The speech tried to deflect attention from Internet…

CCIA Files PTO Amicus On Sovereign Immunity As A Shield From Patent Review

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association co-filed an amicus brief at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on Friday evening on the applicability of sovereign immunity to IPRs. This case will determine whether sovereign immunity can be used to shield a patent from inter partes review (IPR). By allowing the PTO to review its earlier decision to grant a patent, IPR…

Strengthening EU Cybersecurity Through Robust Vulnerability Disclosure Policies

Two of the the European Commission’s stated objectives in the European Cybersecurity Strategy announced earlier this year are to: 1) increase awareness of citizens and businesses on cybersecurity issues, and 2) increase the overall transparency of cybersecurity assurance of ICT products and services. One of the most effective ways to accomplish those goals is to…

Trump Administration's Cybersecurity Executive Order Smartly Builds On Previous Efforts

Last week, the Trump Administration released its long awaited Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure (“Cybersecurity EO” or “Executive Order”). The Order launches significant reviews of the federal government’s digital vulnerabilities, existing efforts to protect critical infrastructure, and the development of the “cyber workforce”, and focuses on three…

Trump Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Smartly Builds On Previous Efforts

Last week, the Trump Administration released its long awaited Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure (“Cybersecurity EO” or “Executive Order”). The Order launches significant reviews of the federal government’s digital vulnerabilities, existing efforts to protect critical infrastructure, and the development of the “cyber workforce”, and focuses on three…

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Stands on Firm Ground

Washington — The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, concluded last year, is critical to the information flows driving $260 billion in transatlantic digital services. It is critical to the ability of Europeans to enjoy these services in a privacy-protective way, and to supporting innovation on both sides of the Atlantic. The agreement’s multi-layered privacy protections are…