While much of the nation focused on the technical glitches that rendered the healthcare.gov website incapable of handling the predicted volume of transactions, you may have also noticed various headlines about the same systems’ cyber security flaws. It’s hard to imagine a more compelling warning to our national leaders that cyber security must be considered in everything we do – from health care and business to education and workforce development.
The Obama administration’s infamous struggle with the online insurance exchanges should serve as a lesson to regulators everywhere that complex systems cannot be rushed.
During the holiday season, millions of people travel by car to celebrate with family and friends. While most don’t worry about dangers on the road, the truth is that traveling today is a lot safer than it was 30 years ago.
It is arguably the most fundamental consumer issue in the entire digital music sector – access to air-play.
Wireless spectrum is in short supply, according to FCC estimates that by 2014 consumers will face a shortfall of 275 megahertz.
Two recent policy initiatives highlight how government policies can further facilitate access to the global marketplace and keep pace with technology.
To see the Indian government’s recent disregard for U.S. intellectual property is frustrating, especially since Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recently said India is committed to “fostering an economic environment that is open, predictable and transparent.”
It’s no wonder some Washington lawmakers – citing obnoxious phone users – are voicing concerns about letting airline passengers make phone calls during domestic flights. One Congressman went so far as to say that the “flying experience in the United States would be forever changed for the worse if voice calls are allowed on flights.”
The result this time is likely to be different, and for good reason: Our cell phones aren’t just cell phones anymore, they are connected computers. Thus, the practical effect of the FCC’s rule goes beyond banning talk to creating a de facto Internet blackout zone on airplanes.
Identity theft wreaks havoc on its victims’ lives—their credit and finances, their sense of security and privacy, and their ownership over who they are. In the United States, annual losses from identity fraud are estimated to total $20.9 billion according to the research firm Javelin Strategy. This is a Hurricane Sandy-sized hit to the economy every year.