OVERNIGHT TECH: Bill would require cameras in Supreme Court

THE LEDE: Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced a bill on Monday to require the Supreme Court to televise its proceedings. Criticism of the Supreme Court's ban on television cameras has intensified as the court prepares to hear oral arguments next year over President Obama's controversial healthcare law. Grassley said the bill would "bring much needed transparency to a process that is largely unknown to the American public."

The Senate Judiciary's subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts will consider the bill at a hearing on Tuesday. Former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), a longtime advocate of televising the Supreme Court, is expected to testify. The Cameras in the Courtroom Act of 2011 would require television coverage of all open sessions of the Supreme Court unless a majority of the justices rules that television coverage would violate the rights of one of the parties before the court. C-SPAN has asked the Supreme Court to allow cameras into the courtroom for the healthcare argument, even if it is a one-time exception to the court's rule.

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"In a democratic society that values transparency and participation, there can be no valid justification for such a powerful element of government to operate largely outside the view of the American people,” Durbin said in a release. 

ON TAP TUESDAY: 

The House Homeland Security subcommittee on Cybersecurity will hold a morning hearing to consider a draft legislative proposal from Chairman Dan Lungren (R-Calif.). House Republicans have recently indicated their intention to move forward with legislation that would make it easier for private firms to share information on cyber threats and incidents with the government; Democrats have shown support but warned that voluntary action alone by industry won't be enough to address the nation's growing network security problem.

The House Homeland Security subcommittee on Counterterrorism will hold an afternoon hearing on the use of social media by jihadists, with a focus on how radical terrorist groups are using the Web to recruit followers in Western nations.

The House Science Committee will hold an afternoon hearing on the future of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is designed to replace the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is over budget and behind schedule, prompting calls for its termination on the Hill, but the lawmakers elected to preserve the project in the latest appropriations measure at the cost of other programs at NASA.

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The FCC's Diversity Committee will meet in the afternoon to discuss how to lower barriers to entry in the telecom industry and increase broadband adoption among historically disadvantaged groups. The FCC has taken some heat on diversity from minority lawmakers in the past year for not taking enough action to increase diversity at the highest levels of the media industry.

The U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum on Tuesday evening at the Renaissance Washington Hotel will bring together leading Web firms from both countries along with academics and government officials to discuss Internet policy issues that affect both countries.

ICYMI:

The House Judiciary Committee is pushing back on the draft online piracy proposal being circulated by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act.

A Federal Trade Commission blog post Monday offered firms tips on how to avoid facing privacy complaints like those settled between the commission and Facebook last week.

A group of consumers is suing cellphone manufacturers for allegedly violating federal wiretap laws by using tracking software from mobile intelligence firm Carrier IQ.

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