Data Foundry Meets with Congressman Lloyd Doggett on Net Neutrality & Open Access

Lloyd Dogget visits Data Foundry following net neutrality repeal

Yesterday, representatives from Data Foundry and our sister company, Golden Frog, met with Congressman Lloyd Doggett over some delicious Texas BBQ to discuss the FCC’s recent repeal of Net Neutrality rules and how Open Access could be the solution. Equal Internet access and the protection of our digital privacy should be bipartisan issues, and Representative Doggett agreed. We also discussed digital surveillance in the U.S. and abroad.

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Meet the New Network Police

social media police and privacy eye

What if Google, Facebook, Twitter and others were legally responsible for policing your communications and content? These companies have enabled the average person to do something that was once very difficult for those with limited resources — engage in public discourse and contribute to a global marketplace of ideas. Now these companies could be required by law to monitor and police their networks. If Congress passes SENSA, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693), or the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865), online providers will be forced to monitor and control your content.

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Golden Frog & Data Foundry Talk Data Privacy at the Texas Capitol

data privacy talk at Texas state capitol Last week, CTO Philip Molter from our sister company, Golden Frog (an Internet security solutions provider and a leader in the VPN market) and our Government Affairs Manager, Carlos Espinosa, participated in a panel discussion on data privacy for the Texas Innovation and Technology Caucus (IT Caucus) at the state capitol. They were joined by legal privacy experts Elizabeth Rogers and Aaron Gregg of the global law firm Greenberg Traurig. Read More ›

An End of Session Review of Tech Policy in the Texas Legislature

Texas Policy Spotlight

The Texas legislature is no stranger to high drama and great political theater. This session was no exception. But don’t just move on to planning for the next session or focus on other political fights. Hidden between the bathroom controversy and sanctuary city legislation were bills that had a direct impact on the overall tech sector. You might want to know how Texas handled technology policy this year.

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Data Foundry Joins Battle for the Net

net neutrality day of action 2017

As a long-time supporter of an open Internet, Data Foundry will join forces with many other technology companies on the local and national levels to stop the FCC from doing away with the current Open Internet Order. The official Battle for the Net day of protest is July 12. However, Data Foundry is taking many additional courses of action to see to it that major cable companies don’t limit our choices more than they are already limited. Yesterday we signed a letter to the FCC to show our support of smaller Internet Service Providers in their ongoing struggle with cable giants.

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A Texas-Size Victory for Encryption

Texas Policy Spotlight

Texas has proven once again that it is a leading state when it comes to privacy rights and the right to protection of property. Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 9 (Capriglione), now known as the Texas Cybercrime Act, into law. The act states that a person commits an offense if they intentionally interrupt or suspend access to a computer system or computer network without the effective consent of the owner. It also makes the decryption of private information a criminal offense. It is the first bill passed in the U.S. to protect an individual’s right to privacy using encryption.

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Data Foundry Signs Coalition Letter in Support of FISA Section 702 Reform

FISA section 702

Data Foundry has signed onto a coalition letter in support of section 702 reform along with Adobe, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Mozilla and other online service providers. Section 702 is a notorious section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as it allows for the warrantless surveillance of Americans and people around the world.

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Open Internet Is the Solution to Net Neutrality Woes

Net neutrality vs the Open Internet

The terms “net neutrality” and “open Internet” have been used loosely and interchangeably over the years, leaving many people confused and using the wrong terminology to express what they want from Internet providers and the agencies that govern them. Network neutrality, or net neutrality, is essentially an Internet that does not give preference to one application or type of content over others. In other words, (Internet Service Providers) ISPs should not give preference to one type of content over another on their networks, and they should not control or influence which devices or applications people use to access it. An open Internet is a means of obtaining and maintaining net neutrality, as well as ensuring everyone has fair access to Internet services.

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Senate Bill 532 Pushes Cloud Computing for State Agencies

Texas Policy Spotlight

Texas Senate bill 532 requires state agencies to compile a report on the state of their IT infrastructure, including an inventory of servers, mainframes and other IT equipment, as well an evaluation of security and operational risks. While we think it’s practical and necessary that our government agencies evaluate the state of their infrastructure and its costs, we believe the author unnecessarily, and perhaps unwittingly, pushes public cloud services and dismisses other options for IT infrastructure.

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State of the Tech State in Texas

Texas state capitol, 85th legislature

A mid-term review of tech policy in the Texas legislature

As we near the end of the 85th legislative session, Data Foundry is reviewing all of the technology and innovation related bills filed, and how they are rated. Our first session rating bills with the Texas Policy Scorecards has been eye opening. We feel encouraged that legislative offices have reached out to us for technical knowledge and advice. We are also pleased to see some pro-innovation and cybersecurity bills this session. However, given the importance of the technology industry to the state, the lack of technical understanding and institutional knowledge available to legislators and their staff is a bit disheartening.

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