A Year in Review: The State of Cybersecurity

In early April, computer security firm Symantec released its annual Internet Security Threat Report, one of the most comprehensive sources of Internet threat data in the world. Symantec crowned 2013 “the year of the mega breach,” as data breaches grew by 62% compared to 2012, with eight of the breaches each exposing the data of more than 10 million people. Summed up, approximately 552 million identities were either accidentally or maliciously released.

The findings illustrate that although end-users are getting much better at detecting malicious activity, hackers’ tools and techniques have also improved, and they still hold the advantage …

Is the Highway Trust Fund About to Hit a Dead End?

By Steven Johnson The Department of Transportation (DOT) released a report this past Tuesday showing that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by this August. The fund is the primary way by which the government maintains our roads and highways. While the fund received a $9.7 billion … »

Correcting the Net Metering Record

“There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” – William James “A lie told enough becomes the truth.” – Vladimir Lenin Perhaps the most frequently used logical fallacy in the world of politics and public policy today is the argument of assertion, or … »

The Importance of Unlicensed Spectrum

Technology can quickly outpace regulatory frameworks, and a new example of this phenomenon is the rapid expansion of WiFi-enabled devices without a concurrent increase in the fixed amount of unlicensed spectrum. Spectrum is the full frequency range of radio waves available for wireless communications, and WiFi operates in the unlicensed … »

New 2014 Rich States, Poor States Rankings Show States Are Making Large Reforms

Since 2008, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index has used the latest economic data to determine which states are doing well and which states are struggling. The past 50 years of data point to a clear connection between pro-growth policies of lower taxes, less regulations and competitive … »