Courts ‘choose’ to lag behind on tech, says Chief Justice Roberts. In the Chief Justice's "2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary," Roberts says "the courts will often choose to be late to the harvest of American ingenuity," the Switch's Nancy Scola writes.
Senators question FBI’s legal reasoning behind cell-tower spoofing. "Two U.S. senators are questioning whether the FBI has granted itself too much leeway on when it can use decoy cellphone towers to scoop up data on the identities and locations of cellphone users," The Switch's Nancy Scola reports. "The lawmakers say the agency now says it doesn't need a search warrant when gathering data about people milling around in public spaces."
Adviser guides Obama into the Google age. Julie Hirschfeld Davis profiles U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith for the New York Times. "Ms. Smith, 50, an MIT trained mechanical engineer and former Google executive, is working hard to bring her Silicon Valley sensibility to the Obama administration," she writes. "But four months into her job as the chief technology officer of the United States, the woman whose division at Google dreamed up Google Glass and the driverless car is facing culture shock in a federal bureaucracy ruled by creaky technology and run in part on the floppy disk."
Get ready: The FCC says it will vote on net neutrality in February. "Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February," the Switch's Brian Fung reports. "The rules are meant to keep broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from speeding up or slowing down some Web sites compared to others"