Cybersecurity is the most urgent among an array of critical technology issues that lawmakers and regulators will grapple with in 2013. The White House will shape this cybersecurity debate with the release of a controversial executive order perhaps as early as this month that is expected to ask the private sector to voluntarily work with the government to create security standards. Another major debate will revolve around online privacy, with the Federal Trade Commission, the White House, and the Commerce Department all hammering out plans to protect user data online. "I don't think most people would expect any privacy legislation to be passed, although I suspect that there will be some hearings," says Technology Policy Institute president Thomas Lenard. "I don't think there's a critical mass to pass anything."
Wireless broadband also is a major regulatory issue, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking to reallocate spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile broadband providers.
Finally, net neutrality will continue to stir controversy as the FCC continues its lawsuit with Verizon and MetroPCS over whether the agency has the right to control whether broadband providers are allowed to block or slow specific legal content such as competing services on their networks.
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