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Madeline Hughes

Madeline Hughes

Madeline Hughes reports on telecom and tech for The Well News. She previously worked for New England local newspapers for five years. In Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts she covered local, state and federal issues, including New Hampshire’s 2020 presidential primary. She learned how to report as the editor of her college paper and on the streets of Morocco through a journalism study abroad program. She also participated in the New England First Amendment Coalition’s annual institute learning about public records and won an award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for a social issues feature story. 


Recent Work

May 20, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
FTC to Increase Efforts to Protect Children's Privacy

WASHINGTON — Parents will no longer have to choose between their children’s data privacy and online learning as the Federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — Parents will no longer have to choose between their children’s data privacy and online learning as the Federal Trade Commission steps up its enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. “Students must be able to do their schoolwork without surveillance by companies looking... Read More

May 19, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Increases Speed for Rural Broadband Program

WASHINGTON — Higher internet speeds are coming to the most rural places in America, as the Federal Communications Commission changed... Read More

WASHINGTON — Higher internet speeds are coming to the most rural places in America, as the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of “high-speed” internet at its meeting Thursday. The four commissioners voted unanimously and across partisan lines to change the definition of high-speed internet to... Read More

May 19, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Rule Cracks Down on Foreign Robocalls

WASHINGTON — Americans will soon get fewer robocalls from abroad because of a new Federal Communications Commission rule.  “Robocalls are... Read More

WASHINGTON — Americans will soon get fewer robocalls from abroad because of a new Federal Communications Commission rule.  “Robocalls are aggravating. What is worse is when we crack down on these junk calls, the scam artists behind them find new ways to reach us. Increasingly, that... Read More

May 17, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Report Details ICE Surveillance Dragnet

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system... Read More

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system that can be used on nearly any American, regardless of immigration status, according to a new report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. “[Immigration... Read More

May 16, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
US and EU Collaborate to Help Ukraine, Reassure Supply Chains

PARIS — A newly formed European-American alliance is helping fight the war in Ukraine. The U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council... Read More

PARIS — A newly formed European-American alliance is helping fight the war in Ukraine. The U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council first met last fall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and had its second meeting Monday in Paris. Much of the attention was on using the council’s focus on... Read More

May 13, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by the Federal Communications Commission. The new rule, if adopted, would allow districts to apply for funding to connect school buses to wireless internet through the E-Rate... Read More

May 11, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Microsoft Details Cyberwar on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — As the war rages on, information and public trust in the government are two of Russia’s top targets... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the war rages on, information and public trust in the government are two of Russia’s top targets in Ukraine, according to a new report from Microsoft. “Collectively, the cyber and kinetic actions work to disrupt or degrade Ukrainian government and military functions to... Read More

May 9, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Internet Providers Promise $30 Service

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe Biden announced Monday. The partnership with 20 different broadband internet providers “gives families a little more breathing room to pay their bills,” Biden said from the... Read More

May 6, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Cybercrime Tracking Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice can now get a handle on the number of cybercrimes happening in the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice can now get a handle on the number of cybercrimes happening in the U.S. after President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Thursday granting the department the ability to track crimes that have become increasingly prevalent in recent years.... Read More

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