Tight controls and citizen fear mean cell phones are more a government tool than a revolution-inciting force.
A top State Department official said he believes the European country is committed to removing Syria's chemical weapons.
The White House has a better chance of success if it focuses on preparing communities for extreme weather.
Rebecca Richards is the National Security Agency's first chief privacy and civil-liberties officer.
The senator pledges to continue in her quest and pursue additional reforms.
Net neutrality and spectrum auctions were also up for discussion with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.
Administrator Gina McCarthy said her focus remains on power-plant pollution.
The first day of the conservative conference didn't spend much time on one of the biggest issues facing the GOP.