American and Canadian Agencies Take Differing Approaches On Regulating AI

The outgoing Trump Administration tells agencies to lightly regulate AI; Canada’s privacy regulator calls for strong safeguards and limits on use of AI, including legislative changes. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued guidance for federal agencies on how they are to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) not in use by the government. This … Continue reading American and Canadian Agencies Take Differing Approaches On Regulating AI

New EU Consumer Agenda

The European Commission frames a number of current and new programs as a paradigm shift in consumer rights in the EU. The European Commission (EC) has published its New Consumer Agenda that envisions nothing less than a remaking of the European Union’s (EU) approach to a number of key realms, including the digital world. If … Continue reading New EU Consumer Agenda

Further Action On TikTok Divestment and Ban But No Changes

TikTok sues to block the CFIUS order that it divest and the Trump Administration files an appeal of an injunction. Even though the Trump Administration’s efforts to implement its ban of TikTok have gone nowhere as numerous courts have enjoined the enforcement of the orders, TikTok filed suit against the related order that the company … Continue reading Further Action On TikTok Divestment and Ban But No Changes

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 November)

Further Reading “ICE, IRS Explored Using Hacking Tools, New Documents Show” By Joseph Cox — Vice. Federal agencies other than the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Intelligence Community (IC) appear to be interesting in utilizing some of the capabilities offered by the private sector to access devices or networks in the name of … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 November)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (9 November)

Further Reading “Facebook bans ‘STOP THE STEAL’ group Trump allies were using to organize protests against vote counting” By Tony Romm, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Elizabeth Dwoskin — The Washington Post. A significant portion of the online activity among those on the right wing alleging that the Biden Campaign and Democrats have stolen the election is traceable to right-wing … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (9 November)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (5 November)

Further Reading “Confusion and conflict stir online as Trump claims victory, questions states’ efforts to count ballots” By Craig Timberg, Tony Romm, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Drew Harwell — Washington Post. When the post-mortem on the 2020 Election is written, it is likely to be the case that foreign disinformation was not the primary threat. Rather, … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (5 November)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (4 November)

Further Reading “U.S. Cyber Command Expands Operations to Hunt Hackers From Russia, Iran and China” By Julian Barnes — The New York Times. The United States (U.S.) agency charged with offensive cyber operations sent teams around the world to undisclosed locations to work with partner nations to foil Russian, Chinese, and Iranian efforts to disrupt … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (4 November)

Tech Election Results

A number of tech ballot initiatives were considered. There were a number of significant technology measures put before voters in states in yesterday’s election. The most significant were in California as voters agreed to replace the “California Consumer Privacy Act” (CCPA) (AB 375) with a new privacy bill, voted for another technology-related ballot initiative, and … Continue reading Tech Election Results

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 November)

Further Reading  “Harris target of more misinformation than Pence, data shows” By Amanda Seitz — Associated Press News. Given the hostile treatment women and minorities in the United States face on social media, it is not a surprise that Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has faced a barrage of sexist, racist, and xenophobic invective online.“The Untold … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 November)

Section 230 Algorithm Bill

A pair of Democrats take a different approach on addressing the problems caused by social media platforms visa vis limiting liability protection. Two House Democrats have introduced legislation to reform 47 U.S.C. 230 (Section 230) from a different perspective than the flurry of Republican bills introduced in the last few months. Unlike those bills, the … Continue reading Section 230 Algorithm Bill