Supreme Court Justice Weighs In On Section 230; FCC To Move Ahead on Rulemaking

A conservative Justice on the Supreme Court opines on Section 230, and then the FCC announces it will proceed with rulemaking to clarify Section 230. There continues to be intense and growing scrutiny of social media platforms that benefit from the liability shield in 47 U.S.C. 230 (Section 230), particularly from Republicans who seem intent … Continue reading Supreme Court Justice Weighs In On Section 230; FCC To Move Ahead on Rulemaking

Court Issues Injunction On First Part of TikTok Ban

The Trump Administration’s efforts to start banning TikTok is blocked by a federal court, its second defeat this month. A federal court has granted a request made by TikTok to stop the first part of an order that would have required Apple and Google to remove the Chinese app from its stores or providing updates. … Continue reading Court Issues Injunction On First Part of TikTok Ban

TikTok Deal Struck And WeChat Wins Injunction

A TikTok deal may be taking shape even though there are indications the details have not been hammered out entirely. A federal court blocked implementation of the WeChat ban. Over the weekend with the 20 September effective dates looming on the TikTok and WeChat notices, there were separate developments that delayed implementation of the bans … Continue reading TikTok Deal Struck And WeChat Wins Injunction

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part VI

At this point, Congress is just looking to organize U.S. AI efforts, maximize resources, and better understand the field. Today, let us survey bills on artificial intelligence (AI), an area of growing interest and concern among Democratic and Republican Members. Lawmakers and staff have been grappling with this new technology, and, at this point, are … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part VI

Uncertainty As Deadlines Approach On TikTok and WeChat EOs

It is still not clear how matters will play out with a proposed Oracle/TikTok deal and the ban on WeChat (and possibly TikTok if an acceptable deal cannot be made.) Today, the Trump Administration issued orders barring TikTok and WeChat pursuant to executive orders issued an “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” … Continue reading Uncertainty As Deadlines Approach On TikTok and WeChat EOs

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part V

Congress may well pass IoT legislation this year, and the two bills under consideration take different approaches. Continuing our look at bills Congress may pass this year leads us to an issue area that has received attention but no legislative action; the Internet of Things (IoT). Many Members are aware and concerned about the lax … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part V

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part IV

There is an even chance that Congress further narrows the Section 230 liability shield given criticism of how tech companies have wielded this language. This year, Congress increased its focus on Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 that gives companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others blanket immunity from litigation based on the … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part IV

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part II

Appropriations will, of course, be enacted, but when is the question. And along with bills to fund the U.S. government come policy direction. As Congress returns from an eventful summer recess, it is possible technology focused and related legislation is passed or advances towards passage before the body leaves Washington in late September. Yesterday, we … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part II

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (13 August)

Here are Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events: Coming Events On 18 August, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the “Bias in AI Workshop, a virtual event to develop a shared understanding of bias in AI, what it is, and how to measure it.”The United States’ Department of Homeland Security’s … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (13 August)

White House Issues TikTok and WeChat Executive Orders

The Trump Administration ups the ante again with the PRC through the issuance of directives to ban TikTok and WeChat.   President Donald Trump and the White House acted against two popular applications from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on account of purported national security issues created by Americans downloading and using them. The … Continue reading White House Issues TikTok and WeChat Executive Orders