Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (15 October)

Further Reading  “Amazon to escape UK digital services tax that will hit smaller traders” By Mark Sweney — The Guardian. According to media reports, the United Kingdom’s (UK) new digital services tax will not be levied on goods Amazon sells directly to consumers. Rather, the new tax HM Revenue and Customs will be on the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (15 October)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (14 October)

Further Reading  “The Man Who Speaks Softly—and Commands a Big Cyber Army” By Garrett Graff — WIRED. A profile of General Paul Nakasone, the leader of both the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) and Cyber Command, who has operated mostly in the background during the tumultuous Trump Administration. He has likely set the template … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (14 October)

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

Further Reading  “False Rumors Often Start at the Top” By Shira Ovide — The New York Times. This piece traces how misinformation can arise from poorly phrased or ambiguous statements and utterances from authorities or famous people. Throw in a very liberal dose of people misinterpreting, and it’s a miracle there’s any clear communication online.“With … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (13 October)

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

Coming Events On 6 October, the House Administration Committee’s Elections Subcommittee will hold a virtual hearing titled “Voting Rights and Election Administration: Combatting Misinformation in the 2020 Election.”The United States’ Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that its third annual National Cybersecurity Summit “will be held virtually as a … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 October)

Technology Antitrust Hearing

With its investigation nearing an end, a subcommittee hears from antitrust witnesses on how to best address the problems turned up in Big Tech. On October 1, the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee held a hearing as part of its series on online competition titled “Proposals to Strengthen the Antitrust Laws … Continue reading Technology Antitrust Hearing

Section 230 Hearings

Republicans continue to spotlight Section 230 and supposed bias against conservatives on social media platforms. On 1 October , against a backdrop of coordinated, increasing Republican focus on 47 U.S.C. 230 (aka Section 230), the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted unanimously to subpoena three technology CEOs: Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter;Sundar … Continue reading Section 230 Hearings

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (30 September)

Coming Events On October 1, the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee will hold a hearing as part of its series on online competition at which it may unveil its proposal on how to reform antitrust enforcement for the digital age. The hearing is titled “Proposals to Strengthen the Antitrust Laws and … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (30 September)

House Hearing On Social Media and Extremism

House Energy and Commerce Committee looked at the effects of social media on the U.S. especially in growing radicalization. The House Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing on the role social media plays in the proliferation of extremism. Democrats and Republicans continued to articulate different views of the causes and … Continue reading House Hearing On Social Media and Extremism

Administration Sends Section 230 Legislation To Congress; Senate Committee Set To Mark Up Its Second Section 230 Bill This Year

The Administration sends its Section 230 reform bill to Congress as a committee is gearing up to consider a second such bill in a matter of months. There has been increased activity among Republicans in the Administration and Congress regarding the liability shield provided to technology companies in 47 U.S.C. 230 (Section 230 of the … Continue reading Administration Sends Section 230 Legislation To Congress; Senate Committee Set To Mark Up Its Second Section 230 Bill This Year