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)

Five Eyes Again Lean On Tech About Encryption

In the latest demand, the usual suspects are joined by two new nations in urging tech to stop using default encryption and to essentially build backdoors. The Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance plus two Asian nations have released an “International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety,” which represents the latest FVEY salvo in their campaign … Continue reading Five Eyes Again Lean On Tech About Encryption

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

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

Coming Events The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights Subcommittee will hold a hearing on 15 September titled “Stacking the Tech: Has Google Harmed Competition in Online Advertising?.” In their press release, Chair Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asserted:Google is the dominant player in online advertising, a business … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (14 September)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (10 September)

Coming Events The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold a forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks on 14 September. The FCC assertedChairman [Ajit] Pai will host experts at the forefront of the development and deployment of open, interoperable, standards-based, virtualized radio access networks to discuss this innovative new approach to 5G network architecture. Open … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (10 September)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (31 August)

Today's Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events. Coming Events On 10 September, the General Services Administration (GSA) will have a webinar to discuss implementation of Section 889 of the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2019” (P.L. 115-232) that bars the federal government and its contractors from buying the equipment … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (31 August)

Court Splits Between Apple and Epic Games

The Fortnite makers loses its effort to force Apple to put it back into the App Store, but it does succeed in getting the court to restore Unreal Engine to the App Store.      In response to Epic Games’ suit against Apple, the United States (U.S.) court denied the request for an injunction that would force … Continue reading Court Splits Between Apple and Epic Games

Big Tech CEOs Appear At Hearing

In a marathon hearing, Democrats make their case on why big tech is engaged in antitrust and anti-competitive practices. Whether this hearing and a future report change anything is an open question. First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from … Continue reading Big Tech CEOs Appear At Hearing