Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (23 June 2021)

Subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want updates on global technology developments four times a week. Other Developments European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and United States (U.S.) President Joe Biden announced the formation of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) at the US-EU Summit in Brussels. The EC further … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (23 June 2021)

EU and Australia Take Aim At App Stores

Two of the more active tech regulators signal action on Google and Apple’s anti-competitive practices app stores for some of the same reasons. Twitter Australia and the EU look at app stores, with possible action coming. Cocktail Party The European Commission (EC) is moving ahead with investigation of Apple’s potentially anti-competitive App Store practices with … Continue reading EU and Australia Take Aim At App Stores

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (21 April 2021)

Other Developments At the conclusion of their meeting in which they renewed the United States-Japan alliance, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide announced a number of joint initiatives to counter the growing influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), some of which pertained to technology. In a statement, the governments explained how … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (21 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (20 April 2021)

Other Developments A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives wrote the President asking for funding to stimulate semiconductor production in the United States (U.S.) per provisions in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (P.L. 116-283). In a press release issued by one of the signatories, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the Members stated:We write … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (20 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15 April 2021)

You can receive all the content posted on my blog by subscribing to my free (for now) newsletter, the Wavelength, which covers the major events in the world of technology policy, politics, and law. I spent more than a decade working on these issues in Washington DC as both a staffer in Congress and a … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15 April 2021)

EDPB Weighs In On Virtual Voice Assistants

The EU’s GDPR watchdog details its views on how the Siris, Alexas, and Assistants can stay on the right side of EU law. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is asking for feedback on draft guidance on “virtual voice assistants” (VVA) like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant, and how the General Data Protection … Continue reading EDPB Weighs In On Virtual Voice Assistants

Antitrust Inquiry Continues

The beginnings of possible bipartisan antitrust reform legislation begin to emerge. Whether Democrats and the White House will play “small ball” is unclear. First, subscribe to my new newsletter, the Wavelength, to get all the content you have come to enjoy on my blog. I’m a former lobbyist and Congressional staffer who understand the politics, … Continue reading Antitrust Inquiry Continues

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (25 March 2021)

Other Developments California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was confirmed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, but before he left this position, he named Matt Rodriguez Chief Deputy Attorney General. Rodriguez will be the acting Attorney General until Governor Gavin Newsom (D) nominates a person the legislature confirms.The White House indicated President Joe … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (25 March 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15, 16, and 17 March 2021)

Other Developments The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) on the “Compromise of Microsoft Exchange Server.” The agencies stated:The FBI and CISA assess that nation-state actors and cyber criminals are likely among those exploiting these vulnerabilities. The exploitation … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15, 16, and 17 March 2021)

House Judiciary Starts To Look At Antitrust Legislation

After its report on the anti-competitive activities of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, the subcommittee is looking to turn its recommendations into law. Picking up where it left off in the last Congress, a House subcommittee renewed its focus on antitrust and anti-competitive behavior in the technology field with an eye to turning its massive … Continue reading House Judiciary Starts To Look At Antitrust Legislation