Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 May 2021)

Subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want updates on global technology developments four times a week. Other Developments In an overwhelming vote, the European Parliament urged the European Commission (EC) to craft “clear” transfer guidelines under the next adequacy decision allowing for the transfer of personal data to the United States (U.S.) in … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 May 2021)

UK Unveils Online Safety Bill

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. The United Kingdom (UK) has followed Australia and the European Union with legislation to address “online harms.” Twitter The British are coming. Does that make Mark Zuckerberg Paul Revere? Or would … Continue reading UK Unveils Online Safety Bill

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (17 May 2021)

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. Other Developments The Senate Rules and Administration Committee met last week to markup its version of the “For The People Act” (S.1), an omnibus voting rights, election security, campaign finance, and … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (17 May 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 May 2021)

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. Other Developments The Biden Administration launched a new website on United States (U.S.) government efforts on artificial intelligence (AI): http://www.ai.gov. Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer and the National Artificial Intelligence … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 May 2021)

Five Eyes and EU Renew Emphasis on Encryption

In separate but potentially related developments, a few key governments are again arguing that end-to-end default encryption is foiling law enforcement efforts, especially regarding child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Twitter FVEY and EU see a future where there will be encryption law enforcement can access as needed. Tech thinks differently. Cocktail Party Some of the … Continue reading Five Eyes and EU Renew Emphasis on Encryption

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (22 April 2021)

Other Developments In response to new vulnerabilities turned up by FireEye, the United States (U.S.) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Emergency Directive (ED) 21-03 “requiring federal civilian departments and agencies running Pulse Connect Secure products to assess and mitigate any anomalous activity or active exploitation detected on their networks.” Media accounts describe persistent … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (22 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)

U.S. Federal Government and States Ask Court To Break Up Facebook

Antitrust suits finally filed against Facebook. The U.S. and state governments want to spin off WhatsApp and Instagram. As has been long rumored, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general have filed lawsuits against Facebook, claiming the social media giant has pursued anti-competitive practices in violation of federal and state laws. This is … Continue reading U.S. Federal Government and States Ask Court To Break Up Facebook

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

Further Reading “Social media superspreaders: Why Instagram, not Facebook, will be the real battleground for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation” By Isobel Asher Hamilton — Business Insider. According to one group, COVID-19 anti-vaccination lies and misinformation are proliferating on Instagram despite its parent company’s, Facebook, efforts to find and remove such content. There has been dramatic growth … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (10 December)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)

Further Reading  “The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone” By Jack Nicas — The New York Times. So, about “Going Dark.” Turns out nations and law enforcement officials have either oversold the barrier that default end-to-end encryption on phones creates or did not understand the access that police were already getting to many encrypted … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)