Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reversed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that Facebook’s login notification text system, especially its database of phone numbers, violated a federal law barring abusive telemarketing practices. The case turned on whether Facebook’s system is an “automatic telephone … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (29 March 2021)

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Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

Further Reading “Millions of people’s data is at risk’ — Amazon insiders sound alarm over security” — By Vincent Mamancourt — Politico EU. Three whistleblowers are claiming that Amazon has widespread data protection and privacy issues, some of which may violate European Union (EU) or United States (U.S.) law. They claimed the company culture was … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

GAO Emphasizes Increased Cyber Risk To U.S. Government and Again Identifies Other Technology Risks

The Comptroller General again finds a number of technology programs and policies to be lacking in the biennial list of risky areas. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its biennial High-Risk List and a number of technology issues remained at the fore, with some having become more serious since 2019 when the GAO last named … Continue reading GAO Emphasizes Increased Cyber Risk To U.S. Government and Again Identifies Other Technology Risks

FY 2021 Omnibus and COVID Stimulus Become Law

The end-of-the-year funding package for FY 2021 is stuffed with technology policy changes. At the tail end of the calendar year 2020, Congress and the White House finally agreed on FY 2021 appropriations and further COVID-19 relief funding and policies, much of which implicated or involved technology policy. As is often the practice, Congressional stakeholders … Continue reading FY 2021 Omnibus and COVID Stimulus Become Law

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (9 December)

Further Reading “Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company’s Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups” By Lauren Kaori Gurley — Vice’s Motherboard. Yet another article by Vice drawing back the curtain on Amazon’s labor practices, especially its apparently fervent desire to stop unionizing. This piece shines light on the company’s Global Security Operations Center that tracks … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (9 December)

Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (7 December)

Further Reading “Facebook steps up campaign to ban false information about coronavirus vaccines” By Elizabeth Dwoskin — The Washington Post. In its latest step to find and remove lies, misinformation, and disinformation, the social media giant is now committing to removing and blocking untrue material about COVID-19 vaccines, especially from the anti-vaccine community. Will the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (7 December)

American and Canadian Agencies Take Differing Approaches On Regulating AI

The outgoing Trump Administration tells agencies to lightly regulate AI; Canada’s privacy regulator calls for strong safeguards and limits on use of AI, including legislative changes. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued guidance for federal agencies on how they are to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) not in use by the government. This … Continue reading American and Canadian Agencies Take Differing Approaches On Regulating AI

Bill To Reform IOT Security in U.S. Passes Congress

A long awaited bill to revamp how the U.S. government secures its IOT is on its way to the White House. Last night, the Senate agreed to a House passed bill that would remake how the United States (U.S.) government buys Internet of Things (IOT) items, with the idea that requiring security standards in government … Continue reading Bill To Reform IOT Security in U.S. Passes Congress

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

Further Reading  “Harris target of more misinformation than Pence, data shows” By Amanda Seitz — Associated Press News. Given the hostile treatment women and minorities in the United States face on social media, it is not a surprise that Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has faced a barrage of sexist, racist, and xenophobic invective online.“The Untold … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 November)