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)

State Google Antitrust Suit Widens

One of the Google antitrust suits expands to encompass a recently announced “privacy” measure the tech giant will institute on Chrome. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) announced additional states and territories have joined the antitrust suit he is leading against Google. He also filed a revised and expanded complaint that brings additional claims against … Continue reading State Google Antitrust Suit Widens

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)

Senate Judiciary Begins Hearings on Antitrust

The subcommittee in the Senate that oversees antitrust and competition policy started its hearings on what reform legislation may look like. Members agree there’s a problem but not on solutions. Following the lead of the House Judiciary Committee, the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over antitrust matters held a hearing on antitrust reform. The Senate Judiciary … Continue reading Senate Judiciary Begins Hearings on Antitrust

House Judiciary Holds Second Hearing On Antitrust Reform, Focusing on News Industry

The House Judiciary Committee continues its look at antitrust reform with an eye on legislation akin to the new statute Australia put in place to help media negotiate remuneration from Google and Facebook. I will switching to a new platform soon. In the near future, I will be using The Wavelength as my primary means … Continue reading House Judiciary Holds Second Hearing On Antitrust Reform, Focusing on News Industry

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22, 23, 24, and 25 February 2021)

Further Reading “The Long Hack: How China Exploited a U.S. Tech Supplier” By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley — Bloomberg. This piece argues that the United States (U.S.) government knew of vulnerabilities in Super Micro Computer Inc.’s products used by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) but chose to keep them secret. This article follows … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22, 23, 24, and 25 February 2021)

Let’s Make A Deal: Facebook and Australia

Australia passes its code that requires Google and Facebook to strike deals with the nation’s news media to correct the imbalance in bargaining power. This happened only after Facebook pulled the plug on its News feature and provisions in the bill were loosened as part of a compromise. After imposing a news ban in Australia, Facebook … Continue reading Let’s Make A Deal: Facebook and Australia

ACCC Ad Tech Report

Stopping short of saying it will file suit against Google, Australia’s competition authority finds plenty of issues in the “ad tech” market caused by Google. Australia’s competition regulator has issued its interim report on the state of a section of the online advertising world, and like other regulators around the world, have found that Google … Continue reading ACCC Ad Tech Report

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

Further Reading “DHS, State and NIH join list of federal agencies — now five — hacked in major Russian cyberespionage campaign” By Ellen Nakashima and Craig Timberg — The Washington Post; “Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit” By David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth and Eric Schmitt — The New York … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (15 December)

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)