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)

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

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (8 February 2021)

Further Reading “‘A kiss of death’: Top GOP tech critics are personae non gratae after election challenge” By Cristiano Lima — Politico. I take these articles with a block of salt, not least of which because many inside the Beltway articles lack perspective and a sense of history. For sure, in the short term the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (8 February 2021)

Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (20 and 21 January 2021)

Further Reading “Amazon’s Ring Neighbors app exposed users’ precise locations and home addresses” By Zack Whittaker — Tech Crunch. Again Amazon’s home security platform suffers problems by way of users data being exposed or less than protected.“Harassment of Chinese dissidents was warning signal on disinformation” By Shawna Chen and Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian — Axios. In an … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (20 and 21 January 2021)

Setting The Plate For Section 230 Hearing

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee seek to frame the 28 October hearing on Section 230 in the light they favor. Before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held its hearing today on 47 U.S.C. 230 (Section 230), both Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sought … Continue reading Setting The Plate For Section 230 Hearing

Questionable Hunter Biden Article Blocked; Republicans Claim Bias

After social media platforms decline to allow the unfettered distribution of an article planted by Trump associates, Republicans increase their rage towards these companies. Last week, at first, both Twitter and Facebook blocked their users from posting a very questionable New York Post article about the allegedly illegal and unethical business dealings of former Vice … Continue reading Questionable Hunter Biden Article Blocked; Republicans Claim Bias

Section 230 Hearings

Republicans continue to spotlight Section 230 and supposed bias against conservatives on social media platforms. On 1 October , against a backdrop of coordinated, increasing Republican focus on 47 U.S.C. 230 (aka Section 230), the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted unanimously to subpoena three technology CEOs: Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter;Sundar … Continue reading Section 230 Hearings

Uncertainty As Deadlines Approach On TikTok and WeChat EOs

It is still not clear how matters will play out with a proposed Oracle/TikTok deal and the ban on WeChat (and possibly TikTok if an acceptable deal cannot be made.) Today, the Trump Administration issued orders barring TikTok and WeChat pursuant to executive orders issued an “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” … Continue reading Uncertainty As Deadlines Approach On TikTok and WeChat EOs

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (30 July)

First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. Here are Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events. Coming Events On 30 July, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (30 July)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (21 July)

First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. Here are Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events. Coming Events The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will hold its fifth annual PrivacyCon on 21 July and has released … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (21 July)