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New Paper Explains Why Technologists Should Rally Behind Section 230

At the request of James Grimmelmann, and with his editorial support, I wrote an essay for the Communications of the ACM called “Internet Immunity and the Freedom to Code.” The abstract: The Internet’s freedom to code is in jeopardy. In 1996, Congress enacted 47 U.S.C. § 230, which says Internet services aren’t liable for third-party content in many cases. In practice, for over two decades, Section 230 has legally immunized coders’ decisions about how to gather, organize, and publish third par...
Tags: Derivative Liability, Internet History


Apple is getting slammed by both Republicans and Democrats for pulling an app used by Hong Kong protesters to monitor police activity (AAPL)

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress slammed Apple on Thursday for the company's decision to pull a Hong Kong protest app from the App Store. The app, HKmap.live, allowed protesters to share the location of police activity. Apple pulled the app, saying the app was "used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong." "An authoritarian regime is violently suppressing its own citizens who are fighting for democracy," one senator tweeted. "Apple just sided with them." Vis...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hong Kong, Florida, Cook, Congress, Oregon, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Beijing, Missouri, Arkansas, New York Times, Tim Cook, Rockets


These 6 tech companies have made the controversial decision to try to operate in China, where the government can demand social media posts be removed or search results be censored

China's "Great Firewall" of internet censorship blocks content that the government deems sensitive, including reports of political unrest and references to Taiwan as an independent country. US tech companies including Facebook, Twitter, and others are banned from the country. But some tech companies made the controversial decision to comply with China's strict standards in order to operate within its borders. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US and China are locked in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, Congress, China, US, Trends, Linkedin, Taiwan, Overwatch, Beijing, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Tencent


Zuckerberg to appear before Congress about Facebook currency

With the company under scrutiny for market power and data privacy abuses, the plan to create an online currency has raised red flags in both parties.
Tags: Facebook, Congress, Tech, Zuckerberg


Apple Backtracks, Removes Hong Kong Police App In Response to Chinese Pressure

Apple on Thursday withdrew an app that enabled protesters to track police movements after heavy backlash from Chinese and Hong Kong authorities.The app, HKmap.live, represented clusters of police with the emoji of a dog, an insult that has been shouted at Hong Kong police during the ongoing protests in the city.Officials in Hong Kong told the company the app was being used to attack police. On Wednesday the Chinese Communist Party newspaper People's Daily published an editorial attacking App...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, News, Congress, China, Nba, Chinese communist party, Communist Party, State, Commerce Department, Europe China, Maya Wang, People s Daily, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Uighur Muslim


'Countries will only want control': Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak warns governments will stifle crypto grow through heavy regulation

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is concerned how global governments will regulate cryptocurrencies going forward.  While speaking at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki on Wednesday, Wozniak said he's "very much afraid" countries will "only want control" as cryptocurrencies spread, according to Bloomberg.  The comments come as advocates are battling to legitimize cryptocurrencies and government are trying to determine how to regulate them.  Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Trends, Bloomberg, Helsinki, Trump, Wozniak, Steve Wozniak, Jerome Powell, Nordic Business Forum, EQUI Global, Libra Federal Reserve Chair


'Countries will only want control': Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak warns governments will stifle crypto growth through heavy regulation

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is concerned how global governments will regulate cryptocurrencies going forward.  While speaking at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki on Wednesday, Wozniak said he's "very much afraid" countries will "only want control" as cryptocurrencies spread, according to Bloomberg.  The comments come as advocates are battling to legitimize cryptocurrencies and government are trying to determine how to regulate them.  Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Caribbean, Helsinki, Trump, Wozniak, Steve Wozniak, Jerome Powell, Nordic Business Forum, EQUI Global, Libra Federal Reserve Chair


DHS cyber unit wants to subpoena ISPs to identify vulnerable systems

Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division is pushing to change the law that would allow it to demand information from internet providers that would identify the owners of vulnerable systems, TechCrunch has learned. Sources familiar with the proposal say the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), founded just under a year ago, wants the new administrative subpoena powers to lawfully obtain the contact information of the owners of vulnerable devices or systems from internet prov...
Tags: Security, Congress, Government, Nsa, Tech, Pgp, Dhs, Fbi, Homeland Security, Signal, Cisa, New America, House Committee on Homeland Security, Jake Williams, TechCrunch Tarah Wheeler, Adam Comis


Facebook CEO to appear before Congress on currency plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress this month as the tech giant is under pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its massive market power and record of privacy breaches. Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who heads the House Financial Services Committee, has announced that Zuckerberg will testify at a […]
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, News, Congress, California, Washington, Ap, Nation, Zuckerberg, House Financial Services Committee


Spotify Updates Video Targeting Apple On Same Day As Siri Integration: 'It's time to play fair'

[UPDATED] Instead of using yesterday's announcement that Siri now included voice control of Spotify to make nice with Apple, the streamer seemingly doubled down on criticism of its much larger tech rival. "Apple comes between you  and the music you love to listen to" "We love Apple. But we don't love it when Apple comes between you and the music you love to listen to," declares an updated video posted by Spotify yesterday. In fact, the "years" that it took Apple to allow Spoti...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Congress, US, Siri, Eu, Bruce Houghton


Spotify Releases Video Targeting Apple On Same Day As Siri Integration: 'It's time to play fair'

Instead of using yesterday's announcement that Siri now included voice control of Spotify to make nice with Apple, the streamer had doubled down on the criticism of its much larger rival. "Apple comes between you  and the music you love to listen to" "We love Apple. But we don't love it when Apple comes between you and the music you love to listen to," declares a new video released by Apple yesterday. In fact, the "years" that it took Apple to allow Spotify to access Siri and ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Congress, US, Siri, Eu, Bruce Houghton


Bipartisan Senate Report Calls For Sweeping Effort To Prevent Russian Interference in 2020 Election

A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social media sites aren't used to interfere in the coming presidential election, delivering a sobering assessment about the weaknesses that Russian operatives exploited in the 2016 campaign. From a report: The Senate Intelligence Committee, a Republican-led panel that has been investigating foreign electoral interference for more than two and a half years, said in blun...
Tags: Congress, White House, Russia, Tech, Hillary Clinton, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen Richard Burr, Congress The White House


Checking in on the state of ISAs

Income share agreements (ISAs) rose to public awareness this year — if measured in press articles and discussion on “VC Twitter” — after several years of niche experimentation among a small community of education advocates. An ISA in a financing model where the student participates in an education program without paying tuition, then pays a certain percentage of their income for a set period of time in return. As I mentioned in my analysis of ISAs back in April, there is rapid growth in ISA pilo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Congress, Government, Elizabeth Warren, US, Tech, Getty Images, Policy, United States, Equality, Venture Capital, Marco Rubio, Isa, Susa Ventures


UK police handed over 7 people's photos to a controversial facial recognition scheme

A UK police report showed London's Metropolitan Police gave photos of seven people to a controversial facial recognition scheme in the Kings Cross area in the centre of the capital. The photos were of "wanted individuals, known offenders and missing persons." The police couldn't confirm whether any matches had resulted from the images being shared. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A report from the Metropolitan Police showed the extent of a surreptitious plan to use facia...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, London, Congress, Navy, Trends, Camden, Metropolitan Police, King, Kings Cross, King s Cross, Cross, Big Brother Watch, King s Cross Argent


Congress antitrust probe asks Spotify for Apple abuse info

Lawmakers in Congress want Spotify to detail its allegations of abuses by digital rival Apple as part of a federal antitrust probe, reports Reuters late on Friday citing two anonymous sources. The investigation seeks to determine if Apple engages in anti-competitive behavior to give its own Apple apps an unfair advantage in the Apple Store marketplace. Spotify has been gunning for a federal antitrust probe into Apple for several years now. Excerpt from Reuters: The U.S. House of Representativ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Post, Business, Technology, News, Congress, European Union, Monopolies, Antitrust, Reuters, U S House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Spotify Technology SA, Digital Monopolies, Diane Bartz Stephen Nellis


US, UK Sign Pact To Share Electronic Evidence in Criminal Cases

The US and UK signed an agreement this week that will allow law enforcement officials in both countries to demand tech companies in the other's country to furnish electronic evidence for use in criminal investigations. The agreement is the first approved under the controversial CLOUD Act passed by Congress last year. From a report: The agreement between the two counties "will dramatically speed up investigations by removing legal barriers to timely and effective collection of electronic evidence...
Tags: UK, Congress, US, Tech, US Justice Department, William Barr


Some DNA test costs are tax deductible. Are smartwatches, other health apps next on IRS-OK list?

No, that's not me. I would be the person face down on my exercise mat next to this woman. (Photo by Stefano Montagner via Flickr) My exercise class instructors are trying to kill me. OK, not exactly and not me specifically, but for all practical purposes I'm on their hit list. My fitness club's new teachers are real feel-the-burn, you-can-do-it types. Plus, due to some recent pressing personal matters, I haven't made it to my regular classes for a while. Now that I'm attending again, my out...
Tags: Apple, Taxes, Congress, Washington, Capitol Hill, Dyson, Wall Street Journal, Irs, U S Food and Drug Administration, Internal Revenue Service, HSA, Covington Burling LLP, New IRS, Stefano Montagner, 23andMe the IRS, Marianna Dyson


Seattle considering Lyft & Uber tax to pay for streetcar

Lyft and Uber rides would face a new fee in Seattle to help pay for a public transportation option. (Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil via Flickr Creative Commons) The hubby inherited some gas leases from a distant relative many years ago. It's not quite the same as Texas legend Eddie Chiles' famous urging that "if you don't have an oil well, get one," but the royalties have come in handy. One of the first purchases we made using this money was to buy new bicycles. We got a kick out of fossil fue...
Tags: Apple, Lyft, New York, Texas, London, Taxes, Maryland, Congress, Washington, Virginia, New York City, Chicago, United Kingdom, Philadelphia, Seattle, District Of Columbia


Guest post by Prof. Chien: Comparative Patent Quality and the Prior Art Gap

Guest post by Colleen V. Chien, Professor, Santa Clara University Law School. This post is the third in a series about insights developed based on USPTO data. “If we could further narrow this gap in prior art between examination and litigation, then the accuracy of the patent grant – and therefore, its reliability – would increase.” – Director Andrei Iancu As Congress charts its path for the rest of the year, many in the patent community are eagerly awaiting new legislation on patentable subject...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, Office, US, Commission, Uspto, Patent, Wasserman, NPL, Examiner, IPR, Patent Trial and Appeals Board, PTAB


Terrible Ninth Circuit 230(c)(2) Ruling Will Make the Internet More Dangerous–Enigma v. Malwarebytes

This ruling caused this PUP to have a bad day. Photo by Anik Shrestha The Ninth Circuit has issued a Section 230(c)(2) opinion that creates significant problems for anti-spyware/spam/virus vendors (I’ll call them “anti-threat vendors”). The ruling will paralyze their decision-making, expose them to greater legal threats, and reduce their ability to protect consumers from unwanted software. This ruling makes the Internet less safe. I hope the Ninth Circuit will fix it via further proceedings. Ba...
Tags: Google, Law, Congress, Court, US, Rebecca, Margaret Thatcher, Kaspersky, Enigma, Malwarebytes, Privacy/security, Carter, 9th Circuit, Fisher, Congressional, Ninth Circuit


Hate Speech and Ethics: A 3-Dimensional Issue

Each September, PRSA celebrates Ethics Month, featuring programs presented by the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS). This year’s theme is “Ethics Every Day.” Please join the discussion via #PRethics, and follow along with our ethics-related blog posts, webinars and Twitter Chats throughout the month. It’s not uncommon to see and hear the term “hate speech” in 2019. The fact that it exists cannot be argued, but the larger question is, what exactly constitutes hate speech?...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Congress, Indiana, Pr, Ethics, Free Speech, Pittsburgh, Tam, U S Supreme Court, Brandenburg, Tim O'Brien, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU, APR, BEPS


Government Gets Tough with Facebook Following Numerous Scandals

Increasing concerns over how tech companies manage and use user privacy and data has led to the U.S. government positioning itself of clamp down on offenders. First in line is Facebook, which is now subject of a multi-state investigation over its data practices. Google is also in the firing line, while other tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft will likely watch on with uneasy interest. Services like Google and Facebook have become hugely valuable for consumers. Whether its connecting with fr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, News, Microsoft, Congress, Seo, United States, The Washington Post, James, Letitia James, Chris Voss, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Following Numerous Scandals, Facebook New York


News Publishers Go To War With the Internet — and We All Lose

Around the world, news industry trade associations are corruptly cashing in their political capital — which they have because their members are newspapers, and politicians are scared of them — in desperate acts of protectionism to attack platform companies. The result is a raft of legislation that will damage the internet and in the end hurt everyone, including journalists and especially citizens. As I was sitting in the airport leaving Newsgeist Europe, a convening for journalists and publishe...
Tags: Google, Europe, Publishing, New York, London, Instagram, Congress, Washington, Berlin, Uncategorized, US, Google Search, Journalism, Eu, Copyright, Regulation


U.S. State Department begins social media screening for nearly all visa applicants

Yesterday the U.S. State Department began implementing its requirement that nearly all U.S. visa applicants submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers as part of the application process. The new requirement, which could affect up to 15 million would-be travelers to the U.S., is part of a broad expansion of enhanced screening under the Trump administration. First proposed in March 2018, the State Department only just updated the application forms to request th...
Tags: TC, Congress, China, America, Tech, Ap, United States, Xi Jinping, New Zealand, Associated Press, State Department, OECD, Economist, Trump, U S State Department, Organization of Economic Co


Nancy Pelosi calls Facebook 'willing enablers of Russian interference'

House speaker says ‘I can take it’ after site keeps doctored video up, but criticizes their role in spread of false informationHouse speaker Nancy Pelosi has strongly criticised Facebook for failing to tackle misinformation after the social media giant refused to take down a video that had been doctored to make her appear drunk or ill.Pelosi, the highest ranking woman in Congress, is the most senior US politician to have accused Facebook of “wittingly” allowing the spread of misinformation promo...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Congress, Russia, US, US news, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi


Nancy Pelosi condemns Facebook as 'willing enablers of Russian interference'

House speaker says ‘I can take it’ after site keeps doctored video up, but criticizes their role in spread of false informationHouse speaker Nancy Pelosi has strongly criticised Facebook for failing to tackle misinformation after the social media network refused to take down a video that had been doctored to make her appear drunk or ill.Pelosi, the highest ranking woman in Congress, is the most senior US politician to have accused Facebook of “wittingly” allowing the spread of misinformation pro...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Congress, Russia, US, US news, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi


1980s Metalhead Kids Are Alright: Scientific Study Shows That They Became Well-Adjusted Adults

In the 1980s, The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), an organization co-founded by Tipper Gore and the wives of several other Washington power brokers, launched a political campaign against pop music, hoping to put warning labels on records that promoted Sex, Violence, Drug and Alcohol Use. Along the way, the PMRC issued "the Filthy Fifteen," a list of 15 particularly objectionable songs. Hits by Madonna, Prince and Cyndi Lauper made the list. But the list really took aim at heavy met...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Facebook, Music, Congress, College, Washington, San Francisco, Metallica, Snider, Facebook Twitter, Cyndi Lauper, KQED, Tipper Gore, Dee Snider, UT Austin


FCC’s broadband deployment report called ‘fundamentally at odds with reality’

The FCC has officially issued this year’s Broadband Deployment Report, summarizing the extent to which the agency and industry have closed the digital divide in this country. But not everyone agrees with it: “The rosy picture the report paints about the status of broadband deployment is fundamentally at odds with reality,” said Geoffrey Starks in a lengthy dissenting statement. The yearly report, mandated by Congress, documents things like new broadband customers in rural areas, broadband exp...
Tags: New York, Fcc, Microsoft, Congress, Government, Time, Tech, Broadband, Policy, Telecommunications, Telecoms, Commission, Starks, Rielly, Rosenworcel, Michael O Rielly


A moment of remembrance on Memorial Day

I always wanted to be a Marine, but it wasn't until the first day of rugby practice at the Naval Academy my sophomore year that I knew I was going to be a Marine. One of my coaches—an active duty larger-than-life Marine officer—took one look at me and declared, "Yep, you're going to be a Marine." That was Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Shea, who was killed the following year in combat near Fallujah, Iraq. He was the first person I knew to be killed in action and the first person I think of on Memorial...
Tags: Google, Congress, Search, Marine, United States, Amtrak, Kevin, Naval Academy, Kevin Shea, Fallujah Iraq, National Moment of Remembrance, Kevin Travis Betsy Van Wes Matt, Lance Corporal Teal Ewer


CFIUS Cometh: What this Obscure Agency Does and Why It Matters to Your Fund or Startup

Evan J. Zimmerman Contributor Evan J. Zimmerman is an entrepreneur, investor, and writer. He is the Chairman of Jovono and Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative technology council. He is a partner and director in Mighty Mug/Mighty Products, Inc, and chairman of Brush Up Club, an innovative oral health company. On January 12, 2016, Grindr announced it had sold a 60% controlling stake in the company to Beijing Kunlun Tech, a Chinese gaming firm, valu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Column, Asia, Congress, Washington, Finance, Government, Senate, China, Softbank, Defense, Tech, Hack, Policy



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