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The Head of Instagram Agrees To Testify as Congress Probes the App's Effects on Young People

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. From a report: Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, who will lead the hearing. Mr. Mosseri's appearance follows hearings this year with Antigone Davis, the global head of safety for Meta, the pare...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Tech, Connecticut, Davis, Meta, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Instagram and Facebook, Commerce Committee, Antigone Davis, Adam Mosseri

US Senate’s hearing on Section 230 devolved into political grandstanding

For a hearing on Section 230 that saw high profile testimonies from CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google, there was hardly any discussion on the subject. The US Senate’s Commerce Committee’s hearing on the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — which protects social media companies from being responsible for content posted by users — was marred by political grandstanding and bickering. Republican members of the committee tried to accuse the companies of censoring president Donald Trump ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Utah, Post, New York Post, Texas, News, Minnesota, Mississippi, Colorado, Washington, Senate, US

Two key GOP senators propose $28.8 billion in airline assistance to avoid job cuts

Two key Republican senators on Monday introduced legislation that would authorize $28.8 billion in payroll assistance to avoid thousands of airline industry layoffs set to begin on Oct. 1. Senators Roger Wicker, who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Susan Collins, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing airline issues, introduced the measure that would grant airlines a new bailout days before existing payroll support runs out. Airlines are making a last-ditch effort to win fundi...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, Gop, Susan Collins, Roger Wicker, Commerce Committee

35 years ago the Senate held hearings on rock lyrics. It was a First Amendment showdown for the ages.

Tipper Gore testifies at the Senate hearings on rock lyrics on September 19, 1985. C-Span It's become known as the "PMRC Senate hearing," or the "Tipper Gore-Frank Zappa hearing," or the "rock-porn hearing." It was September 19, 1985, smack dab in the middle of the Reagan era. Moral panics were the order of the day. Sen. Al Gore's wife, Tipper, was upset that a Prince album she bought for her daughter had risque lyrics. She literally made a federal case out of it. As politicians and their ...
Tags: Fcc, Maryland, Congress, California, Senate, Germany, Virginia, John Lennon, America, Trends, Walmart, Reagan, Nasa, Cnn, World, Pennsylvania

PACT Act takes on internet platform content rules with ‘a scalpel rather than a jackhammer’

The PACT Act is a new bipartisan effort to reform Section 230, the crucial liability shield that enables internet platforms to exist, approaching the law’s shortcomings “with a scalpel rather than a jackhammer,” as Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) describes it. It would be a welcome alternative to the dangerous EARN IT Act and risible Executive Order also in the running. Section 230 protects companies online from being liable for content posted by their users, as long as those companies remove illega...
Tags: Facebook, Fcc, Government, Senate, Tech, Policy, Justice Department, Trump, Brian Schatz, Sen Schatz, Sen John Thune, Commerce Committee, Section 230, PACT act

Senate risks a return, but House stays away

By LISA MASCARO | AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON — Weighing the risks, the Senate will reopen on Monday as the coronavirus crisis rages and the House stays shuttered, an approach that leaves Congress as divided as the nation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to convene 100 senators at the Capitol during a pandemic gives President Donald Trump the imagery he wants of America getting back to work, despite health worries and a lack of testing. Yet, the Washington region ...
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Boeing CEO to Tell Senate ‘We Made Mistakes’ in 737 Max Jet

(Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg plans to kick off a pair of critical appearances before U.S. lawmakers by admitting the planemaker made mistakes on the 737 Max, even as a fresh allegation emerged that the company withheld key safety information ahead of two fatal crashes.Muilenburg is the first company official to publicly testify on Boeing’s role in the tragedies that killed 346 people and badly dented public confidence in the manufacturer. Riding on his perf...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Indonesia, Washington, Oregon, Senate, Chicago, Ted Cruz, Capitol Hill, Faa, Boeing, Max, Flint, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, U S House

Boeing’s Max Crisis May Turn Pliant Congress From Friend to Foe

(Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. President Dennis Muilenburg faces lawmakers this week outraged over a pair of disasters that raise questions about the safety of the company’s marquee jet and could result in tightened oversight of the world’s biggest planemaker.Muilenburg will testify before House and Senate committees overseeing aviation starting Tuesday, one year from the date when a Lion Air 737 Max plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. It will be the first time Muilenburg take...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Washington, Oregon, Senate, House, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Capitol Hill, Washington State, Faa, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Committee, Ntsb

House Net Neutrality Bill Expected to Have Little Chance in Senate

“Very little chance of that being passed in the Senate,” Senator Roger Wicker, of Mississippi, who is chairman of the Commerce Committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission, said in an interview. “It’s dead as 4 o’clock,” said Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican.
Tags: Science, Mississippi, Senate, Federal Communications Commission, Louisiana, John Kennedy, Roger Wicker, Commerce Committee

Senate committee to investigate FAA safety inspectors

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee says it’s investigating whistleblower complaints about the training and credentials of federal inspectors who evaluated a Boeing jet involved in two deadly crashes. Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker asked the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday for documents and other information. Wicker says multiple whistleblowers say “numerous” FAA inspectors who […]
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House Democrats Tell Ajit Pai: Stop Screwing Over the Public

slack_justyb shares a report from Ars Technica: The House Commerce Committee is "reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority," Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) said in an announcement yesterday. Pallone, Jr. and Doyle wrote a letter to Pai, saying that he has made the FCC too secretive ...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Ars Technica, United States, House, Tom Wheeler, Committee, Pai, Doyle, Ajit Pai, House Commerce Committee, Michael Powell, Commerce Committee, Frank Pallone Jr, Mike Doyle D Penn, Pallone Jr

Here’s A List Of Commerce Committee GOPers Who Apologized To Pruitt For Dems’ Questions

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faced two very different crowds Thursday during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment. On one side of the aisle, Democrats pressed him on his lavish security and office furnishing costs, rollbacks of Obama-era environmental protections and reports of retaliation against whistleblowers. Many Republicans, on the other hand, thanked Pruitt for his work and apologized for their colleagues. Here are some highlights: Rep. Joe ...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Washington, Epa, Scott Pruitt, Trump, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Bill Johnson, Pruitt, Jeff Duncan, David McKinley, Joe Barton, Commerce Committee, Matt Shuham, Prime Beta

No, Zuckerberg can’t lie to Congress just because he’s not under oath

While the press and public may have been denied a dramatic raise-your-right-hand moment in Congress this week, Facebook’s chief executive is still under legal obligation to tell the truth. If it feels like Zuckerberg is bending the truth, know that making a false statement to Congress might be difficult to prove given the slippery nature of Congressional testimony, but it’s still illegal. Since some corners of the internet appear to be floating a conspiracy theory that Zuckerberg can get away wi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Congress, Government, Senate, Tech, Cnn, House Of Representatives, Chuck Grassley, Dianne Feinstein, Zuckerberg, Congressional, Senate Committee, Commerce Committee

LIVE: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify to Congress (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg is facing what may be the toughest grilling of his life. On Tuesday at some time after 2 p.m ET (11 a.m. PT, or 7 p.m. BST), the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before a joint committee hearing of the United States Senate.  His appearance comes in the wake of a string of scandals — most recently from Cambridge Analytica improperly obtaining as many as 87 million users' personal data, but also the intense blowback the company has faced over fake news and its role in Ru...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Senate, Trends, United States, George W Bush, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, BST, Judiciary Committee, Cambridge Analytica, Commerce Committee, Congress FB

A top Democratic senator met with Mark Zuckerberg for an hour and came away more pessimistic

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida on Monday ahead of his congressional hearings on privacy concerns. Nelson left the meeting believing Zuckerberg is sincere in fixing any privacy issues, but he's pessimistic about progress coming from Congress. WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, met with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida on Monday ahead of his hearing before the Senate's Judiciary and Commerce committees scheduled fo...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Florida, Putin, Congress, Washington, Trends, Nelson, Zuckerberg, Bill Nelson, Sen Bill Nelson, Cambridge Analytica, Democratic Sen, Commerce Committee, Senate s Judiciary and Commerce, Congress Nelson

Dem Sen: Americans, Congress 'Should Feel Misled' By Ross Russian Biz Ties

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former state attorney general, said the American people and Congress “should feel misled” by revelations that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross owns holdings in a company that has ties to the Russian president’s son-in-law. During an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, Blumenthal suggested the inspector general for Ross’ department should launch an investigation into why Ross didn’t divest from the company ...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Russia, Commerce, Msnbc, Ross, Richard Blumenthal, Senate Judiciary Committee, Blumenthal, Sibur, Department of Commerce, Navigator, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Committee

Internet Association Sells Out The Internet: Caves In And Will Now Support Revised SESTA (techdirt)

This morning, at about the same time as I published my article criticizing Senator Portman's decision to push forward with SESTA, an amended version of the bill was released, that has only a few small changes. Most notably it appears to improve the "knowledge" standard, which was definitely the worst part of the bill. The original bill had the following standard: The term ‘participation in a venture’ means knowing conduct by an individual or entity, by any means, that assists, supports, or fa...
Tags: News, Congress, Youtube, Senate, House, Internet Association, Dmca, Nelson, Viacom, Mike Masnick, Sen Portman, Portman, Blumenthal, Thune, Sen Blumenthal, Commerce Committee

Prospects For Trump's Goal To Privatize Air Traffic Control Appear Slim

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made airlines’ longtime goal of privatizing air traffic control a key part of his agenda to boost America’s infrastructure. But his prospects for closing the deal with Congress appear slim. A House bill that would put the aviation industry in charge of air traffic control has repeatedly stalled and prospects appear even worse in the Senate, where there has been no effort to take up the issue. While the White House and airline lobbyists have pushed for...
Tags: Florida, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, America, Ap, Canada, Pennsylvania, House, Michigan, Paul Mitchell, Airlines, Louisiana, Donald Trump

New Driverless Guidelines Light on Guidance

Go for it! In essence, that's the Trump administration's new directive on driverless-car development. Under those guidelines, automakers and technology companies will be asked to voluntarily submit safety assessments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but they don't have to do it. And states are being advised to use a light regulatory hand. At a driverless-car test track in Ann Arbor, Mich., Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao painted a near future of greater safety, fewer deaths, high...
Tags: Labor, Congress, Senate, House, House Of Representatives, States, Trump, U S Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Elaine Chao, Commerce Committee, Ann Arbor Mich Transportation

'Dig Once' Bill Could Bring Fiber Internet To Much of the US

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If the U.S. adopts a "dig once" policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade existing ones. These conduits are plastic pipes that can house fiber cables. The conduits might be empty when installed, but their presence makes it a lot cheaper and easier to install fiber later, after the road construction is finished. The idea is an old one. U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) ...
Tags: Congress, US, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Blackburn, Pdf, Calif, Anna Eshoo, Marsha Blackburn R Tenn, Commerce Committee, Eshoo, Greg Walden R Ore, House Communications and Technology Subcommittee

Trump pick for Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao signals support for private innovation

 Chao also addressed questions and concerns around tech innovation in transportation, specifically touching on autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure, drones and more. In initial statements, Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) noted that the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation would have “a unique opportunity to show federal leadership in the advancement of… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Business, Tech, Policy, Automotive, United States, Transport, Donald Trump, Department Of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Emerging-technologies, Trump, Chao, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Elaine Chao

United States: House Energy & Commerce Committee Holds Hearing On Security Of The Internet Of Things - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

The growing scale of cybersecurity concerns is prompting action from government leadership on the federal level.
Tags: News, United States, Popeo, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky, Commerce Committee, House Energy amp

Facebook is telling the world it's not a media company, but it might be too late (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg really doesn't want people to think of Facebook as a media company.  The topic came up as part of his livestreamed Q&A session on Monday, when someone asked the CEO about Facebook's role in the media and whether the company sees itself as an editor.  After receiving the question, Zuckerberg took a long sip of water and half-groaned as he placed his bottle back on the stage. His pause lasted long enough that when he finally broke the silence with a grin and a very definitive "no,"...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Senate, Trends, Fox, New York Times, Gizmodo, Zuckerberg, Facebook Join, Megyn Kelley, Commerce Committee, Meanwhile Facebook

Claims that Facebook suppressed conservative news spur letter from Senate panel

The Senate Commerce Committee wants to know more about how Facebook's Trending Topics feature works, after claims saying the company suppresses conservative news surfaced. Facebook has a deadline of May 24 to respond. The post Claims that Facebook suppressed conservative news spur letter from Senate panel appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Facebook, Senate, Trends, Social Media, Web, Computing, Senate Commerce Committee, Commerce Committee

GOP Senator Wants To Know If Facebook Is Biased Against Conservatives

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) penned a letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday requesting information about how the company selects which news stories to feature in its trending news section, following a report alleging workers intentionally suppressed conservative news and viewpoints.  On Monday, Gizmodo reported that, according to a former Facebook contractor, the site's news curators regularly prevented topics of particular interest to a conservative audience (such as the 2013 IRS sca...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Fcc, Congress, Senate, White House, Earnest, Gop, George Orwell, Ronald Reagan, Gizmodo, Josh Earnest, Huffington Post, Irs, Zuckerberg

United States: House Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Legislation To Address Opioid And Drug Abuse Epidemic - Reed Smith

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has approved several more bipartisan public health bills, including a series of bills intended to combat opioid abuse and drug addiction.
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Captain Sully's On A Mission To Save More Lives With 'Drowsy Flying' Laws

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger saved all 155 people on board  U.S. Airways Flight 1549 when he piloted an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009. But he believes he may not have pulled it off if he had fatigue. That's why Sullenberger joined Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on the Senate floor on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to pass the Safe Skies Act, which would grant cargo pilots the same rest protections as passenger pilots. "Let me be very direct: fatigue...
Tags: Senate, Alabama, UPS, Bill, Faa, Huffington Post, Fedex, Federal Aviation Administration, Boxer, Calif, Hudson River, Klobuchar, U S Airways, Krithika Varagur, Chesley Sully Sullenberger, Sens Barbara Boxer

Google, GM, and Senate panel agree: U.S. needs self-driving car regulations

(Reuters) – Members of a U.S. Senate panel and firms working on self-driving vehicles on Tuesday called for national rather than state regulation of the cars to avoid a patchwork of rules that could slow development. Major automakers and technology companies are racing to develop and sell vehicles that can drive themselves but have complained that state and federal safety rules are impeding testing and ultimate deployment. The rules will determine when and if a fully autonomous car could be driv...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Business, California, Big Data, Senate, United States, Gm, Michigan, Offbeat, Self-driving Cars, Chris Urmson, Nhtsa, Reuters, David Shepardson