Politics

A year of CCPA: California provided examples of how it's been enforcing the CCPA over the last year—but publishers and marketers might not like how strictly it's upholding the privacy standards.

A new study claims universal broadband access could add $160B to the US economy annually. As one of the first clear estimates of expanded broadband’s economic benefit, the study could help drive support for President Biden’s proposed $65 billion in broadband spending.

The president’s pick for assistant secretary of state for business focuses on the impact of AI financial crises. The move is the latest attempt by the administration to work toward a unified national AI strategy amid rising global competition.

Microsoft could be critical to Google’s fortunes: The tech giant may need to hand over millions of documents in the Department of Justice’s antitrust case against Google.

Lawmakers try to chip away at Section 230: The proposed legislation would remove liability protection for companies that spread health misinformation via algorithms. But the difficulty of defining “misinformation” and determining which content was algorithmically amplified presents challenges to the bill’s adoption.

Facebook’s CEO believes its hefty investment in AR and VR could make it a powerful player in the next stage of the internet. The proclamation comes amid rampant regulatory scrutiny and slowing user growth among Facebook’s core products.

Tensions rise over vaccine misinformation: Facebook and the Biden administration got into a scuffle over the weekend after the president said the platform's failure to curb all false stories about the COVID-19 vaccine prevented the US from reaching its July 4 vaccination goal.

A new government task force will work to bolster US cyber defenses to combat surging ransomware attacks. Though an important first step, effective ransomware prevention will likely require either comprehensive legislation or scalable local security initiatives.

A pair of government watchdog reports into federal use of facial recognition has reinvigorated bipartisan calls for AI regulation generally. Algorithmic amplification of online content could present an opportunity for consensus for both parties, albeit from different angles.

Big Tech is backed into a corner: Facebook has followed Amazon and asked for FTC chair Lina Khan to recuse herself in its antitrust suit—a sign that the companies are scared regulation will actually stick this time around.

Tech companies are ditching legacy industry lobbying firms like the Internet Association in favor of their own individual approach. The shift allows Big Tech firms to target particular legislation that most specifically affects their products or business practices.

Antitrust gets even more support from Biden administration: The president signed an executive order Friday that will allow government agencies to crack down on past mergers and acquisitions in the tech space, as well as examine their practices and power when it comes to personal data collection and usage.