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Biden to nominate tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan for FTC commissioner

Biden to nominate tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan for FTC commissioner

Filed under:Khan brought Big Tech scrutiny mainstreamPresident Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Lina Khan, a legal scholar and leading voice in the growing tech antitrust movement, to serve as a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.The pick signals that the Biden administration is preparing to take on some of the tech industry’s most powerful and influential companies. In 2017, Khan authored an article for the Yale Law Journal titled which exploded in popularity in progressive economic policy circles. Khan has also served as an aide to the House Judiciary Committee’s...

Mar 22
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Microsoft and newspapers join forces to fight Google

Microsoft and newspapers join forces to fight Google

Filed under:With the support of both Republicans and DemocratsHill Report is a digest of the congressional hearings that impact the tech industry. See something we missed? Let us know at .Over the last decade, hundreds of newspapers have disappeared largely due to Big Tech’s disruption of the ad market. Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on much when it comes to tech reform, whether it be content moderation or spinning off acquisitions, but they do seem to agree that local journalism needs saving.On Friday, a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing focused on the way Google and Facebook...

Mar 12
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Facebook moves to dismiss the US government’s antitrust case

Facebook moves to dismiss the US government’s antitrust case

In two motions filed Wednesday, Facebook called on the courts to dismiss a pair of sweeping competition cases brought on by the federal government and a coalition of states. The Federal Trade Commission and a group of state attorneys general filed separate lawsuits against Facebook last December accusing the tech giant of engaging in anti-competitive behavior. The two lawsuits make similar claims, alleging that Facebook bought Instagram and WhatsApp in order to squash the threat the two apps posed to the company’s business. Additionally, the attorneys general accused Facebook of using its...

Mar 10
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Democrats are gearing up to fight for net neutrality

Democrats are gearing up to fight for net neutrality

Filed under:There are multiple paths, but no surefire one just yetA new bill to bring back net neutrality is on its way, supported by one of the open internet’s most fervent advocates. At an advocacy event last month, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) announced that he would be introducing a measure in the next few “weeks” that would engrave the no throttling, block, or paid fast lanes rules into law.Reached by The Verge on Monday, Markey reaffirmed his commitment to introducing a bill soon. “The coronavirus pandemic has proven that broadband is as essential as electricity and other utilities. We need...

Mar 9
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Senators call on FCC to quadruple base high-speed internet speeds

Senators call on FCC to quadruple base high-speed internet speeds

Filed under:The Pai FCC decided to maintain the current standardThe federal government’s definition of high-speed broadband has remained stagnant over the last six years, sitting at 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up since 2015. But faced with pandemic-fueled network loads and a new push for infrastructure spending, lawmakers are getting ready to upgrade that definition. Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators called for a quadrupling of base high-speed broadband delivery speeds making 100Mbps down and 100Mbps up the new base for high-speed broadband.“Going forward, we should make every effort to...

Mar 4
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Biden to sign executive order calling for semiconductor supply chain review

Biden to sign executive order calling for semiconductor supply chain review

Filed under:And Congress is moving forward with a plan of their ownPresident Biden is set to sign an executive order Wednesday to address growing concern over a global semiconductor shortage hampering the production of goods like automobiles and smartphones.The White House’s executive order will direct the federal government to conduct 100-day reviews of supply chains in four sets of products, including computer chips and large capacity batteries, like those used in electric vehicles, according to administration officials.The chip shortage was a result of created by the coronavirus...

Feb 24
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US announces charges against North Korean hackers for sweeping hacking scheme

US announces charges against North Korean hackers for sweeping hacking scheme

Filed under:The charges expand a case against the Sony Pictures hackerThe Justice Department unsealed charges Wednesday for three North Korean computer programmers accused of conspiring to extort over $1.3 billion from banks and other businesses across the globe, .In 2018, against one North Korean operative, Park Jin Hyok, for their involvement in the infamous Sony Pictures hack in 2014, as well as the devastating 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. In Wednesday’s unsealed indictment, Park and others are accused of participating in a sweeping conspiracy to hack into banks and crypto exchanges...

Feb 17
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Democrats take first stab at reforming Section 230 after Capitol riots

Democrats take first stab at reforming Section 230 after Capitol riots

Filed under:Negotiations have been flipped on their heads with Dems in chargeSenate Democrats Friday that could force tech giants like Facebook and Google to be held more accountable for harmful content that leads to real-world violence.The SAFE TECH Act, introduced by Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), would overhaul Section 230 to the Communications Decency Act, a law that protects large tech platforms from liability over the content posted by their users. The Democrats’ bill would open new pathways for users to sue companies if content posted on...

Feb 5
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Democrats call on FCC to expand remote learning connectivity

Democrats call on FCC to expand remote learning connectivity

Filed under:The FCC took its first step to expand E-Rate this weekIn an open letter on Thursday, dozens of Democrats called on Federal Communications Commission Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel for students struggling to stay connected and participate in remote learning., signed by over 30 Senate Democrats, including Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), they requested that the FCC use E-Rate program funds to connect students with devices and home internet access who are currently unable to participate in online learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The E-Rate...

Feb 4
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Rep. Jamaal Bowman introduces new bill to lower broadband costs

Rep. Jamaal Bowman introduces new bill to lower broadband costs

Filed under:His bill would require HUD to classify broadband as a utilityFor years, the broadband debate has centered around connecting people living in rural and unserved areas across the country. But while some rural Americans don’t have the infrastructure necessary to connect to the internet, other families in urban communities face difficulties affording what’s already available. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) is set to introduce a new measure Tuesday that could help millions of households access more affordable broadband.“The more access to broadband people have, the more access and...

Mar 16
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