|Internet Governance |
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Big Tech Antitrust Bill: If passed, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act would prohibit tech companies from promoting their own products or services over their competitors’ and would require the companies to apply their terms of service uniformly across users; Big Tech companies have come out against the bill, arguing that it will make their services less effective and will risk users’ privacy and security, while other lawmakers have introduced amendments to cover issues of privacy, censorship, and national security.
Spain To Implement Transparency Rules For Cryptocurrency Promoters: In an effort to curb a recent wave of crypto scams, the country will require influencers and other cryptocurrency promoters with more than 100,000 followers to notify the National Securities Market Commission, as well as publish warnings about the risks of crypto investments alongside paid promotions; rule violators may face fines of up to €300,000.
IRS Introduces Face Recognition Verification To Access Taxes Online: Beginning this summer, users who wish to file their taxes or make payments online via IRS.gov will have to submit a selfie, their government-issued photo ID, and other documents to third-party identity verification company ID.me, who will perform face matching to verify users’ identities; in addition to potential complications with the technology itself, the plan may complicate tax filing for individuals who wish to verify their identification through non-biometric means.
|Information Security and Cyberthreats |
Biden Signs National Security Memorandum To Improve The Federal Government’s Cyberdefenses: The memorandum requires that the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, and other intelligence-gathering organizations implement cybersecurity measures that are up to par with those implemented in the federal civilian networks, including encryption and multifactor authentication, incident reporting, and tools for sharing data between classified and unclassified systems.
Crypto.com Cryptocurrency Exchange Confirms Hack: After earlier statements from the company vaguely referred to a security “incident,” the exchange’s CEO this week confirmed that nearly 400 users had their accounts breached and their funds stolen.
German Court Rules That Ad Blocker’s Alteration Of Code Doesn’t Amount To Copyright Infringement: The court sided with the creator of an ad blocker in a suit alleging that the blocker’s AdBlock Plus browser extension altered the defendant-publisher’s websites in violation of copyright law; a similar ongoing suit in the U.S. alleges that Google’s superimposing its own footer element, which blankets the plaintiff’s website with ads from its competitors when clicked, amounts to trespass to chattels.
|Free Expression and Censorship |
UK Royal Society Challenges Efficacy Of Science Misinformation Bans: In a report published this week, the Society suggests that content removal and bans may simply force misinformation peddlers into unreachable corners of cyberspace, and that “collective resilience” that pushes back on scientific disinformation may be more effective than other tactics such as demonetization and displaying fact-checking labels.
|On the Lighter Side|
So Simple A Seven-Year-Old Could Read It: A project called “tl;dr papers” uses AI-driven language processing techniques to generate “accurate and pithy” summaries of academic article abstracts.
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