CLIP-ings: October 8, 2021

Internet Governance

Facebook Whistleblower Provides Roadmap For Increased Accountability: In testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who leaked internal company documents to journalists and others, recommended changes that could be made to increase Facebook’ accountability, including reforming Section 230 to make Facebook responsible for the consequences of its content-ranking algorithms.

DOJ Creates Cryptocurrency Unit: The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team will be made up of members of the Department’s money laundering, computer crimes, and intellectual property divisions and will focus on “crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and money laundering infrastructure actors.”

European Parliament Adopts Resolution To Ban Facial Recognition: The resolution, which was adopted “overwhelmingly in favor,” calls to ban both the use of facial recognition by police in public spaces and predictive policing techniques, as well as private facial recognition databases and social scoring systems.
Information Security and Cyberthreats

Server Error To Blame For Massive Twitch Data Leak: The popular video streaming service announced that human error related to a “server configuration change” left the server vulnerable to access “by a malicious third party”; the leaked data, which includes internal code and documents, payout data, and work-in-progress could amount to “nearly the full digital footprint of Twitch.”

DOJ Announces Crackdown On Federal Contractors Who Hide Data Breaches: Under the Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, the Department will leverage the False Claims Act to bring civil suits against government contractors who knowingly violate obligations to monitor and report cybersecurity incidents, as well as those who knowingly misrepresent or provide deficient cybersecurity products or services.
Intellectual Property

EU To File Antitrust Charges Against Apple Over Tap-To-Pay Tech: The charges follow an investigation from last year that focused on the built-in electronics that facilitate the tap-to-pay function, which are “tightly integrated with Apple Pay and not open to rival payment systems.”
Free Expression and Censorship

YouTube Terminates Two R. Kelly Channels: The company closed down two video channels associated with the rapper in accordance with its Creator Responsibility Guidelines after Kelly was recently found guilty of sex trafficking.
On the Lighter Side

Internet Archive Creates “Wayforward Machine”: The nonprofit known for creating the Wayback Machine digital archive of the internet has released the Wayforward Machine, which offers a glimpse of what the group foresees the internet might look like in 2046.
Ron Lazebnik
Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Tom Norton
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP