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U.S. Senate votes to extend government surveillance tools for 77 days

(Reuters) — The U.S. Senate agreed on Monday to extend a set of government surveillance tools for 77 days, to allow lawmakers time to consider broader changes to the divisive domestic eavesdropping program. The Senate had been due to begin voting on Monday evening on a bill passed in the House of Representatives last week […]

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Washington Privacy Act fails in state legislature, again

For the second year running, lawmakers in the state of Washington again failed to pass sweeping data privacy legislation. The Washington Privacy Act or SB 6281, which is akin to GPDR in the European Union or CCPA in California, would have regulated public and private facial recognition use and required testing and training in the […]

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Twitter debuts ‘manipulated media’ tag on Joe Biden video clip that was retweeted by Trump

(Reuters) — Twitter has used its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on a video clip of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that was retweeted by President Donald Trump. The video, posted on Saturday by White House social media director Dan Scavino, showed Biden during a speech in Kansas City, Missouri, in […]

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The DeanBeat: The Political Machine 2020 shows how hard it is to beat Trump

Hey, all of you folks who have been wanting a game about politics: it’s here. The Political Machine 2020, from Stardock Entertainment, arrived this week on the PC, and I played a few rounds of the presidential campaign strategy simulation game on Steam. It reminded me a bit of the old Parker Brothers board game […]

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Facebook removes Trump 2020 campaign ads for violating census misinformation policy

(Reuters) — Facebook on Thursday removed ads by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that asked users to fill out an “Official 2020 Congressional District Census” because the ads violate the company’s policy against misinformation on the government’s census. The ads, which come from the pages of the Republican president and Vice President Mike Pence, link […]

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Andrew Yang creates new organization focused on data privacy, UBI, and the future of work

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang today launched Humanity Forward, a nonprofit organization intended to embody the spirit of the Yang 2020 presidential campaign, which focused on issues like the impact of automation on humans. As part of the launch, Humanity Forward pledged to give $500,000 to a city in New York state to test a […]

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U.S. senators urge U.K. to reconsider using Huawei equipment

(Reuters) — Twenty Republican and Democratic U.S. senators came together on Tuesday to urge British lawmakers to reconsider their government’s decision to allow China’s Huawei to be among the suppliers for the country’s 5G mobile telephone network, the latest salvo in U.S. opposition to the plan. “Given the significant security, privacy, and economic threats posed […]

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Google defeats conservative group’s YouTube censorship appeal

(Reuters) — Google persuaded a federal appeals court on Wednesday to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content. In a 3-0 decision that could apply to platforms such as Facebook, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle found that YouTube was not a public forum subject to First Amendment scrutiny by judges. […]

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Twitter tests community moderation that lets users flag politicians’ lies

(Reuters) — Twitter said on Thursday that it was testing a new community moderation approach that would enable users to identify misleading information posted by politicians and public figures and add brightly colored labels under those tweets. NBC News earlier reported that Twitter company documents showing a mockup of the new approach were accessible on […]

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Zuckerberg ‘accepts’ that Facebook may have to pay more tax in Europe

(Reuters) — Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg accepts that global tax reforms mean it may have to pay more taxes in different countries, excerpts of a speech he is due to deliver in Germany on Saturday show. Cross-border tax rules are set to be rewritten after 137 states sought last month to avoid a new […]

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Andrew Yang brought AI into American politics, and it isn’t going away

Andrew Yang ended his campaign Tuesday after a tepid showing in New Hampshire, bringing to an end what can be characterized as the only AI-first presidential campaign in U.S. history. Some will argue Yang’s campaign simply rose to prominence because of his support of a $1,000 universal basic income, but he outlasted and outperformed most […]

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Andrew Yang, an AI-first candidate, drops out of presidential race

(Reuters) — Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur whose unlikely White House bid evolved into a serious campaign thanks to grassroots enthusiasm, pulled out of the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday after New Hampshire delivered him a second straight poor showing. Yang, 45, who ran for president despite having no political background, surprised many observers by qualifying for […]

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Shadow tweets apology and spin for Iowa Caucus app debacle

Shadow executives have a tweeted an apology for their vote counting app whose misfire delayed the results of the Democratic Party’s Iowa Caucus. But the company also tried to insist their app worked mostly as expected while trying to quash some conspiracy theories about its origins. The Twitter thread came one day after the results […]

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Mysterious startup Shadow under scrutiny after Iowa Caucus meltdown

A mobile app that was created to manage voter data so Democrats could close the digital gap with President Trump has instead sown chaos during the Iowa Caucuses. Organizers of the local meetings were supposed to use the app created by the startup Shadow to report results from Iowa’s unusual voting system. In the caucuses, […]

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Facebook proposes rules for its independent oversight board

(Reuters) — Facebook recommended rules on Tuesday for how its independent oversight board will work and said a former human rights group director will lead the board’s administrative staff. The content appeals board, which will grow to about 40 members and will be able to overrule Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, is one of the company’s […]

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Big tech’s credibility crisis: Fake news, fake goods, and fake reviews

Big tech’s role in the spread of misinformation and “fake news” is well documented, and as we enter a U.S. presidential election year you might expect the issue to be a burning priority. In the face of public scrutiny, tech giants have begun targeting various credibility issues over the past year, with Facebook introducing measures […]

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From Washington state to Washington DC, lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

Amid the start of an impeachment trial; talk of mounting hostility with Iran; new trade deals with China, Canada, and Mexico; and the final presidential debate before the start of the Democratic presidential primary season, you might’ve missed it, but it was also a momentous week for facial recognition regulation. A bipartisan group in Congress […]

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