Post-Riot, the Capitol Hill IT Staff Faces a Security Mess

Post-Riot, the Capitol Hill IT Staff Faces a Security Mess

Some of the remediation will involve steps that congressional security already performs as a matter of course, like extensively reviewing security camera footage from the House and Senate floor, in hallways, and other spaces to see what intruders did, including what interactions they may have had with electronics.

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

At the risk of imposing more coherence than there really was, the main line of attack on Section 230 from Senate Republicans today was that Twitter and Facebook are no longer mere neutral platforms, but rather act as publishers, making editorial decisions about what content to allow and when to add their own content.

The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia

The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia

Among those to receive this Wikipedia boost in the past was a candidate named Joni Ernst, whose page received 13,000 views just before Election Day in 2014.

Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Senator Josh Hawley, who wants to strip Section 230 protections from platforms if they moderate misinformation in political speech, cited Thomas’ memo and asked Barrett her views about it.Pai gave us a hint of his thinking: “Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech,” he wrote.

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

When state senator Bob Hertzberg learned that an ambitious privacy initiative had gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in California, he knew he had to act quickly.

That Racist Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Is Nothing New

That Racist Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Is Nothing New

If you take social media at its word, Senator Kamala Harris , the presumptive vice presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, is actor Jussie Smollett’s aunt, thinks white lab coats and Joe Biden are racist, would sign an executive order to confiscate your guns, and is Caucasian.

Encryption-Busting EARN IT Act Advances in Senate

Encryption-Busting EARN IT Act Advances in Senate

The law enforcement operation lasted more than three months and was made possible through police access to a secure communications platform called EncroChat, which offered encrypted messaging, disappearing messages, and an emergency data wiping feature.

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director of national intelligence isn’t the fact that he embellished his résumé, nor that only a minority of the US Senate would vote to confirm him, nor that the first time he was floated for the post last summer he was so soundly rejected that he withdrew almost immediately.

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

Tonight, former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders will meet onstage to debate for the 11th time in the 2020 campaign season—but it's never been quite like this.

1,357 Delegates Up for Grabs—and More Key Super Tuesday Stats

1,357 Delegates Up for Grabs—and More Key Super Tuesday Stats

That result prompted former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar to end their campaigns, which will likely push more moderate voters toward Biden.

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

“We saw Russia amplifying conspiracy theories suggesting that delays in reporting returns were part of an effort to deny Senator Sanders a clear win,” says Jessica Brandt, head of policy and research for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan nonprofit that tracks and counteracts Russian disinformation.

Donald Trump Now Has the Senate GOP's Blessing to Undermine Democracy

Donald Trump Now Has the Senate GOP's Blessing to Undermine Democracy

Despite becoming the first president ever to receive votes from both parties to convict and remove him from office in an impeachment trial, President Donald Trump today woke up in the White House unbound.

How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial

How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Because senators themselves aren’t allowed to speak during the trial, arguments will be made by the impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, who function like prosecutors, and Trump’s legal team.

Trump's ‘National Security’ Impeachment Defense Is a Red Herring

Trump's ‘National Security’ Impeachment Defense Is a Red Herring

Trump’s lawyers are arguing that any attempt by the House impeachment managers and Senate Democrats to force additional testimony by witnesses—particularly people like Bolton—would likely compromise the president’s ability to do his job day-to-day protecting the country.

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Case in point: Headlines this week reporting that California senator Kamala Harris was suspending her presidential campaign and, in doing so, ceding her chance to become the first black woman to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Moreover, very little of the IRA’s spending was on traditional political advertising: The Senate report notes that only about 5 percent of the Russian ads users saw prior to the presidential election actually referenced Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump directly.

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

It wasn’t the first time this month that lawmakers have questioned the security and content moderation practices of TikTok. Two weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called for the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of , a lip-syncing app popular in the US that was later merged with TikTok. On Twitter, Rubio said he was concerned TikTok is “censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.”.

Russia's Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started

Russia's Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started

In addition to affirming much of what had been reported about Russian online interference over the past three years, the report—a second volume from the Senate committee—offers new insights into the extent of past foreign influence operations and recommendations on how best to prepare for those yet to come.

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Senator Kamala Harris has a message for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: It’s past time to eject President Trump, America’s Tweeter in Chief, from the platform.

National Security Is in Trump's Hands

National Security Is in Trump's Hands

I think it’s super dangerous for us and the world,” Chris Murphy, the Democratic senator from Connecticut, told reporters at the Capitol earlier this week, right as news broke—via a presidential tweet—that John Bolton was no longer national security advisor.

Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

At the time, WIRED wrote : “The complaint claims that a significant portion of popular content on YouTube is designed for kids, whose personal information—including IP address, geolocation, and persistent identifiers used to track users across sites—is unlawfully collected by Google and then used to target ads.” Google’s settlement, which was first reported by Politico, would far exceed the record for children’s privacy violations set by TikTok ’s $5.7 million fine earlier this year.

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

If a leading candidate for mayor gets his way, residents of Salt Lake City may soon be able to drop their transit cards from their wallets, purses, and pockets, Former state senator Jim Dabakis wants to eliminate fares on the six-county Utah Transit Authority network of buses and light rail.

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

It would offer funding for electric vehicle charging stations, pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly street design , reducing diesel emissions in ports, infrastructure resilient to floods and heat waves , and more.

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner has long been a vocal proponent of new legislation to strengthen election protections, such as the Honest Ad Act, which would compel Silicon Valley firms to disclose when political ads are paid for by a foreign nation.

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

The news Sunday that Trump planned to tap representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence, replacing former senator Dan Coats, left many even on Capitol Hill scratching their heads: Who?

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes

Security News This Week: WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes. The Senate Intel committee this week released its (heavily redacted) report on Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.

Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?

Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?

On Monday, when Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) announced a proposal to force tech companies to tell users the value of their data, he was slightly more generous, ballparking the average at $5 a month.

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate said, Backpage had helped develop it, using clever moderation practices to “sanitize the content” and conceal it from the eyes of the law—all in the name of earning a few extra dollars.

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