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.

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

Fifty-eight percent of the state’s voters approved Proposition 22, which repudiated a recent state labor law that would have required the companies to hire their drivers and delivery people as employees—and pay them traditional benefits, including health care, sick pay, and workers’ compensation.

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

On Wednesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear remotely at a hearing titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The law, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, gives interactive computer services broad legal immunity for content posted by users.

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

Platforms could either collect such information through the mainstream press or set up a hotline allowing users to report election problems to the social media companies themselves, which would then verify the authenticity of tips before alerting users.

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

Sensity was only able to count images shared publicly and the bot gives people the option to generate photos privately.The images are automatically created once people upload a clothed image of the victim to the Telegram bot from their phone or desktop.

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new legal classification for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and DoorDash deliverers—not quite employees, but not the independent contractors they’ve been until now.

The Tech That's Championing the Public Good

The Tech That's Championing the Public Good

But public health requires the public’s consent: The technologies that will help us get past Covid-19 are only as valuable as the number of people who use them.

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

The idea is to create a technical specification that qualifies as a universal opt-out under the CCPA, so that exercising rights under the law would flip from being hopelessly complex to extremely easy.“This would provide a key component that’s called for in the California law, which is a simple way for consumers to invoke their right without having to go to each website and find the button,” said Ashkan Soltani, a privacy researcher who helped lead the effort.

A Literal Child and His Mom Sue Nintendo Over ‘Joy-Con Drift’

A Literal Child and His Mom Sue Nintendo Over ‘Joy-Con Drift’

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .The 2019 lawsuit has been moved into arbitration, and the plaintiffs' lawyers recently asked Switch users to submit videos describing their experiences with Joy-Con drift to help bolster their case.

Paying Evil Corp Ransomware Might Land You a Big Federal Fine

Paying Evil Corp Ransomware Might Land You a Big Federal Fine

And we took a closer look at the election threats that US intelligence officials are actually worried about .Hackers managed to break into Facebook accounts and steal $4 million dollars that they spent on ads.

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

Mitchell says law enforcement agencies routinely use tools that trawl social media for posts on particular topics, and that they have been used, for example, against people protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.“If you live in the United States and you’re exercising your rights to free speech and assembly to march and demonstrate, you might not realize that the entire time there’s a lot of data being vacuumed up and used against you,” Mitchell said.

Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare

The administration’s odd war on TikTok echoes the period more than half a century ago when the US government was so worried about content from Communist countries that Congress directed the Post Office to detain perceived “Communist political propaganda.”.

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.

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

At Google, for example 42 percent of the US workforce is Asian, but only 30 percent of people in leadership roles.“I am not going to sit back and allow companies to make an excuse that the talent is not there,” says Thomas, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO.

Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash

Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash

While the latter number is a small fraction of the total e-waste humanity produces each year, standard electronics recycling methods don’t cut it for solar panels.

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

If they can’t get the ruling overturned or delayed, Uber and Lyft say they will stop operating in California, where both companies began.The week after Uber and Lyft left Austin in spring 2016 was confusing, drivers from the city say.

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

Karen is, of course, the generic name for the ubiquitous American harpy who, through the long summer of 2020, pitched fits about masks and sometimes about race, in public spaces.

Epic Games' Lawsuits Fire a Shot at Apple and Google's App Store 'Monopolies'

Epic Games' Lawsuits Fire a Shot at Apple and Google's App Store 'Monopolies'

The lawsuit came just moments after Apple removed Fortnite from its iOS store for instituting an in-app payment system that let users circumvent Apple altogether, a violation of App Store guidelines.

How to Know If You’ve Been Hacked, and What to Do About It

How to Know If You’ve Been Hacked, and What to Do About It

For instance, Facebook and Google will send notifications and emails alerting you to attempts to access your account.These breaches can include phone numbers, passwords, credit card details, and other personal information that would let criminals steal your identity, among other threats.

Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security?

Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security?

Absent hard proof, what’s left are more extrapolated dangers, like whether the Chinese government, which the US says was responsible for a notorious series of breaches at American institutions, would pilfer user data from TikTok, or censor content on the platform the way it tightly controls the internet within its own borders.

Massachusetts Launches Uber and Lyft's Latest Legal Headache

Massachusetts Launches Uber and Lyft's Latest Legal Headache

On Tuesday, Massachusetts became the second state this year to sue ride-hail companies Uber and Lyft for treating their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

Cops Are Paying for Access to Data from BreachesMotherboard reports this week that a company called SpyCloud, which sells access to data obtained by criminals in breaches, has marketed its services to law enforcement agencies.

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Some tech giants like Google and Facebook have already paused accepting requests for data from Hong Kong authorities.After the implementation rules were released, companies including Google, Zoom, Microsoft, and Telegram all said they would temporarily stop accepting requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

DDOSecrets founder Emma Best tells WIRED that the hacked files came from Anonymous—or at least a source self-representing as part of that group, given that under Anonymous' loose, leaderless structure anyone can declare themselves a member."It's the largest published hack of American law enforcement agencies," Emma Best, cofounder of DDOSecrets, wrote in a series of text messages.

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

I put out a call on Twitter for qualified volunteers who wanted to use their extra time to tackle a myriad of research questions at the intersection of computing and Covid-19 epidemiology.And just like that, the Covid-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network was born.

Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users

Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users

Crucially, to enable end-to-end encryption, free users will need to submit and verify an identifying piece of data, like a phone number.

3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests

3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests

And, I mean, I'm not saying that other photographers can't cover it, but I feel that as a black photographer, you can then control the narrative and show a different side.

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

“The federal government doesn’t really keep track of a lot of this equipment that goes to local law enforcement agencies,” says Anna Gunderson, a political scientist at Louisiana State University who coauthored a 2019 study that examined the effects of the 1033 program on crime rates.

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

A smartphone broadcasts all sorts of identifying information; law enforcement can force your mobile carrier to cough up data about what cell towers your phone connected to and when.If you do need a mobile device, consider bringing only a secondary cell phone you don’t use often, or a burner.

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show

Most significantly, it will ask the Federal Communications Commission to propose regulations that “clarify” the meaning of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—the federal law that gives internet platforms broad legal immunity over how they choose to regulate, or not, the content of user posts.