The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

Although Orme-Zavaleta has spent 38 years at the agency and is its top scientist, she isn’t reviewing the new rule and couldn’t answer many questions from the congressional panel.

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.

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.

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

Legislation called the Secure Elections Act, cosponsored by senators James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) last year, aimed to shore up the nation's election security by providing states with new money to phase out paperless systems.

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

The California Assembly passed legislation on Wednesday that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of workers by requiring companies like Uber , Postmates, Amazon Flex, and others to recognize much of their workforce as employees entitled to labor protections and benefits.

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) plans to introduce legislation targeted at videogames with pay-to-win and loot-box monetization mechanics. This week we have loot box legislation, labor walkouts, and the return of Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Now, with right to repair legislation gaining traction across the country, a new nonprofit advocacy group called wants to push back against that kind of messaging, arguing instead that devices can be both easy to fix and secure.

House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

"For two years, they [the Republican Party] could have brought their so-called version of light touch net neutrality to the body," Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania), who introduced the bill approved Wednesday, said during the debate.

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Rather than wait for court action, Utah legislators passed this latest privacy law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant with probable cause in order to access any electronic data held by a third party, at least in most cases.

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill on Wednesday that would restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, a response to a December 2017 vote by the Federal Communications Commission that basically gutted the regulations that were put in place by the Democrat-controlled FCC in 2015.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

All of Australia's intelligence allies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, known collectively as the Five Eyes—have spent decades lobbying for these mechanisms."The debate about simplifying lawful access to encrypted communication carries a considerable risk of regulations spilling to other countries," says Lukasz Olejnik, a security and privacy researcher and member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

Microsoft Wants to Stop AI's 'Race to the Bottom'

Microsoft Wants to Stop AI's 'Race to the Bottom'

But Microsoft president Brad Smith took it one step further on Thursday, asking governments to regulate the use of facial-recognition technology to ensure it does not invade personal privacy or become a tool for discrimination or surveillance.Tech companies are often forced to choose between social responsibility and profits, but the consequences of facial recognition are too dire for business as usual, Smith said.

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Those politicians, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, have argued that the proposed rules do not give regulators sufficient oversight of self-driving car safety.Time to get everyone in line, though, is running out: If legislators don’t pass this bill by the end of the year, both the House and Senate will have to start over from scratch in the new Congress.

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series Unless otherwise stated, all statements and materials, including any statements regarding specific legislation, reflect the views of the individual contributors and not those of the Packard Foundation, theguardian.org, or the Guardian.

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

"We remain woefully underprepared to secure the upcoming elections, and an executive order is simply no substitute for congressional action," Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.Analysts also noted that the apparent lack of collaboration between the White House and Congress could indicate that the order is more of a bandaid than a concerted effort by the administration to build deterrents against election meddling."Trump is way late to the game.

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change the Web Worldwide

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change the Web Worldwide

Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change the Web WorldwideEuropean publishers applauded the Parliament's approval of a new copyright law.FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe European Parliament passed sweeping copyright legislation Wednesday that, much like its privacy regulations, could have impact far beyond Europe.Critics argue the most controversial part of the proposal will effectively force all but the smallest website operators to adopt "upload filters" similar to those used by YouTube, and apply them to all types of content, to stop users from uploading copyrighted works.

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull’s NEG remains in snake-infested territory

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull’s NEG remains in snake-infested territory

In Tuesday’s Coalition parties meeting, where Turnbull won strong support for his energy policy, several reserved their right to cross the floor on the emissions reduction legislation, and later more said they might do so.

Will John McCain be the last Republican leader in the Senate to address climate change?

Will John McCain be the last Republican leader in the Senate to address climate change?

Although others had brought climate change as an issue to the Senate, McCain, a Republican, and democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman were the first to bring climate legislation that aimed to reduce emissions.