Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor of the move.

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Lee's group has been instrumental in helping people get emoji representation by guiding them through the daunting process of preparing a proposal for the Unicode Consortium. The new is meant to make the basic requirements more clear, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved in the emoji proposal process.

Wayfair Walkout, Facebook Data Value, and More News

Wayfair Walkout, Facebook Data Value, and More News

Wayfair Walkout, Facebook Data Value, and More News. Tech employees are taking a stand against migrant detention centers; a proposal asking tech companies to disclose the value of your data; and a live reading of the Mueller report.

Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren't Going Away

Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren't Going Away

Amazon’s “apparent inaction on issues of climate change can present human capital risks, which have the potential to lead to the Company having problems attracting and retaining talented employees,” the investor advisory firm Glass Lewis wrote in its analysis of the resolution.

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, left, has announced a new proposal to combat robocalls. Still, carriers have argued the FCC does need to clarify whether they can legally implement robocall blocking on an opt-out basis, after a legal challenge to Wheeler’s rule left that in doubt.

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

If you don't have a plank on tech platforms, it will be very notable." Warren's plan envisions a new category of company called a "platform utility." This would include companies "that offer to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties." That includes, of course, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

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.

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

In its charter, the company suggests creating a body of up to 40 "independent experts" to review Facebook's most contentious content moderation decisions, in order to cast the final vote on whether a given post or comment should stay or go and how that should alter Facebook's policies in the future.

Google's Proposed Changes to Chrome Could Weaken Ad Blockers

Google's Proposed Changes to Chrome Could Weaken Ad Blockers

Google is proposing to cut off extensions' access to browsing history and instead offer an interface that can generate instructions for the browser to block or modify certain content, including ads.

Manufacturing Group Supports New Clean Water Rule

Manufacturing Group Supports New Clean Water Rule

“Our proposal would replace the Obama EPA’s 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a statement announcing the rule.

Trump’s Limits on Legal Immigration Could Hit Businesses Hard

Trump’s Limits on Legal Immigration Could Hit Businesses Hard

He also cofounded a company called Boundless, which helps spouses of US workers apply for marriage green cards.Researchers found that more than 91 percent of people who would be affected by the rule are employed, and more than 1.4 million of them have at least some college education.When the rough contours of the Trump administration's public charge proposal first made news this summer, critics condemned the outsized impact the rule change could have on low-income immigrants.

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

(IW 500/4) plans to propose that federal regulators embrace a nationwide electric-car sales program starting in 2021, patterned on California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate that requires manufacturers to sell more EVs each year.

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.

President Proposes Unwinding Coal-Plant Pollution Curbs

President Proposes Unwinding Coal-Plant Pollution Curbs

President Donald Trump’s administration on August 21 unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy.