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.

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.

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.

India's TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the 'China Bogeyman'

India's TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the 'China Bogeyman'

On Monday, Indian regulators enacted a hard ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese applications, citing concerns over national security triggered by radical privacy violations that these apps committed against Indian users.Bangorlol, who apparently reverse-engineered the app, suggested that TikTok collects troves of data on its users.

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Parmet and other public health experts suggested that one of the things that needs to happen most urgently is for Congress to provide real financial support for people who stay home from work.

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.

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

The FCC has already spent billions on programs like Connect America Fund, which helps pay for broadband infrastructure in underserved communities, and the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes access to telecommunications services, but Sanders and Warren argue that too much of the money from these programs go to large, for-profit carriers.

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.

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.

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

In the audience, a man named David with small glasses and pony-tailed gray hair stood up and said he’d lost his home in Paradise, California, to last year’s Camp Fire , which was supercharged by climate change.“That's climate change,” Klobuchar said.

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.

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News. Jakarta is sinking and its potential solution will too, Russia is gearing up for 2020, and we outline the best gear that came out in July. Jakarta's giant sea wall is useless if the city keeps sinking.

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.

How to Watch the Second 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

How to Watch the Second 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

There’s only one new name in the lineup this time around: Montana governor Steve Bullock. CNN aired a live draw on July 18 to determine the lineups for each night. Progressive candidates Warren and Sanders meet on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday.

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.

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Senator Ted Cruz voiced support for President Trump's proposed Space Force last week. What Really Happened: There's no way to sugarcoat this: The war over abortion has intensified beyond what most would have expected in the past couple of weeks, with new bills being signed into law that significantly limit the freedom of those with wombs in certain states.

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Biden was the first senator to propose climate legislation, but he has not endorsed a Green New Deal or any other specific policies recently.

In the 2020 Race, What Is the Value of Social Media Stardom?

In the 2020 Race, What Is the Value of Social Media Stardom?

Speaking of that candidate, Buttigieg and his fellow Democrats all have a long way to go if they want to catch up: Not only did President Trump's campaign raise more money than every Democrat last quarter, but last month on Twitter, he earned ten times more interactions than even Mayor Pete.

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.

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.

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.” A Facebook spokesperson told WIRED that neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg had any idea about “the Soros stuff.”5) Did Facebook lie about what they knew about Russian operations on the platform during the 2016 election?This is a complicated, tangled question!

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Just as Elon Musk's automaker has started to hit its stride—churning out Model 3s, outselling Audi and Cadillac, making a profit—the federal tax credit that can knock $7,500 off the price of its electric cars is expiring.That credit, established in 2008, starts to phase out once a manufacturer sells 200,000 fully or plug-in electric vehicles in the US.

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

For Republicans, it’s an opportunity to press forward on reforms to healthcare and tax policy that evaded them in the first two years of the Trump presidency.This election also comes at a critical time for the tech industry, when members of both parties are beginning to challenge the dominance of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and YouTube may have kicked Jones off their platforms (and tanked his traffic in the process), but they still can't seem to shake the toxicity he propagates and personifies.'There's no clear and easy path forward.'Senator Richard BurrMembers of Congress mostly ignored the sideshow swirling around the internet trolls in the audience, instead questioning Dorsey and Sandberg on the fine line between allowing free speech and preventing harassment and disinformation campaigns.

Facebook's Conservative Watchdog Will Take McCain's Senate Seat

Facebook's Conservative Watchdog Will Take McCain's Senate Seat

In late August, The New York Times reported that an extremely small group of Facebook employees have internally argued that the company isn't welcoming to conservative viewpoints.In recent months, a number of conservative lawmakers, including President Trump, have also accused tech companies like Google and Facebook of suppressing right-wing content, and have questioned whether they should be regulated as a result.Kyl’s appointment comes just one day before representatives from Twitter, Google, and Facebook are set to testify again before the Senate.In April, for example, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, half a dozen Republican lawmakers questioned whether the social network had suppressed content produced by conservative commentators Diamond and Silk.

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.