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Congressman David Cicilline talks to reporters during a news conference at a hotel in Yangon, Myanmar November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Google chief executive Sundar Pichai appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Pichai also stressed the need to include people who don't come from a computer engineering background in conversations about technology use. “In some sense you do want to develop ethical frameworks, engage non-computer scientists in the field early on,” he told The Post. “You have to involve humanity in a more representative way, because the technology is going to affect humanity.”
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for a Federal Communications Commission meeting in Washington on Dec. 14. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
The advocacy group Public Knowledge decried the FCC's decision, saying it could let carriers discriminate against messages. “This decision does nothing to curb spam, and is not needed to curb spam,” Harold Feld, senior vice president at Public Knowledge, said in a statement. “It is simply the latest example of Chairman Pai’s radical agenda that puts companies ahead of consumers.” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, also criticized the decision, the Verge's Colin Lecher reported. The FCC decision applies to SMS and MMS messages, as the Verge noted.
Let's be honest, today's @FCC decision offers consumers no new ability to stop robotexts. It simply provides that carriers can block our text messages & censor the very content of the messages themselves. Calling this decision anything else is doublespeak. https://t.co/BoUugKgpYc— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) December 12, 2018
A spectator uses an iPhone during an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City on Jan. 17, 2014. (Larry W. Smith/European Pressphoto Agency)
“It’s a dumb idea,” Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council, an advocacy group sponsored by businesses, told the Mercury News. “This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it’s almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have.” Users probably would have to pay a flat surcharge rather than a fee per text, Woolfolk reported.
Elon Musk, founder of the Boring Company, speaks at a news conference in Chicago on June 14. (Kiichiro Sato/AP)
“The project’s advancement through the early stages of environmental review signals brisk momentum for a company that launched only two years ago, but also presents a challenge,” McBride and Hanna wrote. “Musk has yet to prove he can get one of his several proposed tunneling initiatives beyond the concept stage and into commercial service.”
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Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 28, 2017. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
“Just as doctors and lawyers are expected to protect and responsibly use the personal data they hold, online companies should be required to do the same,” Schatz said in a statement. “Our bill will help make sure that when people give online companies their information, it won’t be exploited.”
Under the bill, online providers would have to abide by three kinds of duties, according to Schatz's news release. A “duty of care” would require those companies to “reasonably secure” personal data and inform users in the event of a data breach. The companies would not be allowed to use that data “in ways that harm users” under a “duty of loyalty.” Finally, under a “duty of confidentiality,” third parties would also be bound by the same requirements to protect users' information.
— An Amazon executive's response to a question about the company's relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement elicited an audible rebuke from protesters during a hearing of the New York City Council, according to Business Insider's Paige Leskin. “We believe the government should have the best available technology,” Brian Huseman, vice president of public policy at Amazon, replied when he was asked about the company's interactions with ICE. Amazon told Leskin that it “wasn't the intent” of Huseman's comments to confirm whether ICE uses software from Amazon.
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The Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on July 19, 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
“Google’s treatment of TVCs has come under increased scrutiny by the company’s full-time employees (FTEs) amid a nascent labor movement at the company, which has seen workers speak out about both their own working conditions and the morality of the work they perform.”
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