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A Senate Bill Targets YouTube Pedophiles. Could It Cost Family Vloggers Their Livelihood?

YouTube has a problem: its recommendation algorithm assembles video playlists for pedophiles. Now a Republican senator has proposed an aggressive new law to solve the problem ― but could inadvertently imperil family vloggers’ livelihoods. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced his bill this month, days after a New York Times report revealed how YouTube’s automatic algorithms grab …

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Uber and Lyft fight a new California Senate bill that would make drivers employees

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon endorses a bill that would limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors during a rally July 10 in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP) Faiz Siddiqui San Francisco-based tech reporter covering automation and the future of transportation, including Tesla, Uber and Lyft August 30 Uber and Lyft are floating a new …

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Don Meredith report delayed by ‘lack of prompt responses’ from Senators to ethics officer, says Senate Ethics Committee

The Senate ethics officer’s investigation into the conduct of former Senator Don Meredith was delayed for reasons beyond his control, including due to other Senators who didn’t respond to his requests for information, says a new report from the Senate Ethics Committee. “The SEO was delayed in part by the lack of prompt responses to …

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‘Nobody Wants To See a Government Speech Police’: Senate Republicans Threaten To Regulate Facebook and Twitter

SIPA/NewscomFacebook and Twitter were in the spotlight again on Wednesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee grilled the companies’ top execs over a perceived anti-conservative bias, with some Republicans renewing calls for government regulation of social media platforms. Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) opened the hearing, saying that “nobody—or at least nobody in their right mind—wants to see …

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‘Very concerning’: Senate watchdog hasn’t finished an ethics probe since 2017

The Senate ethics officer didn’t publish a single inquiry report last year, prompting some senators to wonder exactly what the office (which has a $1.2 million budget) has been up to — and why it’s taking so long to finish investigations that have been underway for months. Pierre Legault, a career public servant, was tapped by Prime Minister …

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Feds call for public comments on US privacy legislation ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearing

Ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearing with top tech firms on the state of consumer data privacy, several pro-business groups have made their voices on the matter known. The latest is from the government itself. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Tuesday added an “unpublished notice” to the Federal Registry asking for public comment on the …

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