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May 7, 2019

 

 

Bio

 

Randy Abreu (@AbreuAndTheCity) is the Senior Legislative Advisor to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Abreu served in the Obama Administration where he was appointed to the Department of Energy's Office of Technology Transitions and Clean Energy Investment Center. He is an alum of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and Google Policy fellowships and is currently a Google NextGen Leader, Internet Law and Policy Foundry fellow, and member of the Bronx Progressives.

Abreu has a personal history of advocating for social justice, and federal experience producing regulations and initiatives on intellectual property, drones, self-driving cars, cybersecurity, broadband access, spectrum allocation, e-privacy, and tech-transfer.


Read more at https://washingtechpodcast.libsyn.com/randy-abreu-tech-policy-in-the-bronx-and-beyond-ep-128#ySt87YOYc4MbviFm.99

 

Resources

 

New Green Deal

 

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming

 

 

HEADLINES:

 

News Roundup

 

Mark Zuckerberg comes under direct assault ahead of a shareholder vote to keep him on the Board, Microsoft defends election security, and Randy Abreu is my guest

 

Zuckerberg under assault

 

Two civil rights groups—Color of Change and Majority Action—are circulating a proposal and meeting with Facebook’s shareholders pushing to oust Mark Zuckerberg from the board. Color of Change President Rashad Robinson wrote “ "Lasting change to address the misinformation, discrimination, violent movements and data breaches that put users, especially Black users, at risk cannot subject to the whims of a single person." Currently, Zuckerberg controls 57.7% of voting shares. The Hill notes that 35% of Facebook’s shareholders withheld votes last year.

 

Here in DC Senators Blumenthal and Hawley wrote to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to wrap up its investigation into Facebook, calling for significant damages that exceed the $5 billion that some reports have anticipated.

 

Facebook bows to additional FTC oversight

 

Several sources have reported that Facebook has told federal regulators at the Federal Trade Commission that, in addition to paying what’s expected to be a multibillion dollar fine, it will also bend to additional oversight. Any major changes that Facebook plans to make to the platform would now need to go through a more rigorous approval process. And Facebook would need to hire a new privacy executive that the FTC pre-approves.  Facebook has also redesigned its website to emphasize group messages over the news feed in order to address privacy concerns.

 

 

Trump expands biometric data collection at the border

 

The Trump administration has expanded its collection of biometric data from migrant families at the U.S. border with Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security will now conduct DNA tests and a pilot to collect fingerprints from children under 14. 

 

Putin signs new law closing Russia off from the internet

 

Russia took a huge step last week to close itself off from the internet. Vladimir Putin signed a new bill that would allow his country to develop a “sustainable, fully-functioning, and secure sovereign internet” to defend itself against potential cyberattacks.  The bill envisions doing this by creating a Russia-specific Domain Name Server.

 

 

Senators introduce bill to protect U.S. citizens’ data at the U.S./Mexico border

 

Senators Steve Daines And Gary Peters introduced a bipartisan bill that would prevent the Customs and Border Protection’s ability to sell personally identifiable information, like addresses and social security numbers, to third parties. The senators say the new measure could help prevent identity theft and credit card fraud.

 

Uber and Lyft stop adding new drivers in New York City

 

Uber and Lyft have stopped adding new drivers in New York City approximately 3 months after a new law went into effect that requires drivers to earn at least $17.22 per hour after expenses. The new law is intended to address low pay but also reduce the number of unused ride-sharing vehicles on the street. Politico noted that Uber and Lyft drivers have earned some $56 million more than they would have prior to February first.

 

Google employees stage sit-in to protest retaliation

 

Several hundred employees at Google offices around the world, including in London, staged a sit in last week to protest alleged retaliation against Google employee Meredith Whittaker for organizing a 20,000-employee walkout to protest forced arbitration f. During the sit-in other employees spoke about instances of retaliation that they too have allegedly experienced. Google released a statement saying it takes retaliation seriously and that it offers multiple channels by which employees have the ability to complain about retaliation, including anonymous complaints.

 

 

Microsoft takes initiative to beef up election security

 

Microsoft is taking the initiative to beef up election security by offering a free software that secures and validates votes and elections with new encryption methods. The company says it is ready to release “early prototypes” by 2020. Keep in mind though that it won’t be prepared for “significant deployments” until after the 2020 elections.

 

 

 

Events

 

 

Tues., 5/7

Federal Communications Bar Association

CLE: Lawyering Social: Legal Issues on Social and Digital Media

6:00pm-8:15pm

Wiley Rein, 1776 K St.

$250 for non-members/$135 for members

 

 

Wed., 5/8

 

Washington Post

116th Congress State of Play

Livestream

 

House Administration Committee

Full Committee Hearing on Election Security

10:00AM

1310 Longworth

 

 

House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission: Strengthening Protections for Americans’ Privacy and Data Security

10:30AM

Rayburn, 2123

 

Thurs., 5/9

 

House Small Business Committee

The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship

10:00AM

Rayburn, 2360

 

Federal Communications Commission

May Open Meeting

10:30AM-12:30PM

FCC,  445 12th St., NW

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