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Jun 18, 2019


Monica Anderson (@MonicaRAnders) is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center primarily studying internet and technology issues. Much of her recent work has focused on the impact of the digital divide, the role of technology in the lives of teenagers, and activism in the age of social media. She has a master’s degree in media studies from Georgetown University, where her work focused on the intersection of race, politics and media.


Pew Research Center

Teens’ Social Media Habits and Experiences by Monica R. Anderson (Pew Research Center, 2018)

News Roundup

Elizabeth Warren demands Assistant AG recuses himself from tech antitrust investigation

U.S. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is demanding that Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim recuse himself from the DOJ’s antitrust investigation of Google and Apple. In the past, Delrahim lobbied on behalf of both companies. Senator Warren wrote directly to the Assistant Attorney General saying that not recusing himself would create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

CBP announces data breach

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a data breach last week. The agency says thieves obtained traveler photos and license plate numbers via a malicious cyberattack to a subcontractor’s network. The hackers did not directly access CBP’s database.

Zuckerberg may have been aware of shady privacy practices

The Wall Street Journal reports that internal documents may show that Facebook knew about shady data practices happening at the company. Sources say internal emails in which executives are seen grappling with how to comply with the requirements of an FTC consent decree included silence by Zuckerberg as to the implications of an app that had the ability to reveal Facebook user data on its own site, irrespective of the users’ privacy settings on Facebook.

OTI, Free Press, and Georgetown Law Center file FCC complaint against wireless carriers for selling location data

New America’s Open Technology Institute, Free Press and Georgetown Law Center’s Center on Privacy and Technology lodged a complaint at the FCC Friday, claiming that AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint & Verizon have threatened public safety by enabling stalkers, people posing as police officers, debt collectors, and others by disclosing subscribers’ location data to bounty hunters.

Facebook’s cryptocurrency gains major backers

The Wall Street Journal reports that Visa, Mastercard, Uber and Paypal will each be investing around $10 million in Facebook’s new cryptocurrency called Libra, which Facebook’s planning to announce this week. Facebook’s been largely quiet about the currency but the Wall Street Journal reports that it would be a currency that’s pegged to government-backed cryptocurrencies and allow users to use the digital coin to make purchases across the internet. Some experts are worried about money laundering.

Sweetgreen acquires delivery startup

DC-founded Sweetgreen—the salad giant—is stepping up its delivery game. Even though Sweetgreen is now headquarted in LA, it announced its acquisition of Galley Foods last week, also a DC-based company, to handle delivery logistics. This is Sweetgreen’s first acquisition.


Tues., 6/18

Senate Finance Committee

The President’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement


215 Dirksen

Wed., 6/19

House Ways & Means Committee

The 2019 Trade Policy Agenda: Negotiations with China, Japan, the EU, and UK; New NAFTA/USMCA; U.S. Participation in the WTO; and Other Matters


1100 Longworth

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Building Smart Cities and Communities at the Regional Level


Department of Commerce

Demos at Dusk


General Assembly

509 7th St., NW

Thurs., 6/20

House Small Business Committee

The Importance of Accurate Census Data to Small Business Formation and Growth


Rayburn 236-

House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Cultivating Diversity and Improving Retention Among Congressional Staff


Rayburn, 2253

Kora Research Center

Broccoli Talk: Bridging the Gap Between Artists & Tech


Broccoli City Bar

1817 7th St., NW

Sat., 6/22

Black Girls Code DC Chapter

 A Virtual Reality Experience


Howard University School of Business

2600 6th St., NW

Mon., 6/24

Federal Communications Commission

Advisory Committee on Diversity & Digital Empowerment