The Verge: Congress is split over your right to sue Facebook

The Verge: Congress is split over your right to sue Facebook. “Should private citizens be able to sue companies like Facebook or Twitter for misusing their data? That’s the question Republicans and Democrats have been ensnared in for months, as they work to craft a new data privacy law. But talks have stalled in recent weeks, and rather than putting out a bipartisan bill, both parties have now opted to introduce their own measures to stake out their positions.”

GPO: GPO Completes Digitization of 1,300 Congressional Hearings

GPO: GPO Completes Digitization of 1,300 Congressional Hearings. “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has digitized more than 1,300 historical Congressional Hearings dating back to 1958 and made them available on govinfo, GPO’s one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. Through these digitization efforts, the public can access records of Congressional Hearings for free. These include the transcripts from meetings or sessions of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, in which elected officials obtained information and opinions on proposed legislation, conducted an investigation, or evaluated the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law.”

Reuters: Few U.S. lawmakers hit ‘like’ button after Facebook CEO visits Capitol Hill

Reuters: Few U.S. lawmakers hit ‘like’ button after Facebook CEO visits Capitol Hill . “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrapped up three days of discussions with Washington movers and shakers on Friday, with few if any indications he had won new ‘friends’ to help the top social media company deal with multiple probes by Congress, state attorneys general and federal regulators.”

The Conversation: How Congress turns citizens’ voices into data points

The Conversation: How Congress turns citizens’ voices into data points. “The Congressional Management Foundation suggests that most congressional offices saw constituent contact double – or even increase eight-fold – from 2002 to 2010. Current staffers say the numbers have climbed even higher since then. Congressional staffers spend hours listening, reading, collecting and organizing all this information. All of it ends up going into databases in their offices. As a scholar of technology use in Congress, I’ve interviewed more than 50 staffers in more than 40 congressional offices. I’ve observed that advancements in computer technology are changing how Congress handles citizen communication and uses the data collected from those conversations to represent citizens – for better and for worse.”

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch (CNET)

CNET: Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch. “Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up?”

The Verge: House lawmakers officially ask Facebook to put Libra cryptocurrency project on hold

The Verge: House lawmakers officially ask Facebook to put Libra cryptocurrency project on hold. “House Democrats are requesting Facebook halt development of its proposed cryptocurrency project Libra, as well as its digital wallet Calibra, until Congress and regulators have time to investigate the possible risks it poses to the global financial system.”

Reuters: U.S. senators say social media letting algorithms ‘run wild’

Reuters: U.S. senators say social media letting algorithms ‘run wild’. “A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday questioned how major social media companies like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google unit use algorithms and artificial intelligence to serve up new content to keep users engaged.”