New York Times: Here Come the 4 Horsemen of the Techopolypse

New York Times: Here Come the 4 Horsemen of the Techopolypse. “It’s clear that the chief executives wanted to appear together, not so much for support — frenemies is about as close as I would describe them, and there is intense dislike between some of the companies — but in the hopes that a group appearance will keep any one of them from being singled out for intense scrutiny. Some are suggesting that a multiday interrogation, with each chief executive facing a small number of experienced questioners, as well as real people they hurt, would be a better way to grill the tech moguls.”

Coronavirus: Fauci warns of 100,000 US cases per day (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Fauci warns of 100,000 US cases per day. “Top disease researcher Dr Anthony Fauci has told the US Senate that he “would not be surprised” if new virus cases in the country reach 100,000 per day. ‘Clearly we are not in control right now,’ he testified, warning that not enough Americans are wearing masks or social distancing. During the hearing, he said about half of all new cases come from four states.”

BBC: Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge

BBC: Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge. “America’s top infectious disease expert has told lawmakers that the US is seeing a ‘disturbing surge’ in coronavirus infections in some states. A panel of health officials, including Dr Anthony Fauci, said the next few days will be crucial to stem the new outbreaks. Cases are climbing rapidly across a number of US states.”

CNET: Facebook, Google, Twitter tell lawmakers they’re doing more to safeguard elections

CNET: Facebook, Google, Twitter tell lawmakers they’re doing more to safeguard elections. “Facebook, Twitter and Google officials signaled to lawmakers on Thursday that they are more prepared for the 2020 US presidential election even as bad actors change their tactics to try to evade detection. Foreign interference has been a top concern for lawmakers after Russian trolls used social media sites to sow discord among Americans during the 2016 elections. Since then, officials from all three companies say they’ve taken steps to take down fake accounts and make it more clear who is behind political advertising.”

CNN: Doctor in small Georgia city says coronavirus spread through community before hospital staff found out what it was

CNN: Doctor in small Georgia city says coronavirus spread through community before hospital staff found out what it was. “Coronavirus spread through a southwest Georgia city for 10 days in March before hospital staff were told what was filling their wards with desperately sick people, a doctor told Congress on Thursday. ‘We were shocked by its abrupt entrance into our lives, and the virus had been spreading quietly for 10 days, and very quickly,’ Dr. Shanti Akers, a pulmonary critical care physician at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, testified.”

Whistleblower: US could face virus rebound ‘darkest winter’ (AP)

AP: Whistleblower: US could face virus rebound ‘darkest winter’. “America faces the ‘darkest winter in modern history’ unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, says a government whistleblower who alleges he was ousted from his job after warning the Trump administration to prepare for the pandemic. Immunologist Dr. Rick Bright makes his sobering prediction in testimony prepared for his appearance Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Aspects of his complaint about early administration handling of the crisis are expected to be backed up by testimony from an executive of a company that manufactures, respirator masks.”

Washington Post: White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel next week

Washington Post: White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel next week. “The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response, arguing that it would be ‘counterproductive’ for him to appear next week while in the midst of participating in the government’s response to the pandemic.”

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.”

CNET: Facebook’s Zuckerberg gets grilled over political ad policy

CNET: Facebook’s Zuckerberg gets grilled over political ad policy. “Less than a week after his controversial speech on protecting the First Amendment, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg continued to take fire from lawmakers on Wednesday over the social network’s decision to not fact-check advertisements from politicians.”

Reuters: Google, Reddit defend tech legal protections ahead of Congress hearing

Reuters: Google, Reddit defend tech legal protections ahead of Congress hearing. “A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google unit and social media site Reddit Inc said in testimony released on Tuesday.”

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.”

CNET: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google told to hand over documents in House antitrust probe

CNET: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google told to hand over documents in House antitrust probe. “Lawmakers on Capitol Hill sent letters to Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple on Friday requesting a trove of documents and other information as part of an antitrust investigation into online markets.”

The Verge: 8chan could be back online as soon as next week, lawyer says

The Verge: 8chan could be back online as soon as next week, lawyer says. “8chan owner Jim Watkins provided evidence to congressional staffers on Thursday to comply with a subpoena the House Homeland Security Committee issued him after a series of racist manifestos from mass shooters were posted on the site. His site has remained down since shortly after the shooting — but new statements made to The Verge suggest it may be coming back sooner than many expected.”

Just Security: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse

Just Security: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse. “Today we launch the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse – a resource tool that seeks to provide, in one place, all congressional investigations’ materials related to Russia’s efforts to interfere in U.S. elections.”

The Hill: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency at hearing

The Hill: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency at hearing. “Facebook on Tuesday sought to defend its plans for a new global cryptocurrency at a contentious hearing as lawmakers aggressively blasted the project and questioned whether the embattled company should be in charge of launching such an ambitious venture.”