New York Times: Britain Set to Leap Ahead in Approving Vaccines

New York Times: Britain Set to Leap Ahead in Approving Vaccines. “Britain asked its drug regulator on Friday to consider AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency approval, forging ahead in the face of considerable uncertainty about the vaccine’s effectiveness as the government tries to corral a pandemic that has killed more than 66,000 people in the country.”

Daily Herald: Algonquin’s virtual inspection program catching on

Daily Herald: Algonquin’s virtual inspection program catching on. “Brian Martin spent his week inspecting house wrapping, windows and solar panels for the Village of Algonquin, all while sitting comfortably in his chair watching a computer monitor at the municipal center. In the new world created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Algonquin officials have taken the opportunity to start a program that not only keeps residents and staff members safe from contracting the virus but also serves the community more efficiently.”

Ars Technica: Cases against Facebook are reportedly coming… when FTC decides how

Ars Technica: Cases against Facebook are reportedly coming… when FTC decides how. “After well over a year spent investigating Facebook, state and federal regulators are more than ready to start launching a slate of cases against Facebook, new reports say—that is, as soon as the agencies can agree on how they actually want to do it. New suits against Facebook should come before the end of January, The Wall Street Journal writes. Both the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of attorneys general for 47 states and territories are expected to take some kind of action.”

The Guardian: New UK tech regulator to limit power of Google and Facebook

The Guardian: New UK tech regulator to limit power of Google and Facebook. “Under the plans, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will gain a dedicated Digital Markets Unit, empowered to write and enforce a new code of practice on technology companies which will set out the limits of acceptable behaviour.”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches Refreshed Website with a New Interactive Enforcement Database

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches Refreshed Website with a New Interactive Enforcement Database. “The updated website will feature additional user functionality, an improved layout, more content, and easier access to information. Notably, the refresh will also include a new interactive enforcement database to help the public track the Bureau’s enforcement actions. Through these updates, the Bureau aims to increase transparency and make it easier for consumers and stakeholders to locate and access essential resources.”

Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says (BBC)

BBC: Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says. “Personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpiles in England were inadequate for the Covid pandemic and price rises earlier this year cost taxpayers about £10bn, the spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office said there had been a particular shortage of gloves and aprons.”

Pune Mirror: Kerala Government backtracks on controversial act to punish offensive social media posts

Pune Mirror: Kerala Government backtracks on controversial act to punish offensive social media posts. “Facing outrage from a wider section of society, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday chose not to enforce the new section introduced in the Kerala Police Act (KPA), 2011, which was widely viewed as a brazen attack on freedom of speech.”

The Island (Sri Lanka): Govt. to introduce mechanism to regulate social media

The Island (Sri Lanka) : Govt. to introduce mechanism to regulate social media. “Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella told the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Mass Media on Saturday that a proper mechanism to regulate websites would be introduced within the next two weeks.”

CNN: Facebook and Twitter chart out different paths for Congress on internet regulation

CNN: Facebook and Twitter chart out different paths for Congress on internet regulation. “In a Senate hearing on Tuesday that stretched on for more than four hours, the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter sought to recalibrate their relationship with Congress, apologizing for past mistakes while trying to set the tone for future regulation of their industry that’s expected to see a bigger push in 2021.”

Facebook, Twitter CEOs to visit Congress again: How to watch on Tuesday (CNET)

CNET: Facebook, Twitter CEOs to visit Congress again: How to watch on Tuesday. “The virtual hearing marks the second time Zuckerberg and Dorsey are to appear before lawmakers in less than a month. On Oct. 28, the executives, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, testified at a hearing on Section 230, a law that gives internet companies immunity for content posted by their users. That hearing strayed from its intended purpose, with senators challenging the trio on content moderation policies, including their responses to the New York Post story.”

BBC: New EU drive to remove extremist web content

BBC: New EU drive to remove extremist web content. “The EU has been discussing such a regulation for more than a year, but the recent terror attacks in France and Austria have given it new urgency. Interior ministers said the text must be agreed soon with the EU Commission and European Parliament. They also urged more EU data-sharing and more systematic border checks.”

Exclusive: Group of 165 Google critics calls for swift EU antitrust action – letter (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Group of 165 Google critics calls for swift EU antitrust action – letter. “A group of 165 companies and industry bodies have called on EU antitrust enforcers to take a tougher line against Google, saying the U.S. tech giant unfairly favours its own services on its web searches.”