Brookings Institution: The U.S. falls behind international efforts to rein in technology platforms

Brookings Institution: The U.S. falls behind international efforts to rein in technology platforms. “A new report by myself [Clara Hendrickson] and Brookings’s Senior Fellow Bill Galston outlines the major political and economic threats posed by today’s largest online platforms. In it, we lay out the laws and proposals taken up in countries outside the U.S. and consider the ways in which the U.S. might follow or deviate from actions pursued elsewhere to rein in big tech.”

CNN: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg faces contempt vote if he ignores Canadian subpoena, MP says

CNN: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg faces contempt vote if he ignores Canadian subpoena, MP says. “A senior Canadian politician is warning that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg could be held in contempt of Parliament if they fail to attend a hearing in Ottawa this week.”

‘We’re opening the doors’: You can now search the on-time rates for each MTA bus route online (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore Sun: ‘We’re opening the doors’: You can now search the on-time rates for each MTA bus route online. “The Maryland Transit Administration unveiled a searchable online database Thursday that offers bus passengers and the rest of the public the ability to view and track on-time rates of each of the agency’s bus routes, a transparency step long sought by advocates critical of the agency’s reporting.”

The Mandarin: Victoria opens up catalogue of government APIs, following lead of NSW

The Mandarin: Victoria opens up catalogue of government APIs, following lead of NSW. “The Victorian government has begun a public catalogue of application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow software developers to more easily build third-party apps that pull information from its open datasets.”

Vice: Justin Trudeau Announces Plans to Fine Social Media Companies for Fake News

Vice: Justin Trudeau Announces Plans to Fine Social Media Companies for Fake News. “Canada is introducing a digital charter that will impose ‘meaningful financial consequences’ on tech companies if they don’t reign in misinformation on their platforms, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.”

Online advertising: NZ Government spends millions with Facebook, Google and other social media platforms (Stuff NZ)

Stuff NZ: Online advertising: NZ Government spends millions with Facebook, Google and other social media platforms. “Government departments have invested hundreds of millions in advertising on social media platforms in the past five years in order to reach the precise and captive audiences offered only in those online spaces. However, the ethics of public bodies capitalising on the algorithmic models offered by the likes of Facebook and Google is being called into question in a post-Christchurch terror attack world.”