Daily Sabah: Turkey’s new social media regulations aim to provide safer platforms for all

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s new social media regulations aim to provide safer platforms for all. “The details of the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) bill revealed by Hürriyet daily include the protection of personal data and obliges social media outlets like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to have representatives in the country for removing unlawful content and to block off access to harmful content.”

KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes

KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes. “The company says the new tool is a data-powered resource to help people see whether for-sale and rental listings are in communities where state and local regulations explicitly protect individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or anyone else in the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.”

Techdirt: Appeals Court Says California’s IMDb-Targeting ‘Ageism’ Law Is Unconstitutional

Techdirt: Appeals Court Says California’s IMDb-Targeting ‘Ageism’ Law Is Unconstitutional. “The state of California has lost again in its attempt to punish IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) — and IMDb alone — for ageism perpetrated by [checks notes] movie studios who seem to refuse to cast actresses above a certain age in choice roles.”

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality. “The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) [has launched] an archive of reports, photos and videos… to celebrate the role of students in the 2015 marriage equality referendum…. It features details on the first time a USI president called for marriage equality – in 1977 – as well as how students’ unions pushed for exams to be moved so students could vote in the referendum.”

CNN: French parliament passes law requiring social media companies delete certain content within an hour

CNN: French parliament passes law requiring social media companies delete certain content within an hour. “The French parliament passed a controversial hate speech law on Wednesday that would fine social media companies if they fail to remove certain illegal content within 24 hours — and in some cases, as little as one hour.”

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic. “WIPO today launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related intellectual property (IP) policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic.”

CNN: With $2.2 trillion stimulus, lawmakers now see fixes they want to make

CNN: With $2.2 trillion stimulus, lawmakers now see fixes they want to make. “Lawmakers responsible for passing a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill in a matter of days are now looking back with some buyer’s remorse, fearful that some of the programs they launched haven’t yet met their potential or have unleashed unintended consequences that could become a liability in the next election with each party already pointing the finger at colleagues across the aisle.”

ProPublica: Texas Still Won’t Say Which Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases. Families Are Demanding Answers.

ProPublica: Texas Still Won’t Say Which Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases. Families Are Demanding Answers.. “As elderly and vulnerable citizens continue to die from COVID-19 in closed-off long-term care centers around the country, many of their relatives have begged elected leaders to release the locations of these outbreaks. Their pleas have carried weight with governors in Georgia, New York, Oklahoma and Florida, among others, who mandated an accounting of where the virus had spread. Not in Texas. Despite more than 300 deaths in such facilities, Gov. Greg Abbott has not moved to make public where patients and caretakers have fallen ill or died.”

Senate approves $500B virus aid deal; sends to House (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Senate approves $500B virus aid deal; sends to House. “A nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package flew through the Senate on Tuesday after Congress and the White House reached a deal to replenish a small business payroll fund and provided new money for hospitals and testing. It now goes to the House. Passage was swift and unanimous, despite opposition from conservative Republicans, and President Donald Trump tweeted his support pledging to sign it into law.”

New York Times: Legislative Tracker Sounds Alarm on Anti-Transparency Bills

New York Times: Legislative Tracker Sounds Alarm on Anti-Transparency Bills. “The National Freedom of Information Coalition is launching a bill tracker that aims to find, in real-time, all pieces of legislation that affect government transparency in state legislatures. On its website, the coalition is releasing dashboards of pending or recent legislation in all states for Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of open government that runs from March 15-21.”

The Verge: All The Ways Congress Is Taking On The Tech Industry

The Verge: All The Ways Congress Is Taking On The Tech Industry. “In 2020, lawmakers have lots of ideas about how to regulate tech companies. After the 2016 presidential contest and years of investigations from intelligence experts, Congress woke up to the power Big Tech holds over democracy — whether it’s through collecting data or serving up political ads. For legislators, it feels like time to rein in that power. New bills are introduced every day, creating a sea of regulatory threats that’s difficult to keep straight as time goes on.”

New York Times: Facebook, Google and Twitter Rebel Against Pakistan’s Censorship Rules

New York Times: Facebook, Google and Twitter Rebel Against Pakistan’s Censorship Rules. “When Pakistan’s government unveiled some of the world’s most sweeping rules on internet censorship this month, global internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were expected to comply or face severe penalties — including the potential shutdown of their services. Instead, the tech giants banded together and threatened to leave the country and its 70 million internet users in digital darkness.”

New Online Resource: War Powers and Presidential Practice (Just Security)

Just Security: New Online Resource: War Powers and Presidential Practice. “Today we are excited to announce the release of the War Powers Resolution Reporting Project, a product of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. ([Tess] Bridgeman is the project’s lead author and researcher; [Rachel] Goldbrenner is the executive director of the Reiss Center.) Intended for use by policymakers, legislators, scholars, journalists and the general public, the Project is an expansive new resource that analyzes the war powers reporting practice of every president in the 45 years since the WPR was enacted. It sheds light on how presidents use U.S. armed forces abroad and relationships between the president and Congress on matters of war and peace.”

University of Washington: New, UW-developed data tool tracks state legislative process, from first draft to final law

University of Washington: New, UW-developed data tool tracks state legislative process, from first draft to final law. “Legislators introduce thousands of bills during each session of the Washington State Legislature. But tracking how a bill becomes a law, or what happens to the vast majority that never make it that far, isn’t easy with current technology. A new data visualization tool aims to address this need. Legislative Explorer, or LegEx, developed by University of Washington political science professor John Wilkerson and undergraduate Rohnin Randles, in partnership with Seattle-based Schema Design, draws on bill information made available by the state to enable students, journalists and voters to visually explore the lawmaking process.”

New York Times: Germany to Require Social Media Sites to Report Hate Speech

New York Times: Germany to Require Social Media Sites to Report Hate Speech. “According to the bill passed by ministers Wednesday, internet companies will have to flag far-right propaganda, graphic portrayals of violence, murder or rape threats, posts indicating that someone is preparing a terrorist attack or distributing child sexual abuse images.”