5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ social media post: Kerala’s Scary New Law (Sakshi Post)

Sakshi Post: 5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ social media post: Kerala’s Scary New Law. “According to the new Section, 118 (A) in the Kerala police Act, any person who is responsible for creating a post that is offensive or harmful to another person, will be punished. This includes malicious posts made on any platform or any mode of communication. The punishment for such an act will be 5 years in jail or a Rs. 10,000 fine or both.” [Rs. 10,000 is just under $135 USD.]

Reuters: Russian parliament given draft law enabling Moscow to block U.S. social media giants

Reuters: Russian parliament given draft law enabling Moscow to block U.S. social media giants. “Lawmakers in Russia’s parliament presented draft legislation on Thursday that, if passed, would enable the government to restrict internet access to U.S. social media giants deemed to have discriminated against Russian media outlets.”

The Register: US Senate approves deepfake bill to defend against manipulated media

The Register: US Senate approves deepfake bill to defend against manipulated media. “Introduced last year by US Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), the Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks Act (IOGAN Act) aims to promote research to detect and defend against realistic-looking fakery that can be used for purposes of deception, harassment, or misinformation.”

Reuters: Turkey fines social media platforms for flouting new law

Reuters: Turkey fines social media platforms for flouting new law . “Turkey has fined global companies including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube 10 million lira ($1.18 million) for not complying with a new social media law, Deputy Transport and Infrastructure Minister Omer Fatih Sayan said on Wednesday.”

Reuters: Online giants will have to open ad archives to EU antitrust regulators

Reuters: Online giants will have to open ad archives to EU antitrust regulators. “Dominant tech companies will have to explain how their algorithms work under proposed new EU rules and also open up their ad archives to regulators and researchers, Europe’s digital and antitrust chief said on Friday.”

The City: Lawmakers Bid to Halt Auctions of Self-Storage Customers’ Possessions During Pandemic

The City: Lawmakers Bid to Halt Auctions of Self-Storage Customers’ Possessions During Pandemic. “Hundreds of New Yorkers on the brink of losing belongings kept in self-storage could find relief under a new state bill to stop auctions during the COVID-19-spurred economic crisis. The Pandemic Self-Storage Act, proposed by two lawmakers after THE CITY’s report on looming auctions, would prohibit owners of the facilities from enforcing a lien held upon customers’ property for the duration of the state of emergency in New York, plus a year.”

Hurriyet Daily News: Turkey to act against social media firms ‘if they rebuff new regulations’

Hurriyet Daily News: Turkey to act against social media firms ‘if they rebuff new regulations’. “Turkey will take all necessary measures against social media platforms if they insist on not complying with the new social media regulations law, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu has said. The new law, which came into force as of Oct. 1, requires foreign-based social media network providers, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to assign at least one representative in the country.

Cayman News Service: CIG finally offers free online access to laws

Cayman News Service: CIG finally offers free online access to laws. “This long-awaited online library includes laws and regulations, as well as all bills tabled for consideration by the Legislative Assembly. The archive goes back to 1963 and is a recognition by government that the public must have access to democratic governance, the rule of law and the administration of justice.”

Columbia University: Columbia University Launches the World’s First ‘Carbon Dioxide Removal Law’ Database

Columbia University: Columbia University Launches the World’s First ‘Carbon Dioxide Removal Law’ Database. “The site has 530 resources on legal issues related to carbon dioxide removal, including such techniques as: direct air capture; enhanced weathering; afforestation/reforestation; bioenergy with carbon capture and storage; biochar; ocean and coastal carbon dioxide removal; ocean iron fertilization; and soil carbon sequestration. The database also includes 239 legal resources on carbon capture and storage, utilization, and transportation. New resources are constantly being added.”

SAMAA: Pakistan’s social media rules approved under new title

SAMAA: Pakistan’s social media rules approved under new title. “All social media companies such as TikTok, Facebook. Instagram and Twitter will have to put up community guidelines for its users. Platforms with more than half a million Pakistani users will have to get registered with thePTA and establish a registered office in the country within nine months of the implementation of the rules.”

Al-Monitor: Facebook rebuffs Turkey’s controversial social media law

Al-Monitor: Facebook rebuffs Turkey’s controversial social media law. “Facebook told Turkish civil society members it would not comply with Ankara’s new social media law over concerns it would limit free speech rights, setting the stage for possible fines and access blocks on the platform as other social media companies consider their options.”

Georgetown Law: New HIV Policy Lab uses law and policy data in the HIV response

Georgetown Law: New HIV Policy Lab uses law and policy data in the HIV response. “The HIV Policy Lab is a data visualization and comparison tool that tracks national policy across 33 different indicators in 194 countries around the world, giving a measure of the policy environment. The goal is to improve transparency, the ability to understand and use the information easily and the ability to compare countries, supporting governments to learn from their neighbours, civil society to increase accountability and researchers to study the impact of laws and policies on the HIV pandemic.”

Bianet: New law requiring social media companies to open an office in Turkey comes into force

Bianet: New law requiring social media companies to open an office in Turkey comes into force. “Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are the main companies that are affected by the law, which specifies a number of gradual sanctions, including monetary penalties, advert ban and bandwidth restrictions, on the companies who fail to comply with the orders.”

Portland Monthly: Coronavirus Killed the Ballot Measure in Oregon

Portland Monthly: Coronavirus Killed the Ballot Measure in Oregon. “This November, amid a historic presidential election when turnout will surely be sky-high, Oregonians find the number of ballot initiatives they are being asked to consider is notably lower than in years past. It’s not for lack of trying. Before the pandemic sent us all scurrying for the shelter of our homes, dozens of signature-gathering campaigns were under way on measures ranging from gun control to clean energy to highway tolls. But it’s next to impossible to gather signature when stay-at-home orders are in effect.”

Global Voices: Fearing the national security law, Hongkongers change their social media habits

Global Voices: Fearing the national security law, Hongkongers change their social media habits. “Between August 29 and September 1, The Stand News asked its readers, through a series of online polls, how the national security law impacted their lives. The results of the survey, in which 2,587 people took part, are published in this story, which comes along with interviews with protesters, journalists, civil servants, teachers, and others. We wanted to find out how they are managing their fear under the new draconian law.”