Ars Technica: 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”

Ars Technica: 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”. “Forty-seven Democratic members of Congress are calling for a net neutrality compromise with Republicans, who have refused to support a full restoration of the net neutrality rules repealed by the Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission.”

The Verge: The Senate votes to approve anti-robocalling bill

The Verge: The Senate votes to approve anti-robocalling bill. “A bipartisan proposal, the TRACED Act, was introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA). If passed, it would raise the fines the FCC is permitted to levy on robocallers, and increase the statute of limitations for bringing those cases. It would also create an interagency task force to address the problem, and push carriers like AT&T and Verizon to deploy call authentication systems like the pending STIR/SHAKEN protocols into their networks.”

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Study the Impact of Social Media Bots on Elections and Public Discourse

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Study the Impact of Social Media Bots on Elections and Public Discourse. “Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced the introduction of the Bots Research Act (H.R. 2860), a bill to establish a task force of experts at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to determine the impact of automated social media accounts, commonly known as ‘bots,’ on elections and public discourse.”

Motherboard: A Government Database for People Who Pay for Sex Is a Terrible, Dangerous Idea

Motherboard: A Government Database for People Who Pay for Sex Is a Terrible, Dangerous Idea. “A set of bills passed the Florida House and Senate earlier this month that would build a database of people convicted for soliciting sex, and which sex workers and advocates say will ruin lives and put them at more risk.”

Ars Technica: Senator Hawley announces bill banning loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics

Ars Technica: Senator Hawley announces bill banning loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics. “Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today announced plans to introduce ‘The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act,’ which would target ‘the exploitation of children through ‘pay-to-win’ and ‘loot box’ monetization practices by the video game industry,’ according to a summary released by Hawley’s office.”

Motherboard: Right to Repair Bill Killed After Big Tech Lobbying In Ontario

Motherboard: Right to Repair Bill Killed After Big Tech Lobbying In Ontario. “A right to repair bill that would have forced manufacturers selling electronic devices and other consumer products in Ontario to provide consumers and small businesses with the tools and knowledge to repair brand-name gadgets is officially dead. The failed vote follows lobbying against the legislation from major tech companies including Apple, according to the bill’s sponsor.”