News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News

News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News. “The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged. Australias fair trade regulator Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said he would give his final draft of the laws to make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies for the news content they use by early October.”

HuffPost: Senators Introduce Last-Minute, Bipartisan Bill To Prevent A Census Disaster

HuffPost: Senators Introduce Last-Minute, Bipartisan Bill To Prevent A Census Disaster. “Senators unveiled bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to give the Census Bureau more time to finish the 2020 census ― an eleventh-hour effort to prevent a potentially severe undercount of the U.S. population, particularly in Native, minority and rural communities.”

Law & Crime: House Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Bill to Make All Federal Court Records Free for Public to Access

Law & Crime: House Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Bill to Make All Federal Court Records Free for Public to Access. “A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is set to discuss whether publicly-funded information should be made available to the public for free. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up a bill aimed at revamping the decades-old Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system which charges user fees for access to the 500 million-plus documents currently under its administration.”

Bloomberg: Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers

Bloomberg: Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers. “Under a new law proposed by the government, ‘all operators who provide telecommunication services without having to provide phone numbers, such as WhatsApp’ and Telegram would have to register as telecommunications operators and would be taxed based on revenue, Sanchez said in a press conference. Currently, only phone operators that can provide phone numbers need to sign up as telecom operators, he said.”

Sky News Australia: ‘New online safety act’ to curb graphic content on social media platforms

Sky News Australia: ‘New online safety act’ to curb graphic content on social media platforms. “Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has spruiked the Morrison government’s ‘basic online safety expectations’ legislation after a graphic suicide clip was viewed and resent multiple times on Facebook and TikTok before being removed.”

Route Fifty: Senate to Vote on Slimmed-Down Coronavirus Relief Bill This Week

Route Fifty: Senate to Vote on Slimmed-Down Coronavirus Relief Bill This Week. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a ‘targeted’ coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday that he will force a vote on as soon as this week, even as broader negotiations between Democrats and the Trump administration have stalled.”

Wee Tracker: Zimbabwe’s Speedy Social Media Law Is Africa’s Latest Internet Censorship Plot

Wee Tracker: Zimbabwe’s Speedy Social Media Law Is Africa’s Latest Internet Censorship Plot. “A cyber bill that seeks to punish peddlers of falsehood on social media could become law as soon as October this year in Zimbabwe. That’s because Zimbabwe is fast-tracking the adoption of a divisive new law which critics believe is more about muffling dissent than curbing falsehood. As part of the provisions in this new piece of legislation, individuals found guilty of spreading false information via social media face a jail term of up to five years, or a fine, or both.”

Reuters: Russian lawmaker tries to curb mobile app payouts for Apple and Google

Reuters: Russian lawmaker tries to curb mobile app payouts for Apple and Google . “A Russian lawmaker submitted draft legislation on Tuesday that would cut and cap the commission on the sale of mobile applications by tech giants Apple and Google. The bill, submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament by lawmaker Fedot Tumusov, stipulates that commissions on the sale of applications be capped at 20%. Apple currently collects a 30% commission on sales in its App Store.”

Reuters: Facebook, Google battle Australia over proposed revenue-share law

Reuters: Facebook, Google battle Australia over proposed revenue-share law. “Facebook Inc said it will block news sharing on its platforms in Australia if the government goes ahead with a law to force it, and Alphabet Inc’s Google, to pay local media outlets for featuring their content on its platforms.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Free masks for all? Ro Khanna, Bernie Sanders propose mailing them out

San Francisco Chronicle: Free masks for all? Ro Khanna, Bernie Sanders propose mailing them out. “A mask in every mailbox — that’s what Rep. Ro Khanna wants to make reality under a new proposed law. The Fremont Democrat and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, have introduced legislation that would respond to the surge in coronavirus cases by distributing three ‘high-quality,’ reusable face masks to all Americans through the Postal Service, for free. The bill would also provide medical-grade N95 masks to health care workers at no cost.”

FCW: Bill to modernize Plum Book clears Senate committee

FCW: Bill to modernize Plum Book clears Senate committee. “Congress is one step closer to modernizing the longstanding practice of publishing the compendium of political appointees known as the Plum Book every four years. Now a new bill is looking to transform the publication into an online database kept current by the Office of Personnel Management. The Periodically Listing Updates to Management (PLUM) Act of 2020, advanced by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee on July 22, would require OPM to maintain a publicly available database with information on government officials in the Executive and Legislative branches in accordance with modern data standards.”

CNET: Sens. Sanders, Warren, Wyden back national facial recognition ban bill

CNET: Sens. Sanders, Warren, Wyden back national facial recognition ban bill. “The bill was introduced in June by Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal and Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley. It calls for a complete ban on facial recognition use by law enforcement until Congress passes legislation to lift the moratorium. The US has seen a growing call from privacy and other groups to ban facial recognition across its cities, as well as concern about human rights issues from companies that provide the technology.”

CNN: Bipartisan duo tries to create opening for broader small business coronavirus-relief program

CNN: Bipartisan duo tries to create opening for broader small business coronavirus-relief program. “As US lawmakers prepare this week to launch negotiations over the next round of stimulus funding, a bipartisan duo is pushing a proposal to aid small businesses that eschews the more targeted approach under consideration. It’s a push that isn’t guaranteed to succeed, particularly amid public outrage at the ability of larger public companies to tap into the emergency forgivable loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program.”

Politico: Kamala Harris unveils housing plan as rent deadline looms

Politico: Kamala Harris unveils housing plan as rent deadline looms. “Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) unveiled a sweeping housing plan Thursday to give struggling renters and homeowners relief as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pound the economy. The legislation, which Harris plans to introduce next week, would ban evictions and foreclosures for a year while giving tenants up to 18 months to pay back missed payments. The current federal ban on evictions — which only covers the roughly 1 in 4 rental units in the country with a federally backed mortgage — expires July 24.”

Mashable: Why you should absolutely worry about the anti-privacy EARN IT Act

Mashable: Why you should absolutely worry about the anti-privacy EARN IT Act. “Because the internet is a strange and complicated place, the fate of your digital privacy is, at this very moment, intertwined with that of online message boards and comment sections. And things, we’re sorry to report, aren’t looking so hot. At issue is the seemingly unrelated EARN IT Act. Pushed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and a host of bipartisan co-sponsors, and voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, the measure ostensibly aims to combat online child sexual abuse material. However, according to privacy and security experts who spoke with Mashable, the bill both directly threatens end-to-end encryption and promises to spur new and sustained online censorship by weakening Section 230 — a provision of the Communication Decency Act of 1996 that protects internet providers from being held liable for their users’ actions.”