Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota House approves bill targeting social media companies for censorship

Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota House approves bill targeting social media companies for censorship. “The proposal would bar social media sites with more than 150 million active users from censoring North Dakotans’ posts based on race, religion or viewpoint. The bill would would also open up social media companies to civil lawsuits from residents who believe they’ve been blacklisted from the sites.”

EUToday: Danish bill will require tech giants Facebook & Google to pay for media content

EUToday: Danish bill will require tech giants Facebook & Google to pay for media content. “Denmark looks set to follow Australia by making tech giants such as Facebook and Google pay for content published by media organisations on their platform, says Denmark’s minister for culture. Joy Mogensen said on Friday that she would put forward a bill next month which would require tech companies to pay publishers if news content is posted on their websites.”

Marketplace: New antitrust legislation would check the power of tech giants

Marketplace: New antitrust legislation would check the power of tech giants. “I spoke with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who leads the subcommittee on antitrust and has introduced a bill intended to check the power of tech giants. It focuses mostly on acquisitions, aimed at preventing huge companies from buying potential competitors and forcing companies that control more than 50% of a market to prove that an acquisition wouldn’t reduce competition. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation.”

National Law Review: Polish government to pass law that will allow it more control over the Internet content and legitimize blocking access to certain websites

National Law Review: Polish government to pass law that will allow it more control over the Internet content and legitimize blocking access to certain websites . “On February 1, 2021, a new draft act on freedom of speech on social media platforms appeared on the Polish Ministry of Justice website. Works on the draft act, originally announced by the ministry in December last year, gained momentum in mid-January amid Twitter and Facebook blocking Donald Trump’s accounts, which the Polish government viewed as censorship.”

CNET: Why you’re hounded by pop-ups about cookies, and how they could go away

CNET: Why you’re hounded by pop-ups about cookies, and how they could go away. “California voters approved a privacy law in November that creates an incentive for companies to stop pestering you about cookies. It can be hard to tell from many of the pop-ups, but businesses are asking you to give them permission to install small files on your web browser so they can sell or share data about your browsing habits. The process for making these messages less common is already underway.”

CNN: 10 years in prison for illegal streaming? It’s in the Covid-19 relief bill

CNN: 10 years in prison for illegal streaming? It’s in the Covid-19 relief bill. “You probably have nothing to worry about: The ‘Protecting Lawful Streaming Act,’ which was introduced earlier this month by Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, doesn’t target casual internet users. The law specifies that it doesn’t apply to people who use illegal streaming services or ‘individuals who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.’”

CBC: Australia to reveal legislation that would force Google and Facebook to pay for news content

CBC: Australia to reveal legislation that would force Google and Facebook to pay for news content. “Australia’s government will reveal legislation in Parliament on Wednesday that would make Facebook and Google pay for journalism. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday that the legislation to create the News Media Bargaining Code will be scrutinized by a parliamentary committee following its introduction and before lawmakers vote on it next year.”

Washington Post: Lawmakers are trying to create a database with free access to court records. Judges are fighting against it.

Washington Post: Lawmakers are trying to create a database with free access to court records. Judges are fighting against it.. “Leaders of the federal judiciary are working to block bipartisan legislation designed to create a national database of court records that would provide free access to case documents. Backers of the bill, who are pressing for a House vote in the coming days, envision a streamlined, user-friendly system that would allow citizens to search for court documents and dockets without having to pay. Under the current system, users pay 10 cents per page to view the public records through the service known as PACER, an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records.”

NextGov: House Bill Would Create NOAA-Led National Database to Help Coastal Communities Confront Rising Seas

NextGov: House Bill Would Create NOAA-Led National Database to Help Coastal Communities Confront Rising Seas. “Legislation recently introduced in the House calls for the creation of a sea level-tracking database—deemed the National Coastal Data Information System—to inform people in frontline coastal communities how climate change is uniquely impacting their areas, and ultimately advance their preparedness for future natural disasters.”