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.”

ZDNet: Russia wants to ban social media sites discriminating against Russian news outlets

ZDNet: Russia wants to ban social media sites discriminating against Russian news outlets. “The Russian government is working on a new law to block foreign social media sites inside Russia’s territory as repercussions for ‘discriminating’ against Russian news outlets operating abroad.”

Mashable SE Asia: Indonesia wants to ban social media for users below the age of 17

Mashable SE Asia: Indonesia wants to ban social media for users below the age of 17. “Although most social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook require users to be at least 13 years old to register, Indonesian lawmakers disagree stating they lack regulations and would benefit from a higher age limit to protect children online.”

The Island (Sri Lanka): Govt. to introduce mechanism to regulate social media

The Island (Sri Lanka) : Govt. to introduce mechanism to regulate social media. “Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella told the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Mass Media on Saturday that a proper mechanism to regulate websites would be introduced within the next two weeks.”

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.”

Covid-19: Stop anti-vaccination fake news online with new law says Labour (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Stop anti-vaccination fake news online with new law says Labour. “Emergency laws to “stamp out dangerous” anti-vaccine content online should be introduced, Labour has said. The party is calling for financial and criminal penalties for social media firms that do not remove false scare stories about vaccines. It follows news of progress on the first effective coronavirus vaccine.”

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.”

Voice of America: Tiny African Nation of Lesotho Proposes Social Media Limits

Voice of America: Tiny African Nation of Lesotho Proposes Social Media Limits. “The set of regulations, introduced for debate by lawmakers this week, would require all social media users with more than 100 followers to register as ‘internet broadcasters’ — a move that would, in turn, require them to abide by the same rules that govern broadcast media houses. It would also allow regulators to investigate social media users’ posts and even order them to remove them.”

Techdirt: House Passes Bill To Address The Internet Of Broken Things

Techdirt: House Passes Bill To Address The Internet Of Broken Things. “Cory Gardner, Mark Warner, and other lawmakers note the bill creates some baseline standards for security and privacy that must be consistently updated (what a novel idea), while prohibiting government agencies from using gear that doesn’t pass muster. It also includes some transparency requirements mandating that any vulnerabilities in IOT hardware are disseminated among agencies and the public quickly.”

Rome Sentinel (New York): Proposal would hold social media companies responsible for violent material

Rome Sentinel (New York): Proposal would hold social media companies responsible for violent material . “Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, has introduced legislation designed to hold social media companies responsible when violent and graphic material is shared on their sites. Brindisi has dubbed the legislation ‘Bianca’s Law’ after the brutal murder of 17-year-old Bianca Devins in Utica was shared online by the accused killer.”

New York Times: Don’t quit Facebook. Change laws.

New York Times: Don’t quit Facebook. Change laws.. “There was a predictable backlash this week when celebrities like Kim Kardashian West stopped social media posts for a day on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, to protest the social network. This is a stunt, some people said. If you think Facebook worsens misinformation and hate speech, just quit the social network. Dear readers, you too might have felt guilty for still being on Facebook. A recent book by the leftist lawyer and activist Zephyr Teachout short-circuited this narrative for me.”

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.”