CNET: Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

CNET: Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program. “The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans’ calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.”

CNET: White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings

CNET: White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings. “The White House met with tech giants Friday to discuss how tools might be developed to scan social media posts and predict mass shootings, according to a report by The Washington Post. The meeting, which followed two such shootings last weekend that have left 31 people dead, included Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, all of which were asked to make suggestions in the next few weeks, the Post said.”

Techdirt: White House Once Again Circulating A Draft Executive Order On Social Media Bias

Techdirt: White House Once Again Circulating A Draft Executive Order On Social Media Bias. “Since the White House is convinced social media companies are kicking conservatives off left and (mostly) right, it has decided to do something about it. What this ‘something’ is remains about as vague as the accusations.”

CNN: Honeybees hit by Trump budget cuts

CNN: Honeybees hit by Trump budget cuts. “The US Department of Agriculture has suspended data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report, citing cost cuts — a move that robs researchers and the honeybee industry of a critical tool for understanding honeybee population declines, and comes as the USDA is curtailing other research programs.”

TechCrunch: Twitter and Facebook reportedly not invited to White House ‘social media summit’

TechCrunch: Twitter and Facebook reportedly not invited to White House ‘social media summit’. “On Thursday, the White House’s social media will reportedly host a who’s who of conservative media pundits. PragerU and Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk have apparently received invites to the event. There will, however, be some key names missing from the invite list — including, notably, the social media companies themselves.”

Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Considers Outlawing Encryption (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Considers Outlawing Encryption. “Well, here we go again. According to Politico, on Wednesday, at Trump’s National Security Council meeting, a proposal was floated that the administration should back legislation that would outlaw encryption. Of course, that’s not how it’ll be framed should they actually decide to go down this path. Instead, they’ll be nonsense about ‘responsible encryption’ and ‘lawful access.’ But, make no mistake, what’s being proposed is outlawing encryption.”