Quartz: The White House’s website deleted the whole archive of its daily newsletters. “American citizens can get daily updates on the government directly from the White House’s ‘1600 Daily’ newsletter, which was launched in March 2017. The newsletter shares daily updates from the White House, together with a feed of positive news about Donald Trump’s administration… The past issues of the newsletters used to be accessible online, but those pages have been taken down in connection with a White House site redesign in December 2017, according to a report from the Web Integrity Project (WIP) of the Sunlight Foundation, a bipartisan organization focused on government accountability and transparency, released today (Sept. 13).”
CNET: Google’s Sergey Brin calls 2016 election ‘offensive’ in leaked video. “Google co-founder Sergey Brin told a company gathering that he felt offended by the 2016 election, according to a leaked video published by Breitbart on Wednesday, comments that will likely fuel criticism among conservatives that the search giant is biased against them.”
Columbia Journalism Review: Press protections might safeguard Google’s algorithms, even from Trump. “Regulating algorithms might seem like entirely new legal territory, since Google and its cousins are only two decades old. But a newspaper case from 1974 has quite a bit to say about whether the government can control, under the First Amendment, companies’ algorithms and how they produce and organize information.”
ZDNet: Bill that would have the White House create a database of APT groups passes House vote. “The US House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would have the White House create and maintain a database containing all the names of individuals and cyber-threat groups associated with foreign cyber-espionage operations active against the US.” I think in this case APT stands for Advanced Persistent Threat.
ABC News: Trump accuses Google of biased searches, warns ‘be careful’. “President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him ‘so that almost all stories & news is BAD.’ He offered no evidence of bias, but a top adviser said the White House is ‘taking a look’ at whether Google should face federal regulation.”
New York Times: Trump Accuses Social Media Firms of Discrimination Against Conservatives. “President Trump said on Saturday that conservative voices were being unfairly censored on social media, hinting that he might intervene if his allies’ accounts continued to be shut down. ‘Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,’ Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, saying that ‘censorship is a very dangerous thing.'”
Gizmodo: Google Releases Political Ad Database and Trump Is the Big Winner. “Google has finally opened up about political ad-spending on its platforms and published a living archive of who’s paying what for your eyeballs while you’re just trying to consume some content. As we head into the heart of the midterm elections, Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign is outspending everyone.”