Category Archives: Government & Policy

TikTok, Oracle deal still shrouded in uncertainty as companies tussle over ownership

The TikTok deal President Trump blessed this weekend is still facing uncertainty over the ownership structure of the new company, putting the agreement in jeopardy as a deadline for a U.S. ban of the video app approaches again.

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Two Dozen Turing Award Laureates Including Vint Cerf Endorse Joe Biden

Two dozen Turing Award laureates including Father of the Internet, and former ICANN Chair from 2000 to 2007, Vint Cerf have endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States and Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President. As the letter notes, it’s the first time Turing Award Laureates have endorsed a candidate.

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TikTok Owner’s Big Reason to Strike a U.S. Deal: China Is Slowing

TikTok’s Chinese owner has fought tooth and nail to keep control over its wildly popular platform for dancing teens and young Los Angeles influencers. One big reason: The days of fast internet fortunes and meteoric digital growth in its home market may be coming to an end.

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Internet Society launches first ever toolkit to gauge the impact of regulation on the Internet

The Internet Society, a global nonprofit organization that promotes the development and use of an open, globally connected and secure Internet has launched the first-ever regulatory assessment toolkit that defines the critical properties needed to protect and enhance the future of the Internet.

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Europe Feels the Squeeze as Tech Competition Heats Up Between U.S. and China

Lacking a powerful technology sector of its own, the European Union has instead tried to carve out a space in the digital economy as the world’s regulatory superpower, leading the charge on privacy rights and data protection by leveraging its enormous single market against Goliaths like Google and Facebook.

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US Congress Should Act to Ensure Weapon Systems’ Cybersecurity

As Congress returns from August recess and prepares to finalize the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislators should address a major cybersecurity and national security priority: ensuring the resilience of essential deterrent and warfighting capabilities to adversary cyber action. U.S. strategy documents have emphasized that the United States is in a new strategic environment, one defined by great power, long-term strategic competition in which China and Russia are the most consequential challengers. In this context, the United States should not take for granted its ability to maintain strategic deterrence or conventional overmatch. These capabilities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to malicious adversary cyber campaigns. Therefore, Congress should adopt the recommendation of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission to pass legislation requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to institutionalize a comprehensive cybersecurity vulnerability assessment of nuclear and conventional weapon systems.

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