Category Archives: Government & Policy

E.U. opens antitrust investigation into Google’s core moneymaker: Advertising

The European Union has launched an investigation to determine whether Google exerts too much control over the sprawling online marketing industry, in which advertisers can surveil, target and influence consumers through nearly any tech platform in which they engage.

Continue reading E.U. opens antitrust investigation into Google’s core moneymaker: Advertising

U.S. Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

House lawmakers on Friday introduced sweeping antitrust legislation aimed at restraining the power of Big Tech and staving off corporate consolidation across the economy, in what would be the most ambitious update to monopoly laws in decades.

Continue reading U.S. Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

The Internet Doesn’t Need Heavy-Handed Regulation

A founding father of the Internet, Vint Cerf, attributes its astonishing economic success in no small part to “permissionless innovation,” the freedom of Internet developers to try new business models and offer new services without obtaining prior government approval. The clear signal government sends by not overregulating the market is a reason the Internet today is a staple in our lives. Any calls for Internet regulation should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism, and before acting, the government should ensure that proposed Internet regulation is going to provide more consumer benefit than harm.

Continue reading The Internet Doesn’t Need Heavy-Handed Regulation

F.B.I. Director Compares Danger of Ransomware to 9/11 Terror Threat

The Biden administration is sounding increasingly urgent alarms about high-profile ransomware attacks that have caused widespread gas shortages, shut meat processing plants and paralyzed hospitals, as officials step up efforts to counter cyberthreats.

Continue reading F.B.I. Director Compares Danger of Ransomware to 9/11 Terror Threat

U.S. to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism

The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters.

Continue reading U.S. to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism