Posted on October 31, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on President Biden’s new plan to regulate AI

President Biden’s new plan to regulate AI

President Biden hands his pen to Vice President Harris after signing the Artificial Intelligence Safety, Security, and Trust executive order on October 30, 2023. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Now comes the hard part: Congress. Since the widespread release of generative AI systems like ChatGPT, there’s been an increasingly loud call to regulate them, given how powerful, transformative, and potentially dangerous the technology can be. President Joe Biden’s long-promised Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of … Continue reading “President Biden’s new plan to regulate AI”

Posted on October 31, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on Why Norway — the poster child for electric cars — is having second thoughts

Why Norway — the poster child for electric cars — is having second thoughts

A Tesla charging station in Skei, Norway. The country has the world’s highest rate of electric car adoption. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images Electric cars are crucial, but not enough to solve climate change. We can’t let them crowd out car-free transit options. OSLO, Norway — With motor vehicles generating nearly a 10th of global CO2 emissions, governments and environmentalists around the world are scrambling to mitigate the damage. In wealthy countries, strategies often revolve around electrifying cars — and for … Continue reading “Why Norway — the poster child for electric cars — is having second thoughts”

Posted on October 11, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on We’re in a new Gilded Age. What did we learn from the last one?

We’re in a new Gilded Age. What did we learn from the last one?

An 1882 color lithograph shows American railroad entrepreneurs carving up the United States as European royalty watch from across the Atlantic Ocean. | Frederick Burr Opper/Stock Montage/Getty Images Former FCC chair Tom Wheeler has a few ideas for how to regulate the “Digital Gilded Age.” The 19th century probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about Big Tech’s harms and possible solutions. It’s probably not the second either, or even 50th. But in his forthcoming … Continue reading “We’re in a new Gilded Age. What did we learn from the last one?”

Posted on October 3, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on Turns out the government can fine you for trashing space

Turns out the government can fine you for trashing space

Even in orbit, no dumping rules apply. | PM Images/Getty Images The FCC is cracking down on space litterbugs, starting with Dish Network. We are surrounded by trash, and the Federal Communications Commission is trying to do something about it. Since we’re talking about the FCC, which regulates communications and airwaves, we’re not talking about the more well-known trash in the oceans and on the ground. This is the garbage way, way up in the sky: space debris, an ever-increasing … Continue reading “Turns out the government can fine you for trashing space”

Posted on August 25, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on Is YouTube tracking your kids again?

Is YouTube tracking your kids again?

Kids love YouTube, but Google has to comply with children’s privacy laws when they watch. | JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Google said it wouldn’t target ads to children anymore, but multiple reports suggest it’s still happening. Google might be facing significant fines for violating children’s privacy through YouTube ads — again. Two recent reports suggest that the company is collecting data from and targeting ads to children, a violation of both the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and Google’s … Continue reading “Is YouTube tracking your kids again?”