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PRG News Roundup, November 17, 2021

November 19, 2021 4:16 pm Justin Lee 0
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed an amicus brief in a case challenging a Florida law limiting the power of social media companies to moderate speech on their platforms. The Knight Institute urges the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the district court’s decision to block the law on the grounds of its constitutionality, including the law’s specific targeting of platforms perceived to have a liberal bias (e.g.…
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PRG News Roundup, October 20, 2021

October 25, 2021 1:00 pm Justin Lee 0
The Guarini Center will host a colloquium on the global data economy.  They will seek legal solutions to deal with data as a new type of asset in order to foster innovation and growth and to reduce obstacles for all stakeholders in the data economy.…
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PRG News Roundup, October 13, 2021

October 14, 2021 11:26 am Justin Lee 0
The Brazilian National Data Protection Authority (ANPD) and the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) – the administrative authorities responsible for data protection in Brazil and Spain, respectively – signed a Memorandum of Intellectual Cooperation for the protection of personal data, both at a national and transnational level.…
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PRG News Roundup, October 6, 2021

October 7, 2021 12:03 am Justin Lee 0
Russia is seeking a fine from Facebook totaling 5-10% of its annual turnover in the country. In 2020 Russia passed legislation that allows regulators to fine internet providers if they repeatedly fail to delete content when requested. While Russia said Facebook had complied with demands to delete some of the requested content, it announced it would seek the fine because Facebook had not taken down all of the content it had requested.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 29, 2021

September 30, 2021 1:00 pm Justin Lee 0
The “Facebook Files,” a series of articles about internal Facebook research reports that were revealed recently to the Wall Street Journal, has provided a window into Facebook’s understanding of many of the flaws on its platform. Notable revelations include that Facebook is aware of Instagram use being harmful to a “sizable percentage” of teenage girls (a finding which led Facebook to delay the introduction of Instagram for Kids), that tweaks to the News Feed algorithm made in 2018 resulted in more engagement but also led to more hate speech and increased anger, and that Mark Zuckerberg’s personally directed efforts to curb vaccination misinformation on the platform were largely a failure.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 22, 2021

September 25, 2021 5:00 pm Justin Lee 0
Upcoming Events Guarini Colloquium: Regulating Global Digital Corporations – Monday September 27, 2021, 17:20 – 18:20 In this NYU Law School colloquium, participants will read and discuss a recent paper by Elettra Bietti on digital platform regulation. (link) News Items  China passed the Personal Information Privacy Law (PIPL) at the end of August 2021.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 15, 2021

September 18, 2021 1:00 pm Justin Lee 0
President Biden nominated Alvaro Bedoya for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission.  Bedoya, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, is a well-known privacy advocate.  He has a research background in privacy lapses on online platforms, the consequences of facial recognition technology, and oversight on electronic and biometric tracking.…