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How GDPR Is Failing

How GDPR Is Failing

The French data regulator has, in some ways, sidestepped the international GDPR process by directly pursuing companies’ use of cookies. Despite common beliefs, annoying cookie pop-ups don’t come from GDPR—they’re governed by the EU’s separate E-Privacy law, and the French regulator has taken advantage of this. Marie-Laure Denis, the head of French regulator CNIL, has …

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A 'Radical' Ruling Lets Texas Ban Social Media Moderation

A ‘Radical’ Ruling Lets Texas Ban Social Media Moderation

A federal appeals court has reinstated a Texas state law that bans “censorship” on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, allowing Texas to enforce the law while litigation continues. A US District Court judge had granted a preliminary injunction blocking the law in December, ruling that it violates the social networks’ First Amendment …

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The Web3 Decentralization Debate Is Focused on the Wrong Question

The Web3 Decentralization Debate Is Focused on the Wrong Question

Web3 advocates promise decentralization on an unprecedented scale. Excessive centralization can stymie coordination and erode freedom, democracy, and economic dynamism—decentralization is supposed to be the remedy. But the term on its own is too vague to be a coherent end goal. Getting the job done takes the right kind of decentralization, and we worry that …

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The DSA Shows the Trouble With the EU's Opaque Policy-Making

The DSA Shows the Trouble With the EU’s Opaque Policy-Making

As the dust settles and details emerge from last weekend’s frenzied EU negotiations on the Digital Service Act (DSA), the so-called “new constitution for the internet,” it remains to be seen whether human rights champions, democracy defenders, and free expression advocates should be celebrating this milestone. The DSA provides a unique opportunity for Europe to …

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On China, US National Security Experts Fear the Wrong Thing

On China, US National Security Experts Fear the Wrong Thing

Last September, the Pentagon’s chief software officer, Nicolas Chaillan, resigned over what he described as the Department of Defense’s poor track record on technological adoption and innovation. Chaillan later suggested that the United States has “no competing fighting chance against China” in the race to develop dual-use technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, and …

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