Highlights From Senate Facebook Hearing

Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg escaped from the five-hour Senate hearing relatively unscathed.  Below are the highlights and fallout from today’s hearing. Zuckerberg’s Opening Statement The Facebook CEO continues to argue that mistakes were made because of Facebook idealism. Senator John Thune (R-SD) “After More Than a Decade of Promises, Why Should We Trust Facebook?” Commerce…

No Action to Date on Secure Elections Act Legislation Discussed on 60 Minutes

CBS’ 60 Minutes yesterday aired a segment on When Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure, that focused on the actual penetration into the Illinois Board of Elections by Russian hackers.  The segment included members of Congress expressing frustration with the Department of Homeland Security’s response to the hacking and preparations for 2018. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)…

Happy St. Isidore’s Day

Like many people, I was surprised to find that there was a patron saint of the internet and even more surprised to learn who it was.  In 1997, Pope John Paul II chose Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636) as the patron saint of the internet. Why select someone so decided un-modern as a bishop from the…

Coalition Launches Campaign to Get Big Tech to Agree to Increase Privacy and Data Security Protections

A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have launched a campaign to pressure tech companies to commit to stronger privacy and security practices via a Security Pledge, that they contend “would ensure the Internet is used to expand democracy, not undermine it” if adopted.  The pledge borrows several elements from the European Union’s GDPR…