You own that thing, you can do what you want or need to do with it, right? Not necessarily. Right to Repair – An update Could things change to be more pro-consumer and pro-small business? Absolutely! https://www.repair.org/ https://www.eff.org/issues/right-to-repair https://www.ifixit.com/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/bidens-right-to-repair-order-could-stop-companies-from-blocking-diy-fixes/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/06/hackers-farmers-and-doctors-unite-support-for-right-to-repair-laws-slowly-grows/ And from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple computers:
Net Neutrality! Is it coming back? Net Neutrality Redux If not Federally (probably not Federally) then what about at the state level? Seems like that’s a possibility. https://www.wired.com/story/guide-net-neutrality/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/california-can-enforce-net-neutrality-law-judge-rules-in-loss-for-isps/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/biden-doj-halts-trump-admin-lawsuit-against-calif-net-neutrality-rules/ And, let’s not forget about privacy in all of this (from 2017 and not yet overturned!): https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/
So, its been a helluva week. Are We Sure that 2020 is Over? And as such, we need to talk politics and tech for a bit. We sort of hate that. But here we are! 1st Amendment, options for platforms, the importance of Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act… we get it in a concise manner!
There’s always a rush to find the next big thing. The problem is when everyone flocks to it, they inadvertently create a monster. The Facebook Monopoly Facebook was the next big thing years ago, and yep, there’s now a monster. Facebook is now looking at the Federal Trade Commission and 47 states wanting to break them up. Facebook should be broken up, FTC and states allege in pair of lawsuits – CNET Explained: The antitrust suit against Facebook | Explained News,The Indian Express But why? Well, glad you asked. We get into that this hour!
Voting this year is different in years past for Hawai’i. Its mail-in! Vote Hawaii! What else is going on? We talk about that, and of course, we have links! https://elections.hawaii.gov/ https://elections.hawaii.gov/hawaii-votes-by-mail/ https://www.vote411.org/hawaii https://portal.ehawaii.gov/government/voting-and-elections/ https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1248&year=2019 Plus, Alert Internet Surfer Danno found this demographic information from 2016. What does it cover? Ethnic groups on Maui via percentage then percentage as registered to vote! https://www.winningjustice.org/districts/hi-maui-4719
Jonathan takes on the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Its in the news again, and its a BIG topic. Section 230 – Why Should I Care? Particularly because there is an Executive Order regarding it and Social Media. https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/ajit-pai-says-hell-help-trump-impose-crackdown-on-twitter-and-facebook/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/09/trump-admin-sends-congress-its-blueprint-for-weakening-section-230/
Its Monopoly time! Google, Amazon, and Apple have been said to have abused their monopolies in their various spheres of influence. Tech Monopolies! Now who says it? The House! So, lets talk about that… https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/house-amazon-facebook-apple-google-have-monopoly-power-should-be-split/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/microsoft-thumbs-its-nose-at-apple-with-new-app-fairness-policy/ https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/10/08/app-store-fairness-caf-interoperability-principles/ https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/06/microsoft-store-revenue-share/
President Trump signed an executive order concerning TikTok and its owner ByteDance, plus Wechat and parent company Tencent. But on top of that? Their subsidiaries and companies they have a business interest in might be affected too! TikTok and slippery slopes Join Jonathan, LD, Sam and special guest Danno! https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-tiktok/ https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-wechat/ For more reading: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/trump-plans-tiktok-wechat-ban-declares-apps-national-emergency/ https://www.pcgamer.com/every-game-company-that-tencent-has-invested-in/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/7/21358252/tencent-wechat-ban-trump-executive-order-consequences https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/beware-of-find-my-phone-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-nsa-tells-mobile-users/ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/centre-bans-59-mobile-apps-including-tik-tok-uc-browser-others/articleshow/76694828.cms#:~:text=India%20Business%20News%3A%20The%20government%20of%20India%20on,apps%20terming%20them%20to%20be%20prejudicial%20to%20the https://www.zdnet.com/article/pentagon-bans-military-from-using-devices-with-gps/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-mostly-and-love-my-threat-model/
So, Congress has been having tech hearings as of late. Are Tech Giants Monopolies? The trick with hearings is sometimes they’re nothing but pro-wrestling and “look how tough I am” chest beating for an election year. But sometimes there’s real substance to what’s going on. So, what’s going on? https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/07/big-techs-big-day-congress-grills-ceos-over-competition-bias/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/07/telegram-files-eu-antitrust-complaint-against-apples-app-store/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-spotify-tech-eu-idUSKBN1QU18G https://www.businessinsider.com/australia-to-make-google-and-facebook-pay-for-news-content-2020-7
The EFF has brought to our attention some BAAAAD legislation that’s being drafted. Even worse, its actually bi-partisan, coming from Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). They go into a LOT of depth, and we’ll be going over this. S.3398 – EARN IT Act of 2020 If you’re afraid of government over-reach, unintended consequences, the safety and security of your online life, and freedom of speech? This is a show for you! This’s podcast is brought to you by Audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/MauiOnline . Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.