Weekly Digest (3 April 2022)

Weekly Digest (3 April 2022)
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Here are the editions from the past week you may have missed:

The White House Releases Its FY 2023 Budget Request

The Commission Proposes Cybersecurity and Information Security Regulations

A New Right To Repair Bill

FTC Finds Extensive Data Security Violations In Online Marketplace

Reports

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Should States Fund Municipal Broadband and Cooperatives?” — Rockefeller Institute of Government

States Considering Range of Options to Bring Broadband to Rural America” — Pew Charitable Trusts

The Digital Skills Gap: What Workers Need for the Jobs of the Future” — RAND Corporation

Computers on Wheels: Automated Vehicles and Cybersecurity Risks in Europe” — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

“#SaveTheChildren: How a fringe conspiracy theory fueled a massive child abuse panic” — The Media Manipulation Playbook

Is Europe’s Tech Regulation a Gift to Russia?” — Center for European Policy Analysis

Popular podcasters spread Russian disinformation about Ukraine biolabs” — Brookings Institution

Federal Civil Action for Disclosure of Intimate Images: Free Speech Considerations” — Congressional Research Service

Regulating online harms” — United Kingdom House of Commons Library

Building broadband and mobile infrastructure” — United Kingdom House of Commons Library

Coming Events

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§  4 April

o   United States Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter and Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan, as well as senior staff from both agencies, will co-hostthe Enforcers Summit that “will cover two themes: 1) merger reform to meet the challenges and realities of the modern economy, and 2) lessons for interagency collaboration.”

o   Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics will hold a hearing on the Use and Impact of Facial Recognition Technology.

§  5 April

o The United States (U.S.) House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Mobilizing our Cyber Defenses: Securing Critical Infrastructure Against Russian Cyber Threats.”

o The United States (U.S.) House Foreign Affairs will hold a markupof the following bills:

§  Russia Cryptocurrency Transparency Act (H.R. 7338)

§  Protecting Semiconductor Supply Chains from Putin Act

§  Transatlantic Telecommunications Security Act (H.R. 3344)

o   The United States (U.S.) Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing“[t]o receive testimony on the posture of United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2023 and the Future Years Defense Program.”

o   The United States (U.S.) Senate Armed Services Committee’s Cybersecurity Subcommittee will hold a closed hearing “[t]o receive testimony on training the next generation of cyber operators.”

o   Canada’s Standing Committee on Industry and Technology will hold a hearing on quantum computing.

§  6 April

o   The European Data Protection Board will hold a plenary meeting.

o   The United States (U.S.) House Homeland Security Committee’s Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Mobilizing our Cyber Defenses: Maturing Public-Private Partnerships to Secure U.S. Critical Infrastructure.”

§  7 April

o The United States (U.S.) Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing“to discuss the scope and scale of critical mineral demand and recycling of critical minerals.”

o   The United States (U.S.) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold “the second of a series of virtual public hearings as part of its broadband consumer labels rulemaking proceeding.”

§  20 April

o The United Kingdom’s House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will hold a formal meeting (oral evidence session) as part of its inquiry on “The right to privacy: digital data.”

§  21 April

o The United States (U.S.) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an open meeting with this tentative agenda:

§  Improving Receiver Performance. The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry to promote more efficient use of spectrum through improved receiver interference immunity performance, thereby facilitating the introduction of new and innovative services. (ET Docket No. 22-137)

§  Wireless Emergency Alerts. The Commission will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposals to strengthen the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts, including through public reporting on the reliability, speed, and accuracy of these alerts. (PS Docket Nos. 15-91, 15-94)

§  Restricted Adjudicatory Matter. The Commission will consider a restricted adjudicatory matter.

§  Restricted Adjudicatory Matter. The Commission will consider a restricted adjudicatory matter.

§  Enforcement Bureau. The Commission will consider an enforcement action.

§  27 April

o   The United States (U.S.) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice will hold a listening forum on firsthand effects of mergers and acquisitions: media and entertainment.

§  12 May

o   The United States (U.S.) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice will hold a listening forum on firsthand effects of mergers and acquisitions: technology.

§  15-16 May

o   The United States-European Union Trade and Technology Council will reportedly meet in France.

§  16-17 June

o   The European Data Protection Supervisor will hold a conferencetitled “The future of data protection: effective enforcement in the digital world.”