At a glance.
- US strategy on emerging technologies.
- Section 230 under scrutiny.
US Commerce Department “fully behind” President’s National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies.
A US Department of Commerce press release spotlights new trade restrictions on the following six technologies:
- “Hybrid additive manufacturing/computer numerically controlled tools
- “Computational lithography software designed for the fabrication of extreme ultraviolet masks
- “Technology for finishing wafers for 5 nanometer integrated circuit production
- “Digital forensics tools that circumvent authentication or authorization controls on a computer and extract raw data
- “Software for monitoring and analysis of communications and metadata acquired from a telecommunications service provider via a handover interface
- “Sub-orbital spacecraft”
The department’s Bureau of Industry and Security imposes export controls on emerging technologies to protect national interests in line with 2018’s Export Control Reform Act and the administration’s new National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies. A total of thirty-seven “aerospace, biotechnology, chemical, electronics, encryption, geospatial imagery, and marine” sector technologies are subject to restrictions, including “post-quantum cryptography” and “continuity of operation software.” Meritalk says US President Trump’s recently announced strategy aims to protect private sector innovations from the prying eyes of Moscow and Beijing.
US Supreme Court, FCC, President signal outlook for Section 230.
Axios interprets US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ comments on a recent decision as inviting the opportunity to narrow social media platforms’ Section 230 protections. Justice Thomas wrote, “Extending §230 immunity beyond the natural reading of the text can have serious consequences…we need not decide today the correct interpretation of §230. But in an appropriate case, it behooves us to do so.” The CyberWire has followed developing Section 230 controversy.
US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai broadcasted similar intentions in a statement yesterday. “Members of all three branches of the federal government have expressed serious concerns about the prevailing interpretation,” he wrote, continuing, “the FCC has the legal authority to interpret Section 230…I intend to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify its meaning…[Social media companies] do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters.”
Seeking Alpha reports on US President Trump’s reaction to Twitter and Facebook’s stalling of a New York Post story potentially disadvantageous to his electoral rival. The President reiterated his desire for curtailed Section 230 protections and called the platforms “out of control.” Senator Lindsey Graham said the Judiciary Committee is considering another round of subpoenas over the matter.