The House and the anti-sex trafficking bill

With assist from Steven Overly and Bernie Becker

WILL THE HOUSE ADVANCE ANTI-SEX TRAFFICKING BILL? — Legislation to fight on-line intercourse trafficking is again in the highlight at this time, this time in the House. The Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee will contemplate a measure that will maintain platforms like Google and Facebook responsible for facilitating such exercise. Amid tech business fears that the effort may expose Silicon Valley to new litigation, the Internet Association secured language tweaks in the Senate model of the bill — however it’s not but clear if the similar deal might be reached in the House. Members will hear testimony at this time from Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), the sponsor of the House bill (H.R. 1865 (115)), in addition to Eric Goldman, a Santa Clara University legislation faculty professor who has expressed issues about the proposed modifications to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The Senate Commerce Committee superior its compromise bill (S. 1693 (115)) earlier this month.

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— Ahead of the listening to, telecom subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) urged Congress to maneuver ahead with efforts to curb on-line intercourse trafficking. In a Wednesday op-ed in The Tennessean, she writes, “The anonymity of the internet provides cover for criminals to recruit trafficking victims and find buyers or sellers, exploiting some of our most vulnerable populations for profit – particularly children.” She provides, “Standing by idly is simply not an option.”

TAX REFORM TRACKER Senate Republicans took one other large step towards passing a tax bill on Wednesday, clearing a key procedural hurdle – and with all 52 GOP senators on board. Republican senators themselves have mentioned this week how constructive their tax dialogue have been, particularly contemplating the cleaning soap opera that was the GOP’s efforts to roll again Obamacare. That doesn’t imply Senate Republicans have cleared all the vital hurdles, as Seung Min Kim, Colin Wilhelm and Bernie Becker report, at the same time as momentum is fairly squarely behind them forward of a day anticipated to be crammed with ground debate and roll name votes. One of the excellent points to look out for at this time and the remainder of the week: tweaks to the company tax price.

Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are attempting to bump the Senate bill’s proposed company price from 20 p.c to 22 p.c, to pay for an expanded, refundable little one tax credit score. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are amongst the different GOP senators who wouldn’t thoughts seeing the company price tick up a bit. The downside: The Trump administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) are all skeptical of that concept.

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THE GUY WHO PULLED THE PLUG ON TRUMP’S TWITTER — TechCrunch will get to know the contractor who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account for 11 minutes earlier this 12 months: “[Bahtiyar] Duysak, a twenty-something with Turkish roots who was born and raised in Germany, was working as a contractor for a fixed term for the last part of his stay in the U.S. under a work and study visa. In addition to his role at Twitter with Pro Unlimited, other assignments had included stints in monetization at Google and YouTube via another contractor, Vaco. … Someone reported Trump’s account on Duysak’s last day; as a final, throwaway gesture, he put the wheels in motion to deactivate it. Then he closed his computer and left the building.”

THIEL AND THE INTEL ADVISORY BOARD — “The PayPal cofounder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel recently withdrew his name from consideration to lead the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, according to two sources with direct knowledge of what happened,” The Atlantic stories. “Thiel knowledgeable the White House of his determination earlier this month, mentioned certainly one of the sources. … Vanity Fair reported in September that Thiel was in discussions to steer the PIAB, a panel which oversees U.S. intelligence businesses and advises the president.”

IT’S A (COURT) DATE — An preliminary listening to in the antitrust dispute between the Justice Department and AT&T-Time Warner has been scheduled for Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m., court docket data present. The standing convention will mark the first time the events seem earlier than Judge Richard Leon. Expect either side to current an argument for when the trial ought to start — a degree of rivalry between the firms and the authorities, as Steven reported. AT&T and Time Warner need to begin Feb. 20, whereas the DOJ is eying May 7.

CELEBS STRIKE BACK AT PAI — Actress Alyssa Milano is hitting again at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s critiques of her social media posts on internet neutrality. In a Twitter thread Wednesday, Milano denounced Pai’s focusing on of her and different celebrities, writing that it was “not an educated attack blasting our perspective with real facts but … a misogynistic, personal attack complete with a Tony Danza reference.” (The FCC chairman referenced Danza, her co-star in a 1980s sitcom, saying, “If this were ‘Who’s the Boss?’, this would be an opportunity for Tony Danza to dish out some wisdom about the consequences of making things up.”) Cher, who was additionally name-checked in Pai’s speech, tweeted a hyperlink to a Medium publish from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman highlighting the subject of faux feedback in the FCC’s internet neutrality docket. Actor Mark Ruffalo retweeted Milano’s thread.

SANDBERG’S CBC RESPONSE — Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday responded to issues from the Congressional Black Caucus following a gathering she had with the group in Washington in October. In a prolonged letter, Sandberg mentioned the social community suspended the potential of customers to exclude racial or ethnic teams when focusing on advertisements, including that the firm has labored with CBC member Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) to replace its insurance policies. She additionally summarized Facebook’s efforts to fight Russian interference and outlined its reasoning for taking down sure posts and movies. During the October assembly, caucus members slammed Facebook for the lack of range on its board and the firm’s dealing with of Russian-linked advertisements that sowed racial division in the 2016 election.

TELLING BOOKING SCAMS TO SCRAM — The American Hotel and Lodging Association will do a fly-in of resort leaders to Washington at this time to debate the downside of on-line reserving scams, which might idiot customers into sharing their private info and bank card knowledge. “Unfortunately, with new technology and innovation come deceptive and misleading practices. That’s why we are working with Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to help protect consumers and make it harder for fraudulent booking sites to exist,” mentioned Katherine Lugar, president of AHLA.


— Netflix CEO presses for DREAMer repair: Reed Hastings is making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week to press for a legislative answer to make sure that DACA protections are enshrined into legislation, Pro Education’s Caitlin Emma stories. “‘The DREAMers came here through no fault of their own and now they’re grown up,’ Hastings said at a Wednesday event. ‘They’ve broken no laws.’”

— More Uber fireworks: “The drama surrounding an explosive letter written by former Uber employee Richard Jacobs keeps heating up, with Uber executives testifying in court [Wednesday] to try to undermine it,” Gizmodo stories. “The letter claimed Uber’s Marketplace Analytics workforce used the encrypted, ephemeral chat app Wickr and labored on secret servers and units that couldn’t be traced again to Uber with a view to steal confidential info and commerce secrets and techniques from rivals.”

— Verizon makes strikes on 5G: “Verizon is getting closer to releasing its first commercial 5G network, with the company announcing today that it plans to launch 5G in three to five cities by the end of next year,” The Verge stories. “The rollout starts with Sacramento, California sometime in the second half of 2018.”

TRANSITIONS — Christopher Fonzone, beforehand a National Security Council authorized adviser and deputy assistant and counsel to the president, is now a accomplice in the privateness and cybersecurity apply at Sidley Austin LLP. … Elaine Richards, beforehand an govt vp of enterprise operations at, has been employed as Rubicon Global’s new president. … Sarah Personette, a Facebook advertising govt, heads to Refinery29 to turn out to be its COO, per Recode.


Android creator Andy Rubin on depart: “A former Google executive who is widely credited with creating Android smartphone software has taken a leave of absence from the start-up he now runs, the company said on Wednesday — a day after a report that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate while he was at Google,” The New York Times stories.

— “Google Reckoning with History of Interoffice Romance by Top Execs”: “Scrutiny of sexual harassment is putting the spotlight on Google’s workplace culture, where several of top executives had affairs with subordinates, violating at least the spirit of company policies,” The Information stories.

Boring is again: “Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said on Tuesday The Boring Company will compete to fund, build and operate a high-speed Loop connecting O‘Hare Airport to downtown Chicago,” Reuters stories.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative backs tech teams: The group based by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse Priscilla Chan is throwing its assist behind Code for America and Opportunity at Work, two teams that search to construct tech expertise.

About that trip coverage: “A computer glitch has allowed all of American Airlines’ pilots to take vacation during the week of Christmas,” The Verge stories.

Bitcoin bytes: “The Federal Reserve is considering adopting its own digital currency similar to bitcoin, according to the president and CEO of the Fed’s New York branch,” The Hill stories. … “Coinbase suffered a major defeat at the hands of the Internal Revenue Service, nearly a year after the case was initially filed,” The Verge stories.

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