Trump administration proposes rolling back protections for big tech

Google | June 18, 2020

Trump administration proposes rolling back protections for big tech
The U.S. Justice Department proposed on Wednesday that Congress take up legislation to curb protections big tech platforms like Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have had for decades, a senior official said, following through on President Donald Trump’s bid to crack down on tech giants. The goal of the proposal, which is being finalized, is to push tech companies to address criminal content on their platforms such as child exploitation, terrorism or cyber stalking, and boost transparency for users when the outlets take down lawful material, the Justice Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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The United States has long stood as the unrivaled leader in information and communications technology (ICT). ICT is ubiquitous, supporting every industry sector, improving the capabilities and productivity of every business, and providing benefits to every home and individual. As much progress as the ICT industry has seen over the last several decades, expanding from plain old telephone service (POTS) to advanced fiber optics, cable, and wireless technologies, the ICT industry remains immature with significant opportunities for innovation and growth. The role of the federal government facilitating innovation in the ICT sector has been absolutely critical in supporting a robust ICT research ecosystem both through direct federal investment in ICT research and facilitating commercialization and private research investment.

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Spotlight

The United States has long stood as the unrivaled leader in information and communications technology (ICT). ICT is ubiquitous, supporting every industry sector, improving the capabilities and productivity of every business, and providing benefits to every home and individual. As much progress as the ICT industry has seen over the last several decades, expanding from plain old telephone service (POTS) to advanced fiber optics, cable, and wireless technologies, the ICT industry remains immature with significant opportunities for innovation and growth. The role of the federal government facilitating innovation in the ICT sector has been absolutely critical in supporting a robust ICT research ecosystem both through direct federal investment in ICT research and facilitating commercialization and private research investment.