In our 254th episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast, Maury Shenk interviews James Griffiths, a Hong Kong-based journalist and author of the new book, The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet. For the News Roundup, Brian Egan is joined by Maury and David Kris (@DavidKris) to discuss:
- The supposed suspension of NSA's Section 215 "call detail record" program.
- Some Democratic presidential contenders have unveiled plans to "get tough" on Big Tech.
- The FTC chairman has urged Congress to provide new authorities to impose civil enforcement penalties on companies that violate their data privacy commitments.
- The French finance minister is mulling a 3% tax on the 30 largest Internet businesses in France, most of which happen to be US companies.
- Facebook is taking several companies to court to stop them creating and selling fake accounts.
- French President Macron has called for the creation of a "European Agency for the Protection of Democracies."
- The Cyber Deterrence and Response Act has been reintroduced in Congress.
If you are in London this week, you can see James Griffiths during his book tour. On March 13, he will be at the Frontline Club, and on March 14, he will be at Chatham House. You can also see him later this month at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club.
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