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A Political Stunt, Nothing More

April 10, 2018

The House of Representatives is set to act this week on a bad idea that has been knocking around since the 1970s ¬– and whose time still has not come.

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Facebook Can't Police Itself; Congress Must Enact Comprehensive Safeguards & Disclosure

April 10, 2018

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal is another example in a long list where companies have failed to protect the online privacy of their users. Americans have a fundamental right to privacy, and our democracy functions best when we have control over our personal information online. But the existing legal framework we have is inadequate to properly protect online privacy. Now is the time for Congress to pass comprehensive privacy legislation that gives consumers opt-in choice, not just for Facebook, but across-the-board, for those who hold our personal data.

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To Strengthen Democracy, Read Your Newspaper

April 9, 2018

A report over the weekend in Politico suggests that the steady decline in newspaper subscriptions and readership is working to President Trump’s benefit and likely played an important role in his election.

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