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Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments​


The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services.

The measure to further economic development with the “alternative form of local government” has not yet been introduced in the Legislature
 

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Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments​

I didn't think it could get worse.
 
Senate Dems' Section 230 Bill Would Allow For Limited Suits

Three U.S. Senate Democrats on Friday unveiled the latest bid to chip away at tech companies' liability shields for third-party content under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act with a bill that would allow harassment and cyberstalking victims to bring lawsuits.

The Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism and Consumer Harms, or "SAFE TECH," Act introduced by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., would remove Section 230 protections in cases where victims have allegedly suffered "stalking, cyberstalking, harassment," or certain types of "intimidation" that a tech platform "directly enabled," the lawmakers say. Such victims would also be allowed to seek injunctions where misuse of a provider's services is "likely to cause irreparable harm," according to the text of the bill.

The proposal would also allow for civil suits in cases where platforms are accused of "directly" contributing to a loss of life or of enabling human rights violations overseas, the lawmakers say.

The bill, which would also remove the liability shield for advertisements or other paid content, comes as both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have expressed interest at chipping away at Section 230, which dates back to 1996, in light of evidence that content circulating online can lead to real harms.

Section 230 does require that platforms take "reasonable" measures to moderate content to earn legal protection. But lawmakers have pushed to either tweak, strongly curb or remove the liability shield entirely, in a debate that gained even more steam after the Jan. 6 storming at the U.S. Capitol, which came after then-President Donald Trump repeated baseless election fraud claims in videos on social media.

"It's about allowing these platforms to finally be held accountable for harmful, often criminal behavior enabled by their platforms to which they have turned a blind eye for too long," Warner said in a statement.

Industry experts consider Section 230 to have been essential to the rise of the modern internet, in part by ensuring that platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp and Reddit are not hindered by lawsuits over user-posted content. But proposals that circulated in Congress in 2020 suggested making a slew of changes, ranging from requiring tech firms to more clearly explain their content moderation practices to significantly rolling back Section 230 protections.

The changes proposed on Friday would still require plaintiffs to show that a platform could have taken steps to remove the damaging content, according to the statement by Warner, Hirono and Klobuchar. But the reforms would allow victims to bring claims "without Section 230 serving as a categorical bar to their efforts to seek legal redress for harms they suffer — even when directly enabled by a platform's actions or design," the lawmakers added.
 

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Indian government is now promoting Koo, the Indian alternative to Twitter. Available on Google and Apple and the website is kooapp.com.
It's privately owned and using AWS for now, but says it is looking at local alternatives.

 

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The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services.

The measure to further economic development with the “alternative form of local government” has not yet been introduced in the Legislature
I was hoping that us peasants could take advantage of this and band together to form our own "companies" and get some freedom. But then I looked at the requirements listed in the article. darn.

Isn't tech already basically government anyway
 
Facebook Pulls News Sharing In Australia Over Media Law

Facebook said on Wednesday that it will stop letting users in Australia share news rather than acquiesce to a proposed law designed to help media organizations in the country better negotiate with technology platforms.

FCC Announces New Broadband Data Collection Program
 
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