Hillicon Valley: Biden indicators order on chips | Listening to on media misinformation | Fb's take care of Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds


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President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE on Wednesday signed an government order to enhance provide chains for essential supplies, together with chips. Biden’s CIA director nominee William BurnsWilliam BurnsOvernight Defense: Law enforcement officials blame Pentagon ‘reluctance’ to deploy National Guard in first hearing on Capitol attack | Watchdog report finds Pentagon didn’t fully evaluate border deployment requests | Biden’s UN ambassador confirmed The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Supreme Court’s blow to Trump This week: House to vote on Biden’s .9 trillion coronavirus bill MORE instructed senators that pushing again towards China can be a serious precedence if confirmed, and that the CIA would improve its cybersecurity. Plus, Home Vitality and Commerce Committee members debated considerations over misinformation within the media. Take a moment.


CHIPS INCOMING: Biden indicators government order to spice up semiconductor provide chains

President Biden on Wednesday signed an government order meant to enhance the provision chains of essential supplies, together with semiconductors, or chips. 

The order requires a 100-day assessment of the provision chains for chips, large-capacity batteries utilized in electrical automobiles, prescribed drugs, and uncommon Earth minerals, together with sector-specific opinions over the subsequent years in areas together with protection, transportation and knowledge expertise.

Biden signed the order after assembly with a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Home and Senate on Wednesday, and amid efforts by Senate Majority Chief Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerCongress holds candlelight vigil for American lives lost to COVID-19 The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Lawmakers investigate Jan. 6 security failures Senate confirms Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador MORE (D-N.Y.) to roll out bipartisan laws to handle competitors with China on rising applied sciences.

Read more about Wednesday’s actions around the executive order here.


MEDIA’S MISINFORMATION WOES: Contentious listening to

A letter despatched by two Democrats on the Home Vitality and Commerce listening to took middle stage at a committee listening to Wednesday over disinformation within the media. 

Reps. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHouse panel to dive into misinformation debate Hillicon Valley: Google lifting ban on political ads | DHS taking steps on cybersecurity | Controversy over TV ‘misinformation rumor mills’ House Democrats demand answers on TV ‘misinformation rumor mills’ MORE (D-Calif.) and Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyHouse panel to dive into misinformation debate Hillicon Valley: Google lifting ban on political ads | DHS taking steps on cybersecurity | Controversy over TV ‘misinformation rumor mills’ House Democrats demand answers on TV ‘misinformation rumor mills’ MORE (D-Calif.) despatched a letter to cable and streaming firms on Monday questioning their choices to host sure information networks. The letter linked content material aired on sure channels to the January 6 revolt on the Capitol.

The letter drew fast backlash from Republicans, together with rating committee member Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHouse Republicans urge Democrats to call hearing with tech CEOs Republicans rally to keep Cheney in power Hillicon Valley: Raimondo wades into 230 debate | Google cuts donations to election result deniers | House GOP unveils tech plan MORE (R-Wash.) who solid it as an effort to stress the businesses to dam the right-leaning shops. 

Eshoo dismissed the criticism, noting that the letter merely asks firms to reply with detailed solutions over their choices on providing sure channels. 

“I’d like this to be understood, the concept members asking questions violates the First Modification is totally absurd. It is our job to ask questions,” Eshoo mentioned. 

Read more about the hearing here. 

FACEBOOK v. AUSTRALIA: Information tussle has viewers all around the world

Regulators are carefully watching Australia’s efforts to compel the world’s greatest digital platforms to pay publishers for information.

Canada is weighing the same tax on hyperlinks, whereas France has used copyright legal guidelines to cost Google for together with information snippets in search outcomes.

Lawmakers within the U.S. are additionally evaluating find out how to stem the lack of media funding and the dominance of Fb and Google within the digital advert market.

“The underside line is that Fb and Google want to provide far more cash to information shops,” Columbia College’s Anya Schiffrin instructed The Hill. “It doesn’t actually matter whether or not it’s by copyright like France is doing or paying for hyperlinks like Australia is doing.”


Read more on the tussle. 


CYBER SPIES: CIA director nominee to push again on China, Russia

William Burns, President Biden’s choose to guide the CIA, promised Wednesday to push again towards each China and Russia if confirmed, zeroing in on the fallout from what has turn into often called the SolarWinds breach. 

“Whereas Russia could also be in some ways a declining energy it may be at the least as disruptive underneath Putin’s management as rising powers like China,” he mentioned throughout his affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

With the SolarWinds hack placing cybersecurity considerations within the highlight, Burns additionally dedicated to strengthening the CIA’s cyber capabilities and coaching, together with rising efforts to attribute cyberattacks to particular nations and enhancing cyber partnerships with overseas allies.

“The SolarWinds assault was a really harsh wake-up name,” Burns testified. “I feel it’s important for the CIA particularly to work even more durable to develop our capabilities to assist detect these sorts of assaults after they come from exterior gamers from overseas gamers.”


Burns mentioned a spread of different points he might face if confirmed, pledging to “converse fact to energy.”

Read more about the nomination hearing here. 


CALIFORNIA NET NEUTRAL: A federal choose dominated towards granting a preliminary injunction, that means that the state will have the ability to implement its web neutrality guidelines since they have been handed in 2018.

California handed the stringent rules in 2018 after the Federal Communications Fee (FCC) rolled again the Obama-era rule prohibiting service suppliers from selectively discriminating towards on-line visitors.

The foundations lastly being enforced in California might put stress on the Biden administration to maneuver on the difficulty, though with a 2-2 deadlocked FCC it might be troublesome.

Read more.


ANOTHER HURDLE CLEARED: Australia’s laws that may require tech giants to pay publishers for information content material crossed one other hurdle on Wednesday, with the higher chamber of the Parliament passing the laws with amendments made after negotiations with Fb. 

The Australian Senate handed the laws with the social media platform’s amendments late Wednesday, and the invoice will now head again to the Home of Representatives, which had already handed the unamended model, The Wall Street Journal reported. The decrease chamber might vote on the laws as early as Thursday, based on the Journal.

Read more here


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Sheryl Sandberg and High Fb Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Stop a Hit to the Firm’s Enterprise (ProPublica / Jack Gillum and Justin Elliott)  

Hackers tied to Russia’s GRU targeted the US grid for years, researchers warn (Wired / Andy Greenberg) 

Cellular phishing towards authorities surged with pandemic telework (StateScoop / Benjamin Freed)