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    • Gardner-Backed DIGIT Act Passes Senate Commerce Committee
    • The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously passed the bipartisan Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act. The bill, which was reintroduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), would convene a working group of federal entities and experts from the private and academic sectors tasked with providing recommendations to Congress on how to facilitate the growth of connected Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The group’s recommendations would focus on how to plan for, and encourage, the development and deployment of the IoT in the U.S.
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    • Gardner, Portman, Heinrich, Ernst, Schatz, Peters, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Assess & Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes
    • U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, along with Caucus members Joni Ernst (R-IA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Deepfake Report Act to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of deepfakes and other types of similar content. Deepfakes are hyper-realistic, digital manipulations of real content that depict events that did not actually occur. The measure requires DHS to assess the technology used to generate deepfakes, the uses of deepfakes by foreign and domestic entities, available countermeasures to deepfakes, as well as proposed changes to, or creations of, additional statutory and regulatory authorities to address the rising threat of deepfakes.
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    • Trump administration is canvassing for public comments on how to bolster R&D on artificial intelligence in the U.S.
      The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the formal request for information on Wednesday, touting it as the latest step in the administration's "efforts to advance American leadership in artificial intelligence."
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    • Trump administration probes French tax plan on big tech
      The Trump administration said on Wednesday it will investigate a French plan to impose a 3% tax on U.S. tech companies including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.
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    • Senators offer bill to protect small businesses from cyberattacks
    • The Small Business Cybersecurity Assistance Act would authorize Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide consulting to small businesses on how to strengthen their cybersecurity protocols. It would also require DHS to develop materials and programs for SBDCs to help the small businesses in their area defend against cyberattacks. In the House, companion legislation to the SBA Cyber Awareness Act is sponsored by Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), and has been added to the House version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, a massive bill the chamber will likely vote on this week.
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    • Group seeks ban on government use of facial recognition
    • Digital rights group Fight For the Future is calling on Congress to ban government use of facial recognition. The announcement, to be made Tuesday, comes in the wake of weekend reports that federal authorities used facial recognition on millions of driver's license photos.
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    • Silicon Flatirons Names New Executive Director
    • After an extensive search, it is with great enthusiasm that we announce Amie Stepanovich will be the next Executive Director of Silicon Flatirons. Amie is a nationally renowned cybersecurity and privacy law and policy expert. With this background and at the helm of the center, Amie will build upon Silicon Flatirons’ long-standing commitment to intellectually honest technology policy debate through interdisciplinary conferences, programming, and thought leadership.
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