• This Week In Tech Policy

    • Congressman Neguse to Host App-a-thon Coding Day at Google Office in Boulder
    • Congressman Joe Neguse announced he will host Colorado’s first App-a-thon. The event will be held in Boulder this Saturday to support students in Colorado’s 2nd district who are participating in the Congressional App Challenge. The students will learn coding tricks and get hands-on experience working with different coding languages under the instruction of Google computer science experts.

    • Denver councilman floats policy to treat the internet like a utility, making it more accessible
    • Councilman Paul Kashmann publicly launched his bid Wednesday to opt out of a state law that prevents Colorado cities and towns from spending local dollars on enhancing broadband infrastructure. His proposal “is not an attack on our current broadband providers,” he said, but he does want the city to explore providing municipal broadband to fill in the gaps left by commercial providers.

    • California laws seek to crack down on deepfakes in politics and porn
    • California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed AB 730, which makes it illegal to distribute manipulated videos that aim to discredit a political candidate and deceive voters within 60 days of an election. He also signed AB 602, which gives Californians the right to sue someone who creates deepfakes that place them in pornographic material without consent.

    • California blocks police from using facial recognition in body cameras
      Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB1215 on Tuesday, prohibiting police departments from outfitting body cameras with technology to identify people through their facial features or other biometric traits. The law takes effect Jan. 1 and expires in 2023, but can be renewed.

    • Trump to meet with top Chinese official as trade talks reach critical stage
    • Top White House officials met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Thursday as President Trump signaled that a trade agreement may follow, buoying U.S. stock markets after a chaotic 12 hours.