President Joe Biden headed to Capitol Hill early Thursday to make the case to House Democrats for a dramatically scaled-back domestic policy package, $1.75 trillion of social services and climate change programs the White House believes can pass the 50-50 Senate.
Biden is eager to have a deal in hand before he departs later in the day for global summits, but the revised new package is losing some of Democrats’ top priorities as the president’s campaign ambitions make way for the political realities of the narrowly divided Congress.
Source: Biden to head to Capitol to push agenda, unite Democrats
As an Amsterdam-born art historian, for the past three decades I’ve enjoyed guiding students and other visitors along the concentric canals that cup the city’s 17th-century historic center (now a UNESCO World Heritage site). With its tall gabled houses, arched bridges and stately municipal buildings, old Amsterdam has survived in a remarkably pristine fashion the wars and urban development that affected many other European cities. But for the past year or two, I have noticed that my students’ appreciation of the city’s visible antiquity has acquired a new dimension. This monument to human ingenuity, which rests on thousands of wooden poles hammered into the marshy soil, now seems to have a longer past than it does a future.
Source: Must we accept the loss of beloved heritage to the climate crisis? | Aeon Essays
House Democratic leaders sought to increase pressure for a deal on their mammoth spending and tax package that would allow a vote this week on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that faces a Halloween deadline.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the House Rules Committee would hold a “hearing” Thursday on the still-unfinished Democratic budget reconciliation package to expand the social safety net and combat climate change. Progressives have said they would not vote for the infrastructure bill, offering $550 billion in new public works money, without a vote on the broader social spending bill.
Source: Pelosi aims to light fire under budget package negotiators – Roll Call
The Supreme Court faces arguments that a novel enforcement scheme Texas created for its abortion law could be used by states to neutralize other constitutional rights related to guns, protests, campaign finance and more.
The warning comes from not only the Justice Department and the abortion providers that have challenged the Texas law but also constitutional scholars, states, former prosecutors and law enforcement officials and a California-based nonprofit group that pushes for gun rights.
Source: High court told Texas abortion law model could spread to guns, free speech
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Source: Capacitor Solutions – Kyocera AVX | Mouser
Without Silicon Valley’s continuing goodwill, the Kremlin’s information machine is in trouble.
Ben Dubow is founder of Omelas, which specializes in data and analysis on how states manipulate the web a nonresident fellow at CEPA.
On September 29, RT DE, a property of the Russian government and YouTube’s fourth most-watched German news channel, went dark. The day before, YouTube had issued new guidelines on vaccine misinformation and as a result removed a video from RT DE. When the channel attempted to upload the banned video to a sister channel, YouTube banned both.
Source: Russia’s Worldwide Influence Relies on YouTube – EURACTIV.com
France’s “trusted cloud” strategy sends “contradictory messages” and leaves little room for competition in the race for digital sovereignty already dominated by the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft, French cloud industry players have said. EURACTIV France reports.
Cloud industry players have criticised the French strategy for getting lost in a two-pronged approach that shows a willingness to back promising initiatives on EU soil while at the same time crying for help from the big names.
Source: French cloud industry regrets government’s ambivalence in dealing with digital giants – EURACTIV.com
China has been pushing an aggressive agenda on a number of digital issues. We discussed the Chinese strategy to regulate the tech sector, and its implication for European businesses, with Vera Demary, head of research unit for digitization at the German Economic Institute.
Source: China’s digital policy and the impact on European businesses – EURACTIV.com
EU leaders stressed the need to make digital regulation more innovation-friendly, but the digital agenda remained at the margins of the European Council summit.
EU heads of state and governments quickly rubber-stamped the conclusions related to digital policies during the Council meeting that concluded on Friday (22 October). Digital was the final point on the agenda which was dominated by the energy crisis, Poland, and migration policy.
Source: EU leaders push for ‘innovation friendliness’ in digital policy – EURACTIV.com
Law enforcement authorities in 11 European countries are already using biometric recognition systems in their investigations. Eight more are to follow, a new study found, warning of the technology’s impact on fundamental rights.
Police in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and the Netherlands employ facial recognition technologies for ‘ex-post identification’ in their criminal investigations. Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden are expected to follow suit soon.
Ex-post identification is where footage is checked after an incident, not in real-time.
“The distinction between “real-time” and “ex-post” is irrelevant when it comes to the impact of these technologies on fundamental rights. Ex-post identification carries in fact a higher potential of harm, as more data can be pooled from different sources to proceed to the identification,” said Francesco Ragazzi, associate professor at Leiden University and author of the study.
Source: Facial recognition technologies already used in 11 EU countries and counting, report says – EURACTIV.com