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Recent articles by Nancy:

TikTok’s Last Stand: Can an Army of Lobbyists Quell a Washington Uprising?

There’s perhaps no one in Washington who distrusts TikTok quite as much as Brendan Carr. Carr, a 44-year-old Donald Trump appointee to the Federal Communications Commission, has spent much of the last year going around cable news and elsewhere calling for the hugely popular short-video app to be ... → Read More

‘My Body, My Data’: The Tech Heir Congresswoman Bringing a New Privacy Fight to the Capitol

“Mr. Speaker,” said California congresswoman Sara Jacobs, standing in the well of the House of Representatives one Thursday morning this past June. “As a young woman, reproductive health care is my health care, and like tens of millions of Americans, I’ve used apps to track my period.” Jacobs ... → Read More

People-centered data, with Jer Thorp

"Each of these numbers is tethered to something in the real world — and often those real world things are people." → Read More

Twitter will hand @POTUS to Biden on Inauguration Day, even if Trump doesn’t concede

This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone. | AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File The presidential @POTUS Twitter handle will automatically transfer to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he’s sworn in at noon on Inauguration Day — whether or not President Donald Trump has conceded, the company confirmed to POLITICO on Friday. Same goes for @whitehouse, @VP, @FLOTUS,… → Read More

Why the right-wing has a massive advantage on Facebook

A company executive responds to claims of bias. → Read More

Why the tech giants may suffer lasting pain from their Hill lashing

Lawmakers investigating Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple made it clear that their allegations of antitrust abuses come with a lengthy paper trail. → Read More

Why Is Congress Still Meeting in Person?

Since 9/11, disaster planners have been trying to warn Washington of the risks of a government based on stuffing all of America’s most important legislators into one place. Covid-19 is reviving the conversation in real time—but there’s a reason nothing has changed. → Read More

Big Tech faces a ‘Big Brother’ trap on coronavirus

Technology companies like Apple hold data that’s a public-health researcher’s dream | David Dee Delgado/Getty Images As the federal government shifts into an all-hands-on-deck fight to battle coronavirus, President Trump and his White House have increasingly called on tech companies to lend a hand. The companies are in conversations with government about to leverage their might and reach; the… → Read More

Federal court tosses conservatives' First Amendment suit against YouTube

YouTube is not a "state actor" bound by the First Amendment, the court ruled. → Read More

Why the fight against disinformation, sham accounts and trolls won’t be any easier in 2020

Silicon Valley's efforts to keep bad actors from manipulating next year's election face threats that have evolved since 2016. → Read More

Twitter drops all political ads in shot at Zuckerberg

Twitter will no longer run political ads, CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Wednesday, a move that comes as fellow social media giant Facebook faces rising heat over its policy of allowing candidates to lie in their campaign messaging. "We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought," Dorsey said in a series of tweets. "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very… → Read More

Warren’s blasts at tech leave Biden in the shadows

Pressed for a statement on the issue, Biden’s campaign told POLITICO that the former vice president is broadly concerned about economic concentration and would “aggressively” use antitrust law and other tools to ensure that “all corporations” do right by their workers and customers. But Biden views Warren’s singling out of tech as misguided and doesn’t think a president should tell antitrust… → Read More

Inside the media industry’s struggle to take on Silicon Valley

U.S. news companies are using a playbook from Europe to challenge the online platforms they see as an existential threat. → Read More

How do you solve a problem like 8chan?

President Donald Trump's call for increased scrutiny on violent extremism online runs up against fringe websites that may be hard to pressure. → Read More

Online extremists shake the internet economy

POLITICO’s latest Global Translations podcast examines growing global pressure to regulate political neutrality, hate speech and extremist online content. → Read More

Why Facebook should fear a Democratic win in 2020

A partisan split on the Federal Trade Commission's $5 billion privacy settlement could point to a troubling future for the giants of Silicon Valley. → Read More

FTC announces $5B settlement with Facebook

The deal is far from the end of legal troubles for Facebook. → Read More

‘We are being outspent. We are being outpaced’: Is America ceding the future of AI to China?

POLITICO’s latest Global Translations podcast examines the economic, military and ethical stakes in the geopolitical rivalry over AI. → Read More

FTC approves $5B Facebook settlement that Democrats label 'chump change'

Facebook's stock price rose in afternoon and after-market trading on Friday, after The Wall Street Journal first reported the settlement. → Read More

Trump’s brewing tech fight with China, explained

POLITICO’s latest Global Translations podcast dissects the Trump administration’s mixed signals in challenging Chinese tech interests. → Read More