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May 13, 2021

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Oracle avoids the anti-China backlash – political

With the help of Cristiano Lima, Leah Neelen and Benjamin Dean

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Oracle avoids the backlash: Lawmakers have been communicating with Oracle about its ties with China after recent reports, but the company has mostly avoided scrutiny.

People standing behind the blackboard: Here’s everything you need to know about 19 of the lawyers, researchers, activists and journalists who will decide whether to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Facebook account.

Downsides of 5G: Could telecom companies leave millions of people behind while they retire from their old networks in the midst of the “race to 5G”?

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Where is an oracle in the world? The revelations about ties between major US tech companies and Beijing are usually met with widespread condemnation from Washington hawks in China. Senator Josh Hawley (R from Mo.) Plans the hearings, bipartisan groups of senators (including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer) send angry letters and the company in question is forced to face the heat.

None of that happened after a series of reports from The Intercept, which revealed that Oracle had marketed its software for use by clients associated with the police and the military in China and had maintained relationships with middlemen selling surveillance technology to the Chinese government. (Oracle has strongly contested many of the allegations in the articles, and Ken Gluck, the chief Oracle lobbyist, apologized on Monday after Twitter suspended him by tweeting the personal information of an Intercept reporter.)

Radio silence: The first lawmakers to criticize Apple, Google and TikTok over relations with China – Sense. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) And Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Hawley and Schumer – did not respond to MT requests for comment on Oracle-China reports. (Schumer, for example, received a donation of $ 2,500 from Oracle this year and an additional $ 2,800 from Glueck.)

Oracle position: It’s not that Capitol Hill doesn’t read The Intercept. Glueck told MT that the company has received proactive outreach from regulator offices after the articles. “When The Hill called me, and the facts surfaced, these weren’t difficult conversations,” Glock said. He says he believes lawmakers are convinced by the Oracle side of the story. (Although most of the people contacted regarding this story did not respond to requests for comment, Glock said someone told him MT was asking around him and that he communicated proactively.)

Why is this time different: Oracle is not an official member of the “Big Tech” club along with Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, although it is one of the largest data brokers in the United States, nor is it owned by a Chinese company like TikTok.

“The right place to avoid conviction “It’s an American smaller than 5 big company,” said Paul Rosenzweig, a senior fellow at the liberal R Street Institute. He added that Google and Facebook “became the focus of conservative anger in particular,” while Oracle escaped this fate.

In fact, the oracle itself played a central role In raising concern about “Big Tech”. Derek Scissors, the China-focused resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, noted that Oracle has “a good relationship with the Trump administration.”

Back off a step: Criticism against companies for their ties to China is becoming more and more common in Washington, but this condemnation is often most harsh when it is more politically appropriate to technology critics. It’s worth watching what happens next to Oracle – especially given that the company is still in talks with the US government for a potential partnership with TikTok, and ironically, it is a way to mitigate TikTok’s affinity with Beijing.

Who is on the Facebook dashboard: On Wednesday, the social media giant’s international domestic decision-making body will announce the fate of Trump’s Facebook account. Cristiano has a new article today that delves into who these people are, what they said about Trump and social media and what all of that could mean to get him suspended from the stage.

The Americans: One of the five board members in the United States was deeply involved in determining whether Trump would stay or go to Facebook, which helped craft an initial recommendation for the board. The American cast also includes two prominent conservative figures – former federal judge Michael McConnell and John Simmons, vice president of the Cato Libertarian Institute – and two attorneys steeped in discussions of online speech, namely Columbia University law professor Jamal Green and Oklahoma University professor of law Evelyn University. black.

Will you enter politics? Greene Once described Trump as “a serial liar, a sexual predator … a white nationalist, gossip, and a professional hustler,” and McConnell warned of “growing intolerance” of some political views on college campuses. But individual members’ political views do not necessarily reflect how they will vote.

To learn more about the characters that make up the blackboard, read Cristiano’s story.

3G rescue effort: The wireless industry is beginning to roll back the increasingly outdated 2G and 3G networks in an effort to repurpose this spectrum for ultra-fast 5G. But lawmakers and public interest groups are increasingly concerned that shutting down those old networks could leave millions of people who still depend on them without services, especially in rural areas. And there is new pressure on the FCC to intervene.

New bright spot: The Public Interest Spectrum Alliance, which includes Public Knowledge and the Rural Wireless Association, in Monday’s speech urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to mediate an ongoing dispute between T-Mobile and Dish over T-Mobile’s impending shutdown of its 3G CDMA network. Dish says it relies on that network to provide voice and text services to millions of wireless clients.

The coalition wrote that this battle between Dish and T-Mobile is “only the first disagreement brought before the committee as a result of the ongoing efforts by carriers to shut down their 2G and 3G networks.”

Attn: Capitol Hill: A group of 13 senators recently lobbied telecom companies on how to ensure they don’t harm the elderly and rural dwellers in the transition to 5G. “Consumers who are struggling financially or do not have other mobile wireless options need adequate information and support in order not to experience additional difficulties as companies begin to discontinue these legacy services,” they wrote.

Telecom companies are moving forward quickly. Most companies have set timetables for ending 2G and 3G networks starting in 2022, and there are sure to be more questions about how best to do this over the next year.

One of the most important technological experiments in recent memory takes place in a courtroom with very few people, lots of plastic screens and many rows of folders and display boxes, according to a report by Leah of the Epic-Apple Courtroom in Oakland, California.

Since both Epic and Apple spent an hour laying out the main arguments for the trial, Three themes emerged, according to Leah:

1) Does it matter how many ways you can play the game? Epic is not available on the Apple App Store, but it is available in many other places.

2) How much money is too much? Epic argues that Apple’s 30 percent commission is a “political decision,” and Epic experts found that Apple’s profit margins on the App Store were 77.8 percent in 2019.

3) What is the difference Between a smartphone and a computer? And does this difference justify the different ways in which apps are treated on an iPhone versus a Mac?

Bill and Melinda Gates Be Separates up (!!!) – But they will stay Co-chairs of their organization. … Sami Bengio, A former Google AI scientist who quit after his colleagues were fired, is turning to Apple. … a former Deputy Chief General Counsel at Comcast Chelita Stewart Rejoined Hogan Lovells as litigation partner. … The Fintech Association added Klarna, Truework, Adesivo, and Sezzle As new members. … Charles W. Mackie, Former Vice President of Government Affairs at T-Mobile, joins Wiley as a partner in the Communications, Media and Technology practice. … a former general advisor to the National Security Agency Michael Ellis He joins The Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow on law and technology. … Dirk Didaskalo He is the new chief technology officer of Siemens Digital Industries. … Mike Mullen, A longtime lobby member of the National Association of Broadcasters, joins the Empire Consulting Group. …. Jimmy BarnettThe former head of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Public Safety will join Vyasat in May.

Automatic Safety: “US Customs and Border Protection has purchased the technology that offloads personal information stored inside cars, according to a federal contract reviewed by The Intercept.”

Life on Borders Wired has a new profile for one of the most watched regions in the country: a town on the border between the United States and Mexico.

No to Spotify Monitoring: A coalition of more than 180 musicians and rights groups, including Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Talib Kweli, sent a letter calling on Spotify to publicly commit not to implementing, licensing, selling, or monetizing voice recognition monitoring.

Dawn in Florida: The Republican-led legislature in Florida has approved a bill that would penalize social media companies for “corrupting” politicians like Trump. NBC has the most recent coverage of POLITICO on the Gov website. Ron DeSantis’ hand in the Big Tech battle.

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