The Brussels Defect: Too early turns out to be worse than too late.
It’s a commonplace among Silicon Valley VCs that introducing a new product too early is worse than arriving too late. They wouldn’t get an argument this week from EU negotiators, who are facing what looks like a third rewrite of an AI Act released much too early in pursuit of the vaunted Brussels Effect. Mark MacCarthy explains that negotiations over an overhaul of the act demanded by France and Germany led to a walkout by EU parliamentarians. The cause? In their enthusiasm for screwing American AI companies, the drafters inadvertently screwed French and German AI aspirants.
Mark is also our featured author for an interview about his book, “Regulating Digital Industries: How Public Oversight Can Encourage Competition, Protect Privacy, and Ensure Free Speech” I offer to blurb it as “an entertaining, articulate and well-researched book that is egregiously wrong on almost every page.” Mark promises that at least part of my blurb will make it to his website. I particularly recommend it to Cyberlaw listeners who mostly disagree with me – a big market, I’m told.
Kurt Sanger reports on what looks like another myth about Russian cyberwarriors – that they can’t coordinate cyber and kinetic attacks to produce a combined effect. Mandiant says that’s exactly what Sandworm hackers did in Russia’s most recent attack on Ukraine’s grid.
Adam Hickey, meanwhile, reports on a lawsuit over internet sex that drove an entire social media platform out of business. Meanwhile, Meta is getting beat up on the Hill and in the press for failing to protect teens from sexual and other harms. I ask the obvious question: Who the heck is trying to get naked pictures of Facebook’s core demographic?
Mark explains the latest EU rules on targeted political ads – which consist of several perfectly reasonable provisions combined with a couple that are designed to cut the heart out of online political advertising.
Adam and I puzzle over why the FTC is telling the U.S. Copyrigh
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