Tuesday, March 27, 2018

KSRO 103.5 FM

By Pat Kerrigan and Larry Olsen

California Assemblyman Marc Levine, representing Marin County and Southern Sonoma County, explains what his cyber bills can accomplish...

Monday, March 26, 2018


By Loren Feldman

Regulation is coming to Silicon Valley: "That most recent case has reignited conversations about whether federal and state governments should exert more oversight over so-called Big Tech. The willingness to do so will first be tested in coming months in Silicon Valley’s backyard, as a piece of legislation makes its way through California’s state capitol in Sacramento. First introduced in February by assemblyman Marc Levine, the legislation seeks to establish a data protection authority that would be charged with regulating how big tech companies request and use Californians’ personal data. The regulated data would include people’s names, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial account data, medical data, and email addresses, among other information. If passed by the legislature and signed into law by governor Jerry Brown, the authority would be an important and symbolic step toward reining in the power of technology companies. It would also be a bold signal by California to Washington that if federal lawmakers won’t step up to the challenge of monitoring giant technology companies, California will take matters into its own hands."

Monday, March 26, 2018

Women's Wear Daily

By Roseary Feitelberg

Started in 2012 to give models more of a voice at work, the Model Alliance has since broadened to include strategic research, policy initiatives and campaigns.

In striving to promote fair treatment, equal opportunity and more sustainable practices “from the runway to the factory floor,” the group has various initiatives underfoot. For starters, with New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, the Model Alliance has introduced the Models’ Harassment Protection Act, a bill designed to close loopholes that would leave models open to sexual harassment on the job. California Assemblyman Marc Levine is pitching in with a similar bill, the Talent Protections Act of 2018. That one is meant to prevent sexual abuse and eating disorders and calls for the training of agents and artists to inform them of their obligations and rights.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Press Democrat

By Bill Swindell

Josh Nix thought he was doing everything right in August when he renewed the insurance policy for his Mark West area home just east of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Nix answered the questions posed by his carrier, USAA, in an online form used to determine the proper amount of coverage for his three-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Willowgreen Place. The home, which he bought in 2013 for $554,000, was valued at around $800,000, but the digital calculator showed that he needed only $293,000 for structure coverage.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

California Blog

By Haley Rothwell

Politicians in California have proposed bills to curb the negative influence of bots. Bots are automated scripts that are built to fulfill a variety of tasks on the internet. Bots are used because they can carry out repetitive tasks at rates that individual humans could never achieve.

These scripts have a tremendous impact on the landscape of the internet, as well as a tremendous impact on society. Nowadays, social media has such a strong influence on society, and the presence of bots alters the spread of ideas. Sometimes, bots can make ideas seem more popular and alluring than they actually are. This can sway public support for various issues.

Friday, March 23, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle

By Marc Levine

We learned last week that what happens on Facebook doesn’t stay on Facebook. But the exploitation of your personal data by Cambridge Analytica is just the tip of the iceberg. Now that we’ve had our rude awakening to the fact our seemingly innocuous social media chitchat can be weaponized against us and our democracy, it’s time to get serious and adopt the kind of strict data privacy protections taking shape in Europe.

This May, European Union officials will begin formal enforcement of the long-anticipated General Data Protection Regulations, which set strict boundaries on the way personal information is bought and sold.

Friday, March 23, 2018


By Troy Farah

Bots, automated scripts that run tasks throughout the internet, have altered our digital landscape.

Bots were deployed during the Brexit vote and got #MacronLeaks trending during the 2017 French election. An estimated 48 million Twitter accounts—approximately 15 percent of the entire userbase—are actually bots, according to research published last year from the University of Southern California and Indiana University. Some of these accounts blasted more than 2 million tweets during the 2016 election. Security firm Imperva estimated in 2016 that nearly 52 percent of internet traffic came from bots, and the majority—28.6 percent—were malicious.

While Congress has done essentially nothing, many states—including Maryland, New York, and Washington—are drafting regulations that would attempt to reign in bots. In California, two bills—AB 1950 and SB 1001—would force Silicon Valley giants to identify which accounts are not “natural” humans.

“Consumers of social media don't really know who's pushing information on them,” Assemblymember Marc Levine, the author of AB 1950, told me in a phone call. “This bill is not going to solve all of our problems, but it's going to strike at the heart of it, which is that we need reasonable regulations on how this technology is being used. We know that we cannot trust the technology companies to regulate themselves.”