by Carrie Tian, policy intern
- The libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute held its annual fundraising dinner with Rand Paul as the keynote speaker. Among the dinner’s sponsors were major players from a diverse set of industries, including the energy, transport, alcohol/tobacco, pharmaceutical, and high tech industries. Google was the largest donor, at $50,000. (Washington Post)
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or.) have introduced Aaron’s Law, a reformation of the current Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Named after activist Aaron Swartz, the bill seeks to update CFAA by redefining vague terms and eliminating the redundant provision that allows duplicate charges for the same violations. (Wired)
- Some of the masterminds who delivered undecided voters to Obama in ’08 and ’12 make the pragmatic transition to the private sector, using the same data skills to convert undecided consumers into lifelong customers. (New York Times)
- The Obama administration released an update on its approach to intellectual property, taking a “non-regulatory” approach for the most part and relying on the private sector to protect copyright owners. (The Hill)
- Conservative super PAC America Rising is already thinking ahead to 2016, launching a “Stop Hillary 2016” fundraising website. (POLITICO)
- H.R. 2356 – “We Are Watching You Act”. To provide for notification to consumers before a video service collects visual or auditory information from the viewing area and to provide consumers with choices that do not involve the collection of such information, and for other purposes.