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Big Tech Compliance Tracker: Grassley, Lee Propose Antitrust Legislation; China Passes New Data Security Law

Here’s the latest news from the technology industry, which is coming under increasing global scrutiny.  Grassley, Lee Introduce Bill To Move Antitrust Enforcement To The Justice Department  U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) put forward a bill that would migrate all antitrust enforcement to the Department of Justice, CNBC reported. “America is facing a panoply of competition concerns not just...

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Commerce Department Rescinds Never-Enforced TikTok, WeChat Bans

The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday (June 21) formally withdrew, retroactive to June 16, Trump-era restrictions preventing certain transactions involving Chinese-owned smartphone apps WeChat and TikTok. The Federal Register, the official log of government actions, disclosed the official policy change by posting on its website an early-release version of a Commerce Department document that is scheduled to be published on June 23. The...

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Defending Populism?

The Spring issue of Regulation contains my review of an interesting book by historian Donald Critchlow, In Defense of Populism. In his view, the different waves of left-wing and right-wing populism in America were useful social movements. A few short excerpts from my review: [Critchlow] argues that these “social movements” are necessary for “democratic renewal” by translating popular discontent into government actions. Populism...