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Policy

From platform moderation on Facebook and YouTube to big government struggles like the FCC and privacy regulation, policy is where we take on the rules of the internet. Watch here to follow Ajit Pai's ongoing fight against net neutrality, and Europe's push to protect its citizens' data with the GDPR. We're tracking broadband speeds to look for carrier throttling, making sure your connection stays clean. We're tracking moderation and free speech online, making sure the policies match up with what's happening in the real world. The law isn't always made with the internet in mind, and with antitrust and monopoly concerns overwhelming tech giants, there aren't many powers left standing up for the open web. So check in here to keep an eye on those stories, and we'll make sure you stay ahead of the rules of the internet — even the weird and confusing ones.

US Treasury bans Tornado Cash mixer for role in crypto money laundering

AI systems can’t patent inventions, US federal circuit court confirms

Alex Jones hit with $45.2 million defamation verdict — but could pay much less

TikTok moderators say they were shown child sexual abuse videos during training

The Senate gets one precious step closer to approving Big Tech antitrust bill

The Senate votes as early as this fall

The Twitter v. Elon trial pregame heats up

DuckDuckGo browser’s stricter privacy protection will also apply to Microsoft scripts now

Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million for spreading Sandy Hook conspiracy theory

A leaked Tomb Raider script is looking pretty legit now that Square Enix DMCA’d it

Textbook publisher: NFTs will let us squeeze even more money out of students

The Most Surveilled Place in America

In the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Border Patrol spent billions on high-tech surveillance. All the drones, cameras, and manpower do little to deter migrants from trying to cross the border — it only makes the journey deadlier.

Alec Baldwin shouting ‘Patriot Act’ in The Departed: a close reading

Martin Scorsese’s gangster flick and its obsession with the American surveillance state

What happened to the Apple store union campaign?