FROM Cecilia Kang
Are tech companies responsible for the spread of fake Russia-sponsored content? Facebook acknowledged on Monday before Congress that more than 126 million users potentially saw political ads bought by a Kremlin-linked company. Should the government regulate Facebook and Twitter, or should information on the internet roam free?
Fake news, real guns and a top Trump advisor "Pizzagate" and a top aide to Donald Trump. Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn arrives at Trump Tower in New York to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, November 29, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters) A Washington pizza restaurant called Comet Ping Pong first received abusive messages, then death threats and, finally, a visit by an armed man who said he was there to protect children from sex-abuse and trafficking. He fired shots, but hit no one and submitted to arrest when it turned out the reports he’d seen were untrue. But the source of those rumors has been traced to reports on social media circulated by the son of a powerful advisor to Donald Trump, as Cecilia Kang reports in the New York Times .
Squabble in the Skies: The FAA Goes to the Mat over Drones This holiday the drone wars reached new heights of inter-governmental office sparring. More than 20 states and some cities, including California and Los Angeles, passed laws regulating recreational drones this year. But the FAA swooped in this month with its own set of regulations for drones, claiming to have sole jurisdiction over the air. Whose rules apply, and what's a proud drone pilot to do?
Net Neutrality There is one internet... for now. But by a 3 to 2 decision the FCC voted today to potentially allow broadband providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to make deals with content companies for preferential treatment. This could create a two-tier system for the internet: faster speeds for web companies willing to pay compared to ones who don’t.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?