Opinion | American leadership could save what is left of the global Internet

Even in many open democratic societies, there is talk of “data sovereignty” and moves to clamp down on U.S. companies and the sharing of data. In Europe, regulators and courts have thrown into doubt the free flow of data between the European Union and the United States. Many other countries are actively working on plans to impose “data localization,” requiring citizens’ data to be stored domestically and placing significant limits on the flow of data across borders.

This desire for greater sovereignty is natural and understandable. Policymakers are grappling with legitimate concerns about the rules that govern content and the use of data at scale. They are also debating the proper size and power of global tech companies. Hovering above these issues is a fundamental question: What do we want the Internet to be?

This is where the Biden administration comes in. An opportunity exists for U.S. leadership to create

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Opinion | What Biden needs to do to regulate the Internet both at home and worldwide

There is ample room for regulating the online realm domestically, though doing so may first require cooperating with a divided Congress. Reinstalling some form of the net neutrality regulations rolled back by the current Federal Communications Commission promises to prove controversial; expanding broadband access to low-income and rural households, on the other hand, should appeal to legislators mid-pandemic regardless of party. Just as high on the agenda ought to be forging a federal privacy framework at long last: A stalled-out effort in both legislative chambers could benefit from a jolt of jump-starting executive leadership. And then there’s the matter of reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields websites from lawsuits for hosting illegal content.

These last two issues are obviously significant to American companies and civilians alike: What information can social media sites hoover up to serve targeted advertisements, and what should be off-limits? What forms of

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Hathaway: Bee Cave Library still offering virtual programming for all ages – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

Greetings from everyone at the Bee Cave Public Library. We miss getting to see all of our patrons in person but are working hard to bring you materials, services, and programs to meet your educational and entertainment needs during the year of the pandemic.

Until it is safe to offer in-person programming again, we are exploring other ways to connect our community with the library and with each other through virtual programs and outdoor activities.

On Nov. 5, join us for a free virtual class in Bollywood dancing. Prayrana Sharma will lead us through an hour of Indian-style dance movement blended with disco and modern jazz set to music from popular Bollywood movies. All ages are welcome to join in for this upbeat, fun class from the privacy of your own home. Register through the library’s online calendar, no Zoom account is needed.

The Bee Cave Book Club met outdoors

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Mayor Craig Morgan: City maintains strong sports programming through uncertain times – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

The best games in sports come from unexpected moments. Extra innings, half-court shots and interceptions are the stuff of legend. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” goes the saying attributed to Yankees legend Yogi Berra. Well, 2020 has been nothing if unexpected, and it has certainly kept us on our toes when it comes to our Sports Capital of Texas efforts. Due to Round Rock’s preparation and determination, we have stayed in the game and expect to see our sports tourism program recover stronger than ever.

Sports tourism has been a winner for the city of Round Rock for over a decade. From Dell Diamond to the Round Rock Sports Center and Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, we are home to world-class athletic facilities that host national tournaments and provide amazing venues for our hometown athletes.

Tourism is an important piece of our diversified economy. Total direct travel spending in Round

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