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Hearing on "Holding Big Tech Accountable: Targeted Reforms to Tech's Legal Immunity"

Date: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 10:30am
Location: 
Hybrid Hearing in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and Cisco Webex

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hybrid legislative hearing that included both in-person and remote attendance on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. This hearing took place in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, as well as remotely using Cisco Webex online video conferencing. The Hearing is entitled, "Holding Big Tech Accountable: Targeted Reforms to Tech's Legal Immunity."

 

Key Documents

Memorandum from Chairman Pallone to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Opening Statement from Chairman Pallone as prepared for delivery

Opening Statement from Subcommittee Chairman Doyle as prepared for delivery

 

Livestream

 

Legislation

H.R. 2154, the "Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act"

H.R. 3184, the "Civil Rights Modernization Act of 2021"

H.R. 3421, the "Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism, and Consumer Harms Act" or the "SAFE TECH Act"

H.R. 5596, the "Justice Against Malicious Algorithms Act of 2021"

 

Witnesses

Panel I

Frances Haugen
Former Facebook Employee

Testimony

 

Rashad Robinson
President
Color of Change

Testimony

 

James Steyer
Founder and CEO
Common Sense Media

Testimony 

 

Kara Frederick
Research Fellow in Technology Policy
The Heritage Foundation

Testimony

 

Panel II

Hon. Karen Kornbluh
Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative and Senior Fellow
The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Testimony

 

Carrie Goldberg, Esq.
Owner
C.A. Goldberg Law Firm, PLLC

Testimony

 

Matthew F. Wood
Vice President of Policy and General Counsel
Free Press Action

Testimony

 

Mary Anne Franks, J.D., D.Phil.
Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair, University of Miami
School of Law
President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

Testimony

 

Eugene Volokh
Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law
UCLA School of Law

Testimony

 

Daniel A. Lyons
Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Boston College Law School
Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Testimony