Legislators set the bar low on high tech


National News

January 14, 2019 - 9:34 AM

WASHINGTON —Weighty high-tech issues are likely to flummox Congress again this year, just as they did last year, when lengthy hearings with chief executives of Facebook and Google drew a spotlight to the deep unfamiliarity of some legislators with technology matters.

Rather than tackling issues head on about privacy, data protection and artificial intelligence, legislators may opt for lesser steps.

Democrats now in control of the House say they will heed growing public clamor about the use —or misuse — of personal data by social media platforms and other digital companies. But they acknowledge that little action may emerge from the divided Congress.

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