Sep 21, 2019

Jim VandeHei, Bill Kristol on what the digital revolution means for society

Axios CEO Jim VandeHei guests on "Conversations with Bill Kristol" to argue that the digital revolution has transformed not just news, but all of society:

What he's saying: "We’re still very adolescent in our usage of these really cool technologies, which if used right, can be transformative in a very positive way. If abused, they could really grind up and grind down our country."

"We are still pretty irresponsible in our usage of them — not just our kids; *we’re* irresponsible in our use of them.
My guess is like over time, we figure out better boundaries and different ways to put either government regulation and self-regulation around it."

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The House is likely to impeach President Trump, but the GOP-controlled Senate stands in the way of actual removal. Dan digs in with Axios CEO Jim VandeHei.

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DHS confirms plan to collect more DNA samples from detained immigrants

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The Department of Homeland Security is working with the Justice Department on a new rule that would expand immigration agencies' ability to collect DNA samples from immigrants in its custody, a DHS official confirmed to reporters on a call.

Why it matters: The rule would allow the government to acquire personal information — which would be stored in the FBI's criminal database — from people who have not been accused of any crime other than illegally crossing the border. Details as to whether any immigrants would be exempt from the regulation and when the rule will be published are still being worked out, a DHS official said. Buzzfeed's Hamed Aleaziz first reported on the regulation in August.

Central banks could be left behind on digital currencies

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Government leaders and central bankers are spending more time studying digital currencies, but don't look any closer to launching one than they were 6 months or a year ago.

Why it matters: Facebook, by contrast, appears to have a prime-time ready product — its Libra digital currency — and shows every intention of pushing forward, despite the recent abandonment by a quarter of the members of the currency's governing body.

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