A sneaky attempt to end encryption is worming its way through Congress

EARN IT Act co-sponsor Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks with reporters in the Capitol on March 3rd

EARN IT Act co-sponsor Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks with reporters in the Capitol on March 3rd | Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

A thing about writing a newsletter about technology and democracy during a global pandemic is that technology and democracy are no longer really at the forefront of everyone’s attention. The relationship between big platforms and the nations they operate in remains vitally important for all sorts of reasons, and I’ve argued that the platforms have been unusually proactive in their efforts to promote high-quality information sources. Still, these moves are a sideshow compared to the questions we’re all now asking. How many people will get COVID-19? How many people will die? Will our healthcare system be overwhelmed? How long will it take our economy to recover?

We won’t know the answers for weeks, but I’m starting to fear the worst. On…

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