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Hello everyone! Andrew here. Welcome to the Tuesday edition of Internet Insider.

Today we have the latest information on the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian government impact big tech and pop culture. Meanwhile down below I’m diving in what happens after after a Senate committee finally voted on President Biden’s FCC and FTC pick nominations.

Also be sure to stick around for our breakdown of the Minecraft movie memes you may have seen over the weekend.

Let’s dive straight into the news.

—AW


BREAK THE INTERNET

Big tech against Russia: Over the past few days, big companies in big tech and the entertainment industry have been pushing back against Russia. Netflix joined other entertainment brands and announced that it “to suspend“his service in the country following his invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, TikTok said it was temporarily suspending live streaming and new video content in Russia after the country passed a law banning “fake newsabout the invasion of Ukraine. Facebook has banned Russian-controlled news agencies from stopping propaganda.

Minecraft memes: You might have seen a bunch of people on your timeline talking about a Minecraft movie the last days. No, one Minecraft the film was not released. But the memes you probably saw reflected the fact that a has been Assumed to get out March 4. Michelleone of our cultural reporters, breaks down development hell Minecraft the film has gone through and sifts through all the memes and jokes about it.

Technological dystopia: A video has gone viral after an apparent Amazon employee filmed the two scary and humorous when they were trap between the company’s infamous robot shelves while working on the warehouse floor. In the video, the worker says it took him 15 minutes to get out of the maze created by the robot.


TECHNOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

FCC nominee Gigi Sohn during a confirmation hearing.

Biden’s FCC and FTC picks FINALLY got a committee vote. So what comes next?

After seemingly endless delays, the Senate Commerce Committee finally voted last week on the nominations of Gigi Sohn for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Alvaro Bedoya for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You can check out our voting coverage from Jacob Seitzour contributor, here.

So what happens after?

As we’ve noted in the past, Sohn’s and Bedoya’s appointments are critical for agencies to get to work on a number of telecommunications, technologyand internet rights Questions. But both nominations were met many delays.

Both candidates would give their respective agencies a 3-2 Democratic majority. This majority would allow the FCC and FTC to vote on issues it would probably be require a party line vote.

For example, the FCC could begin a process to reinstate net neutrality rules and commission authority on the broadband industry.

While the Senate Commerce Committee vote last week was a great first stepit remains some hurdles to overcome before they can get to work.

First, the committee vote sets the stage for a vote in front of the entire Senate. Sohn and Bedoya would need a majority vote to be confirmed. While the Senate is split 50-50 by party, the Democrats are technically in control because Vice President Kamala Harris serves as the deciding vote.

While the committee voted 14 to 14 on Sohn and Bedoya’s nominations, the rules allowed their nominations to be sent to the full Senate. However, because of equality, there will be additional procedural steps that must take place before a full vote can take place.

Considering the FCC in particular hasn’t had a Democratic majority since Biden took office, there’s already been a push among public interest groups to get Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to hurry up and schedule the votes for Sohn and Bedoya.

Shortly after the vote in committee, Evan Greerdirector of digital rights groups Fight for the Future, appeals to Schumer to “move quickly to schedule a floor vote so we can get these champions confirmed and work for the public interest.”

Similarly, Matt Wood, vice president of policy and general counsel for Free Press Action, called on Schumer to plan a vote “as soon as possible.”

“We waited over a year for a fully functional FTC and FCC. We can’t let the cynical political maneuverings of obstructionist legislators and industry-aligned hacks further set back Bedoya and Sohn’s ability to serve people everywhere. There is so much important work to do, and having both in place is critical to getting it all done,” Wood said in a statement.

—Andrew Wyrich


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BEFORE YOU LEAVE

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*First published: March 8, 2022, 12:00 p.m. CST

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is the Daily Dot’s newsletter editor. He previously served as associate technical writer. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

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