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FL Lawmakers Pass Youth Social Media Ban, Broad AI Bill Introduced in CT & More

February 27, 2024 (2 min read)

FL Legislature Passes Social Media Ban for Minors

Florida lawmakers gave final approval to HB 1, which would bar those under 16 from having a social media account and require social media platforms to confirm the age of new and existing users. The measure is likely to face legal challenges, as it goes significantly further than legislation passed last year in Arkansas (SB 396) and Ohio (HB 33), requiring minors to obtain parental consent to access social media platforms, which has been blocked by federal courts. (NEW YORK TIMES)

Sweeping AI Bill Introduced in CT

A bill introduced this month in Connecticut (SB 2) would regulate artificial intelligence, while at the same time positioning the state to attract investment in it. Among other things, the measure would require AI developers to implement risk management policies, including to avoid algorithmic discrimination, and require disclosure of the use of AI in making consequential employment decisions. The measure would also provide for “high-performance computing services” for businesses and researchers in the state. (PLURIBUS NEWS, LEXIS NEXIS STATE NET)


Multiple States Working on Age-Appropriate Design Code Bills

Lawmakers in Hawaii, Maryland and Vermont heard testimony last week on age-appropriate design code legislation aimed at protecting children online. Minnesota lawmakers were expected to take up the issue this week. (PLURIBUS NEWS)

OR Senate Passes Right-to-Repair Bill

Oregon’s Senate has approved a right-to-repair bill (SB 1596) that would require companies like Apple and Google to provide the necessary tools and information for independent shops to repair the companies’ electronic devices. Four states—California, Colorado, Minnesota and New York—have recently enacted right-to-repair laws. (OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

AI Has Reached ‘Tipping Point’

“Accelerated computing and generative A.I. have hit the tipping point,” Jensen Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia, maker of the computer chips that are largely powering the AI boom, said in a news release. In an interview, Huang also said, “My guess is we are literally into the first year of a 10-year cycle of spreading this technology into every single industry.” (NEW YORK TIMES)

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