Commerce Department Files Petition to Clarify Liability Protections for Online Platforms and Protect Against Censorship

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Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) filed a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross seeking to clarify regulations related to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The petition was filed in response to the May 2020 Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship...

Op-Ed by Wilbur Ross and Eugene Scalia: America's broad-based effort to get workers better jobs

Last week, the Ad Council and some of the nation’s leading companies launched an advertising campaign that reflects a promising change in how employers view the training and credentials American workers need to land a job. Called “Find Something New,” the campaign is led by the Ad Council, Apple and IBM, and more than 200 other respected companies and organizations. It’s an outgrowth of the...

Facing Hurricanes with FirstNet on Your Side

As the summer months heat up, so too does hurricane season. With the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2020, first responders must be prepared. FirstNet, the only nationwide, purpose-built network for public safety, has been battle tested and designed to keep first responders connected...

Commerce This Week: July 22


Did you miss key news from Commerce this week? Each week, we recap the latest U.S. Department of Commerce highlights spanning a wide range of issues promoting job creation and economic growth, programs, and events in one blog post.

Here are the key moments from Commerce: This Week

Commerce Department Adds Eleven Chinese Entities Implicated in Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang to the Entity List

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The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added to the Entity List 11 Chinese companies implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups from the...

July 2020 Updates Show Department of Commerce Making Progress Toward Accomplishing All Agency Priority Goals

Guest blog by the Office of the Secretary CFO/ASA-Performance Excellence Team, Kathryn Miller, Graduate Student Intern; Elizabeth Guo, Undergraduate Student Intern. The Department of Commerce published progress updates on its five Agency Priority Goals (APGs) for the first and second quarters of FY 2020. The detailed action plans and Q1-Q2 progress for each APG can be found at https://performance...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Statement on Schrems II Ruling and the Importance of EU-U.S. Data Flows

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement on the July 16 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case. “While the Department of Commerce is deeply disappointed that the court appears to have invalidated the European Commission’s adequacy decision underlying the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, we are still studying the decision to fully...