While speaking with fellow Senate Democrats against 3D printed guns, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) described 3D printer cartridges as being “as deadly as a gun cartridge.” Markey referenced firearms without serial numbers — calling them “untraceable firearms” — then referenced “purely plastic firearms,” which he described as “firearms … [that] will pass through metal detectors without a blip, a buzz, or a bell that it is going on.”He said the “online availability of downloadable firearms is a public safety crisis.” The description of “purely plastic firearms” passing through metal detectors is a revival of the very same arguments Democrats made against Glock handguns in the 1980s. They made these arguments even though Glocks have a metal slide, metal internal parts, and metal strips in stress points in their polymer frames. Nevertheless, the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 was passed, outlawing any gun … [Read more...] about Sen. Ed Markey: ‘3D Printer Cartridge as Deadly as a Gun Cartridge’
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, says that he and his fellow Democrats have been "kept in the dark" about preparations for President Trump's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Markey suggested on "Face the Nation" on Sunday that it's "far better for him to have included us" on the administration's approach to such high-level negotiations, saying both Republicans and Democrats are hoping the negotiations are a success. Ahead of Tuesday's talks, Markey, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations' subcommittee dealing with North Korea policy, said there's a "vast gulf" between the U.S. and North Korea's definition of what "denuclearization" actually means. Transcript: Sen. Edward Markey on "Face the Nation," June 10, 2018 "On our side, we believe it means a removal of all nuclear weapons and delivery capacity on the Korean Peninsula. Kim does not actually agree with that," said Markey. He added that the U.S. wants "an inventory of all … [Read more...] about Sen. Ed Markey: Democrats “kept in the dark” about North Korea summit
After months of anticipation, the European Union began enforcing their sweeping new internet privacy rules Friday. Sen. Ed Markey says American companies should take note. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short, seeks to give individuals more privacy and control over how their data is used by companies on the internet. The law applies to citizens of the EU’s 28 member countries, as well as any company in the world with a digital presence in the EU (which has already led to American websites being blocked in Europe and litigation against tech giants like Facebook and Google). Given how United States-based companies are already being forced to comply with the new rules in Europe, Markey says they might as well extend those same safeguards to American citizens. “The American people are going to wonder why they are getting second-class privacy protections,” said the Massachusetts Democrat. “If companies can afford to protect … [Read more...] about Ed Markey wants Europe’s sweeping new internet privacy rules in the United States
Sen. Ed Markey is celebrating “two big wins” Wednesday. “Celtics over the Cavs, and Markey over the Trump administration,” Markey told Boston.com. In what he called “the most important vote we’re going to have in this generation on the internet,” a small group of Republican senators joined Democrats to pass Markey’s resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission plan to repeal net neutrality rules. It’s an issue that the Massachusetts Democrat and longtime tech consumer advocate says “goes right to the heart of our identity as a free and open society.” “The Senate has handed the Trump administration a huge defeat, and, now with enormous momentum, it’s moving over to the House,” he said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. Critics say Markey is leading net neutrality advocates down a dead end, but his success Wednesday nevertheless represented a rare rebuke to the Republican administration. … [Read more...] about The Senate just passed Ed Markey’s measure to reverse the FCC’s net neutrality repeal. What happens next?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jon Chesto Globe Staff May 16, 2018 Hey, net neutrality fans. Don’t give up hope yet.Defeating the Trump administration in a GOP-controlled Congress isn’t easy. But net neutrality warrior Senator Ed Markey is showing how it can be done.Markey gathered enough votes in the Senate to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to end Obama-era net neutrality rules. Those rules, now due to expire on June 11, prevent big telecoms from creating Internet “fast lanes” for companies willing to pay the tolls. Advertisement Software firms in Markey’s home state have his back. About 40 top executives from Massachusetts companies including Zipcar, Carbonite, MathWorks, and Rapid7 signed a letter this month supporting Markey’s effort to preserve what they call “a free and open Internet.” Get … [Read more...] about Senator Ed Markey notches a win in defense of net neutrality