As more and more Americans recognize the need for greater scrutiny when it comes to the role big technology and social media platforms play in politics, Congress is finally starting to take note. Already during the 117th Congress, lawmakers have introduced roughly 20 bills on issues ranging from online privacy and safety to increasing transparency for online political ads, addressing the role of social media algorithms in amplifying harmful content, reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and curbing the outsize power large technology companies wield in the marketplace.
But keeping up with which bills have been introduced, what they seek to accomplish, which lawmakers support them, and where they stand in the legislative process is no easy task. That’s why we created a Legislative Hub as a one-stop-shop for following the efforts in Congress to address the role of Big Tech in our democracy.
For each bill, the Legislative Hub provides: the bill’s name, a link to the official page in the Library of Congress, sponsors, cosponsors, summary, and status. Decode Democracy monitors all the bills in the Hub and in some cases we issue an official statement of opposition or support for specific bills.
Technology and social media companies are playing an increasingly dominant role as gatekeepers of the information fueling our democracy. They’re also accelerating the spread of political deception, hate, and conspiracy theories. So far, Congress has failed to enact regulations to keep up. A key part of Decode Democracy’s work is to make sure that changes, and our Legislative Hub can help you track the latest.
Click here to visit the Legislative Hub to track federal legislation dealing with the role of technology and social media platforms in politics.