[REPORT] Climate and Energy Implications of Crypto-Assets in the United States — “The report calls on federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to work with states and local officials to develop standards for the industry’s impact on the environment; the intensity and source of energy that goes into it, noise pollution, water usage as well as how to build carbon-free energy to balance out crypto mining’s consumption.” (Coindesk)
[LISTENING SESSION] Biden Administration Announces Broad “Principles for Enhancing Competition and Tech Platform Accountability” — Following a listening session held to gather expert opinions on the “harms that tech platforms cause and the need for greater accountability,” the White House published a list of “core principles for reform” in technology policy. Notably, the White House lists the promotion of competition as vital to “address the power of tech platforms through antitrust legislation.”
[STRATEGY PLAN] Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022 — “The Government of Canada is planning to launch public consultations on a digital ID framework for federal government services. The stakeholder engagement is part of a set of actions set out in a new strategy document, ‘Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022,’ which was introduced to advance the previously-unveiled Digital Government Strategy. Trusted digital identity is one of the pillars of the ambition, and being able to prove ID claims more quickly is a goal identified under priority 2.2, to ‘build and use secure common solutions for digital service delivery.’” (Biometric Update)
[PRESS RELEASE] Historic Step: All Fifty States Plus D.C. and Puerto Rico Greenlit to Move EV Charging Networks Forward, Covering 75,000 Miles of Highway — On 27 Sept. 2022, all 50 states received final approval to begin construction on a nationwide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with plans to place one charging station roughly every 50 miles along interstate highways. The historic project is part of the Biden administration’s plan to spur widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles.