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The legislative landscape in cybersecurity

Our second segment exploring The Future of Cybersecurity is live today and looks into the efforts in Congress to find common ground on legislative action.

As we wrote last week, we’re spending Cybersecurity Awareness Month taking a deep dive into the issue and how it’s playing both on and off Capitol Hill. In a Congress that rarely agrees on much, this is an area that has consistently generated bipartisan bills.

Currently, most congressional efforts are focused on three major areas — artificial intelligence, social media and government surveillance. Much of the movement is in the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for urgent action to address AI, particularly ahead of the 2024 election.

While there’s bipartisan agreement that something needs to be done, it may not yet be enough to enact legislation. The challenge for lawmakers is to find consensus among all the competing interests — from advocates to the administration to the tech industry.

Read more on the legislative landscape here. And we have a new podcast episode to go with it too. Listen here.

Next week, we’ll highlight the key power players steering the cybersecurity issue in Congress, the Biden administration and Silicon Valley. Those people will be crucial to shaping what happens next for cybersecurity, including regulating AI.

— Elvina Nawaguna

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