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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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9/14/2017
By Staff Writers, ASSOCIATED PRESS
ATLANTA — The city of Atlanta tested a self-driving vehicle on one of its busiest streets Thursday. The test on North Avenue in the city's bustling Midtown area meant that Atlanta has become one of the largest urban areas to test autonomous vehicles, joining Sao Paulo and Shanghai. Here's a look at some of the key aspects of the test...
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9/14/2017
Op-Ed Commentary by John M. Simpson, THE SUN-SENTINEL
One victim of sex trafficking began her ordeal when she was 15. She was sold through the website Backpage.com for sex to men across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. She was raped over 600 times over the course of four months. Another victim was sex trafficked through Backpage for three years — starting when she...
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9/14/2017
By Sarah Jeong, THE VERGE
Why does Oracle support SESTA? Since the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate in August, tech companies and advocacy groups have been mobilizing in a battle to control its message. Digital rights organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have called it “disastrous for free speech online,”...
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9/14/2017
By Josh Goldman, UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS BLOG
Automakers and their advocates have been busy in the halls of Congress and Department of Transportation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will make it easier for self-driving cars to hit the road, the Department of Transportation replaced an Obama-era self-driving vehicle policy with a more industry-friendly approach, and...
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9/14/2017
By Robert Walton, UTILITY DIVE
According to Natural Resources Defense Council, which backs the move towards regionalization of western energy markets, Holden has said the issue will likely be revisited in January during the second half of California’s two-year session. For now, the conservation group sees a lost opportunity. A quarter of the country's power flows...
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9/13/2017
By the Editorial Board, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
There is just one reason lawmakers try to push through rewritten bills in the final days of the California Legislature’s session each and every September: It’s because they know the more scrutiny the proposals get, the less chance they have of passage. That’s a contemptible, undemocratic rationale. Now — with Friday’...
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9/13/2017
By John Eggerton, BROADCASTING AND CABLE
Puts it at odds with computer company members of CCIA 21st Century Fox has come out in support of a bill its backers say is meant to crack down on human sex trafficking. But Fox's stand puts it in opposition to some big edge providers—Google, Facebook, Amazon—who argue the bill's unintended consequence is to take a big bite out...
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9/13/2017
By Melanie Ehrenkranz, GIZMODO
On Tuesday, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao revealed the updated version of the guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The DOT secretary defended the guidelines, which opt for voluntary guidance rather than enforceable rules. Chao said that a third version is in progress and slated to be introduced in 2018....
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9/13/2017
By John Eggerton, BROADCASTING AND CABLE
Coincides with effort in Congress to legislate safety, deployment framework Automated vehicles and V2V communications systems are on the move. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Department of Transportation have issued new safety guidelines for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) that pave the way for testing and...
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9/13/2017
By Jeff McDonald, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
The late-session plan to restructure management of the California power grid skidded to a halt Wednesday in the wake of growing opposition from interest groups and a spate of negative publicity. While lobbyists and advocacy groups spent much of the week pressing for passage or defeat of the proposal long-backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the lawmaker...