Government & Policy

17 October 2019

Europe's Margrethe Vestager Takes a Rare Step Toward Big Tech New York Times

European authorities took an even more aggressive approach than usual to regulating the technology industry Wednesday when they applied a rarely used rule, ordering a company to halt a potentially anticompetitive practice while an investigation is underway.

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14 October 2019

Christchurch attack: New Zealand tries new tactic to disrupt online extremism The Guardian

The New Zealand government will create a dedicated investigative team to find and prosecute terrorist and extremist content online, seven months after a gunman live-streamed the mass murder of 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques.

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13 October 2019

Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Faces Exodus of Partners New York Times

Facebook’s troubled cryptocurrency initiative, Libra, suffered new blows on Friday as the departures of key partners became an exodus.

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08 October 2019

U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators New York Times

The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock in America’s tech-friendly regulations around the world even as they are being newly questioned at home.

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02 October 2019

Zuckerberg promised to 'fight' efforts by Sen. Warren to break up Facebook in leaked comments Washington Post

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told employees that the company was ready to “go to the mat and … fight” if Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, follows through on her vow to try to break up major technology firms, according to a leaked recording of his remarks published Tuesday.

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25 September 2019

Checking in on the Christchurch Call by Dr Ellen Strickland, Chief Advisor, InternetNZ InternetNZ

It’s been over six months since the Christchurch mosque attacks, and four months since the Christchurch Call was made. Tomorrow, there will be a meeting alongside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to take stock of progress on the Call. World leaders, company executives, United Nations representatives and others will come together to report back on what progress has been made and what plans lie ahead.

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24 September 2019

New independent watchdog to keep extremists off internet Associated Press

The leaders of New Zealand and France are backing a watchdog organization aimed at keeping internet platforms from being used by extremists — and preparing speedy responses to future attacks.

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21 September 2019

Maria Ressa: "Facebook Broke Democracy in Many Countries around the World, Including in Mine" Centre for International Governance Innovation

In a Q&A, the Manila-based journalist discusses how Silicon Valley has “forever changed” our societies — and what can be done to stop hate spreading faster than facts

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18 September 2019

UK Home Office to fund use of AI to help catch dark web paedophiles The Guardian

Artificial intelligence could be used to help catch paedophiles operating on the dark web, the Home Office has announced.

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16 September 2019

Tech companies won't wait for U.S. to act on social media laws, Microsoft's president says Reuters

Microsoft Corp President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said on Friday that technology companies are likely to change how they moderate online platforms in response to new laws from foreign governments, regardless of whether U.S. lawmakers act to change a U.S. law that has allowed social media platforms to flourish.

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14 September 2019

House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms New York Times

Congress showed the breadth of its investigation into the big tech companies on Friday, making a public demand for scores of documents, including the personal emails and other communications from dozens of top executives.

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12 September 2019

Host Violent Content? In Australia, You Could Go to Jail New York Times

Australia has held itself up as a model for cracking down on violent extremist material online since the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand. But the limits to its approach have become clear.

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11 September 2019

California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy New York Times

California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure.

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E.U.'s New Digital Czar: 'Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet' New York Times

For five years, Margrethe Vestager was the scourge of Silicon Valley, levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming consumers.

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10 September 2019

50 U.S. states and territories announce broad antitrust investigation of Google Washington Post

Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web.

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09 September 2019

Australians being stopped from watching live-streamed murders and terror attacks ABC News

New powers introduced after the Christchurch terror attack are being used by Australian esafety authorities to remove abhorrent violent material online, including live-streamed murders.

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08 September 2019

Google receives demand for documents from Justice Dept., acknowledging federal antitrust scrutiny Washington Post

Google said Friday that the Justice Department has requested records related to its prior antitrust investigations, marking the tech giant’s first major acknowledgment that it’s a subject of a federal competition probe.

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How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided the Big Tech Backlash New York Times

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are targets of government investigations and public outrage, facing accusations that they abuse their power in various ways, from exploiting personal information to stifling rivals.

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"Father of the internet" Vint Cerf says we need to be less naive if we're going to fix it Quartz

Four decades ago, when Bob Kahn and I were creating the TCP/IP networking protocol for the internet, we did not know that we were laying the tracks for what would become the digital superhighway that powers everything in society from modern business to interpersonal relationships.

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New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act New York Times

There is a major force uniting America’s fiercely partisan politicians: big technology companies. Democrats and Republicans at the federal and state levels are coming together to scrutinize the power of the Silicon Valley giants and, potentially, to rein them in.

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22 August 2019

Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation New York Times

A veteran political operative built a potent online disinformation mill with his son. When Silicon Valley changed the rules, they tried to go straight. Or did they?

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21 August 2019

How Should Big Tech Be Reined In? Here Are 4 Prominent Ideas New York Times

The Justice Department is investigating them, as is the Federal Trade Commission. Congress and state attorneys general have their sights on the companies, too.

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U.S. Justice Department teams up with states on probe of Big Tech firms Reuters

The U.S. Justice Department is working with a group of more than a dozen state attorneys general as it moves forward with a broad investigation into major technology companies, the department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday.

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13 August 2019

Australian competition regulator ACCC set to launch landmark Facebook, Google cases Australian Financial Review

The competition watchdog is close to launching five landmark cases against Facebook and Google over breaches of privacy, competition and consumer laws following its landmark inquiry into the tech giants.

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How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power New York Times

Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the breakup of big tech companies like Facebook. Regulators have opened investigations into Facebook’s power in social networking. Even one of Facebook’s own founders has laid out a case for why the company needs to be split up.

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