Government & Policy

14 August 2018

Alex Jones and the Bigger Questions of Internet Governance CATO Institute

Last week Facebook, Google, and Apple removed videos and podcasts by the prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms (Twitter did not). Their actions may have prompted increased downloads of Jones’ Infowars app. Many people are debating these actions, and rightly so. But I want to look at the governance issues related to the Alex Jones imbroglio.

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Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data Reuters

Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities.

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03 August 2018

India Considers Sweeping GDPR-Style Curbs for Online Data Bloomberg

A draft of a sweeping data privacy bill has been submitted to India’s government that, if enacted, will restrict the transfer and storage of information on more than 1 billion people by global technology corporations from Facebook Inc. to Google.

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02 August 2018

The moment when Facebook's removal of alleged Russian disinformation became a free-speech issue Washington Post

Left-leaning political activists accused Facebook of suppressing free speech when the social media giant removed an event listing this week that it said was part of a new disinformation campaign with ties to Russia.

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28 July 2018

Time to break up Google and Facebook, says New York attorney general Washington Post

New York attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout promised Wednesday to “explore breaking up” Facebook and Google if she is elected, using state and federal antitrust laws.

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24 July 2018

Europeans press for digital tax at G20 meeting Reuters

European finance leaders called for progress on global rules to tax the digital economy at a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers in Argentina on Sunday, putting them at odds with U.S. counterparts.

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22 July 2018

The Story Behind Google's Secret Offer to Settle EU's Android Probe Bloomberg

European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager coolly hit Google with a €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine last week, the biggest penalty in the history of antitrust enforcement.

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New trans-Pacific data cable launch improves resilience and competition Beehive

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran has welcomed the commercial launch of the new trans-Pacific Hawaiki cable that improves and enhances New Zealand’s international connectivity.

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20 July 2018

What Europe's Google Fine Means for Android Users New York Times

You may have heard that the European Union punished Google with a record $5.1 billion fine on Wednesday for abusing its power in the mobile phone market.

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19 July 2018

The EU fining Google over Android is too little, too late, say experts Reuters

The European commission has fined Google £3.8bn for anti-competitive behaviour regarding its Android mobile operating system. It’s looking to force the company to cede some control, but is it too little too late?

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How to Combat China's Rise in Tech: Federal Spending, Not Tariffs New York Times

At the heart of the trade war between the United States and China lies a profound and unsettling question: Who should control the key technologies that will rule tomorrow?

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What Android users should know about Google's fight with the E.U. Washington Post

The European Union slapped Google with a $5 billion fine Wednesday, alleging that the tech giant has acted in an uncompetitive manner by pre-loading apps and its services, such as Google search and the Chrome browser, onto Android phones. But as the specifics of the complaint are being pored over, it’s not clear how this will affect the more than 2 billion people across the globe who use Google’s Android operating system every month.

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18 July 2018

Europe penalizes Google with a record $5 billion antitrust fine for the way it bundles its apps on Android smartphones and tablets Washington Post

European regulators on Wednesday fined Google a record $5 billion and ordered changes that could affect which Google-owned apps appear on smartphones and tablets running its Android mobile operating system.

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17 July 2018

Moment of truth for Google as record EU antitrust fine looms Reuters

Google is set to face a record-busting EU antitrust fine this week over its Android mobile operating system but rivals hoping that an order to halt unfair business practices will help them may be disappointed.

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Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves! New York Times

A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature. But how?

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16 July 2018

What's really at stake in Google's Android antitrust case Politico

Google is no stranger to regulatory standoffs with Europe. But this time, Brussels is playing for keeps.

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11 July 2018

Google may have to make major changes to Android in response to a forthcoming fine in Europe Washington Post

Google could face a record penalty this month from European regulators for forcing its search and Web-browsing tools on the makers of Android-equipped smartphones and other devices, potentially resulting in major changes to the world’s most widely deployed mobile operating system.

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08 July 2018

YouTube and Facebook escape billions in copyright payouts after EU vote The Observer

Google, YouTube and Facebook could escape having to make billions in payouts to press publishers, record labels and artists after EU lawmakers voted to reject proposed changes to copyright rules that aimed to make the tech companies share more of their revenues.

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NBN frustration prompts Australian community to take high-speed internet into their own hands ABC News

Residents from the New South Wales community of Wamboin are planning to dig their own trenches to secure faster internet, claiming the National Broadband Network is failing them.

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07 July 2018

Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe New York Times

It’s a fight nearly as old as the internet. On one side are news organizations, broadcasters and music companies that want to control how their content spreads across the web, and to be paid more for it. On the other are tech companies such as Facebook and Google, which argue that they funnel viewers and advertising revenue to media outlets, and free-speech advocates, who say that regulating the internet would set a dangerous precedent and limit access to information.

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05 July 2018

Privacy policies of tech giants 'still not GDPR-compliant' The Guardian

Privacy policies from companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon don’t fully meet the requirements of GDPR, according to the pan-European consumer group BEUC.

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What the US Supreme Court Vacancy Means for the Internet Bloomberg

The retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from the Supreme Court might change the game for environmental protections, abortion rights and civil rights. But what will it mean for the internet, and issues that matter to techies, like online privacy, immigration and warrantless surveillance?

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29 June 2018

California legislators just adopted tough new privacy rules targeting Facebook, Google and other tech giants Washington Post

California legislators on Thursday adopted sweeping new rules that restrict the data-harvesting practices of, Facebook, Google and Uber, a move that soon could spur other states and Congress to take aim at the tech industry.

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26 June 2018

EU Crackdown Hasn't Made U.S. Tech Change Its Behavior Bloomberg

A pattern is emerging in the war between the European Union’s antitrust authorities and U.S. tech companies. The changes that Google and Apple made after adverse rulings and large fines appear to be little but window-dressing, and left intact the problems the penalties were intended to solve.

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25 June 2018

How Silicon Valley is responding to the immigration crisis Recode

At first, Charlotte Willner wanted to raise $1,500 on Facebook — enough to let one immigrant parent who had been separated from their child make bond. So, she and her husband Dave Willner set up a fundraiser on Facebook, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” benefitting the Texas nonprofit RAICES.

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