Government & Policy

21 February 2019

At Harvard Law, Zittrain and Zuckerberg discuss encryption, 'information fiduciaries' and targeted advertisements Harvard Law

Should Facebook be considered an “information fiduciary” when it comes to the privacy of its clients? How should we weigh the pros and cons of encryption schemes which might bolster privacy and data security at the risk of shutting out law enforcement? And why shouldn’t Facebook tell users how much advertising revenue their respective data generates on a daily basis? Those were some of the questions Facebook Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed with Jonathan Zittrain ’95, HLS’s George Bemis Professor of International Law, in a conversation among students at Harvard Law School on Feb. 11.

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19 February 2019

New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax Reuters

New Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net.

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Facebook 'intentionally and knowingly' violated U.K. privacy and competition rules, British lawmakers say Washington Post

British lawmakers on Sunday accused Facebook of having “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws” in the country, and they called for investigations into the social media giant’s business practices.

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18 February 2019

The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company's privacy lapses Washington Post

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship New York Times

India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China.

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15 February 2019

Google, Facebook Forced to Pay Creators Under New EU Rules Bloomberg

Online platforms will be required to compensate publishers and creators for the content that appears on their websites, under new European Union copyright rules that could shrink access to online media in Europe.

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14 February 2019

EU clinches copyright overhaul deal, tech giants in focus Reuters

The European Union is set to rewrite its two-decades-old copyright rules which will force Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc to share revenue with the creative industries and remove copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

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12 February 2019

Regulation needed to save Australian journalism from Facebook and Google, watchdog says The Guardian

The production of news and journalism cannot be left entirely to market forces, and regulation is needed to curb the power of Facebook and Google, the competition regulator says.

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Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted The Observer

The key question to ask when a shocking tragedy comes to light is this: does it signify a scandal or a crisis? Scandals happen all the time in societies. They generate a lot of heat, outrage and public angst. But, eventually, the media caravan moves on and nothing much changes.

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05 February 2019

Chorus kicking off NZ ultra-ultra-ultrafast broadband trial New Zealand Herald

Chorus says it will trial super-fast broadband for 30 lucky households from mid-March.

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03 February 2019

Net Neutrality Repeal at Stake as Key Court Case Starts New York Times

A lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of rules meant to ensure internet users open access to all websites and services is one of several fronts in a broader battle.

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30 January 2019

EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news Associated Press

European Union authorities warned leading tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.

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27 January 2019

The French fine against Google is the start of a war: European regulators, not tech giants, may set the rules for the digital economy The Economist

THE PRIVACY wars have begun in earnest. On January 21st France’s data-protection regulator, which is known by its French acronym, CNIL, announced that it had found Google’s data-collection practices to be in breach of the European Union’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). CNIL hit Google with a €50m ($57m) fine, the biggest yet levied under GDPR.

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26 January 2019

Facebook and Google back Labor changes to Australian laws which break encryption The Guardian

Industry groups including the representative of tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon, have backed several Labor amendments to the government’s encryption bill.

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24 January 2019

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech New York Times

Leaders of Japan, South Africa, China and Germany issued a series of calls on Wednesday for global oversight of the tech sector, in a clear signal of growing international interest in seizing greater regulatory supervision of an industry led by the United States.

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23 January 2019

EU's antitrust cop lays groundwork for more tech scrutiny Associated Press

Silicon Valley’s notorious nemesis, Margrethe Vestager, plans to end her term as the European Union’s antitrust enforcer this year with a bang, laying out a long-term plan to intensify scrutiny of the world’s big tech companies.

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Did Australia Poke a Hole in Your Phone's Security? New York Times

A new law in Australia gives law enforcement authorities the power to compel tech-industry giants like Apple to create tools that would circumvent the encryption built into their products.

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13 January 2019

'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion The Guardian

The “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.

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10 January 2019

Google Clash Over Global Right to Be Forgotten Returns to Court Bloomberg

Google’s battle against French proponents of a worldwide “right to be forgotten” enters a decisive phase at the European Union’s top court on Thursday, in a case that highlights the growing tensions between privacy, freedom of speech and state censorship.

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03 January 2019

No more paperwork: Estonia edges toward digital government Associated Press

In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop.

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28 December 2018

Inside Facebook's Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech New York Times

Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users. But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.

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24 December 2018

Google Foes Get Chance to Pick Holes in $2.7 Billion EU Appeal Bloomberg

Some of Google’s oldest foes have been given the chance to take a swipe at the U.S. giant’s appeal of a $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine for choking competition for shopping-search services.

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19 December 2018

France, Not Waiting for European Union, to Tax U.S. Tech Firms as '19 Starts New York Times

With the so-called Yellow Vest movement forcing concessions that have widened the country’s budget shortfall, the French government is accelerating a plan to place hefty taxes on American technology giants that have long maneuvered to keep their bills low while reaping huge sums of money.

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Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban ars technica

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute.

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13 December 2018

The view from inside Facebook: Professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses social media giant's 'long year' with head of global policy management Harvard Law Today

At a time when social media affects everything from our private lives to our public discourse, the rules governing online behavior are increasingly under scrutiny. At Facebook, the process behind those rules — how they are determined, and how they continue to change — is the province of Monika Bickert, the head of global policy management.

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