Government & Policy

11 December 2018

Australian watchdog wants a regulator for dominant Google, Facebook Reuters

We need new laws to monitor and curb the power wielded by Google, Facebook and other powerful digital platforms, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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Australia's war on encryption: the sweeping new powers rushed into law: Australia has made itself a global guinea pig in testing a regime to crack encrypted communication The Guardian

In the hit US TV series The Wire police are initially baffled when the criminal suspects they are investigating begin to communicate through photographic messages of clock faces.

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10 December 2018

'Outlandish' encryption laws leave Australian tech industry angry and confused ABC News

The Australian technology industry is "incredulous to fuming mad" after the Government's controversial encryption bill passed the Senate.

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07 December 2018

Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law New York Times

The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications.

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Will China's Investments Reshape Africa's Internet? China Digital Times

At the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, delegations from fifty-three African countries gathered in Beijing, where the Chinese government pledged to support African countries in building smart cities; enhancing the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) in safeguarding public security, counter-terrorism, and fighting crime; and expanding African countries’ efforts to uphold information security. These activities can sound uncontroversial, even commendable; but what implications do they hold for democratic freedom on the African continent?

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Huawei faces catastrophe in the technology cold war The Guardian

The arrest in Canada of the chief financial officer of the Chinese mobile network and handset tech firm Huawei marks a new stage in a technological cold war between western spy agencies and Beijing. This development could be catastrophic for Huawei: according to reports, the US suspects it broke sanctions by selling telecoms equipment to Iran. If that is proven, the response could exclude Huawei from many of the world’s most valuable markets.

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06 December 2018

Australia poised to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data Reuters

Australia’s parliament is poised on Thursday to pass laws requiring tech 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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04 December 2018

Race Is On to Protect Data From Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead. New York Times

The world’s leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful than today’s computers.

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Too big to derail? Why breaking up Big Tech makes sense Globe and Mail

Tall poppies should beware the scythe, and you don’t get taller poppies than Mark Zuckerberg. A committee of legislators from nine countries last week threatened Facebook with regulation after Mr. Zuckerberg failed to attend a hearing in London.

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World watches as Australian regulator rules on Facebook and Google The Guardian

A titanic struggle is taking place between some of the world’s largest corporations. In one corner is Google and Facebook. In the other is News Corporation. It’s not alone. It stands with most of the established media companies which have watched with growing horror as their advertising revenues have migrated into the coffers of the digital behemoths.

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03 December 2018

Encryption bill could have 'catastrophic' outcomes for Australian business, industry leaders warn ABC News

Members of the Australian technology industry have warned that the Government's encryption bill would devastate their reputation, triggering job losses and a reduction in exports.

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25 November 2018

Google crackdown on secret 'dark adverts' in EU The Guardian

Google has launched a set of tools across Europe to help ensure political transparency in the run-up to the 2019 EU elections in an attempt to crack down on “dark adverts” online.

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22 November 2018

Facebook's Secret Weapon for Fighting Election Interference: The Government Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. had one major victory in the midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay.

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Ahead of EU Vote, Google Unveils New Policy for Election Ads Bloomberg

Google said it will roll out new policies in Europe to provide more transparency around political ads, ahead of European Union elections in the spring.

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18 November 2018

'Facebook Cannot Be Trusted to Regulate Itself': By The Editorial Board New York Times

“Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself,” tweeted Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline on Wednesday night.

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16 November 2018

Facebook says it removed a flood of hate speech, terrorist propaganda and fake accounts from its site Washington Post

Facebook said Thursday it had removed more than a billion fake accounts and taken action against millions of posts, photos and other forms of content that violated its prohibition against hate speech, terrorist propaganda and child exploitation, the latest sign that the social-networking giant faces an onslaught of online abuse as it builds new tools to spot it.

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It's official: Aussies have broadband envy New Zealand Herald

Our Australian cousins look down their noses at us on so many fronts. Broadband used to be one. No longer. The Aussies are now envious of our internet.

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13 November 2018

Germany opens door to deal on EU digital tax at December meeting Reuters

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he favours getting a binding deal on a European Union digital tax at a meeting of EU finance ministers in December, and that he supports the French model for the move.

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09 November 2018

At China's Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges New York Times

Every year at the World Internet Conference, held since 2014 in the photogenic canal town of Wuzhen near Shanghai, companies and government officials have convened to send a message: China is a high-tech force to be reckoned with.

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07 November 2018

Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web from abuse The Guardian

Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global campaign to save the web from the destructive effects of abuse and discrimination, political manipulation, and other threats that plague the online world.

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EU stumbles in plan to levy 3% digital tax on major firms The Guardian

A European Union plan to tax Google, Facebook and other internet firms risks failure after a handful of member states announced their opposition.

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01 November 2018

Tech giants may have to be broken up, says Tim Berners-Lee The Guardian

Tech giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, Tim Berners-Lee has said.

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European tech leaders warn against EU digital services tax; US attacks UK plan Associated Press

Technology company chiefs have warned that a digital services tax proposed by the European Union would hinder innovation and hurt economic growth.

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India wants ability to trace WhatsApp messages to stop violence The Hill

The Indian government is pressing WhatsApp to give it the locations and identities of people using the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app to spread fake information that has led to violence.

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30 October 2018

British treasury chief proposes 'digital services tax' on tech giants Washington Post

The head of Britain’s treasury has proposed a new tax targeting tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.com, in what he described as a necessary evolution of the corporate tax system in the digital age.

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