Government & Policy

25 June 2018

'New Zealand wants you': the problem with tech at the edge of the world The Guardian

At the end of 2017, an unusual job advertisement appeared in New Zealand. Responsibilities included planning for future workforce needs, responding to “emerging and disruptive technologies” and improving digital access. The salary was $400,000.

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21 June 2018

How Tech Companies Conquered America's Cities New York Times

I’m not saying America’s cities are turning into dystopian technocapitalist hellscapes in which corporations operate every essential service and pull every civic string.

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EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants Reuters

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday.

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Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration New York Times

In an open letter posted to Microsoft’s internal message board on Tuesday, more than 100 employees protested the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked the company to stop working with the agency, which has been separating migrant parents and their children at the border with Mexico.

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12 June 2018

How Net Neutrality Actually Ended Long Before This Week New York Times

I remember the first time I ever heard about net neutrality. It was around 2004 or 2005, and when the full idea was explained to me — hey, let’s prevent phone and cable companies from influencing the content we see online — I was surprised there was even a fight about the idea.

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11 June 2018

Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T? Washington Post

Two pivotal developments this week could dramatically expand the power and footprint of major telecom companies, altering how Americans access everything from political news to “Game of Thrones” on the Internet.

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07 June 2018

Australia drafts laws forcing Facebook and Google to reveal encrypted data The Guardian

Technology companies such as Facebook and Google would be forced to give Australian security agencies access to encrypted data under legislation to be introduced by the Turnbull government.

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23 May 2018

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Gets an Earful From the E.U. New York Times

European lawmakers barraged Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday with a litany of questions about his company’s global power, its role in elections and its misuse of user data. One even raised the prospect of breaking up the social media giant.

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21 May 2018

UK Tories will struggle to turn desire to regulate internet into policy The Guardian

Towards the end of the Conservatives’ 2017 general election manifesto was a largely overlooked chapter setting out the party’s stance on the future of the internet.

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17 May 2018

US Senate Democrats Win Vote on Net Neutrality, a Centerpiece of 2018 Strategy New York Times

Senate Democrats narrowly won a vote on Wednesday to save so-called net neutrality rules that ensure unobstructed access to the internet.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with European regulators probing Cambridge Analytica Washington Post

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet with key European lawmakers in a private session as soon as next week, the company said Wednesday, as Europe scrutinizes the tech giant’s privacy practices and its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

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16 May 2018

Europe's Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess New York Times

There is a growing realization that our data is under attack. From breaches at Equifax to Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of the profile information of more than 87 million Facebook users, it seems as if none of our personal data is safe. And more and more about us is being captured, stored and processed by smart devices like thermostats, baby monitors, WiFi-connected streetlights and traffic sensors.

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New Privacy Rules Could Make This Woman One of Tech's Most Important Regulators New York Times

As Europe implements a sweeping new data privacy law, Ireland is in the middle of a standoff between regulators and tech companies.

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07 May 2018

What Europe's Tough New Data Law Means for You, and the Internet New York Times

In a couple of weeks, Europe will introduce some of the toughest online privacy rules in the world. The changes are aimed at giving internet users more control over what’s collected and shared about them, and they punish companies that don’t comply.

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06 May 2018

Who Strikes Fear Into Silicon Valley? Margrethe Vestager, Europe's Antitrust Enforcer New York Times

At first blush, Margrethe Vestager’s decision to investigate Apple’s planned acquisition of the music-identification app Shazam seems fairly minor, at least by her standards. As Europe’s competition commissioner, Ms. Vestager is known for aggressively pursuing big cases against Silicon Valley giants, and the Shazam deal is a smallish one, by most estimates valued at far less than $1 billion.

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23 April 2018

Google tells Australian regulator it is not contributing to 'the death of journalism' The Guardian

Google sent more than 2bn visits to Australian news websites last year and is optimistic about the ability of quality journalism to survive the digital disruption, the company has told the competition regulator.

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16 April 2018

Why Europe, not Congress, will rein in big tech Washington Post

U.S. lawmakers demonstrated an increased appetite for regulating technology giants when they grilled Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg about privacy last week. But the future of Facebook’s relationship with its 2 billion users is less likely to be determined from the halls of Congress than it is from an un­assuming 18th-century townhouse in Ireland’s capital packed with lawyers, technology experts and gumshoe investigators.

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13 April 2018

Exclusive: EU to demand improvements on tackling fake news by end of year - draft Reuters

The European Union is set to demand tech giants like Facebook and Google do more to stop the spread of fake news on their websites by the end of the year to avoid possible regulatory actions, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

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Australian bill to create back door into encrypted apps in 'advanced stages' The Guardian

The Australian government is pushing ahead with controversial legislation it says will create “back doors” into encrypted communication services – but still can’t say when it will introduce the bill.

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04 April 2018

EU urged to act over social media and fake news The Guardian

A senior EU official has called for action against internet companies that harvest personal data, as Brussels prepares to move against those spreading “fake news” following the Cambridge Analytica revelations.

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27 March 2018

EU regulator won't rule out breaking up Google The Hill

The European Union’s antitrust chief has not ruled out breaking up Google over concerns about its dominance.

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Don't regulate Facebook Washington Post

The problems at Facebook and others, real and perceived, at Google, Amazon and Apple have led to an easy consensus: The large technology companies should be regulated. When Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) call for the same thing, it is possible that even in Washington — The City Where Nothing Happens — Congress will decide that technology companies must be regulated.

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22 March 2018

Facebook, Google and Amazon could pay 'fair' tax under EU plans The Guardian

Amazon, Google and Facebook could be made to pay a “fair” share of tax under new European Union proposals on digital companies that could heighten transatlantic tensions.

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Google says it supports ACCC inquiry into digital threat to Australian news media The Guardian

Google has welcomed the competition regulator’s inquiry into the impact of digital platforms on Australian publishers.

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21 March 2018

Google announces plan to combat spread of misinformation Washington Post

Google announced Tuesday that it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to help combat the spread of misinformation online and help journalism outlets.

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