Government & Policy

04 September 2018

Facebook definition of terrorism helps states mute dissent: U.N. expert Reuters

A U.N. human rights expert urged Facebook on Monday to narrow its “sweeping” definition of terrorism to stop governments arbitrarily blocking legitimate opposition groups and dissenting voices.

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Big tech's double trouble: political heat from Trump and the left may signal reckoning ahead The Guardian

Trump and Russia may have dominated the political discourse all summer, but last week the attention turned again to America’s internet technology giants. They had enjoyed a few months out of the spotlight following grueling congressional hearings in Washington late last year, after evidence emerged of Russia’s use of social media fake accounts to try to influence voters in the 2016 US presidential election.

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29 August 2018

Google VP of news: don't blame us for all the media's problems ABC News

The vice-president of news at the technology giant, Mr Gingras emphasised his employer's interest in supporting a healthy media environment in a briefing with journalists on Tuesday.

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28 August 2018

US Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms New York Times

Technology companies have taken plenty of hits on privacy this year. In May, Europe began enforcing a sweeping new law that lets people request their online data and restricts how businesses obtain and handle the information.

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24 August 2018

Insight: Europe's new data law upends global online advertising Reuters

Europe’s new data privacy law has put a small army of tech firms that track people online in jeopardy and is strengthening the hand of giants such as Google and Facebook in the $200 billion global digital advertising industry.

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23 August 2018

Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet's Misinformation Problem? New York Times

In theory, Facebook’s announcement on Tuesday that it had discovered and shut down a wide-ranging Iranian misinformation campaign should make you feel better.

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Google Tried to Change China. China May End Up Changing Google. New York Times

Ever since its founding 20 years ago in a Silicon Valley garage, Google has proudly and often ostentatiously held itself up as the architect of a new model for corporate virtue.

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Can tech giants work together against their common enemies? New Zealand Herald

Facebook, Twitter and Google routinely squabble for users, engineers and advertising money. Yet it makes sense for these tech giants to work together on security threats, elections meddling and other common ills.

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Thursday briefing: 'Tax Facebook to pay for BBC' The Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn would tax the likes of Facebook, Google and Netflix to subsidise the BBC licence fee. “A few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires control huge swathes of our public space and debate,” the Labour leader is expected to tell the Edinburgh TV festival today.

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21 August 2018

Europe to punish sites for not removing 'illegal content' within one hour Marketing Land

In March of this year, the European Commission created guidelines and recommendations for the removal of “illegal content” (primarily terrorist propaganda) from websites within Europe. At the time, the rules were voluntary; now the EC is going to impose fines if publishers and tech companies fail to comply.

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20 August 2018

Tech giants warn Australian govt bill opens customers up to cyber attack The Guardian

The peak body representing tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon has blasted a Coalition bill that would force them to assist law enforcement agencies in decrypting private communications.

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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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