Government & Policy

23 June 2019

To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law New York Times

When Americans fear the future, they turn to antitrust action. It happened in the 1890s, when the United States was rapidly moving from a farming economy to an industrialized one. It happened again in the late 1940s, when nuclear war seemed imminent. And it is happening now, as big technology companies work on artificial intelligence that threatens to create a world where human beings are eternal losers.

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20 June 2019

Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to Reuters

Shareholder activists on Wednesday urged Google parent Alphabet Inc to break itself up before regulators force the world’s biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces.

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18 June 2019

Advertisers, agencies and social media combine to tackle online threat Reuters

Sixteen of the world’s biggest advertisers have joined together to push platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to do more to tackle dangerous and fake content online.

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12 June 2019

House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media New York Times

A congressional investigation into the power of big tech companies began on Tuesday with bipartisan concern from lawmakers that the government’s lax oversight of the industry may be doing more harm than good.

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10 June 2019

G-20 Ministers Agree to Redouble Efforts to Tax Tech Behemoths Bloomberg

Finance Ministers from Group of 20 nations agreed they need to find a common method to tax technology giants, whose digital business models have grown exponentially faster than systems to tax them.

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China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban New York Times

The Chinese government this past week summoned major tech companies including Microsoft and Dell from the United States and Samsung of South Korea, to warn that they could face dire consequences if they cooperate with the Trump administration’s ban on sales of key American technology to Chinese companies, according to people familiar with the meetings.

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07 June 2019

Big Tech Is Armed and Waiting to Repel U.S. Antitrust Onslaught Bloomberg

Investors were caught off guard by the sudden U.S. assault on technology giants this week, but behind the scenes, the industry’s biggest companies have been preparing for this moment of reckoning for months.

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Making Big Tech companies share data could do more good than breaking them up MIT Technology Review

Internet governance expert Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says a breakup wouldn’t fix the real problem: companies like Google have too much data, and nobody else stands a chance.

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06 June 2019

Is 'Big Tech' too big? A look at growing antitrust scrutiny Associated Press

Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup?

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05 June 2019

Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In New York Times

The federal government is stepping up its scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies, leaving them vulnerable to new rules and federal lawsuits. Regulators are divvying up antitrust oversight of the Silicon Valley giants and lawmakers are investigating whether they have stifled competition and hurt consumers.

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03 June 2019

Google and Amazon Are at the Center of a Storm Brewing Over Big Tech New York Times

Google and Amazon have thrived as American regulators largely kept their distance. That may be changing.

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02 June 2019

Amazon could face heightened antitrust scrutiny under a new agreement between U.S. regulators Washington Post

Antitrust regulators have divvied up oversight of Amazon and Google, putting Amazon under the watch of the Federal Trade Commission and Google under the Justice Department.

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01 June 2019

The Justice Department is preparing a potential antitrust investigation of Google Washington Post

The Justice Department has taken early steps toward opening a federal antitrust investigation into Google, according to three people familiar with the matter, marking a new chapter in the tech giant’s troubles with regulators around the world who contend the company is too large and threatens rivals and consumers.

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22 May 2019

How Trump's Huawei Ban Threatens to Throttle Global 5G Rollout Bloomberg

Huawei Technologies Co. looked like it would survive a U.S. campaign to persuade its allies to block the supplier from their new mobile networks. Now, President Donald Trump’s move to put the company on an export blacklist threatens to shake the entire telecom industry.

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Taming the Apex Predators of Tech: To rein in monopolies, maybe we need to rethink what a monopoly is. New York Times

In a tech galaxy that now seems far, far away, everyone was terrified of Bill Gates. He was the Apex Predator of Tech.

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20 May 2019

German finance minister expects OECD deal on digital tax in 2020 Reuters

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Friday he expected the OECD will agree a minimum level of taxation for digital companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook by mid-2020.

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15 May 2019

Facebook Takes Step to Police Content on Its Live Service New York Times

When 51 people were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, the suspect, an Australian man, broadcast the attack live on Facebook. The video spread across the internet.

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13 May 2019

New Zealand Seeks Global Support for Tougher Measures on Online Violence New York Times

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand will attempt this week to use the terrorist attack that killed 51 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch mosques in March to demand that the biggest internet platforms do more to stamp out violent and extremist content.

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12 May 2019

Facebook's Zuckerberg hails French hate speech plan as EU model Reuters

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg hailed France’s efforts to regulate hateful content online as a model for the European Union after meeting President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday.

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It's not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative by Evgeny Morozov The Guardian

As Facebook all but pleads guilty to a severe form of data addiction, confessing its digital sins and promising to reinvent itself as a privacy-worshiping denizen of the global village, the foundations of Big Tech’s cultural hegemony appear to be crumbling. Most surprisingly, it’s in the United States, Silicon Valley’s home territory, where they seem to be the weakest.

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Can Facebook Remain One Step Ahead of Regulators? Centre for International Governance Innovation

Facebook is engaged in a dance with regulators, moving back and forth on the idea of inevitable regulation while remaining vague on specifics and taking careful steps to limit what regulators can do.

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10 May 2019

Singapore passes fake news law amid freedom-of-speech fears Reuters

Singapore’s parliament on Wednesday passed an anti-fake news bill that has been criticised by rights groups, journalists and tech firms over fears it could be used to clamp down on freedom of speech.

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It's Time to Break Up Facebook by Chris Hughes New York Times

The last time I saw Mark Zuckerberg was in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. We met at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., office and drove to his house, in a quiet, leafy neighborhood. We spent an hour or two together while his toddler daughter cruised around. We talked politics mostly, a little about Facebook, a bit about our families. When the shadows grew long, I had to head out. I hugged his wife, Priscilla, and said goodbye to Mark.

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07 May 2019

Europe Is Reining In Tech Giants. But Some Say It's Going Too Far. New York Times

In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded antiterrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law.

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Political pressure builds for FTC to punish Facebook with more than a 'bargain' fine Washington Post

Two top Senate lawmakers on Monday expressed frustration with a federal probe into Facebook’s privacy practices, urging the government to move more swiftly and consider imposing tough punishments that target the company’s top executives.

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