Government & Policy

16 May 2018

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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Europe's Planned Digital Tax Heightens New York Times

A global attempt to prevent large, multinational companies from shifting their profits to lower-tax jurisdictions is setting off a fight between the United States and Europe, as policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic spar over efforts to impose new taxes on foreign firms.

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16 March 2018

EU ready to hit big U.S. tech firms with 3 percent turnover tax Reuters

Large companies with significant digital revenues in the European Union such as Google and Facebook could face a 3 percent tax on their turnover under a draft proposal by the European Commission seen by Reuters.

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15 March 2018

Britain to consider taxing digital giants' revenue Reuters

Britain said it was considering taxing the revenues of internet companies like Facebook and Google until international tax rules are changed to cope with digital firms that can shift sales and profits between jurisdictions.

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France to Take Legal Action Against U.S. Tech Giants Bloomberg

France is threatening to fine Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. for abusive commercial practices through their app stores, further complicating the relationship with the very companies the country seeks to attract.

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12 March 2018

Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web The Observer

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has called for large technology firms to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”.

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New German minister to challenge Google and Facebook's presentation of news Reuters

Germany’s incoming minister with responsibility for digital policy says she will push social media giants to make users’ information feeds more diverse and timely to avoid creating “echo chambers” for the like-minded.

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02 March 2018

EU piles pressure on internet giants to remove extremist content Reuters

Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies must show the European Union within three months that they are removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.

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28 February 2018

EU plans new tax for tech giants up to 5 percent of gross revenues Reuters

The European Commission wants to tax large digital companies' revenues based on where their users are located rather than where they are headquartered at a common rate between 1 and 5 percent, a draft Commission document showed.

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26 February 2018

The Case Against Google: Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in? New York Times

Shivaun Moeran and Adam Raff met, married and started a company — thereby sparking a chain of events that might, ultimately, take down this age of internet giants as we know it — because they were both huge nerds. In the late 1980s, Adam was studying programming at the University of Edinburgh, while Shivaun was focused on physics and computer science at King’s College London. They had mutual friends who kept insisting they were perfect for each other. So one weekend, they went on a date and discovered other similarities: They both loved stand-up comedy. Each had a science-minded father. They shared a weakness for puns.

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20 February 2018

After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced New York Times

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.

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16 February 2018

Only the EU can break Facebook and Google's dominance by George Soros The Guardian

The current moment in world history is a painful one. Open societies are in crisis, and forms of dictatorships and mafia states, exemplified by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, are on the rise. In the United States, President Donald Trump would like to establish his own mafia-style state but cannot, because the constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.

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EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more for users Reuters

Europe’s justice commissioner told Facebook, Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, ramping up pressure on the tech giants after their efforts were deemed too little.

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