Government & Policy

14 March 2019

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the world wide web: 'We can get the web we want' The Guardian

Thirty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee, then a fellow at the physics research laboratory Cern on the French-Swiss border, sent his boss a document labelled Information Management: A Proposal. The memo suggested a system with which physicists at the centre could share “general information about accelerators and experiments”.

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UK Chancellor to make fresh attempt to curb power of tech giants The Guardian

A fresh bid to curb the market power of US tech giants will be signalled by Philip Hammond on Wednesday when he welcomes the findings of an independent review calling for government action to ensure companies including Google, Facebook and Apple face stiffer competition.

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12 March 2019

Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future' BBC News

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC.

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Russians protest against online 'iron curtain' controls as Vladimir Putin considers tougher internet restrictions ABC News

Russian internet users and the media have warned of a new online "iron curtain" brought about by tough new controls critics say will stifle dissent.

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10 March 2019

Elizabeth Warren Proposes Breaking Up Tech Giants Like Amazon and Facebook New York Times

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is bidding to be the policy pacesetter in the Democratic presidential primary, championed another expansive idea on Friday evening in front of a crowd of thousands in Queens: a regulatory plan aimed at breaking up some of America’s largest tech companies, including Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook.

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UK House of Lords report calls for digital super-regulator The Observer

The House of Lords has called for the creation of a digital super-regulator to oversee the different bodies charged with safeguarding the internet and replace the “clearly failing” system of self-regulation by big technology companies.

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07 March 2019

EU states set to scrap digital tax plan, to work for global reform Reuters

European Union finance ministers are set to ditch a plan to introduce an EU-wide digital tax next week but agree to work on a global reform of the taxation of internet companies, an EU document shows.

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05 March 2019

EU must learn from Brexit and reform, says Emmanuel Macron The Guardian

Emmanuel Macron has called for a new European agency to fight against international cyber-attacks and the manipulation of election campaigns, as well as a ban on foreign powers funding European parties, as he set out plans to overhaul the EU in response to Britain’s vote to leave.

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04 March 2019

French tax on internet giants could yield €500 million per year: Le Maire Reuters

A three percent tax on the French revenue of large internet companies could yield 500 million euros (568.5 million pounds) per year, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

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25 February 2019

How the US-China Tech Wars Will Impact the Developing World The Diplomat

In a recent speech, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson raised the specter of an “economic iron curtain,” as trade differences between the United States and China may force countries to choose a side, especially for the adoption of technology. Technology is a key underlying issue as the two countries fight for dominance in new economic frontiers such as artificial intelligence, self-driving cars and big data. It is in this sector where the biggest fault lines in the U.S.-China bilateral relationship are starting to appear.

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21 February 2019

At Harvard Law, Zittrain and Zuckerberg discuss encryption, 'information fiduciaries' and targeted advertisements Harvard Law

Should Facebook be considered an “information fiduciary” when it comes to the privacy of its clients? How should we weigh the pros and cons of encryption schemes which might bolster privacy and data security at the risk of shutting out law enforcement? And why shouldn’t Facebook tell users how much advertising revenue their respective data generates on a daily basis? Those were some of the questions Facebook Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed with Jonathan Zittrain ’95, HLS’s George Bemis Professor of International Law, in a conversation among students at Harvard Law School on Feb. 11.

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19 February 2019

New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax Reuters

New Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net.

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Facebook 'intentionally and knowingly' violated U.K. privacy and competition rules, British lawmakers say Washington Post

British lawmakers on Sunday accused Facebook of having “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws” in the country, and they called for investigations into the social media giant’s business practices.

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18 February 2019

The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company's privacy lapses Washington Post

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship New York Times

India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China.

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15 February 2019

Google, Facebook Forced to Pay Creators Under New EU Rules Bloomberg

Online platforms will be required to compensate publishers and creators for the content that appears on their websites, under new European Union copyright rules that could shrink access to online media in Europe.

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14 February 2019

EU clinches copyright overhaul deal, tech giants in focus Reuters

The European Union is set to rewrite its two-decades-old copyright rules which will force Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc to share revenue with the creative industries and remove copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

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12 February 2019

Regulation needed to save Australian journalism from Facebook and Google, watchdog says The Guardian

The production of news and journalism cannot be left entirely to market forces, and regulation is needed to curb the power of Facebook and Google, the competition regulator says.

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Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted The Observer

The key question to ask when a shocking tragedy comes to light is this: does it signify a scandal or a crisis? Scandals happen all the time in societies. They generate a lot of heat, outrage and public angst. But, eventually, the media caravan moves on and nothing much changes.

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05 February 2019

Chorus kicking off NZ ultra-ultra-ultrafast broadband trial New Zealand Herald

Chorus says it will trial super-fast broadband for 30 lucky households from mid-March.

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03 February 2019

Net Neutrality Repeal at Stake as Key Court Case Starts New York Times

A lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of rules meant to ensure internet users open access to all websites and services is one of several fronts in a broader battle.

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30 January 2019

EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news Associated Press

European Union authorities warned leading tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.

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27 January 2019

The French fine against Google is the start of a war: European regulators, not tech giants, may set the rules for the digital economy The Economist

THE PRIVACY wars have begun in earnest. On January 21st France’s data-protection regulator, which is known by its French acronym, CNIL, announced that it had found Google’s data-collection practices to be in breach of the European Union’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). CNIL hit Google with a €50m ($57m) fine, the biggest yet levied under GDPR.

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26 January 2019

Facebook and Google back Labor changes to Australian laws which break encryption The Guardian

Industry groups including the representative of tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon, have backed several Labor amendments to the government’s encryption bill.

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24 January 2019

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech New York Times

Leaders of Japan, South Africa, China and Germany issued a series of calls on Wednesday for global oversight of the tech sector, in a clear signal of growing international interest in seizing greater regulatory supervision of an industry led by the United States.

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