Government & Policy

14 December 2017

Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet New York Times

Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday, with numerous online companies posting calls on their sites for action to stop a vote later this week.

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12 December 2017

Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan The Guardian

More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as “based on a flawed and factually inaccurate” understanding of how the internet works.

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Net Neutrality's Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S. New York Times

Last spring, Swedes got a tantalizing offer: If they subscribed to Sweden’s biggest telecom provider, Telia Company AB, they could have unlimited access on their mobile phones to Facebook, Spotify, Instagram and other blockbuster apps.

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The 'Alt-Right' Created a Parallel Internet. It's an Unholy Mess. New York Times

If you’ve lost sleep worrying about the growing power of the alt-right — that shadowy coalition that includes white nationalists, anti-feminists, far-right reactionaries and meme-sharing trolls — I may have found a cure for your anxiety.

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08 December 2017

EU warns tech firms: remove extremist content faster or be regulated The Guardian

The European Commission has warned Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter and other internet technology companies that they must do more to stem the spread of extremist content or face legislation.

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Inside the Opposition to a Net Neutrality Repeal New York Times

Hundreds of protests were staged across the country on Thursday in the latest uproar over a repeal of rules ensuring an open internet. The drumbeat of action can in good part be traced back to a yellow Victorian house in this leafy New England city.

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07 December 2017

EU urges internet companies to do more to remove extremist content Reuters

Internet groups such as Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after a meeting on Wednesday.

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05 December 2017

Why the ACCC is investigating Facebook and Google's impact on Australia's news media ABC News

The competition regulator has announced it will investigate whether online giants Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google have disrupted Australia's news media market to the detriment of publishers and consumers.

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03 December 2017

China's Top Ideologue Calls for Tight Control of Internet New York Times

Little heard from but hugely influential, the professor turned Communist theoretician who has been a major adviser to three Chinese leaders finally stepped out of the shadows on Sunday.

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01 December 2017

UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers The Guardian

Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the snooper’s charter law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers.

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30 November 2017

India is upholding an open internet as the US moves to dismantle net neutrality Quartz

Even as the US telecom regulator plans to dismantle net neutrality rules, its Indian counterpart has reaffirmed its intent to keep the internet open in the sub-continent.

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The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death. New York Times

The internet is dying. Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your second cousin’s baby pictures. But that isn’t really the internet. It’s not the open, anyone-can-build-it network of the 1990s and early 2000s, the product of technologies created over decades through government funding and academic research, the network that helped undo Microsoft’s stranglehold on the tech business and gave us upstarts like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix.

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Time to release the internet from the free market - and make it a basic right The Guardian

Say goodbye to net neutrality. Last week, the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, released a plan to repeal the landmark protections enacted by the agency in 2015. This has long been a top priority for Pai and his fellow Republicans, who now enjoy a majority of commissioners thanks to Trump. The vote is scheduled for 14 December, and is widely expected to pass along party lines.

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29 November 2017

Net Neutrality Hits a Nerve, Eliciting Intense Reactions New York Times

It usually doesn’t take much to get people on the internet worked up. To get them really worked up, make the topic internet regulation.

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Announcing State of New Zealand's Internet 2017 InternetNZ

Today we’ve published our 2017 State of the Internet report. This report is a look at some key aspects of the Internet in New Zealand. It looks at access to the Internet, and creative uses of the Internet, and has an in-depth look at trust and security issues in New Zealand as the focus for the 2017 edition.

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24 November 2017

'Google tax' to crack down on avoidance by internet firms in UK The Guardian

Internet companies that legally avoid taxes by shifting profits overseas face being taxed on royalties on UK sales in a move dubbed the “Google tax”.

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Google can no longer count on political goodwill at home The Economist

“We used to be so dismissed,” says Jeremy Stoppelman, the boss of Yelp, an online-review site which has waged a six-year-long battle against Google over how the online giant ranks its search results. Now American regulators are taking concerns about Google more seriously. On November 13th, Josh Hawley, Missouri’s attorney-general, launched an investigation into the search giant to determine whether it had violated the state’s antitrust and consumer-protection laws. Other entrepreneurs, too, congratulate Mr Stoppelman for speaking out about Google; they would not have done so before.

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23 November 2017

Tim Wu: Why the U.S. Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality New York Times

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage. As Vonage was a competitor in the phone call market, Madison River’s action was obviously anticompetitive. Consumers complained, and the Federal Communications Commission, under Michael Powell, its Republican-appointed chairman, promptly fined the company and forced it to stop blocking Vonage.

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22 November 2017

FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use Washington Post

The Federal Communications Commission took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use.

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It's time to slay the internet's 'Cookie Monster' Marketing Land

Any conversation within the European marketing community these days soon turns to the General Data Protection Regulation. The impending GDPR brings about new data protection rules, heralding an unprecedented level of consumer protection. Going into effect in May of next year, the specific targeting of individuals without expressed permission will be outlawed.

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16 November 2017

Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows The Guardian

Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit.

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14 November 2017

Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data Washington Post

Missouri’s attorney general said Monday that he has launched an investigation into whether Google has mishandled private customer data and manipulated its search results to favor its own products, a further sign that Silicon Valley’s political fortunes may be on the descent.

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13 November 2017

Google facing huge EU fine over breach of antitrust laws Australian Financial Review

The European Union is preparing to fine Google over its multibillion-dollar advertising empire as a high-profile investigation into its Android operating system is pushed back to next year.

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11 November 2017

Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights Council of Europe

The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected.

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U.S. tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them. Washington Post

For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. Take Facebook, which has long claimed that it's a simple tech platform, not a media entity. “Don't be evil,” Google once said to its employees, as though it were setting itself apart from the world's other massive corporations.

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