Government & Policy

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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Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves! New York Times

A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature. But how?

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16 July 2018

What's really at stake in Google's Android antitrust case Politico

Google is no stranger to regulatory standoffs with Europe. But this time, Brussels is playing for keeps.

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11 July 2018

Google may have to make major changes to Android in response to a forthcoming fine in Europe Washington Post

Google could face a record penalty this month from European regulators for forcing its search and Web-browsing tools on the makers of Android-equipped smartphones and other devices, potentially resulting in major changes to the world’s most widely deployed mobile operating system.

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08 July 2018

YouTube and Facebook escape billions in copyright payouts after EU vote The Observer

Google, YouTube and Facebook could escape having to make billions in payouts to press publishers, record labels and artists after EU lawmakers voted to reject proposed changes to copyright rules that aimed to make the tech companies share more of their revenues.

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NBN frustration prompts Australian community to take high-speed internet into their own hands ABC News

Residents from the New South Wales community of Wamboin are planning to dig their own trenches to secure faster internet, claiming the National Broadband Network is failing them.

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07 July 2018

Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe New York Times

It’s a fight nearly as old as the internet. On one side are news organizations, broadcasters and music companies that want to control how their content spreads across the web, and to be paid more for it. On the other are tech companies such as Facebook and Google, which argue that they funnel viewers and advertising revenue to media outlets, and free-speech advocates, who say that regulating the internet would set a dangerous precedent and limit access to information.

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05 July 2018

Privacy policies of tech giants 'still not GDPR-compliant' The Guardian

Privacy policies from companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon don’t fully meet the requirements of GDPR, according to the pan-European consumer group BEUC.

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What the US Supreme Court Vacancy Means for the Internet Bloomberg

The retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy from the Supreme Court might change the game for environmental protections, abortion rights and civil rights. But what will it mean for the internet, and issues that matter to techies, like online privacy, immigration and warrantless surveillance?

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29 June 2018

California legislators just adopted tough new privacy rules targeting Facebook, Google and other tech giants Washington Post

California legislators on Thursday adopted sweeping new rules that restrict the data-harvesting practices of, Facebook, Google and Uber, a move that soon could spur other states and Congress to take aim at the tech industry.

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26 June 2018

EU Crackdown Hasn't Made U.S. Tech Change Its Behavior Bloomberg

A pattern is emerging in the war between the European Union’s antitrust authorities and U.S. tech companies. The changes that Google and Apple made after adverse rulings and large fines appear to be little but window-dressing, and left intact the problems the penalties were intended to solve.

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25 June 2018

How Silicon Valley is responding to the immigration crisis Recode

At first, Charlotte Willner wanted to raise $1,500 on Facebook — enough to let one immigrant parent who had been separated from their child make bond. So, she and her husband Dave Willner set up a fundraiser on Facebook, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” benefitting the Texas nonprofit RAICES.

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'New Zealand wants you': the problem with tech at the edge of the world The Guardian

At the end of 2017, an unusual job advertisement appeared in New Zealand. Responsibilities included planning for future workforce needs, responding to “emerging and disruptive technologies” and improving digital access. The salary was $400,000.

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21 June 2018

How Tech Companies Conquered America's Cities New York Times

I’m not saying America’s cities are turning into dystopian technocapitalist hellscapes in which corporations operate every essential service and pull every civic string.

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EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants Reuters

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday.

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Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration New York Times

In an open letter posted to Microsoft’s internal message board on Tuesday, more than 100 employees protested the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked the company to stop working with the agency, which has been separating migrant parents and their children at the border with Mexico.

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12 June 2018

How Net Neutrality Actually Ended Long Before This Week New York Times

I remember the first time I ever heard about net neutrality. It was around 2004 or 2005, and when the full idea was explained to me — hey, let’s prevent phone and cable companies from influencing the content we see online — I was surprised there was even a fight about the idea.

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11 June 2018

Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T? Washington Post

Two pivotal developments this week could dramatically expand the power and footprint of major telecom companies, altering how Americans access everything from political news to “Game of Thrones” on the Internet.

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07 June 2018

Australia drafts laws forcing Facebook and Google to reveal encrypted data The Guardian

Technology companies such as Facebook and Google would be forced to give Australian security agencies access to encrypted data under legislation to be introduced by the Turnbull government.

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23 May 2018

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Gets an Earful From the E.U. New York Times

European lawmakers barraged Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday with a litany of questions about his company’s global power, its role in elections and its misuse of user data. One even raised the prospect of breaking up the social media giant.

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21 May 2018

UK Tories will struggle to turn desire to regulate internet into policy The Guardian

Towards the end of the Conservatives’ 2017 general election manifesto was a largely overlooked chapter setting out the party’s stance on the future of the internet.

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17 May 2018

US Senate Democrats Win Vote on Net Neutrality, a Centerpiece of 2018 Strategy New York Times

Senate Democrats narrowly won a vote on Wednesday to save so-called net neutrality rules that ensure unobstructed access to the internet.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with European regulators probing Cambridge Analytica Washington Post

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet with key European lawmakers in a private session as soon as next week, the company said Wednesday, as Europe scrutinizes the tech giant’s privacy practices and its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

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16 May 2018

Europe's Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess New York Times

There is a growing realization that our data is under attack. From breaches at Equifax to Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of the profile information of more than 87 million Facebook users, it seems as if none of our personal data is safe. And more and more about us is being captured, stored and processed by smart devices like thermostats, baby monitors, WiFi-connected streetlights and traffic sensors.

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