Government & Policy

15 February 2018

UK unveils extremism blocking tool BBC News

The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.

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09 February 2018

Members of the U.K. Parliament grill American tech giants over the spread of fake news. Washington Post

Eleven members of parliament from the United Kingdom journeyed to a large ballroom in Washington D.C. Thursday to learn about fake news from three U.S. social media giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The meeting was unusual — the official parliamentary session was the first time a House of Commons committee broadcast a public hearing live from outside the United Kingdom. And it wasn't exactly cordial.

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08 February 2018

Net Neutrality in the United States: Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society hosts talk with Christopher S. Yoo and Matthew Wood Harvard Law

The Jan. 4 release of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order marked the most recent turn of events in the longstanding and ever-changing debate over net neutrality.

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26 January 2018

George Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society The Guardian

Facebook and Google have become “obstacles to innovation” and are a “menace” to society whose “days are numbered”, said billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.

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25 January 2018

Securing the Digital Transition by Carl Bildt Project Syndicate

Within a few decades, the Internet has transformed the global economy and rendered the old Westphalian order increasingly obsolete. But without a new governance framework to manage cyber threats and abuses, what has been a boon to globalization could become its undoing.

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Defying the FCC, New York's governor has signed an executive order on net neutrality Washington Post

The state of New York became the second state to put itself on a collision course with federal officials as its governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an executive order Wednesday designed to flout the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to repeal its net neutrality rules.

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24 January 2018

Facebook to roll out new tools in response to EU privacy laws The Guardian

Facebook will roll out a new set of tools aimed at making it easier for users to make informed choices about their privacy in response to sweeping new European privacy laws, according to the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

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Facebook thought it was more powerful than a nation-state. Then that became a liability Washington Post

Mark Zuckerberg’s crusade to fix Facebook this year is beginning with a startling retreat. The social network, its chief executive said, would step back from its role in choosing the news that 2 billion users see on its site every month.

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21 January 2018

How to tame the tech titans: The dominance of Google, Facebook and Amazon is bad for consumers and competition The Economist

Not long ago, being the boss of a big Western tech firm was a dream job. As the billions rolled in, so did the plaudits: Google, Facebook, Amazon and others were making the world a better place. Today these companies are accused of being BAADD—big, anti-competitive, addictive and destructive to democracy. Regulators fine them, politicians grill them and one-time backers warn of their power to cause harm.

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20 January 2018

Twitter admits far more Russian bots posted on election than it had disclosed The Guardian

Twitter has admitted that more than 50,000 Russia-linked accounts used its service to post automated material about the 2016 US election – a far greater number than previously disclosed.

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17 January 2018

U.S. Senate, Rebuffing Privacy Concerns, Clears Path to Extend Surveillance Law New York Times

The Senate cleared the path on Tuesday for Congress to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, rejecting bipartisan calls to first vote on amendments that would have imposed significant new privacy protections when the program sweeps up Americans’ emails.

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Flurry of Lawsuits Fight Repeal of Net Neutrality New York Times

The legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of so-called net neutrality regulations began on Tuesday, with a flurry of lawsuits filed to block the agency’s action.

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12 January 2018

Shareholders press Twitter and Facebook to act on fake news, hate speech and sexual harassment Washington Post

A group of shareholders on Thursday demanded that Facebook and Twitter disclose more information about sexual harassment, fake news, hate speech and other forms of abuse that take place on the companies’ platforms.

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House Extends Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Safeguards New York Times

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, rejecting a push by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to impose significant privacy limits when it sweeps up Americans’ emails and other personal communications.

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Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify in Congress over extremist content The Guardian

Twitter, Facebook and Google are to be hauled in front of the US Congress again, to give testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for extremist content.

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10 January 2018

Internet giants not doing enough to take down illegal content - EU Reuters

Internet giants like Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter are not taking down illegal content from their websites fast enough, the European Union executive said on Tuesday after meeting with the companies.

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08 January 2018

German opposition calls for abolition of online hate speech law Reuters

Germany’s opposition parties on Sunday called for the abolition of a new law that aims to rid social media of hate speech, saying it was wrong for private companies to be making decisions about whether posts are unlawful.

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Big Tech to Join Legal Fight Against Net Neutrality Repeal New York Times

An industry group that represents the country’s biggest technology companies said on Friday that it planned to join a looming legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission over its repeal of so-called net neutrality rules.

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05 January 2018

Emmanuel Macron promises ban on fake news during elections The Guardian

Emmanuel Macron has vowed to introduce a law to ban fake news on the internet during French election campaigns.

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02 January 2018

Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul The Guardian

One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present and future of the planet. The old idea of the online world as a burgeoning utopia looks to have peaked around the time of the Arab spring, and is in retreat.

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Google's midnight bid to disrupt £2bn EU fine revealed Daily Telegraph

Google launched a midnight attempt to disrupt the record fine it was handed for monopoly abuse, EU documents reveal.

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Germany starts enforcing hate speech law BBC News

Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material.

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29 December 2017

Obama warns against irresponsible social media use BBC News

Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January.

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Facebook and Twitter threatened with sanctions in UK 'fake news' inquiry The Guardian

Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions if they continue to stonewall parliament over Russian interference in the EU referendum, the chair of a Commons inquiry has said.

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27 December 2017

Australia's digital agriculture dream stymied as government scrimps on broadband Reuters

Gooda Creek Farm, located just outside Australia’s capital city of Canberra, exemplifies the country’s agricultural ambitions - a boutique producer that sells more than 2,000 kilograms a week of highly sought shiitake mushrooms to domestic and Asian consumers.

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