Government & Policy

23 January 2019

EU's antitrust cop lays groundwork for more tech scrutiny Associated Press

Silicon Valley’s notorious nemesis, Margrethe Vestager, plans to end her term as the European Union’s antitrust enforcer this year with a bang, laying out a long-term plan to intensify scrutiny of the world’s big tech companies.

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Did Australia Poke a Hole in Your Phone's Security? New York Times

A new law in Australia gives law enforcement authorities the power to compel tech-industry giants like Apple to create tools that would circumvent the encryption built into their products.

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13 January 2019

'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion The Guardian

The “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.

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10 January 2019

Google Clash Over Global Right to Be Forgotten Returns to Court Bloomberg

Google’s battle against French proponents of a worldwide “right to be forgotten” enters a decisive phase at the European Union’s top court on Thursday, in a case that highlights the growing tensions between privacy, freedom of speech and state censorship.

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03 January 2019

No more paperwork: Estonia edges toward digital government Associated Press

In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop.

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28 December 2018

Inside Facebook's Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech New York Times

Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users. But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.

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24 December 2018

Google Foes Get Chance to Pick Holes in $2.7 Billion EU Appeal Bloomberg

Some of Google’s oldest foes have been given the chance to take a swipe at the U.S. giant’s appeal of a $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine for choking competition for shopping-search services.

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19 December 2018

France, Not Waiting for European Union, to Tax U.S. Tech Firms as '19 Starts New York Times

With the so-called Yellow Vest movement forcing concessions that have widened the country’s budget shortfall, the French government is accelerating a plan to place hefty taxes on American technology giants that have long maneuvered to keep their bills low while reaping huge sums of money.

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Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban ars technica

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute.

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13 December 2018

The view from inside Facebook: Professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses social media giant's 'long year' with head of global policy management Harvard Law Today

At a time when social media affects everything from our private lives to our public discourse, the rules governing online behavior are increasingly under scrutiny. At Facebook, the process behind those rules — how they are determined, and how they continue to change — is the province of Monika Bickert, the head of global policy management.

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11 December 2018

Australian watchdog wants a regulator for dominant Google, Facebook Reuters

We need new laws to monitor and curb the power wielded by Google, Facebook and other powerful digital platforms, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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Australia's war on encryption: the sweeping new powers rushed into law: Australia has made itself a global guinea pig in testing a regime to crack encrypted communication The Guardian

In the hit US TV series The Wire police are initially baffled when the criminal suspects they are investigating begin to communicate through photographic messages of clock faces.

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10 December 2018

'Outlandish' encryption laws leave Australian tech industry angry and confused ABC News

The Australian technology industry is "incredulous to fuming mad" after the Government's controversial encryption bill passed the Senate.

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07 December 2018

Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law New York Times

The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications.

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Will China's Investments Reshape Africa's Internet? China Digital Times

At the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, delegations from fifty-three African countries gathered in Beijing, where the Chinese government pledged to support African countries in building smart cities; enhancing the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) in safeguarding public security, counter-terrorism, and fighting crime; and expanding African countries’ efforts to uphold information security. These activities can sound uncontroversial, even commendable; but what implications do they hold for democratic freedom on the African continent?

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Huawei faces catastrophe in the technology cold war The Guardian

The arrest in Canada of the chief financial officer of the Chinese mobile network and handset tech firm Huawei marks a new stage in a technological cold war between western spy agencies and Beijing. This development could be catastrophic for Huawei: according to reports, the US suspects it broke sanctions by selling telecoms equipment to Iran. If that is proven, the response could exclude Huawei from many of the world’s most valuable markets.

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06 December 2018

Australia poised to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data Reuters

Australia’s parliament is poised on Thursday to pass laws requiring tech firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities.

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04 December 2018

Race Is On to Protect Data From Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead. New York Times

The world’s leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful than today’s computers.

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Too big to derail? Why breaking up Big Tech makes sense Globe and Mail

Tall poppies should beware the scythe, and you don’t get taller poppies than Mark Zuckerberg. A committee of legislators from nine countries last week threatened Facebook with regulation after Mr. Zuckerberg failed to attend a hearing in London.

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World watches as Australian regulator rules on Facebook and Google The Guardian

A titanic struggle is taking place between some of the world’s largest corporations. In one corner is Google and Facebook. In the other is News Corporation. It’s not alone. It stands with most of the established media companies which have watched with growing horror as their advertising revenues have migrated into the coffers of the digital behemoths.

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03 December 2018

Encryption bill could have 'catastrophic' outcomes for Australian business, industry leaders warn ABC News

Members of the Australian technology industry have warned that the Government's encryption bill would devastate their reputation, triggering job losses and a reduction in exports.

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25 November 2018

Google crackdown on secret 'dark adverts' in EU The Guardian

Google has launched a set of tools across Europe to help ensure political transparency in the run-up to the 2019 EU elections in an attempt to crack down on “dark adverts” online.

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22 November 2018

Facebook's Secret Weapon for Fighting Election Interference: The Government Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. had one major victory in the midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay.

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Ahead of EU Vote, Google Unveils New Policy for Election Ads Bloomberg

Google said it will roll out new policies in Europe to provide more transparency around political ads, ahead of European Union elections in the spring.

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18 November 2018

'Facebook Cannot Be Trusted to Regulate Itself': By The Editorial Board New York Times

“Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself,” tweeted Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline on Wednesday night.

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