The EU executive delivered a presentation, obtained by EURACTIV, to national authorities on the designation of very large online platforms, the governance architecture and an information-sharing system.
Category Archives: Government & Policy
Influencer crackdown in full swing as Australian regulator sweeps social media for hidden ads, undeclared sponsored posts
More than 100 social media influencers are already in the sights of Australia’s consumer watchdog, amid a crackdown on undisclosed advertising and other misleading digital content.
U.S. Accuses Google of Abusing Monopoly in Ad Technology
The Justice Department and a group of eight states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing it of illegally abusing a monopoly over the technology that powers online advertising, in the agency’s first antitrust lawsuit against a tech giant under President Biden and an escalation in legal pressure on one of the world’s biggest internet companies.
Who owns the internet? Who controls the internet and internet data, and who should control it in the future?
The worldwide web was originally developed on ambitious principles: free and universal access, agreed common standards, and consensual, public development. But today those principles are being challenged, as commercial platforms take increasing ownership of aspects of the internet and autocratic regimes fragment the online space.
Meta’s Ad Practices Ruled Illegal Under E.U. Law
Meta suffered a major defeat on Wednesday that could severely undercut its Facebook and Instagram advertising business after European Union regulators found it had illegally forced users to effectively accept personalized ads.
As governments across Asia fight for control over the internet and big tech, citizens on social media face rising online crackdowns
During the COVID-19 lockdowns in Vietnam last year, blogger Bui Van Thuan took to Facebook to criticise a government plan to use soldiers to deliver groceries to people confined to their homes in Ho Chi Minh City.
Inside the Face-Off Between Russia and a Small Internet Access Firm
The cat-and-mouse experience of Proton, a Swiss company, shows what it’s like to be targeted by Russian censors — and what it takes to fight back.
Apple and Google face gaming and mobile browser probe in UK
Apple and Google’s dominance over cloud gaming and mobile browsers will be investigated by the UK’s competition regulator, it has announced.
Digital Services Act: EU’s landmark rules for online platforms enter into force
[news release] Today [16 Nov] a landmark new set of EU rules for a safer and more accountable online environment enters into force with the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA applies to all digital services that connect consumers to goods, services, or content. It creates comprehensive new obligations for online platforms to reduce harms and counter risks online, introduces strong protections for users’ rights online, and places digital platforms under a unique new transparency and accountability framework. Designed as a single, uniform set of rules for the EU, these rules will give users new protections and businesses legal certainty across the whole single market. The DSA is a first-of-a-kind regulatory toolbox globally and sets an international benchmark for a regulatory approach to online intermediaries.
Cop27 wifi in Egypt blocks human rights and key news websites
Attendees at the Cop27 climate meeting have found that the conference internet connection blocks access to the global rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) as well as other key news websites needed for information during the talks.