This article is part of a series in which OECD experts and thought leaders – from around the world and all parts of society – address the COVID-19 crisis, discussing and developing solutions now and for the future. It aims to foster the fruitful exchange of expertise and perspectives across fields to help us rise to this critical challenge. Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the OECD.Continue reading Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles – and All of Us by Rana Foroohar
France will tax big digital businesses this year whether there is progress or not towards an international deal on a levy, its finance minister said on Thursday, adding such a tax had never been more legitimate or more necessary.
Social media and other websites will have just one hour to delete offending content under a new law passed by France’s parliament.
Millions of people have watched an online video that recycled discredited health conspiracies into what looked like a slick documentary about the coronavirus and vaccines.
Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to 4% of their global revenue under a French law voted in on Wednesday.
Modern digital tools have brought about new conveniences and has enabled many to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have countless ways to connect with each other, but studies show that increasingly, people are more isolated, more depressed and less empathetic.Continue reading Douglas Rushkoff: On Reclaiming Our Humanity on the Internet
U.S. tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon could face tougher rules as European Union regulators seek evidence to curb their role as gatekeepers to the internet and access to people, information and services, according to an EU tender seen by Reuters.
[Brookings Institution] The COVID-19 pandemic has graphically illustrated the importance of digital networks and service platforms. Imagine the shelter-in-place reality we would have experienced at the beginning of the 21st century, only two decades ago: a slow internet and (because of that) nothing like Zoom or Netflix.
[New York Times] When Europe enacted the world’s toughest online privacy law nearly two years ago, it was heralded as a model to crack down on the invasive, data-hungry practices of the world’s largest technology companies.
Now, the law is struggling to fulfill its promise.Continue reading Europe’s Privacy Law Hasn’t Shown Its Teeth, Frustrating Advocates
[Washington Post] Tech titans spent much of the last year playing defense, fending off dozens of federal and state antitrust investigations and a public wary of their power.Continue reading Tech giants are profiting — and getting more powerful — even as the global economy tanks