Government & Policy

22 November 2017

FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use Washington Post

The Federal Communications Commission took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use.

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It's time to slay the internet's 'Cookie Monster' Marketing Land

Any conversation within the European marketing community these days soon turns to the General Data Protection Regulation. The impending GDPR brings about new data protection rules, heralding an unprecedented level of consumer protection. Going into effect in May of next year, the specific targeting of individuals without expressed permission will be outlawed.

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16 November 2017

Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows The Guardian

Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit.

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14 November 2017

Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data Washington Post

Missouri’s attorney general said Monday that he has launched an investigation into whether Google has mishandled private customer data and manipulated its search results to favor its own products, a further sign that Silicon Valley’s political fortunes may be on the descent.

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13 November 2017

Google facing huge EU fine over breach of antitrust laws Australian Financial Review

The European Union is preparing to fine Google over its multibillion-dollar advertising empire as a high-profile investigation into its Android operating system is pushed back to next year.

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11 November 2017

Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights Council of Europe

The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected.

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U.S. tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them. Washington Post

For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. Take Facebook, which has long claimed that it's a simple tech platform, not a media entity. “Don't be evil,” Google once said to its employees, as though it were setting itself apart from the world's other massive corporations.

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09 November 2017

E.U. competition chief asks Apple for details on tax arrangements Washington Post

European authorities have asked Apple to share details of its recent tax arrangements as the company faces an order to pay $14.5 billion in back taxes while leaked documents have revealed new details of its alleged tax planning.

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China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home New York Times

China does not allow its people to gain access to Facebook, a powerful tool for disseminating information and influencing opinion.

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07 November 2017

After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits New York Times

The tech giant has found a tax haven in the island of Jersey, leaving billions of dollars untouched by the United States, leaked documents reveal.

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Getting a Grip on GDPR: The Secret Is Knowing Where to Begin Security Intelligence

An old friend once gave me some really valuable advice about reaching a goal. He said that you can’t get to where you’re going if you don’t know where you are. Over the years, I’ve found that to be true in a lot of situations. But I think it’s especially fitting in discussing GDPR readiness.

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06 November 2017

We Need New Rules for the Internet Economy Der Spiegel

Antitrust laws only go so far when addressing companies that don't produce any physical goods. It is time to negotiate a new set of rules. Otherwise, our future economy will be dominated by just a few companies.

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04 November 2017

How to stop Google and Facebook from becoming even more powerful The Guardian

On Tuesday, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana told the general counsels of Facebook and Google: “Your power sometimes scares me.” The problem, Kennedy said, is that the corporations know too much about us, and too little about themselves.

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Facebook Says It's Policing Fake Accounts. But They're Still Easy to Spot. New York Times

Executives of Facebook, Twitter and Google pledged to Congress this week to do more to prevent the fakery that has polluted their sites. “We understand that the people you represent expect authentic experiences when they come to our platform,” Colin Stretch, the general counsel of Facebook, told the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said the company was doubling its review staff to 20,000 and using artificial intelligence to find more “bad actors.”

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Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by U.S. Congress BBC News

Further instances of social media posts and ads thought to be part of Russian propaganda efforts to influence the last US presidential election and divide its society have been shared with the public.

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02 November 2017

Russian ads, now publicly released, show sophistication of influence campaign Washington Post

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote Republican Donald Trump, denigrate Democrat Hillary Clinton and divide Americans over some of the nation’s most sensitive social issues.

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Zuckerberg Is 'Dead Serious' About Russia, Open to Legislation Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is “dead serious” about preventing future interference by foreign powers in U.S. elections on his social network, adding that the company is working with Congress on political ad-transparency legislation.

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Explainer: What is Russia's new VPN law all about? BBC News

A Russian law regulating the use of technologies enabling users to search the internet anonymously is coming into force on 1 November.

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01 November 2017

U.S. senators hammer Facebook for power over elections Reuters

U.S. senators on Tuesday pressed Facebook Inc’s chief lawyer on why the company did not catch 2016 election ads bought using Russian rubles, why its investigation of them took so long and how much it knows about its 5 million advertisers.

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Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone New York Times

Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies of prepared remarks from the companies that were obtained by The New York Times.

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26 October 2017

Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don't Bet on It New York Times

The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.

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Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don't Bet on It New York Times

The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.

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25 October 2017

5G will be a convenient but expensive alternative to Australia's NBN The Conversation

Will Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) face damaging competition from the upcoming 5G network? NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow thinks so.

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24 October 2017

Meet the People Who Will Defend Google, Facebook and Twitter Before Lawmakers New York Times

Facebook, Google and Twitter have a lot at stake when they show up in Washington on Nov. 1 to testify at congressional hearings about the role their technologies played in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

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Amazon, Facebook and Google beef up lobbying spending Washington Post

Facebook, Google and Amazon bolstered their lobbying spending in the past three months as Washington has taken a closer look at the market power of some of America's biggest tech companies.

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