Government & Policy

21 March 2018

Europe's Planned Digital Tax Heightens New York Times

A global attempt to prevent large, multinational companies from shifting their profits to lower-tax jurisdictions is setting off a fight between the United States and Europe, as policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic spar over efforts to impose new taxes on foreign firms.

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16 March 2018

EU ready to hit big U.S. tech firms with 3 percent turnover tax Reuters

Large companies with significant digital revenues in the European Union such as Google and Facebook could face a 3 percent tax on their turnover under a draft proposal by the European Commission seen by Reuters.

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15 March 2018

Britain to consider taxing digital giants' revenue Reuters

Britain said it was considering taxing the revenues of internet companies like Facebook and Google until international tax rules are changed to cope with digital firms that can shift sales and profits between jurisdictions.

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France to Take Legal Action Against U.S. Tech Giants Bloomberg

France is threatening to fine Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. for abusive commercial practices through their app stores, further complicating the relationship with the very companies the country seeks to attract.

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12 March 2018

Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web The Observer

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has called for large technology firms to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”.

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New German minister to challenge Google and Facebook's presentation of news Reuters

Germany’s incoming minister with responsibility for digital policy says she will push social media giants to make users’ information feeds more diverse and timely to avoid creating “echo chambers” for the like-minded.

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02 March 2018

EU piles pressure on internet giants to remove extremist content Reuters

Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies must show the European Union within three months that they are removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.

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28 February 2018

EU plans new tax for tech giants up to 5 percent of gross revenues Reuters

The European Commission wants to tax large digital companies' revenues based on where their users are located rather than where they are headquartered at a common rate between 1 and 5 percent, a draft Commission document showed.

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26 February 2018

The Case Against Google: Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in? New York Times

Shivaun Moeran and Adam Raff met, married and started a company — thereby sparking a chain of events that might, ultimately, take down this age of internet giants as we know it — because they were both huge nerds. In the late 1980s, Adam was studying programming at the University of Edinburgh, while Shivaun was focused on physics and computer science at King’s College London. They had mutual friends who kept insisting they were perfect for each other. So one weekend, they went on a date and discovered other similarities: They both loved stand-up comedy. Each had a science-minded father. They shared a weakness for puns.

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20 February 2018

After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced New York Times

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.

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16 February 2018

Only the EU can break Facebook and Google's dominance by George Soros The Guardian

The current moment in world history is a painful one. Open societies are in crisis, and forms of dictatorships and mafia states, exemplified by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, are on the rise. In the United States, President Donald Trump would like to establish his own mafia-style state but cannot, because the constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.

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EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more for users Reuters

Europe’s justice commissioner told Facebook, Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, ramping up pressure on the tech giants after their efforts were deemed too little.

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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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