Government & Policy

13 September 2017

Google appeals against EU's €2.4bn fine over search engine results The Guardian

Google is appealing against the record €2.4bn fine imposed by the European Union for its abuse of its dominance of the search engine market in building its shopping comparison service.

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10 September 2017

France, Germany, Italy, Spain seek tax on digital giants' revenues Reuters

France, Germany, Italy and Spain want digital multinationals like Amazon and Google to be taxed in Europe based on their revenues, rather than only profits as now, their finance ministers said in a joint letter.

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31 August 2017

Groups rush to file last minute net neutrality comments The Hill

Trade associations, advocacy groups and corporations all rushed to make their voices heard on the last day to file comments on net neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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Restoring Internet Freedom - IIA Reply Comments to the FCC Internet Innovation Alliance

New IIA National Survey Reaffirms FCC Assumptions on Consumer Internet Use that Support Restoration of Broadband Classification as an Information Service. National survey by nonpartisan pollster confirms consumers’ actual use of the internet, supports why broadband access should not be classified as a Title II service.

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30 August 2017

Alphabet's Google acts to comply with EU antitrust order Reuters

Google has submitted details of how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service to comply with a European Union antitrust order, EU regulators said on Tuesday.

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29 August 2017

End the policy pingpong, cement net neutrality into US law The Hill

Like any reality show that hinges on ginning up new drama for its captivated viewers, the debate over net neutrality, now more than a decade old, is fueled by manufactured conflict.

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23 August 2017

UK considers internet ombudsman to deal with abuse complaints The Guardian

Ministers in the UK are considering creating an internet ombudsman to deal with complaints about hate crimes and are pressing ahead with proposals for a levy on social media companies to help pay for the policing of online offences.

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Australia's NBN rollout has failed. Here's how we fix it ABC News

Telecommunications infrastructure — or the internet — is the backbone of the knowledge economy and critical to shaping smart cities.

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20 August 2017

Data-hucksters beware - online privacy is making a comeback The Observer

Next year, 25 May looks like being a significant date. That’s because it’s the day that the European Union’s general data protection regulation comes into force. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a date that is already keeping many corporate executives awake at night. And for those who are still sleeping soundly, perhaps it would be worth checking that their organisations are ready for what’s coming down the line.

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13 August 2017

FCC faces backlash for saying Americans might not need fast home Internet Ars Technica

American Internet users are telling the Federal Communications Commission that mobile broadband is not a full replacement for fast home Internet service. This week, the FCC kicked off its annual analysis of broadband deployment and signaled that it might determine that smartphone access is a proper substitute for cable or fiber Internet. In doing so, the FCC could conclude that broadband is already being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, and thus the commission could take fewer steps to promote deployment and competition.

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11 August 2017

Airbnb faces EU clampdown for not paying 'fair share' of tax The Guardian

EU finance ministers will discuss how to force home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb to pay their fair share of taxes and in the right tax domains next month after the French minister for the economy described the current situation as “unacceptable”.

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09 August 2017

France, Germany aim to close tax loopholes for US tech companies The Hill

France and Germany are teaming up with other partners to close tax loopholes for U.S. tech giants like Apple and Google.

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20 July 2017

French court refers 'right to be forgotten' dispute to top EU court Reuters

EU judges will have to decide whether Alphabet's Google has to remove certain web search results globally to comply with a previous privacy ruling after France's supreme administrative court referred the issue to the top EU court.

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19 July 2017

Major tech firms, internet providers clash over U.S. net neutrality rules Reuters

Tech companies clashed with internet service providers on Monday over whether a landmark 2015 net neutrality order barring the blocking or slowing of web content should be scrapped by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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16 July 2017

Australia's planned decryption law would weaken cybersecurity The Conversation

The Australian government plans to introduce new legislation forcing companies such as Google and Facebook to de-crypt messages in the name of fighting terrorism and other crimes. But the move will have serious implications for cybersecurity.

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14 July 2017

Facebook, Google obliged to decrypt online messages to help Australian Government fight terrorism ABC News

Social media giants like Facebook and Google will face new laws to compel them to help Australian security agencies get access to encrypted messages from suspected terrorists and other criminals.

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13 July 2017

Ajit Pai: the man who could destroy America's open internet The Guardian

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has a reputation as a nice guy who remembers co-workers’ birthdays and their children’s names.

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12 July 2017

Your favorite websites might look a little different soon. Here's why. Washington Post

Visitors to Facebook, Google, Netflix and dozens of other websites will likely be greeted Wednesday by a special message about the future of the Internet, as part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what they say is a threat to the Web as most consumers know it.

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10 July 2017

News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook New York Times

Google and Facebook continue to gobble up the digital advertising market, siphoning away revenue that once paid for the quality journalism that Google and Facebook now offer for free.

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09 July 2017

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency New York Times

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or the watering holes at the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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07 July 2017

EU considers record fine as panel checks Google Android case Reuters

EU antitrust regulators are weighing another record fine against Google over its Android mobile operating system and have set up a panel of experts to give a second opinion on the case, two people familiar with the matter said.

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06 July 2017

Google's Record Fine Is Only the Start From the EU Bloomberg

Google could see more fines from European Union antitrust regulators this year as probes into its AdSense advertising service and Android mobile-phone software near their end, three people familiar with the cases said just a week after the company was hit with a record penalty for its shopping-search services.

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EU lawmakers call for a right to repair electronic equipment Reseller News

Electronic devices should be robust and easily repairable -- and laws should encourage or enforce this, members of the European Parliament said Tuesday.

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03 July 2017

After Google Case, E.U. Readies for More Action New York Times

Popularity can come with plenty of legal problems, as Microsoft learned in the 1990s and as Google learned last week. A $2.7 billion fine by the European Union already showed that the bloc would be a much more active regulator of digital services.

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Proposed Regulation Rollbacks Renew the US Net Neutrality Debate IBISworld

Internet business is about to get another shakeup. On May 18, the Federal Communications Commission proposed rolling back net neutrality rules that regulate how internet service providers manage internet traffic. The recent proposal from Trump-appointed FCC chairman Ajit Pai will place communications companies – including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon – under a different Communications Act classification, and potentially revert the industry to pre-2015 net neutrality regulations. Currently, internet service providers are classified as Common Carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, and are explicitly barred from treating internet traffic differently because the service is considered a utility, much like cable TV or landline phone service. Pro-net neutrality advocates argue that this classification ensures equal internet access for all businesses and consumers, while those against it – including Chairman Pai – argue that it prevents industry innovation, investment and competition.

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