Government & Policy

25 May 2017

Facebook and YouTube face tough new EU laws on extremist and explicit video The Guardian

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are facing tough new pan-European laws, forcing them to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos or face steep fines.

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24 May 2017

EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech Reuters

European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms. The proposals, which would be the first legislation at EU level on the issue, still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming law. But EU lawmakers have similarly pushed for social media companies to do more to tackle hateful content on their platforms.

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EU to conclude Google antitrust cases in next few months Reuters

EU antitrust regulators will rule in the "next few months" whether Alphabet's Google abused its dominance of internet searches and other areas, a senior European Commission official said on Monday, an outcome that could lead to a hefty fine.

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21 May 2017

Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by UK government The Independent

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

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19 May 2017

E.U. Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Disclosures in WhatsApp Deal New York Times

Europe’s love affair with Facebook may be coming to an end. On Thursday, the European Union’s powerful antitrust chief fined the social network 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company’s $19 billion acquisition of the internet messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

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In Europe political attitudes are changing to Facebook The Guardian

Facebook’s €110m fine by the European commission for providing misleading information about data-sharing between Facebook and WhatsApp is just one of a growing number of regulatory battles the US social media giant is fighting.

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U.K.'s May Opens Door to Facebook Tax in Push for Safer Web Bloomberg

Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. may face a new tax in the U.K. should Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives get re-elected as polls suggest on June 8.

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12 May 2017

Uber isn't a tech company - it's basically a taxi company, E.U. court adviser says Washington Post

When it comes to challenging entrenched taxi companies, few have a bigger reputation than Uber. The ride-hailing company has successfully forced taxi drivers to compete with it in hundreds of markets around the world.

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How Australia Bungled Its $36 Billion High-Speed Internet Rollout New York Times

Fed up with Australian internet speeds that trail those in most of the developed world, Morgan Jaffit turned to a more reliable method of data transfer: the postal system.

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11 May 2017

EU to launch more e-commerce antitrust investigations Reuters

The European Union plans to launch more antitrust investigations into e-commerce companies after a two-year inquiry uncovered business practices that restrict competition, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

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Australian Senate inquiry into journalism to shine spotlight on Facebook and Google Australian Financial Review

Facebook and Google's stranglehold over the Australian media market will soon come under the Parliamentary microscope.

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10 May 2017

EU to tackle complaints over unfair trading practices by tech companies Reuters

The European Union executive is planning a law to target unfair practices by leading online players such as Apple and Google that smaller European competitors say is an abuse of their market positions.

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09 May 2017

FCC says it was victim of cyberattack after John Oliver show The Hill

The Federal Communications Commission is claiming its website was hit by a cyberattack late Sunday night.

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02 May 2017

Social media firms must face heavy fines over extremist content - UK MPs The Guardian

Social media companies are putting profit before safety and should face fines of tens of millions of pounds for failing to remove extremist and hate crime material promptly from their websites, MPs have said.

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28 April 2017

The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That American Consumers Don't Need by Tim Wu New York Times

Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies and the transformation of television. But some of the credit is also due to “net neutrality,” the legal regime that nurtured and protected the open internet and streaming TV in the first place.

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27 April 2017

F.C.C. Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules New York Times

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a sweeping plan to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers, a rebuke of a landmark policy approved two years ago to ensure that all online content is treated the same by the companies that deliver broadband service to Americans.

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24 April 2017

EU mulls legislation in the fight against online hate speech Reuters

The European Union is considering legislative measures to harmonise how online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google take down hate speech and incitement to violence, a draft document seen by Reuters shows.

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23 April 2017

Is It Time to Break Up Google? New York Times

In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place.

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A scholar asks, 'Can democracy survive the Internet?' Washington Post

In more innocent times, the rise of the Internet was seen by many people as a boon to democracy. Disruptive, yes, but the Web broadened the flow of information, introduced new voices into the political debates, empowered citizens and even provided a powerful fundraising tool for some lesser-known candidates such as Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.

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14 April 2017

Australian data retention scheme comes into force with civil lawsuit safeguards The Guardian

Personal data collected under the government’s mandatory data retention scheme, which comes into force on Thursday, will not be able to be used in civil lawsuits, the government has confirmed.

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07 April 2017

Europe regulator says airlines' tech ban may compromise safety Reuters

Europe's aviation regulator voiced concern on Wednesday over the risk of battery fires in the cargo holds of passenger planes after U.S. and British authorities banned certain electronics from passenger cabins despite U.S. assurances that its agency had been thoroughly briefed on the proper handling of electronics.

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06 April 2017

How do you stop fake news? In Germany, with a law. Washington Post

Germany officially unveiled a landmark social-media bill Wednesday that could quickly turn this nation into a test case in the effort to combat the spread of fake news and hate speech in the West.

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05 April 2017

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee slams UK and US net plans BBC News

The web's creator has attacked any UK plans to weaken encryption and promised to battle any moves by the Trump administration to weaken net neutrality.

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Tim Berners-Lee: selling private citizens' browsing data is 'disgusting' The Guardian

The Trump administration’s decision to allow ISPs to sign away their customers’ privacy and sell the browsing habits of their customers is “disgusting” and “appalling”, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web.

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04 April 2017

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era New York Times

President Trump on Monday signed a congressional resolution to complete the overturning of internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission during the Obama administration.

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