Government & Policy

09 November 2017

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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23 October 2017

Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms New York Times

A showdown is looming in Washington between Congress and the powerful social media companies that have helped define the current unsettled age in western democracies.

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17 October 2017

As U.S. Confronts Internet's Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated New York Times

In the United States, some of the world’s most powerful technology companies face rising pressure to do more to fight false information and stop foreign infiltration.

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15 October 2017

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats New York Times

At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.

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10 October 2017

Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads New York Times

Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign.

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08 October 2017

US targets anti-Trump activists' Facebook accounts Al Jazeera

Two weeks ago, Lacy MacAuley was shocked when she opened her email inbox to find a message informing her that the US Department of Justice had served a warrant to Facebook to access her personal account.

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05 October 2017

E.U., Citing Amazon and Apple, Tells Nations to Collect Tax New York Times

European competition regulators on Wednesday mounted a push against tax avoidance by Silicon Valley giants, announcing plans to take Ireland to court for failing to collect back taxes from Apple and ordering Luxembourg to claim unpaid taxes from Amazon.

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04 October 2017

Companies face €50m fines in Germany for hate speech BBC News

A law has come into effect in Germany requiring social media companies to remove "obviously illegal" posts or pay fines of up to €50m (£44.3m).

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Facebook's Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many Disguises New York Times

The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises.

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