Government & Policy

24 September 2017

London's Uber ban is a message to a reckless tech ethos The Observer

It was an extraordinary decision for Transport for London (TfL) to announce on Friday that it would not be renewing Uber’s private hire operator licence, effectively banning the service after 30 September. But the ruling was an indictment of Uber the company rather than the broader ride-hailing concept or labour model, and judges the embattled platform on a tumultuous past rather than its promise of new beginnings.

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22 September 2017

Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress New York Times

Under growing pressure from Congress and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said on Thursday that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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21 September 2017

Europe Renews Offensive on Silicon Valley With Tax Reforms New York Times

The European Union’s offensive against Silicon Valley looks as though it is likely to resume, as officials in Brussels consider a raft of proposals aimed at increasing the amount of tax paid by digital titans like Facebook and Amazon.

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Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington New York Times

Last month, Facebook and Google came out forcefully against a bill that would hold companies accountable for hosting sex trafficking on their websites. They said that while they worked hard to combat sex trafficking, changing the law “jeopardizes bedrock principles of a free and open internet” that have been crucial to innovation for decades.

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Tech firms could do more to tackle extremism - but so could politicians The Guardian

The stark warning that more online jihadist propaganda is accessed from Britain than anywhere else in Europe provides more evidence on the eve of a New York summit between Theresa May and the tech giants that governments are not winning the battle against online extremism.

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Internet firms say removing extremist content within hours is huge challenge Reuters

Removing extremist content from the internet within a few hours of it appearing poses “an enormous technological and scientific challenge”, Google’s general counsel will say later on Wednesday to European leaders who want it taken down quicker.

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20 September 2017

Tech Giants Feel the Pressure Worldwide New York Times

For a long time, American technology giants have received a chilly reception from skeptical audiences in Europe, including from government regulators, while at home, companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon have been largely lauded for their innovation and their astonishing growth.

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UK prime minister calls on internet firms to remove extremist content within two hours The Guardian

Theresa May is to urge internet companies to take down extremist content being shared by terrorist groups within two hours, during a summit with the French president and the Italian prime minister.

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19 September 2017

What does the future hold for the Internet? Internet Society

This is the fundamental question that we are posing through the report just launched today, our 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future.

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Digital future a fragile mix of promise and uncertainty, says Global Internet Report Internet Society

The Internet Society (ISOC), a global non-profit dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today released a first-of-its-kind report aimed at exploring the future of the Internet. Entitled “Paths to our Digital Future,” the 2017 Global Internet Report examines the Internet over the next five to seven years and identifies the factors that will shape its future. The report uncovers a mix of challenges and opportunities in safeguarding the Internet for the next generation and makes recommendations on the steps that can be taken today to realize the Internet’s promise for everyone, everywhere.

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17 September 2017

US retaliation feared as Brussels prepares to close Google's tax loopholes The Observer

EU leaders have agreed to make “swift” progress on raising the tax bills for digital giants such as Google and Facebook, despite warnings from smaller states that unilateral action could drive business away from Europe.

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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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