Government & Policy

30 August 2010

Opinion: Google's 'open Internet' proposal looks disappointingly conventional Los Angeles Times

The company's stance on net neutrality shows it's trying to monopolize a market just like a conventional, Microsoft-style Bigfoot would, with corporate guile and misdirection.

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27 August 2010

Internet Exploiter: Jon Stewart Isn't Afraid of Google -- Watch Now! The Daily Show

Google may want to secretly decide what we can and can't see on the Internet, but they don't get to make laws, right? Jon Stewart covers the ongoing war over net neutrality in this report from a recent edition of The Daily Show.

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25 August 2010

Online Gambling Banned in South Africa Business Day

According to the Gauteng Gambling Board which has fought a long-running battle with online casinos, it is now illegal to gamble using digital products inside South Africa.

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22 August 2010

The Google/Verizon framework by Jonathan Zittrain Future of the Internet blog

I've been trying to figure out what the Google/Verizon announcement means. It's not easy to do, in large part because the announcement doesn't precisely announce anything. It's titled a "legislative framework proposal." That is, on its own terms it's not an agreement between two companies -- neither is bound to do anything by it, which I guess is how they could deny last week's New York Times report about a "deal on web pay tiers" -- but it does represent a meeting of the minds between them about what ought to happen in the world, in particular what American (and presumably others') law should become here.

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20 August 2010

Talks Resume on Internet Traffic - AT&T, Microsoft Are Among Companies Taking Part in Latest Round Led by Industry Lobbyists Wall Street Journal

Internet and telecommunications lobbyists restarted talks to develop a proposal for how Internet traffic should be managed.

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18 August 2010

Internet Challenges Overwhelm German Government Der Spiegel

Google has been talking about introducing its Street View service in Germany for years. But now that the launch has officially been announced, the German government appears to have been taken by surprise. It's just another example of how the authorities are struggling to meet the challenges of the Internet age.

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17 August 2010

Australian opposition's 'technical ignorance on a national scale' on wireless and broadband Sydney Morning Herald

Experts have again ridiculed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's sheer lack of knowledge surrounding broadband and labelled the Coalition's policy "technical ignorance on a national scale".

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US bill seeks to make electronics accessible to blind, deaf Washington Post

Blind and deaf consumers, who have fought to make home phones and television more accessible, say they are being left behind on the Web and many mobile devices. Touch-based smartphone screens confound blind people who rely on buttons and raised type. Web video means little to the deaf without captioning.

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Four Democrats urge U.S. to act on net neutrality traffic Reuters

Four Democrats on a U.S. congressional panel called on regulators on Monday to press ahead with their own Internet traffic rules instead of relying on a proposal from two communications companies.

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16 August 2010

Apps and games to face censor, says Australian government The Australian

The Labor Party has flagged it will shut down a major loophole in the mobile phone industry.

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A Better Way to Keep the Net Open and Accessible New York Times

Neutrality has been great for Switzerland -- and it could be for the Internet, too, say supporters of the idea that broadband providers should give equal priority to all digital traffic, from e-mail to bandwidth-hungry video.

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Google Plan Disillusions Some Allies New York Times

On Friday at lunchtime, as Google employees dined al fresco, a hundred protesters descended on the company's Silicon Valley campus. A group called the Raging Grannies sang a song called "The Battle Hymn for the Internet," and others carried signs reading, "Google is evil if the price is right."

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15 August 2010

Net neutrality: No, these are special puppies - Google has joined Verizon in lobbying to erode net neutrality The Economist

Two firms want to redefine the internet. Or so it seems, judging by the "legislative framework proposal" that Google and Verizon, an American telecoms operator, published on August 9th.

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14 August 2010

Editorial: The Google/Verizon Payment Plan New York Times

For months, the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to guarantee nondiscriminatory access to broadband Internet have met opposition from the companies that provide broadband service and from their allies in Congress. On Monday, Verizon and Google created a stir by jointly proposing an alternative set of rules as the basis for new legislation governing the Internet.

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13 August 2010

EU joins FTC in Apple business investigation CNET

Regulators from the European Union are getting involved in the Federal Trade Commission investigation of Apple's business strategies that was opened up in June, according to a New York Post report on Tuesday.

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12 August 2010

Facebook Breaks With Google on Net Neutrality New York Times

When Google teamed up with Verizon on Monday to announce a set of proposed rules to govern Internet access, Google's former allies in the years-long campaign for net neutrality were among its most vocal critics.

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Australia's national broadband network to offer 1GB per second ABC News

Labor says its National Broadband Network will deliver internet speeds 10 times faster than first thought, at 1 gigabit per second.

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Banning porn sites ‘virtually impossible’ for Indonesian government Jakarta Post

The only thing the government must learn from its attempt to block all pornographic websites is that it is virtually impossible and could misfire, an Internet providers association says.

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11 August 2010

Google, Verizon propose net neutrality rules Los Angeles Times

Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. reached an agreement Monday on how the Internet should be regulated, but it was very different from the controversial pact that was expected.

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Australia's Coalition broadband plan to 'leave us in backwater' The Australian

The Coalition's broadband policy would rob Australia of the chance to lift itself out of the broadband backwater, industry experts say.

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10 August 2010

Australian Opposition relies on private sector for high-speed broadband The Australian

The Coalition will rely on the private sector to offer high-speed broadband to 97 per cent of the population by 2016, two years ahead of Labor's plan.

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Google and Verizon's vision for open internet BBC News

Google and Verizon have joined forces to present their vision of an open internet after closed-door meetings held by regulators stalled.

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06 August 2010

US State AG probes Apple, Amazon over e-Book prices Washington Post

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday he has launched investigations of Apple and Amazon for e-book pricing deals struck with publishers that appear to block competitors from offering better deals.

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01 August 2010

Bet comes good as US moves to end ban on online gambling The Guardian

The four-year losing streak suffered by Britain's online gambling industry could be about to end. The multibillion-pound industry virtually collapsed after its biggest market - the US - was closed down overnight when Congress introduced a surprise clause to legislation in September 2006, in effect making internet betting illegal. Not only was that a blow for investors - it was a hugely expensive one.

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Is an Internet sales tax coming to the US? Washington Post

A movement is slowly building in Washington to banish one of the biggest perks of shopping online: not paying sales tax.

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