Government & Policy

20 June 2017

EU seeks to outlaw 'backdoors' in new data privacy proposals The Guardian

The European Union is considering banning the implementation of so-called “backdoors” that allow the reading of encrypted messaging, a move that would place it in conflict with the UK government’s desire to have access to all secure communications.

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16 June 2017

Google 'faces €1bn-plus fine' from EU over market dominance The Guardian

Google is reportedly facing a record-breaking fine from Brussels of more than €1bn (£875m) over alleged abuse of its market dominance.

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13 June 2017

Google execs brace for possible record A$1.6b EU antitrust fine Australian Financial Review

Google's lawyers and lobbyists are preparing in Brussels to defend the company against what may be a record EU antitrust fine.

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Britain, France to join forces to combat online extremism - UK Prime minister Reuters

Britain and France will join forces to press companies to do more to tackle online extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May will say on Tuesday, her first foreign trip since her Conservative Party lost its majority in a parliamentary election.

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11 June 2017

Tech firms could do more to help stop the jihadists The Economist

Three jihadist attacks in Britain in as many months have led to a flood of suggestions about how to fight terrorism, from more police and harsher jail sentences to new legal powers. But one idea has gained momentum in both Europe and America—that internet firms are doing the jihadists’ work for them. Technology giants, such as Google and Facebook, are accused of turning a blind eye to violent online propaganda and other platforms of allowing terrorists to communicate with each other out of reach of the intelligence services.

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Germany's Merkel says digital world needs global rules Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that the digital world needs regulations like those that exist for financial markets in the G20 and for trade under the World Trade Organization.

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06 June 2017

'Blame the internet' is just not a good enough response, Theresa May The Guardian

We can feel pretty certain that the London Bridge attackers did the following things: owned smartphones; and used Google, YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. That isn’t because owning those things and using those services marks you out as a terrorist: it’s because it marks you out as someone living in the west in the 21st century.

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Google and Facebook Join Cities in Challenging Trump on Climate Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. are among dozens of companies that pledged their support for policies combating climate change following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

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Australia's digital strategy needs major readjustment The Conversation

Australia ranks 15 out of 63 nations when it comes to digital competitiveness, according to a new report from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). While we’re in the top 20, the result highlights serious structural flaws in our economy that will impact our future performance and living standards.

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01 June 2017

China's New Cybersecurity Law Leaves Foreign Firms Guessing New York Times

As China moves to start enforcing a new cybersecurity law, foreign companies face a major problem: They know very little about it.

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29 May 2017

Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to European online privacy laws The Guardian

An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses and give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data.

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28 May 2017

G7 calls on internet companies to boost efforts to remove extremist content Reuters

The world's seven major industrialised nations on Friday called on internet service providers and social media to increase their efforts to remove extremist content, four days after an Islamist suicide bomber killed 22 in Manchester.

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26 May 2017

Theresa May calls on tech firms to lead fight against online extremism The Guardian

Theresa May will urge G7 leaders to tell technology firms that they should do more to suppress extremist content online, arguing that fight against Islamic State is shifting from the “battlefield to the internet”. The prime minister will tell fellow leaders at the summit in Sicily that every country should encourage companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to block users who post extremist content and report individuals to authorities if there is evidence of imminent harm.

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Social media, extremism and fears we are losing the online war The Guardian

Theresa May’s initiative to put more pressure on tech companies over online extremism is born of a frustration that can only have been heightened by this week’s attack in Manchester.

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Democrats want to turn net neutrality into the next GOP health-care debacle Washington Post

Now that federal regulators have released their official proposal to repeal the government's net neutrality rules, Democrats are vowing, Churchill-style, to fight that measure in the courts, at the Federal Communications Commission and in the realm of public opinion. Sensing they've hit on a white-hot campaign issue, liberals are seeking to stir up a grass-roots firestorm around net neutrality that can thwart the GOP plan — or at least make it incredibly costly for Republicans to support.

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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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