ACCC Releases Interim Report On Digital Platform Services

Australia is also delving into the effect big tech is having on their markets. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued its first Digital Platform Services Inquiry interim report (Interim Report) that “looks at competition and consumer issues associated with online private messaging services, updates previous findings reached by the ACCC as regards social … Continue reading ACCC Releases Interim Report On Digital Platform Services

Section 230 Hearing Almost Devoid Of Discussion About Section 230

The Section 230 hearing was largely political theater. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held its long awaited hearing ostensibly on 47 U.S.C. 230 (Section 230) with the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. I suppose the title of the hearing should have told us all we need to know about the approach of … Continue reading Section 230 Hearing Almost Devoid Of Discussion About Section 230

Setting The Plate For Section 230 Hearing

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee seek to frame the 28 October hearing on Section 230 in the light they favor. Before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held its hearing today on 47 U.S.C. 230 (Section 230), both Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sought … Continue reading Setting The Plate For Section 230 Hearing

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)

Further Reading  “The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone” By Jack Nicas — The New York Times. So, about “Going Dark.” Turns out nations and law enforcement officials have either oversold the barrier that default end-to-end encryption on phones creates or did not understand the access that police were already getting to many encrypted … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (26 October)

Further Reading  “Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show” By Alfred Ng — c|net. Google is responding to keyword warrants where prosecutors ask the company to provide IP addresses for all people who made a certain search within a geographical area during a certain time. In the case discussed … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (26 October)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22 October)

Further Reading  “A deepfake porn Telegram bot is being used to abuse thousands of women” By Matt Burgess — WIRED UK. A bot set loose on Telegram can take pictures of women and, apparently teens, too, and “takes off” their clothing, rendering a naked image of females who never took naked pictures. This seems to … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22 October)

U.S. Sues Google

One of possibly two suits alleging that Google engaged in antitrust and anti-competitive practices was filed. This one is arguing that Google’s search engine practices violate U.S. law. The United States (U.S.) Department of Justice (DOJ) and a number of states have finally filed the antitrust suit against Google that has been rumored to be … Continue reading U.S. Sues Google

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (15 October)

Further Reading  “Amazon to escape UK digital services tax that will hit smaller traders” By Mark Sweney — The Guardian. According to media reports, the United Kingdom’s (UK) new digital services tax will not be levied on goods Amazon sells directly to consumers. Rather, the new tax HM Revenue and Customs will be on the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (15 October)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (14 October)

Further Reading  “The Man Who Speaks Softly—and Commands a Big Cyber Army” By Garrett Graff — WIRED. A profile of General Paul Nakasone, the leader of both the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) and Cyber Command, who has operated mostly in the background during the tumultuous Trump Administration. He has likely set the template … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (14 October)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (13 October)

Further Reading  “False Rumors Often Start at the Top” By Shira Ovide — The New York Times. This piece traces how misinformation can arise from poorly phrased or ambiguous statements and utterances from authorities or famous people. Throw in a very liberal dose of people misinterpreting, and it’s a miracle there’s any clear communication online.“With … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (13 October)