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Regulating Big Tech #26

  • Amazon’s job postings
  • AT&T and maps
  • Google and Ireland
  • Facebook and India
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National Law Review

Germany’s Highest Antitrust Court Published the Detailed Written Statement of Reasons of its Facebook-Decision – With Consequences for the Entire Industry

On 23 June 2020 the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) orally announced its decision in the interim proceedings initiated by Facebook against the prohibition and cessation orders of the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt, BKartA): the highest German antitrust court considered the data collection by Facebook (without sufficient user consent) as an abuse of a dominant position. On 27 August 2020 the BGH has published the lengthy reasoning in writing for this high-profile legal development.

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Policy Forum

A tipping point for the world’s tech giants

Whatever policymakers decide to do about the influence of social media, they must keep in mind that users are not seeing enough of the value that they are part of creating for social media companies, Bodhi Hardinge writes.

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Job postings data show Amazon has been hiring spies for years

Last week, journalists were made aware of troubling job postings on Amazon’s website. One posting called for an “Intelligence Analyst” to work with Amazon’s Global Intelligence Program, based just outside Phoenix, Arizona.

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Tech HQ

Why Big Tech is quietly collaborating on open source AI

Tech giants have been shelving their competitive differences in the quest for advanced artificial intelligence.

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Coronavirus misinformation is winding up in Wall Street research. Here’s why that matters

Coronavirus misinformation is infecting the unlikeliest of places: Wall Street research that investors rely on to trade in the financial markets.

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Ars Technica

AT&T hopes you’ll forget its years-long fight against accurate broadband maps

AT&T — which has spent the past decade fighting US-government attempts to improve the country’s horrible broadband maps — is now claiming to be very concerned about the mapping problem that has helped thwart efforts to wire up millions of American homes without adequate broadband access.

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Indian Express

Public, private and profit

We must ask tough questions about Facebook’s role. But problem of freedom, civility, censorship goes deeper

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Human Rights and TPMs: Lessons from 22 Years of the U.S. DMCA

In 1998, Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a sweeping overhaul of U.S. copyright law notionally designed to update the system for the digital era. Though the DMCA contains many controversial sections, one of the most pernicious and problematic elements of the law is Section 1201, the “anti-circumvention” rule which prohibits bypassing, removing, or revealing defects in “technical protection measures” (TPMs) that control not just use but also access to copyrighted works.

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Independent (Ireland)

Google’s decision not to rent more office space in Dublin makes sense, but raises big question about how we will work in future

Google currently employs around 3,400 staff directly in Ireland with a further 4,600 working as contractors or indirectly. The tech giant’s decision not to go ahead with a lease on the Sorting Office building in Dublin makes perfect sense.

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Reporters sans frontieres

Austrian platform law: Government should avoid errors made with NetzDG

Reporters Without Borders warns against a repetition of the mistakes made by the German federal government in the new Austrian bill to combat hate speech in social media and online platforms, which was presented yesterday in Vienna.

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