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  • TikTok used to Turn out Youth Vote for U.S. Election

    November 02, 2020

    As the U.S. Election Day approaches, TikTok is the latest political battlefield, with groups on the left and right, as well as nonpartisan civic organizations, putting money behind TikTok creators to turn out the youth vote. 

  • U.S. DOJ and State AG's Sue Google under the Sherman Act

    October 28, 2020

    Relying on the 1890 Sherman Act, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 state attorneys general have sued Google in federal court, alleging that Google has cornered the search engine and online advertising markets by effectively becoming the “gatekeeper of the Internet.”

  • FB blocks 120,000 posts and Rejects 2.2 Million Ads Related to U.S. Election

    October 21, 2020

    Using artificial intelligence tools and thousands of employees focused on election-based content, Facebook removed 120,000 posts from its platforms for attempting to obstruct voting and blocked 2.2 million ads for failing to complete its authorization process to target U.S. audiences.

  • U.S.J.D. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

    October 21, 2020

    The U.S. Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google accusing the company of abusing its dominance over smaller rivals. 

  • Talgo: Big Tech's assault on free speech

    October 21, 2020

    Writing in The Hill, Chris Talgo argues that Big Tech's unprecedented control over political expression is exacerbating the public’s perception, highlighted in a 2018 Pew Research Center study, that social media platforms actively censor political views that those companies find objectionable.

  • Jonsson and Owen: Policy Makers Must Reign in Big Tech

    October 21, 2020

    According to Oscar Jonsson and Taylor Owen writing for the Project Syndicate, the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few global digital firms who shape national and international policies and outcomes justifies the global governance of the digital economy, including global data governance, standards and regulation of online content, and taxation.

  • FORBES: The U.S. and Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

    October 13, 2020

    Member nations of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance—which includes the United States, Japan and India published a statement on Sunday calling on tech companies to allow law enforcement to gain backdoor access to communication that uses unbreakable end-to-end encryption arguing that it poses “significant challenges to public safety”, including the safety of sexually exploited children and terrorism.

  • Holmes: IRS Under Investigation for Buying Smartphone Data

    October 09, 2020

    Writing in Business Insider, Aaron Holmes reports that the U.S. Treasury Inspector General is investigating the Internal Revenue Service over its practice of buying people's smartphone data from private surveillance companies, which raises Constitutional concerns.

  • U.S. Congressional Investigation Finds that Tech Giants Hold Monopoly

    October 09, 2020

    A 16-month U.S. House congressional investigation into Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, which may result in future regulation, has concluded that the tech giants hold "monopoly power" in key business segments and have abused their dominance in the marketplace hindering innovation, reducing consumer choice, and weakening democracy.

  • Tillman: Google to Face U.S. Department of Justice

    October 09, 2020

    Jeremy Tillman, president of Ghostery, writes in Newsweek that Google will soon come before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in an antitrust case, with the possible outcome resulting in more private browsing options and democratization of the Internet, giving consumers a say in how they trade value for the online services they use, either by providing data, seeing ads or paying out of pocket

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