Policy

  • 10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

    10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

    How and to what extent the FCC should regulate the internet has been a hot question for years, and the present administration is proposing to eliminate the 2015 Order that created net neutrality rules. But Congress isn’t going to take that lying down: 10 Representatives who helped craft the law governing the FCC itself have submitted an official comment on the proposal ruthlessly… Read More

  • FCC fills vacant seats as Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr are confirmed by Senate

    FCC fills vacant seats as Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr are confirmed by Senate

    You might not think it from the amount of controversy the agency has generated recently, but the FCC has been operating on a skeleton crew of three commissioners since the beginning of the year. That will soon no longer be the case, however, as the Senate has just confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr into the vacant positions, bringing the Commission to its five-person maximum. Read More

  • More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

    More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

    The UK’s Home Secretary has yet again cranked up the pressure on messaging giants over use of end-to-end encryption to secure communications sent via popular services like WhatsApp — implying she would prefer tech companies voluntarily re-engineer their security systems so that decrypted data can be handed over to terror-fighting intelligence agencies on demand.  Read More

  • Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism

    Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism

    Snap Inc has joined the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which sees consumer internet companies cooperating to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism online. Facebook, Google and YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter formed the GIFCT last month, and tomorrow it will host its first workshop with fellow tech companies plus government and non-governmental organizations. Read More

  • Apple’s capitulation to China’s VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home

    Apple’s capitulation to China’s VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home

    Yesterday Apple removed all major VPN apps from its App Store in the country. These VPNs aided internet users there to get around the government’s vast system of censorship and access uncensored sources of media. But by doing so, Apple has clearly decided to put its business before the interests of the population, opposition leaders and activists. For example, Golden Frog, which… Read More

  • Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for? Crunch Network

    Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for?

    Imagine a Warhol painting. It’s an original work of art, protected by copyright. Now, imagine the painting printed on a shirt. Is it still a copyrightable work? Absolutely. Now, imagine the shirt came first. If you could magically remove the design to a canvas, would you still have a functional shirt? Of course. Read More

  • SEC regulators are coming after ICOs

    SEC regulators are coming after ICOs

    It looks like ICOs, shorthand for initial coin offerings, are about to undergo a lot more scrutiny. The SEC has concluded that the digital currency financing events will be regulated as securities, meaning unregistered offerings could be subject to criminal punishment. The decision was announced on Tuesday. To reach its findings, regulators evaluated an offering facilitated by “The… Read More

  • YouTube launches its counter-terrorism experiment for would-be ISIS recruits

    YouTube launches its counter-terrorism experiment for would-be ISIS recruits

    Google’s experiment in digital counter-terrorism begins rolling out today. Collaborating with its own in-house think tank, Jigsaw, the new effort seeks to bury ISIS-related propaganda on YouTube. When a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content using a predefined set of keywords, they’ll instead be redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the… Read More

  • Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews

    Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews

    Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. To combat false news without stifling responsible publications, Facebook is now starting to disable the ability of all Pages to edit the previews of the links they post in the Page composer or API, with an exemption for some original publishers. Read More

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