Policy

  • UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremism

    UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremism

    The UK Prime Minister is using the annual G7 summit of seven of the world’s major industrialized democracies to push for more to be done about online extremism, including co-ordinating on ways to force social media platforms to be more pro-active about removing and reporting extremist content to authorities. Read More

  • Zuckerberg tells Harvard we need a new social contract of equal opportunity

    Zuckerberg tells Harvard we need a new social contract of equal opportunity

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech centered around how we can improve life through big projects, equal opportunity and building both local and global community. He outlined a plan “to create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.” Read More

  • Foursquare data shows international tourism to the U.S. is down

    Foursquare data shows international tourism to the U.S. is down

    International tourism to the U.S. is down, according to Foursquare location data. Using data from 13 million users (who have opted in to always-on location trails), Foursquare can examine who walks in and out of 93 million public places across the globe. According to the firm, the U.S. market share of international tourism started to drop in October 2016, falling by 6 percent year-over-year. Read More

  • Stae helps cities take advantage of their data

    Stae helps cities take advantage of their data

    Stae wants to help local governments collect, manage and process data about their infrastructure. The company just raised $1.5 million from Story Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and Samsung Next. I first covered Stae back in April 2016. The vision hasn’t changed much, it’s all about preparing cities for the future and upgrading infrastructure by making it more efficient through… Read More

  • The FCC officially proposes to end net neutrality rules (but it’s not over yet)

    The FCC officially proposes to end net neutrality rules (but it’s not over yet)

    Today the FCC voted to officially propose an order that would eliminate net neutrality rules as we know them. To be clear, the rules are not being adopted today — that vote will be about three months from now, during which time the proposal is open for comment. Read More

  • Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

    Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

    Facebook is banning misleading uses of its Live video format. The company tells TechCrunch that it’s adding a section to its Live API Facebook Platform Policy that reads “Don’t use the API to publish only images (ex: don’t publish static, animated, or looping images), or to live-stream polls associated with unmoving or ambient broadcasts.” Read More

  • NY Times CEO Mark Thompson isn’t fazed by Trump’s criticism

    NY Times CEO Mark Thompson isn’t fazed by Trump’s criticism

    Mark Thompson, CEO of the company that President Donald Trump has called the “failing” New York Times, doesn’t sound too bothered by presidential criticism. “I’ve been in journalism for more than 30 years,” said Thompson, who appeared this morning at TechCrunch’s Disrupt New York conference. “Politicians attacking media is not a new thing. Read More

  • Trolling the patent trolls

    Trolling the patent trolls

    “Don’t feed the trolls,” the popular wisdom goes. But with a new project, Cloudflare is taking things a little farther — the company is trying to starve its trolls out by taking away their revenue. Patent lawsuits against tech companies are fairly common, and most companies will simply settle with their opponents rather than fund an expensive, lengthy legal defense. Read More

  • Europe’s top court leaning towards dealing Uber a big regulatory blow

    Europe’s top court leaning towards dealing Uber a big regulatory blow

    Europe’s top court appears to be leaning towards calling a spade a spade by judging Uber’s business a transportation company, rather than just an enabling tech platform as the company prefers to think of itself, ie. as a way for the on-demand ride hailing app to work around the (stricter) licensing regulations that can be applied to traditional taxi firms. Read More