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Artificial intelligence has been in the crosshairs of governments over how it might be misused for fraud, disinformation and other malicious online activity. Now, a U.K. regulator wants to explore…

Internet users are getting younger; now the UK is weighing up if AI can help protect them

Move over, TikTok, Ofcom, the U.K. regulator enforcing the now official Online Safety Act, is gearing up to size up an even bigger target: search engines like Google and Bing and…

Ofcom report finds 1 in 5 harmful content search results were ‘one-click gateways’ to more toxicity

Controversial U.K. legislation that brings in a new regime of content moderation rules for online platforms and services — establishing the comms watchdog Ofcom as the main Internet regulator —…

UK opens new chapter in digital regulation as parliament passes Online Safety Bill

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UK regulators could be right about cloud portability obstacles

Could regulators be right and it really is to hard to migrate between clouds, or are certain technical hurdles too hard to overcome?

10:59 am PDT • April 10, 2023
UK regulators could be right about cloud portability obstacles

U.K. regulator Ofcom is preparing to refer the local cloud infrastructure market for an in-depth investigation, with the practices of Amazon and Microsoft in particular firmly in focus. The news…

AWS and Microsoft in UK crosshairs as Ofcom mulls cloud market investigation

The U.K.’s media watchdog, Ofcom, has published a debut report on its first year regulating a selection of video-sharing platforms (VSPs) — including TikTok, Snapchat, Twitch, Vimeo and OnlyFans — following…

UK watchdog gives first report into how video sharing sites are tackling online harms

The U.K. government has tabled an amendment to the Online Safety Bill that could put it on a collision course with end-to-end encryption. It’s proposing to give the incoming internet…

UK could force E2E encrypted platforms to do CSAM-scanning

Ofcom, the U.K.’s soon-to-be social media harms watchdog under incoming online safety legislation, has warned tech platforms that they are failing to take women’s safety seriously. Publishing new research (PDF)…

Social media giants are failing women, finds Ofcom

The U.K. is speeding up the application of powers that could see tech CEOs sent to prison if their businesses fail to comply with incoming safety-focused internet content legislation, the…

Tech CEOs to face faster criminal liability under UK online safety law

A U.K. parliamentary committee that’s spent almost half a year scrutinizing the government’s populist yet controversial plan to regulate internet services by applying a child safety-focused framing to content moderation…

UK lawmakers push for Online Safety Bill to have a tighter focus on illegal content

The former U.K. minster of state for what is now the digital and culture department, DCMS, has warned of the looming battle in parliament over the exact shape of incoming…

Ex-minister predicts ‘huge battleground’ over UK’s plan to set internet content rules

Video-sharing platforms that offer a service in the U.K. have to comply with new regulations intended to protect users and under-18s from harmful content such as hate speech and videos/ads…

UK publishes safety-focused rules for video-sharing platforms like TikTok

A new UK public body that will be tasked with helping regulate the most powerful companies in the digital sector to ensure competition thrives online and consumers of digital services…

UK’s Digital Markets Unit starts work on pro-competition reforms

YouTube has reversed a controversial ban on the account of TalkRadio, a News Corp.-owned U.K. national radio station that covers news and current affairs. The station revealed yesterday its channel…

YouTube reverses ban on UK’s TalkRadio for COVID-19 policy breaches

The U.K. is moving ahead with a populist but controversial plan to regulate a wide range of illegal and/or harmful content almost anywhere online such stuff might pose a risk…

UK Online Safety Bill, coming next year, will propose fines of up to 10% of annual turnover for breaching duty of care rules

Amid ongoing concerns about security risks posed by the involvement of Chinese tech giant Huawei in 5G supply, the U.K. government has published a review of the telecoms supply chain,…

UK to toughen telecoms security controls to shrink 5G risks

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a new joint report and stat-fest on Internet attitudes and usage with the national data protection watchdog, the ICO — a quantitative study to…

UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation

The latest policy recommendations for regulating powerful Internet platforms comes from a U.K. House of Lord committee that’s calling for an overarching digital regulator to be set up to plug…

Online platforms need a super regulator and public interest tests for mergers, says UK parliament report

A look back at the past decade of consumer technology use in the UK has shone a light on changing gadget habits, underlining how Brits have gone from being smartphone…

UK report highlights changing gadget habits — and our need for an online fix

Startups in the U.K. will be hoping for better performance from the local broadband market after telecoms regulator Ofcom agreed to a deal with the country’s largest broadband provider, BT,…

UK broadband giant BT agrees to legal separation from pipes-controller, Openreach

A comprehensive study of Brits’ usage of and attitudes to digital media, conducted annually by telecoms watchdog Ofcom, suggests there is growing concern among web and app users about the…

UK report finds rising digital privacy concerns

While there has been high profile U.K. government backing for furnishing the nation’s youth with digital skills in recent years, including a requirement in the English national curriculum to start…

U.K. Kids Increasingly Credulous Online, Finds Ofcom

U.K. web users now see their smartphone as the most important device for getting online, overtaking the previous most popular device, the laptop, according to a study of Brits’ digital…

U.K. Web Users Now Prefer To Do It With Smartphones

U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has called for more to be done to improve broadband services for startups and SMEs, publishing a report assessing the problem and setting out an action…

U.K. Push For Better Broadband For Startups

The U.K. telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has officially green-lit the launch of white spaces spectrum, and suggests commercial deployments making use of the freed up frequencies could go live by the…

U.K. Moves Closer To Liberating Its White Spaces Spectrum

The U.K.’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has identified four areas it plans to prioritize in order to support the development of the Internet of Things, after taking input from various industry…

UK Regulator Sets Out Priorities For Growing The Internet Of Things

The use of social networking websites such as Facebook has dipped in the U.S and U.K., according to research conducted by U.K. telecoms regulator, Ofcom. Visits to ‘traditional’ social networks…

Social Network Website Use Dips In U.K. And U.S. — Study

Last October research put out by the UK’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom, highlighted rising usage of tablets among kids. Unsurprisingly that trend has continued, with Ofcom’s 2014 annual report exploring parents’…

One In Three U.K. Children Now Owns A Tablet — Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp Use Also Rising

Reports of the death of print have been greatly accelerated, judging by research from UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom. The research has found that in the UK digital news, consumed via…

Digital News Finally As Popular As Newspapers In The UK

Research by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has found that growing numbers of younger kids, especially, are turning to tablets to watch videos, play games and access the Internet. But tablet…

Tablets Becoming Must-Have Device For Kids Of All Ages, Ofcom Research Finds