Items tagged "Big Tech"

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Public Knowledge Fears Impact to Internet As Facebook Blocks Users from Sharing Australian News

February 18, 2021 Big Tech , EU , Facebook , Future of Journalism , Google , Internet Superfund , Link Tax , Local News , Platform Regulation , TV Blackouts

This week, Facebook announced that the company “will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content” in response to Australia’s “Media Bargaining law,” which would require Big Tech to pay publishers for linking to news content. There is no doubt that civic journalism faces a global crisis, but Public Knowledge contends that imposing public interest obligations, like an Internet Superfund, on dominant platforms is a better way to support local journalism for our communities as opposed to blocking users sharing news online or encouraging Big Tech and Big Media to strike deals that benefit themselves — both are predictable outcomes of this flawed legislation.

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America Needs a Public Interest Approach To Solving Big Tech Harms To News

February 9, 2021 Big Tech , EU , Facebook , Future of Journalism , Google , Internet Superfund , Link Tax , Local News , Platform Regulation , TV Blackouts

France and Australia have moved forward with plans to force Google (and, in Australia, also Facebook) to pay existing media companies for linking to news content. In theory, the laws adopted in France and Australia are designed to compensate these news organizations for the benefit Google and Facebook derive from linking to news. But both […]

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Reining In Big Tech in Europe and America | What US Policymakers Should Know

January 28, 2021 Big Tech , EU , tech policy , us policy

Across the globe, Big Tech is in the regulatory and antitrust hot seat. The European Commission has launched two major initiatives–the Digital Markets Act & the Digital Services Act–to rein in digital platforms and protect consumers. In the United Kingdom, the Competition and Markets Authority has its own plans for a Digital Markets Unit dedicated […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Rebecca Slaughter as Acting FTC Chair to Promote Competition

January 21, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , FTC , Online Privacy , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Facebook and Twitter Made the Right Decision. Big Tech Is Still Too Powerful.

January 12, 2021 Big Tech , Competition Policy , Content Moderation , interoperability , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Section 230

What a week. On Tuesday, if you stayed up late enough (or woke at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning to a screaming baby, as I did) we saw Democrats win control of the Senate via a special election in Georgia. On Wednesday, we witnessed an armed insurrection on the Capitol Building, directed by President Trump in […]

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Public Knowledge Praises European Commission Action Promoting Fair and Open Digital Markets

December 15, 2020 Big Tech , digital markets act , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition

Today, the European Commission announced a new regulatory package to rein in Big Tech: the Digital Markets Act. This proposed law represents an important step forward in the global fight to rein in the power of Big Tech. 

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Reviewing Big Tech’s Data Practices

December 14, 2020 6(b) study , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , Data , digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to detail how these tech companies collect, use, and present personal data; how they use that data to advertise; and how they measure user engagement. This appears to be part of a 6(b) study Chairman Simons previewed in March 2019. Public Knowledge previously urged the FTC to conduct such a study and commends the move to shine a light on the competitive impacts of these data practices.

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Tomorrow, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss censorship, the suppression of news articles, and the companies’ handling of the 2020 presidential election. Last time Dorsey and Zuckerberg were brought in to the Senate to testify, the hearing turned into an opportunity for some […]

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Video| Big Tech’s Big Competition Problem : Analyzing the House Judiciary Antitrust Report

October 9, 2020 Antitrust Report , Big Tech , House Judiciary Report , Webinar Series

After seven hearings and more than 200 interviews, will Big Tech finally be held accountable by Congress? The House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee launched its blockbuster report this week, summarizing the findings of a year-long bipartisan investigation into Big Tech’s market power. Leading the charge to reform and regulate Big Tech, Chairman David Cicilline joined […]

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House Judiciary Antitrust Report Marks Vital Next Step Toward Reforming Digital Platform Market

October 6, 2020 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , Big Tech , Competition , digital platforms , Report

Today, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee published a report summarizing the findings of a year-long bipartisan investigation into Big Tech’s market power. The report aims to determine where market forces have inadequately prevented abusive practices in the technology sector —  and to devise appropriate policy interventions to promote more competition and innovation to fill those gaps. 

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