Items tagged "Platform Regulation"

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The Privacy Debate Reveals How Big Tech’s “Transparency and User Control” Arguments Fall Flat

July 21, 2021 algorithms , Automated Decision-Making , Consent Models , Data Protection , Platform Regulation , Privacy , Privacy Frameworks

If you’ve been following the Capitol Hill hearings about algorithms and automated decision-making, then you’ve probably heard technology companies talk about how they offer or want to offer “transparency and user control” to consumers. Companies like Facebook and Twitter propose sharing information on how their algorithms work with the public, as well as enabling users […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC Action To Streamline the Rulemaking Process

July 1, 2021 digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, the Federal Trade Commission voted to streamline the agency’s process for creating rules against unfair and deceptive practices. Public Knowledge supports updating the rulemaking process so that it is easier for the Commission to develop substantive privacy rules, rules on the safety and effectiveness of algorithms and artificial intelligence, and rules about data security.

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House Antitrust Subcommittee Proposes Strong Bipartisan Legislation to Rein In Big Tech

June 11, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , interoperability , Legislation , misinformation , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Privacy

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law introduced a bipartisan package of bills to invigorate competition against dominant digital platforms.

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Why We Can’t Be Friends: We Need Interoperability in Digital Markets

February 23, 2021 interoperability , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Pop quiz! What wireless phone network are most of your friends and family on? I don’t have a clue and it’s likely you don’t either. While today’s three major wireless carriers are far from paragons of competition, there’s one thing they do well: interoperability. We can seamlessly message or call anyone on another network, a […]

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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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How an Internet Superfund Could Clean Up Vaccine Disinformation That Threatens Our COVID-19 Recovery

February 12, 2021 Communications & Pandemic Series , Communications and the Pandemic , Congress , Content Moderation , Disinformation , Fact-Checking , Internet Superfund , misinformation , Platform Regulation , Superfund for the Internet

Have you heard? The COVID-19 pandemic has entered a new phase. No, it’s not the new, more contagious “super strains” of the virus, or the beginning of the vaccine rollout. It’s the shift in focus of the disinformation peddlers, from the virus itself (remember the “infodemic”?) and the 2020 election to the ramping up of […]

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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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The 117th Congress has convened at an inflection point in our nation’s history, unprecedented in more than a century. These are serious times, with the country going into its eleventh month of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment running high, and families facing so many challenges in their work and personal lives. Such times demand […]

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What Makes a Common Carrier, and What Doesn’t

January 14, 2021 Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

The effects that digital platforms like Facebook and Twitter play in our society, and our democracy, have been under increasingly heavy scrutiny. Now, people are rightly looking at the platforms’ role in last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol: both at how the attack was organized and instigated and at the platforms’ reactions to […]

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Last week, President Trump used social media to encourage his supporters to storm the Capitol to attempt to maintain his power. In the wake of this violent insurrection against the certification of our election, the President and some of his supporters are claiming that the First Amendment rights of the President have been violated because […]

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