EU just approved new controversial sweeping Article 13 copyright laws, a huge blow to major tech companies

Developing story The European Parliament has adopted the copyright directive 348-274. The EU will get #uploadfilters and a counterproductive right for press publishers. #Article13 #Article11 #SaveYourInternet pic.twitter.com/Cu9eyI2Xqo— Creative Commons (@creativecommons) March 26, 2019 Europe has approved a sweeping overhaul of copyright rules, dealing a blow to major tech companies that argued the changes will be …

Google slapped with massive $1.7 billion fine by EU Antitrust Agency for Restricting Rivals’ Ads

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has been penalized yet again by European antitrust regulators, this time with a €1.49 billion ($1.7 billion) fine for limiting how some websites could display ads sold by its rivals. This marks the third billion-dollar penalty European regulators have imposed on the tech giant for hindering competition. The EU says that Google …

Internet Overseer calls for for full DNSSEC deployment following ongoing and significant risk to infrastructure

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the keepers of the web’s address book – has warned that they believe there is “an ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the DNS infrastructure.” according to an announcement on Friday from ICANN, the DNS infrastructure is being targeted by ‘malicious activity.’ DNSSEC …

Internet shutdowns aren’t limited to Africa, it’s a global problem

After protests broke out over a sharp fuel price hike this week, Zimbabwe’s government ordered a three-day internet shutdown — with police also firing tear gas at demonstrators from a helicopter and arresting dozens. According to NetBlocks, which estimates the cost of internet shutdowns worldwide, the three-day outage could cost the country’s already shaky economy …

Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo to pay $5 million to settle charges for violating children’s privacy law.

Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay about $5 million to settle charges from the New York attorney general that the media company’s online advertising business was violating a federal children’s privacy law. AOL, through its ad exchange, helped place targeted display ads on hundreds of websites that it knew were …

African nations are among the world’s worst perpetrators of internet shutdowns

When it comes to internet shutdowns, African nations are among the world’s worst violators. Its countries are regularly cutting off connectivity for extended periods than any other region globally, the 2018 Transparency report from Facebook shows. Cameroon is the perpetrator of the Africa’s longest internet blackout. What started off January 2017, connections in the Anglophone …

We Care Initiative launched by GSMA in response to online child protection

Kenya’s mobile operators, regulator and government recently came together to support a major GSMA initiative aimed at ensuring a safe online environment for children and young citizens in Kenya. The Charter is backed by the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology. We Care was launched in Latin America …

China Telecom accused of hijacking the vital internet backbone of western countries

A Chinese state-owned telecommunications company has been “hijacking the vital internet backbone of western countries,” according to an academic paper published this week by researchers from the US Naval War College and Tel Aviv University. The culprit is China Telecom, the country’s third-largest telco and internet service provider (ISP), which has had a presence inside …

Magna Carta for the web: Tim Berners-Lee in new campaign to rescue the web from abuse

The internet today isn’t what Tim Berners-Lee pictured when he invented the World Wide Web nearly three decades ago. In a talk at the opening of the Web Summit in Lisbon on Monday, the inventor of the web called on governments, companies and individuals to back a new “Contract for the Web” that aims to …