Data Transfer Pact Between U.S. and Europe declared Invalid by EU Court

Europe’s highest court on Tuesday struck down an international agreement that allowed companies to move digital information like people’s web search histories and social media updates between the European Union and the United States. The decision left the international operations of companies like Google and Facebook in a sort of legal limbo even as their …

Google’s ABC.xyz triggers an avalanche of new .xyz domain registrations

Good has just opened a floodgate of new .xyz domain registrations, according to a blog by theDomains, The .XYZ registry got thrown into the world stage last night when Google announced the formation of a new parent company, Alphabet which would be using the domain name abc.xyz. .XYZ got over 6,000 registrations yesterday including hundreds …

Europe in Two Internet Related Battlefields

[Editors note:  Please welcome Farzaneh Badii, from Hamburg University’s Graduate School in Law and Economics, who joins Syracuse University’s iSchool and the IGP as a Visiting Doctoral Student for the next six months.] “Lord, deliver us from all evil and from French state justice.”[1] This was the French farmers’ prayer once their parliament and state got …

Google to be sued for $1 billion for over 20,000 unlicensed songs on Youtube

Google is staring at a $1B legal suit Irving Azoff manages the performance rights for roughly 20,000 songs from artists such as Pharrell, John Lennon, and The Eagles through his company, Global Music Rights (GMR) — and he’s planning to sue YouTube for over $1 billion. Azoff’s claim: The online video site has not secured necessary licensing …

“right to be forgotten” demands on Google to affect Wikipedia links

Request for blocking of search results granted to anonymous applicant is first to affect an entry in the online encyclopaedia. Google is set to restrict search terms to a link to a Wikipedia article, in the first request under Europe‘s controversial new “right to be forgotten” legislation to affect the 110m-page encyclopaedia. The identity of …

EU, Google reach deal on competition remedies

The EU and Google agreed Wednesday on how to settle complaints the US Internet giant is squeezing competitors in Europe’s search market, avoiding legal action and billions in fines. “I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now address the Commission’s concerns,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. …

A development data revolution needs to go beyond the geeks and bean-counters

One buzz phrase the high-level panel’s report on the post-2015 objectives has added to the development lexicon is “data revolution”. Expect every report with numbers in it published over the next couple of years to be sold as part of this so-called revolution. But as with all big new ideas, especially revolutions, the appropriate response …

Do Google searches for “facebook” mirror African Internet growth trends?

Google Trends Interest over time allows us to view search trends for specific geographic areas by month. Since Facebook use is synonymous with Internet use in the majority of African countries, we’ve attempted to use search interest for the network to make conjectures about the stage of African Internet growth in each African nation. We’ve …