Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

February 14, 2019

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was noting in a personal ability, described it as” clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being penalty a dime. The FCO’s decision instead censors the social…


Facebook, Google and Twitter told to do more to fight fake news ahead of European elections

February 1, 2019

A first batch of monthly progress reports from tech giants and advertising companies on what they’re doing to help fight online disinformation have been published by the European Commission. Platforms including Facebook, Google and Twitter signed up to a voluntary EU code of practice on the issue last year. The first reports cover measures taken by platforms up to December 31, 2018. The implementation reports are intended to detail progress…


Facebook finds and kills another 512 Kremlin-linked fake accounts

January 26, 2019

Two years on from the U.S. general elections, Facebook continues to have a major problem with Russian disinformation being megaphoned via its social tools. In a blog post today the company uncovers another tranche of Kremlin-linked fake activity — saying it’s removed a total of 471 Facebook pages and reports, as well as 41 Instagram reports, which were being used to spread propaganda into areas where Putin’s regime has sharp…


Big tech must not reframe digital ethics in its image

November 20, 2018

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s visage loomed big over the European parliament the coming week, both literally and figuratively, as global privacy regulators gathered in Brussels to interrogate the human impacts of technologies that obtain their influence and persuasiveness from our data. The eponymous social network has been at the center of a privacy storm this year. And every fresh Facebook content concern — be it about discrimination or dislike speech…


Facebook hires former UK Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, as global policy chief

October 26, 2018

Facebook has confirmed it has hired the former commander of the UK’s former third largest registered political party — Nick Clegg of the middle ground Liberal Democrat — to head up world policy and comms. The news was reported earlier by the Financial Times. Elliot Schrage, who has been in post for a decade is abiding on as an advisor, is in accordance with Facebook, and in a post announcing…


Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals

October 25, 2018

After maintaining a series of hearings in the wake of the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal the summer months, and attending a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg himself in May, the European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee has called for an update to competition rules to reflect what it dubs” the digital world”, advising EU universities to look into the” possible monopoly” of big tech social media platforms. Top level EU…


Tech and ad giants sign up to Europes first weak bite at fake news

October 14, 2018

The European Union’s executive body has signed up tech platforms and ad industry players to a voluntary  Code of Practice aimed at trying to do something about the spread of disinformation online. Something, just not anything too specifically quantifiable. According to the Commission, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Mozilla, some additional members of the EDIMA trade association, plus unnamed advertising groups are among those that have signed up to the self-regulatory code,…


Ryder Cup: how golf is new focus of soft power diplomacy

October 11, 2018

With Donald Trump a keen musician, tournament presents opportunity for Europe to show united front As the owns numerous courses. The tournament that pits top US golfers against top Europeans is the world’s most-watched sporting event after the Olympics and the football World Cup- one of the last big athletics competitions still limited to western nations from each rim of the Atlantic. At a time when European its relationship with…


Revealed: Russias secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

October 10, 2018

Tentative plot to whisk fugitive from London embassy on Christmas Eve was considered too risky Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuadors London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another…


A picnic helped unite Europe in 1989. Time for another one | Eric Jozsef

October 7, 2018

A pan-European picnic was a key instant in the collapse of communism, says French writer Eric Jozsef On 19 August 1989, just outside the small Hungarian city of Sopron, in a meadow simply metres from the barbed wire and armed pickets at their own borders with Austria, civil society groups representation from eastern and west comprised a” picnic“, a period in the two countries that aimed to put an end,…


Italy’s Matteo Salvini joins Bannon’s European populist group

October 3, 2018

Interior minister pledges support to the Movement after meeting in Rome Matteo Salvini, Italys interior minister and populist leader, has met Steve Bannon and joined the anti-European establishment group, the Movement, founded by Donald Trumps former chief strategist. He is in! Mischal Modrikamen (@modrikamen) Meeting this morning with Steve Bannon and Matteo Salvini. The Movement : He is in! September 7, 2018 According to Italian media, Bannon has suggested the…


Putin makes appeal to Russians to accept pension changes

September 18, 2018

President offers concessions but says retirement age must rise to avoid economic ruin Vladimir Putin has made a direct appeal to Russians to ask for their assistance in conjuring the retirement age, warns that without urgent action, the two countries especially for men, for whom the average age of fatality is 66. The European average for men is 79. Putin, nonetheless, was asked to depict the unpopular changes as a…


@sweden signs off after seven years as Twitter voice of nation

September 16, 2018

Curators of Sweden project will fall silent at intention of month after 200,000 tweets by 365 citizens The fought with Denmark and why some people don’t like Jews, and declared they’d rather be having sex. After almost seven years of disarray, dispute and slapstick, organisers have said. Launched in 2011 to” increase those who are interested in Sweden … and show in practice it is an open and democratic country”,…


Russian police arrest hundreds protesting against Putin pension plan

September 15, 2018

Unrest breaks out as Google pulls YouTube ads by Putin critic Alexei Navalny Police detained more than 800 people across Russia during protests against government plans to raise the national retirement age that have resulted in President Vladimir Putins approval ratings slumping to a four-year low. Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in dozens of towns and cities after Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic, called for nationwide…


What you need to know ahead of the EU copyright vote

September 13, 2018

European Union lawmakers are facing a major voting time digital copyright reform proposals on Wednesday — a process that has set the Internet’s hair fully on fire. Here’s a run down of the issues and what’s at stake… Article 13 The most contentious constituent of the proposals concerns user-generated content platforms such as YouTube, and the relevant recommendations they should be made liable for copyright infringements committed by their customers…


Jeremy Hunt calls for fresh EU sanctions against Russia

September 9, 2018

UK foreign secretary will advise US president to tighten rules on online election advertising Jeremy Hunt has urged the EU to stand shoulder to shoulder with flight MH1 7 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. After the Salisbury attempts, the EU recollected its envoy to Moscow and issued a common declaration that it was ” highly likely” Russia was responsible. one-to-one summit with Putin in…


Greek PM seeks to claim centre ground with cabinet shake-up

August 31, 2018

Alexis Tsipras delivers in younger pastors to refresh government in run-up to crucial elections The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has attempted to revive his flagging government with an array of younger locker figures as part of the preparations for a general election he has described as” the mother of all battles “. Ahead of crucial polls in 2019, the formerly revolutionary leftist has brought in 13 rectors, many in…


Brussels in EU-wide drive to combat voter manipulation online

August 17, 2018

Initiative will coordinate efforts to tackle fake report and misuse of personal data Brussels is to launch an EU-wide initiative to combat voter manipulation through social media, as concerns develop about the issue ahead of elections to the European parliament next May. Vera Jourova, the justice commissioner, said national governments needed to coordinate their efforts to tackle fake news and the misuse of personal data in micro-targeted political advertising. With…


Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

July 27, 2018

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend brand-new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic commerce war. The presidents pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both swore to lower industrial tariffs, omitting vehicles. The U.S. and European union will” hold back on other tariffs “‘ while mediations proceed,…


Demagogues and charlatans are stoking fear, says Joe Biden

July 9, 2018

Former US vice-president compares situation to 1930 s as migration convulses politics The former US vice-president Joe Biden has accused” demagogues and charlatans” of stirring up voters’ horrors just as they did in the 1930 s as the issue of migration threshes politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Biden, seen as a potential Democratic party candidate against Donald Trump in 2020, did not mention the US president by identify…