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Europe to put forward rules for political ads transparency and beef up its disinformation code next year

Europe to put forward rules for political ads transparency and beef up its disinformation code next year New rules for online political advertising will be put forward by European Union lawmakers next year, with the aim of boosting transparency around sponsored political content. The Commission said today that it wants citizens, civil […]

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Facebook-backed Libra Association rebrands as Diem

Facebook-backed Libra Association rebrands as Diem The Libra Association, a consortium created by Facebook to support its Libra cryptocurrency efforts, announced this morning that it has a new name — the Diem Association — and made some key hires ahead of its launch. This is just the latest course correction since the […]

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The road to smart city infrastructure starts with research

The road to smart city infrastructure starts with research Dominik Schiener Contributor Dominik Schiener is co-Founder and Chairman of the IOTA Foundation. He has been in the blockchain space since 2011, with several startups in Switzerland, UK and Germany. His primary focus is how to improve physical infrastructure with digital infrastructure such […]

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UK shrinks timetable for telcos to stop installing 5G kit from Huawei

UK shrinks timetable for telcos to stop installing 5G kit from Huawei The UK government has squeezed the timetable for domestic telcos to stop installing 5G kit from Chinese suppliers, per the BBC, which reports that the deadline for installation of kit from so-called ‘high risk’ vendors is now September. It had […]

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UK to set up ‘pro-competition’ regulator to put limits on big tech

UK to set up ‘pro-competition’ regulator to put limits on big tech The UK is moving ahead with a plan to regulate big tech, responding to competition concerns over a ‘winner takes all’ dynamic in digital markets. It will set up a new Digital Market Unit (DMU) to oversee a “pro-competition” regime […]

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France starts collecting tax on tech giants

France starts collecting tax on tech giants France is going forward with its plan to tax big tech companies. The government has sent out notices to tech giants, as reported by the Financial Times, Reuters and AFP. There could be retaliation tariffs on French goods in the U.S. For the past couple […]

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Europe sets out the rules of the road for its data reuse plan

Europe sets out the rules of the road for its data reuse plan European Union lawmakers have laid out a major legislative proposal today to encourage the reuse of industrial data across the Single Market by creating a standardized framework of trusted tools and techniques to ensure what they describe as “secure […]

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Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data

Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data Australia’s intelligence agencies have been caught “incidentally” collecting data from the country’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has found. The report, published Monday by the Australian government’s inspector general for the intelligence community, which […]

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Biden-Harris team finally get their transition .gov domain

Biden-Harris team finally get their transition .gov domain Finally. It only took almost three weeks, but the Biden-Harris transition has officially begun. On Monday, the General Services Administration gave the green light for the Biden-Harris team to transition from political campaign to government administration, allowing the team to receive government resources like […]

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Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law

Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censor digital content. Earlier this week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted […]

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