Technology Australian Senators want digital giants 'reined in' beyond Media Bargaining Code
Nations vs digital giants: The battle over news access and who gets paid
From China to the EU and now Australia, Canada, and the US, states want to take back the power they ceded to digital giants. The fight over news is just one front on that battle. Digital giants can expect more fights ahead as governments around the world fear the growing power of these digital giants and seek to add more controls in the public interest. The policies determined around access to platforms by journalism and content providers will continue to be a battle waged by regulators.
Senators have this week raised concerns with-adjacent issues, reigniting debate over monopoly practices employed by digital giants and the amount of tax they pay down under.
But on Monday night, senators put forward amendments under the Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2021 that try to rein in how data is collected and used by platforms operating in Australia.
Australian Greens Senator Nick McKim said Australians should have more control over how companies collect data about them online, who has access to that data, and how, and for what purposes, that data is used.
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A corporate giveaway might help the platforms save face — but it won’t save journalismI think Facebook basically did the right thing, and Google basically did the wrong thing, even though Google had a much tougher call to make. Today, let’s talk about why the tech giants made the decisions that they did, why Australia’s shakedown is rotten, and what’s likely to happen next. (If you didn’t read my piece on the subject, it offers a lot of useful context for what follows.
The[PDF] raises concerns over privacy, and says the use of personal data for commercial gain can no longer be ignored by the government. It asks the government implement, as a matter of priority, protections equivalent to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Aligning Australia's Privacy Act 1988 with parts of the GDPR has been called for by a handful of respondents to the Attorney-General's review of the Act. Facebook, for example, suggested that making such a change would prevent theand the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC), which is based out of Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, has similarly called for the definition of personal information to be .
Congress faces news showdown with Facebook, Google
Facebook and Google are heading into a showdown with Congress over a law that would allow new organizations to bargain with tech platforms over the distribution of their content. A bill that gained bipartisan support last Congress is expected to be reintroduced soon, and the tech platforms have already previewed their line of attack amid an ongoing battle over an Australian proposal that would force the Silicon Valley giants to pay publishers. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would not go that far, but it would provide a four-year safe harbor from antitrust laws for print or digital news companies to allow them to collectively negotiate with digita
"The power of big data, corporations like Facebook and Google, to run surveillance on their customers, their everyday users, and to bundle up that data and sell it off for their huge profit at the expense of people's privacy and the integrity of their use online, is just extraordinary," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said during debate on Monday night.
"It needs to be reined in.
"We have to make sure we implement proper protections for users' data and privacy right here in Australia."
Centre Alliance Senator Stirling Griff pointed tofrom its platform on Thursday, saying the social media site "going rogue" has demonstrated to an urgent need to regulate digital platforms.
His amendment would force designated platforms to disclose their user data practices.
"They'll have to publish what types of data they collect, what data they make available to other businesses or foreign governments, and how users can opt out of having their private data harvested," he said.
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"Transparency alone will not change their behaviour, but it will mean users are better informed about the practices of digital platforms and it will foster a debate about what practices are appropriate."
Labor Senator Deborah O'Neill used her time during debate to point to the proliferation of fake news on platforms such as Facebook.
"We saw the horrifying effects of Trump's big lie about the 2020 election, with the Capitol riot, the domestic terrorism sponsored by the proliferation of the deranged QAnon theory and online message boards, and the incitement of religious and ethnic violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka prompted by incendiary and false social media posts," she said.
"As we saw in the course of the pandemic, even basic facts about the virus and simple measures such as wearing masks became political and debated facts. Debunked cures such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin were promoted in the face of scientific evidence, and the wearing of simple cloth masks was called 'child abuse'.
"We cannot continue to let lies spread across the search and social media platforms."
Three-time Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea announces retirement
Bethea proved to be immediately reliable and incredibly durable. He started 16 games in 10 of his 14 seasons and was a backup for just nine games in his career. A Colts 2006 draftee, Bethea played much of his career with Indianapolis. After eight Colts seasons, he became a three-year 49ers starter (2014-16), spent two years with the Cardinals (2017-18) and wrapped up his run as a 16-game Giants first-stringer at age 35. Bethea landed a Colts extension in 2010, signed a four-year, $24M 49ers deal in 2014 and secured a three-year Cardinals contract in 2017.
Nevertheless, the ALP and Greensof the Code through the House of Representatives earlier this month
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