Alarm as China, Russia and other Nations Elected to UN Human Rights Council

October 21, 2020

15 countries were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday including China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan and Uzbekistan, raising alarm among human rights groups that say the repression of freedoms in those countries threaten the legitimacy of the international body.

U.S.J.D. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

October 21, 2020

The U.S. Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google accusing the company of abusing its dominance over smaller rivals. 

The EU has Sanctioned Six Senior Russians Over the Poisoning of Navalny

October 21, 2020

The European Union has sanctioned six senior Russians over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny after laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent that requires presidential authority.

Beheading of French Teacher Highlights "Cyber-Islamism" as a Problem

October 21, 2020

Due to the role that social media may have played leading up to the beheading of a French middle school teacher by a Chechen Islamist, French state authorities met with global social media company representatives to address the problem of "cyber-Islamism."

 

 

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  • FB blocks 120,000 posts and Rejects 2.2 Million Ads Related to U.S. Election

    October 21, 2020

    Using artificial intelligence tools and thousands of employees focused on election-based content, Facebook removed 120,000 posts from its platforms for attempting to obstruct voting and blocked 2.2 million ads for failing to complete its authorization process to target U.S. audiences.

     
  • U.S.J.D. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

    October 21, 2020

    The U.S. Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google accusing the company of abusing its dominance over smaller rivals. 

     
  • Talgo: Big Tech's assault on free speech

    October 21, 2020

    Writing in The Hill, Chris Talgo argues that Big Tech's unprecedented control over political expression is exacerbating the public’s perception, highlighted in a 2018 Pew Research Center study, that social media platforms actively censor political views that those companies find objectionable.

     
 
  • Spanish Prime Minister Proposes Changes for Judicial Appointments

    October 21, 2020

    Spain's Prime Minister Sanchez has proposed changing how members of the country's top judicial body, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), are appointed, which has triggered a political and judicial storm about the independence of the institution.

     
  • The EU has Sanctioned Six Senior Russians Over the Poisoning of Navalny

    October 19, 2020

    The European Union has sanctioned six senior Russians over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny after laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent that requires presidential authority.

     
  • Europe and Africa join forces for Global Tech Tax

    October 13, 2020

    In an effort to push for a global tech tax rate, Europe and Africa are joining forces through The Organization for Economic and Development to publish technical blueprints on how to tax digital companies across borders to compete with American skepticism and to aid in Covid economic recovery.