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Mark Zuckerberg Can't Have It Both Ways on Net Neutrality | WIRED
Issie Lapowsky writes on Wired about how Mark Zuckerberg can’t have it both ways on net neutrality, as Internet.org will have to be distinctly un-neutral by deciding who gets to be zero-rated on their platform, and users will only have access to a tiny fraction of what’s available on the world wide web.
web  access  indie  indieroundup  netneutrality  internetorg  facebook  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Poor internet for poor people: why Facebook’s Internet.org amounts to economic racism
Summary: A very powerful article from Mahesh Murthy on how Facebook’s Internet.org amounts to economic racism: “In every way, from exploiting the poor, to being a restrictive trade practice because startups will not have a chance to be discovered by users via word of mouth because they cannot afford the placement fees, to simply denying the wonder and the width of the internet to the young and knowledge-hungry – this practice is terrible.”
india  netneutrality  internetorg  internet  access  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Google’s dominance faces a challenge at last. Shame it’s too late | Comment is free | The Guardian
John Naughton’s article on the antitrust case is less positive, saying that it’s too late to challenge Google’s dominance. Google already monopolises search, and has three advantages in “astonishing computing horsepower, distributed globally in huge server farms; smart algorithms; and the possession of colossal amounts of data that can be mined for machine-learning and generate further refinements in Google search.” This power means that legal challenges are unlikely to make much of an impact, or dethrone them from their position of power.
google  antitrust  monopoly  search  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data | Technology | The Guardian
The first part of this Guardian article further supports James’ assertions, drawing attention to the fact that Google’s dominance is self-reinforcing: “Larger audiences improve Google’s data and make its products more accurate – as well as ever more impossible to avoid.”
google  monopoly  data  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  antitrust 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Let’s challenge Google while we still can | James Ball | Comment is free | The Guardian
Summary: James Ball warns us that we must challenge Google while we still can, as the US and EU are probably the only states big enough to effectively question Google’s monopoly in so many areas. James points out that “Google is just the start, as the business models of the internet lend themselves to monopoly.” And worryingly, “We are entering an era of near-stateless global giants, several of which will gain the power to act as a monopoly.”
ball  google  antitrust  monopoly  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Clinton Hires Google Exec As Chief Tech Officer - WikiLeaks Shows Us Why / Sputnik International
Summary: And why even bother lobbying, when you could get a powerful position alongside the presidential candidate? Stephanie Hannon, Google’s director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, has been hired by Hillary Clinton as chief technology officer for her presidential campaign. This leaves Google with even more valuable relationships inside the government, with a potential connection to the very top.
lobbying  corruption  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  google  clinton  assange 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
RightsInfo - Human Rights Information to Share
A fantastic site about human rights, including easy-to-understand infographics. The page on Myths about Human Rights is particularly good to dispel the rubbish spread by particular politicians.
humanrights  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  infographic 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Ireland to become privacy regulator for 300m Twitter users
“The move means that any non-US Twitter user who wants to make a privacy or data protection complaint must first complain to authorities in Ireland, which has recently come under European scrutiny for a perceived lax regime.”

Summary: Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is already the EU privacy regulator for Facebook and Google. Now it’s also going to be regulator for Twitter, with new EU-based Twitter users having to agree to terms under Irish privacy and data protection law, which is notoriously lax. It means any user who wants to make a complaint about their privacy or data protection has to complain to authorities in Ireland first. However, the European Union does have plans to create a cross-continental super-quango, the European Data Protection Board. The Data Protection board would help users who are unhappy with rulings given by Irish, or other European, boards.
regulation  law  privacy  data  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  ireland  facebook  twitter  google 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you? | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: this article briefly covers the dangers of tech companies having access to all your health data. People’s privacy and human rights are being chipped away where companies are starting to require their employees to wear health monitoring devices. It’s one thing to say we opt in to the quantified self, but what if opting out costs us our job?
indie  indieroundup  24apr15  iot  internetofthing  quantified  tracking  corporatesurveillance  data  bp  fitbit 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
How Google found itself ‘on the wrong side of history’ - FT.com
Summary: Google hasn’t done enough to make friends in the EU, and so is more likely to suffer at the hands of the EU antitrust investigations than it did in the US (short-lived) investigations.
eu  US  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  google  antitrust  lobbying 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy | Fusion
“If Uber had indeed misclassified its drivers, the company’s entire business model was built on a legal mistake.”

Summary: the way that Uber and other on-demand companies treat the people who provide their services is akin to the standard trappings of employment, but it doesn’t give these people the benefits of employment. Calling themselves a “software business” shouldn’t make them exempt from treating people properly
law  uber  lawsuit  sue  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  industry  employment 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Google Is the New Evil Empire
Summary: US-centric (but good) analysis of Google's evil intentions, how far their tentacles reach, and how their lobbying probably helped the U.S. antitrust suit(s?) go away.
google  indie  schmidt  corporatesurveillance  indieroundup  24apr15  data  tracking 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Internet.org is a failed exercise in misdirection
Summary: Doc Searls responds to Zuckerbergs response to internet.org criticism in India. And explains how internet.org is anti net-neutrality (and his main problem with internet.org is the misleading nature of the name.)
zerorating  facebook  indieroundup  24apr15  searls  indie  internetorg  netneutrality 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
www.newscientist.com
“A radar-like system that fits inside a Wi-Fi box can record health data and keep tabs on your mood – without you even noticing”

Summary: router is being developed which can monitor heartbeats and, therefore, emotions, of all people in a building.
router  iot  heartbeat  indie  internetofthings  24apr15  medical  indieroundup 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Say "Hello" To The Facebook Phone (Again)
“Facebook switched to a much more subtle approach: infiltrating your phone by releasing one standalone app at a time, and even providing development and advertising tools for other app developer.”

Summary: Facebook is collecting phone-related data (contacts, call data, blocking data) through new Hello app.
facebook  24apr15  indieroundup  indie  hello  corporatesurveillance  phone  data 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Here's what the biggest tech companies are spending to influence lawmakers in D.C.
Summary: The amounts big corps are lobbying in the U.S., and its relevance to Google antitrust
US  google  indie  antitrust  apple  lobbying  24apr15  netflix  indieroundup  facebook  amazon 
april 2015 by laurakalbag

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