Category Archives: TheNextWeb

Your right to anonymous messaging is under threat
Your right to anonymous messaging is under threat

This week Russia has stepped up its war on anonymity, while in the EU, more and more countries are opting for mandatory registration of pre-paid SIM cards and it seems only a matter of time before EU-level laws are proposed.

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Facebook Ad Library: Only 3 ‘Brexit’ ads for whole month. Yeah, right!
Facebook Ad Library: Only 3 ‘Brexit’ ads for whole month. Yeah, right!

Facebook’s ham-fisted attempts to address the most pressing concerns around disinformation have fallen flat. Its transparency rules forcing political advertisers in the UK to publicly declare when they had paid for an advert are a fiasco!

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Me and Wyclef: Peas in a pod on copyright
Me and Wyclef: Peas in a pod on copyright

The battle-lines have been drawn for several years, but as the European Parliament vote on copyright reform in the EU looms, both sides are bringing out the big guns.

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Europe wants to tackle fake news — if it could only define it first
Europe wants to tackle fake news — if it could only define it first

Fake news is a cultural problem, it needs a cultural solution — over-reliance on technical solutions is a short term fix that could actually make matters a lot worse.

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EU’s new copyright law will effectively create censorship machines
EU’s new copyright law will effectively create censorship machines

MEP Axel Voss is charged with making the EU’s copyright laws fit for the Internet Age, yet in a staggering disregard for advice from all quarters, he decided to include a obligation on websites to automatically filter content.

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EU’s new anti-geoblocking law doesn’t apply to online games, ebooks, and more fun stuff
EU’s new anti-geoblocking law doesn’t apply to online games, ebooks, and more fun stuff

The vote had barely been taken before the self congratulations started. But while buyers will be able to shop online for physical goods in the EU without being blocked or automatically re-routed, there’s just one small problem…

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