Stories from Abroad

Since 2010, the Benton Foundation and the New America Foundation have partnered to highlight telecommunications debates from countries outside the U.S.

Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit divisions over black political activism and Muslims

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia

The batch of more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads that Facebook is preparing to turn over to Congress shows a deep understanding of social divides in American society, with some ads promoting African-American rights groups including Black Lives Matter and others suggesting that these same groups pose a rising political threat, apparently.

China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China

China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering in Oct.

For Puerto Ricans Off the Island, a Struggle to Make Contact After Maria

Location:
Puerto Rico, United States

For the more than five million Puerto Ricans living on the United States mainland, it was bad enough to watch news reports on Sept 19 of Hurricane Maria ripping through an island where relatives and friends lived. What made it worse was not knowing how their loved ones had fared.

Russia denies use of Facebook ads in 2016 election

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia

Russia's government denied using Facebook ads to influence the 2016 US presidential election, saying in a statement it didn't even know "how to place an advert" on the social media giant.

How a Russian Outlet Sought to Reach American Voters on Twitter

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia

Before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had even wrapped up their respective bids to secure the nomination for president, Kremlin-funded media outlet RT was plotting to promote its election coverage in the United States. RT hoped to take over at least two Twitter accounts or handles for its media coverage: @NotHillary and @NotTrump.

Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility

Location:
London, United Kingdom

Uber has been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that has triggered an outcry from drivers at the ride-hailing company and Conservative politicians.

How to increase trust in the media: Just forget the First Amendment

Location:
Northwestern University in Qatar , RN, Qatar

How can news outlets improve their standing in the eyes of the public? If a study published by Northwestern University in Qatar is any indication, then the key to a higher level of trust might be a lower level of free speech.

Does bridging the Internet Access Divide contribute to enhancing countries' integration into the global trade in services markets?

Location:
World Trade Organization, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland

This paper examines the impact of countries' distance between their Internet usage and the world' average of the Internet usage intensity on their integration into the world market of trade in commercial services.

The UN Says the Global Digital Divide Could Become a Yawning Chasm

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

More than 52 percent of people on the planet still don't have Internet access. Men outnumber women as Web users in every region of the world. And there remain massive disparities in connection speeds in different countries.

Democratic Reps Want FCC To Investigate Sputnik Radio Service

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, United States

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA), and former Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) want Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election via U.S. broadcasting.

Can We Build a Global Internet from Swarms of Satellites and Tech-Company-Backed Balloons?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.

Google Offers to Auction Off Shopping Ad Spaces to Rivals in Response to EU

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Apparently, Alphabet’s Google has proposed overhauling its shopping search results so that rivals can bid for space to display products for sale, as part of the company's efforts to comply with the European Union’s antitrust order.

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls

The internet is Balkanizing, and the world’s largest tech companies have had to dispatch envoys to, in effect, contain the damage such divisions pose to their ambitions.

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia

How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.

Mueller Probe Has ‘Red-Hot’ Focus on Social Media, Officials Say

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Apparently, Russia’s effort to influence US voters through Facebook and other social media is a “red-hot” focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and possible links to President Donald Trump’s associates.

US bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

The US government on banned the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage activities, according to US officials.

Concerns over FBI investigation into Russian ‘news’ are overblown

Location:
USA, United States

The FBI is reportedly investigating Russian state-owned media outlets in the US for failing to register as agents of a foreign government.

The US is now the world’s smartphone and wireless tech champ

Location:
GSMA, 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF, United Kingdom

The US leads most of the world in both hardware and networks, according to new research the GSMA wireless industry group released.

Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on US Soil

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the US, including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho.

Sputnik, the Russian news agency, is under investigation by the FBI

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States

The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Murdoch Bid for Sky Control Hits New Bump as UK Official Hints at Inquiry

Location:
BSkyB, London, TW7, United Kingdom

Britain’s culture minister said that she was inclined to ask the country’s competition regulator to carry out a detailed review of a bid by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to take full control of the British satellite television giant Sky.

When it comes to Facebook, Russia’s $100,000 is worth more than you think

Location:
USA, United States

Russia spent at least $100,000 on Facebook ads because of Americans’ known susceptibility to partisan division, our willingness to outsource the work of analysis to social-media algorithms and our tendency to not think too hard about what we see. No, the money isn’t minor. But the real problem is us.

Google appeals $2.9 billion EU fine

Location:
Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi 175, Brussels, B-1048, Belgium

Google has appealed a record $2.9 billion fine from the European Union over its comparative shopping service, the EU Court of Justice announced.

Spicer, Priebus, Hicks among six current and former Trump aides Mueller has expressed interest in interviewing for Russia probe

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Apparently, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has alerted the White House that his team will likely seek to interview six top current and former advisers to President Trump who were witnesses to several episodes relevant to the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Falsely Claimed Participation in EU-US Privacy Shield Framework

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

Three US companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework, which allows companies to transfer consumer data from EU member states to the United States in compliance with EU law.

Twitter Is Expected to Brief Senate Panel on Activity by Russians

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-WV) said that he expects Twitter to brief the panel soon on any Russian activity on its social-media platform during the campaign.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly at Latin America Spectrum Management Conference

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

By most accounts, the U.S. broadcast incentive auction was a success. Does that mean it was perfect? No.

U.S. surveillance and the eye of the beholder

Location:
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 75 Rochester Ave Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH, 03801, United States

European law allows the transfer of personal data to non-European countries only if they “ensure an adequate level of protection.”

Former Soviet republic goes to court in bid to ‘export censorship’ beyond its borders

Location:
France, France

The country of Azerbaijan is suing two French journalists for defamation in France for describing the oil-rich state as a “dictatorship.”

Facebook says it sold political ads to Russian company during 2016 election

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Apparently, representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators that it has discovered it sold ads during the US presidential election to a shadowy Russian company seeking to target voters.

Filter List

Where in the World

Javascript is required to view this map.
Syndicate content