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.

U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with Microsoft data privacy fight

Supreme Court justices wrestled with Microsoft’s dispute with the US Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas, with some signaling support for the government and others urging Con

International Committee Calls for Pause on False Political Ads Online

An international "grand committee" of lawmakers called for a pause on online micro-targeted political ads with false or misleading information until the area is regulated.

Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media

Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe.

Chairman Pai Speech at Council on Foreign Relations

It’s fair to say that a Council on Foreign Relations appearance by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is out of the ordinary. But these are extraordinary times.

International price comparisons: An area of further research

The keen interest by politicians, regulators, and competition authorities in international price rankings has sparked a series of management consultancies to produce regularly studies that purport to compare and rank prices for mo

IPTV vs. emerging video services: Dilemma of telcos to upgrade the broadband

IPTV is an important tool to change business structures and move beyond subscription-based business models for telecom operators.

Which government censors the tech giants the most?

Some governments avidly try to control online data, whether this is on social media, blogs, or both. And surprisingly, China only features in the top 10 for one category. India and Russia are well ahead, accounting for 19.86 and 19.75 percent of t

Britain's Ofcom backs plan to tackle rural mobile phone ‘not spots’

Better mobile phone coverage in the British countryside has moved a step closer after the government and the telecoms regulator backed an industry plan to share masts and build new towers in very remote areas.

Chairman Pai warns about China's 'leverage' over NBA: Imagine what Beijing can do with 5G networks

Amid the NBA-China controversy, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that the situation is a “disturbing lesson” on Chinese government leverage. “If the Chinese government has such leverage over NBA stars and the league itself,

European Court of Justice backs global takedown of Facebook content

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that European Union courts can demand Facebook actively monitor and delete illegal material such as hate speech.