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EU Presses Tech Companies over Surveillance, Security - WSJ

EU Presses Tech Companies over Surveillance, Security - WSJ | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

European Union officials are pressing big U.S. tech companies to free up surveillance access to their user data in the wake of last month’s attacks in Paris, marking a continued shift in the debate over privacy and security within the bloc.

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In the first half of this year, for instance, the number of requests for data from Apple by EU governments grew by 48% from a year earlier to more than 16,000, the company says. The number of such requests to Facebook grew nearly a fifth to 13,000.

Also under debate in Thursday’s meetings between the EU and tech firms is the role the companies play in limiting propaganda online. For more than a year EU officials have pushed companies to do more to remove messages from Islamic State, aiming to recruit new terrorists or people to join its fight in Syria and Iraq.

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Berners-Lee: World wide web needs bill of rights

Berners-Lee: World wide web needs bill of rights | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

The inventor of the world wide web has marked the 25th anniversary of his creation by calling for a 'Magna Carta' bill of rights to protect its users.

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"Sir Tim said the internet should be a "neutral" medium that can be used without feeling "somebody's looking over our shoulder".

He called for vigilance against surveillance by its users, adding: "The people of the world have to be constantly aware, constantly looking out for it - constantly making sure through action, protest, that it doesn't happen."

Sir Tim has previously warned that surveillance could threaten the democratic nature of the web.

He has also spoken out in support of Mr Snowden, saying his actions were "in the public interest".

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A new way forward in collective leadership?

A new way forward in collective leadership? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
We have built a world in which competition rules but it's time to pay more attention to the art of collective leadership, says Petra Kuenkel...

 

Good article in the Guardian Sustainable Business blog on the need for a new governance culture in business as well as society as a whole.


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The world wide web may be fracturing into a bunch of regional internets

The world wide web may be fracturing into a bunch of regional internets | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world. In 2011, according to the World Economic Forum, growth in the digital economy created six million...
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«Laura DeNardis, of American University, speculates that if the Internet becomes subject to direct governmental regulation, a cascade of destabilizing consequences could follow. In a complex gambit arranged by a consortium of European telecommunications providers, a bloc of African states tried in 2012 to use the ITU’s machinery to enact a new payment model dubbed “sending party pays.” In essence, the regulation would have required any content providers that transmit data between countries to pay an additional fee for the use of the service network in the destination country—a tax on international data transmission little different from a tariff wall on foreign goods. “If adopted, the proposal would have completely undermined the economic model of the Internet,” writes Vint Cerf, a senior executive at Google, in a paper he co-authored with two colleagues. The measure was never brought to a vote. But as the idea of a more heavily regulated Internet gains legitimacy, and as national governments and regional or international bodies begin to govern the Web, efforts to bend regulation to the advantage of business interests are sure to multiply. «

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Is our tech making the world too complex? – Samuel Arbesman – Aeon

Is our tech making the world too complex? – Samuel Arbesman – Aeon | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?
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"For centuries, humans have been creating ever-more complicated systems, from the machines we live with to the informational systems and laws that keep our global civilisation stitched together. Technology continues its fantastic pace of accelerating complexity — offering efficiencies and benefits that previous generations could not have imagined — but with this increasing sophistication and interconnectedness come complicated and messy effects that we can’t always anticipate. It’s one thing to recognise that technology continues to grow more complex, making the task of the experts who build and maintain our systems more complicated still, but it’s quite another to recognise that many of these systems are actually no longer completely understandable.  We now live in a world filled with incomprehensible glitches and bugs. When we find a bug in a video game, it’s intriguing, but when we are surprised by the very infrastructure of our society, that should give us pause."

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