By Doug Stanglin USA Today Thu., March 7, 2019 Russian lawmakers passed a series of bills Thursday to punish online media and journalists for spreading “fake news” and for disrespecting authorities, including President Vladimir Putin. The State Duma adopted the bills in a third and final reading and sent them to the upper house Federation Council for consideration, Moscow News reports. If passed, they will go to Putin for his signature. The “fake news” bill bans the spread of “unreliable socially-important information” that could “endanger lives and public health, raise the threat of massive violation of public security and order or impede functioning of transport and social infrastructure, energy and communication facilities and banks.” An increasingly outspoken group of Russian free speech and internet activists planned to protest the bill in Moscow on Sunday — the latest expression of public concern over … [Read more...] about Russian lawmakers pass bill to punish online sites for spreading ‘fake news’
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By Haroon Siddiqui Special to the Star Sun., April 8, 2018 Second of two parts The dangers posed by the American Wild West digital frontier where mega-corporations operate mostly above the law beyond borders are clear enough — have been for some time, well before the latest scandal of the misuse of the profiles of up to 87 million Facebook users. But Justin Trudeau and his colleagues, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, remain infatuated with Facebook, Google, YouTube, Netflix and other digital giants. They’ve wasted the last two years settling for crumbs from them, rather than regulating them. In so doing, they have been remiss in their responsibility to Canadians, Canadian companies and Canadian sovereignty. They urgently need to come up with a comprehensive digital policy. It would: 1. Protect the privacy of social media users. Make data gatherers obtain consumer consent, and be transparent on … [Read more...] about The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians
Technology Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday endorsed U.S. legislation to regulate political ads across the internet, a concession to lawmakers days before he is scheduled to testify in two U.S. congressional hearings. 07 Apr 2018 02:05AM Bookmark SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday endorsed U.S. legislation to regulate political ads across the internet, a concession to lawmakers days before he is scheduled to testify in two U.S. congressional hearings.Zuckerberg also said Facebook would begin requiring people who want to run ads on the social network addressing political issues to verify their identity and location. That expands an earlier plan to require such verification for ads directly about elections."Election interference is a problem that's bigger than any one platform, and that's why we support the Honest Ads Act," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.That legislation was introduced last … [Read more...] about Facebook backs US regulation of internet political ads
Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing what, and how much, President Donald Trump knew about the Russian government-backed effort to hack the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent release of stolen emails at the height of the 2016 campaign. Mueller is also looking into Trump’s relationship with Roger Stone, a longtime Republican strategist who was in touch with WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange, and the Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0 during the election. The revelations indicate Mueller is zeroing in on what appears to be a growing timeline of Trump associates’ communications with Russia-linked actors during the final months of the campaign. Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here. The special counsel Robert Mueller is asking witnesses in the Russia investigation whether President Donald Trump had prior … [Read more...] about A timeline emerges as Mueller homes in on what — and how much — Trump knew about WikiLeaks and the DNC hacks
Ever since the 2016 US presidential election, with its revelations about Russian meddling, European officials have been on the lookout for similar attacks. But Europeans aren’t the only ones paying attention. So, too, are China’s leaders, who are considering what they might learn from the Kremlin’s successes. For Chinese President Xi Jinping, maintaining domestic stability is a top priority, a point underscored by the country’s annual budget for internal security. At well over US$100 billion, the official number is low. Like defence outlays, the real number is much higher, owing to hidden spending, including on research and development.For example, China is exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) and big data can be used to monitor everything from social media to credit-card spending, and it plans to assign all citizens a social-reliability rating to weed out potential troublemakers. The regime’s Orwellian strategy is focused squarely on social media … [Read more...] about Will China weaponise social media?