The U.S has asked Australia to scrap proposed laws that will make it the first country in the world to force Facebook and Google to pay for news sourced from local media outlets : worldnews


Fascinating – I would have expected that when Biden took office – he has former Facebook bosses on his transition team. I think we'll see the pressure go up.

For the past several decades, US companies have relied on cheap labor for profit – in special economic zones in countries like Bangladesh – and pressure to maintain that status quo has been lightly applied.

This article suggests that regulation of most online businesses becomes the next similar battlefield (hopefully not literally). How much pressure will the US be able to put on Australia to ensure compliance?

Let's be clear – by aggregating messages produced by other outlets, Facebook can "cut down" other countries' work and present "taken" workers for their own clicks / profits. This is a form of resource extraction.

Should Facebook pay for the resources it extracts in the local economies where the resources come from? I would say yes, but this is relatively unprecedented for US companies around the world.

Time to ask – how much of "international trade commitments" is a loyalty paid to the US?



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German toddlers called Fritz or Adele could be invited for a Covid-19 vaccination while octogenarian Peters and Brigittes will not, as an overzealous interpretation of data privacy laws in one state has forced officials to guess people’s ages from their first names. : worldnews


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German toddlers named Fritz or Adele could be invited to a Covid-19 vaccination while eighty-year-old Peters and Brigittes won't, as an overzealous interpretation of data protection laws in one state has forced officials to use their first names to determine people's ages guess.

"This is why not all people in Lower Saxony who are older than 80 receive a letter," admitted the Lower Saxony Ministry of Health in a statement on its website.

Germany is known for its strict data protection laws, but experts have denied that the situation in Lower Saxony was due to officials trying to meet their legal requirements.


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