Category: Business / Policy and Net Neutrality

June 30, 2020

Smartphone Apps Are Now a Weapon in International Disputes

India bans 59 Chinese apps weeks after border skirmishes killed 20 Indian soldiers. Russia and Brazil have previously blocked apps for their own reasons.

by Tom Simonite in Business
May 4, 2020

The Covid-19 Pandemic Shows the Virtues of Net Neutrality

Network speeds are holding up despite the crush of internet traffic. Freed from rules, broadband providers have cut investment in their systems.

by Klint Finley in Business
May 1, 2020

The Web’s .Org Domain Is Still Run by a Nonprofit—for Now

Icann, the internet’s governing body, rejected a proposal to sell control of the .org registry to a newly formed private equity group.

by Klint Finley in Business
April 29, 2020

The US Supreme Court Rules That Laws Can’t Be Paywalled

The ruling over Georgia’s official law code sets an important precedent that will help secure the right to publish other legally significant public documents.

by Timothy B. Lee Ars Technica in Business
April 26, 2020

One Man’s Radical Plan to Solve Wealth Inequality

French economist Thomas Piketty says inequality is a political choice. The solution? Wealth taxes well beyond anything dreamed up by Bernie Sanders.

by Simon Kuper Wired UK in Business
April 12, 2020

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

Despite the EU’s new copyright directive, Google has so far refused to pay fees in order to send sites traffic. 

by Timothy B. Lee Ars Technica in Business
April 9, 2020

This Pandemic Is a ‘Fork in the Road’ for Gig Worker Benefits

As Covid-19 keeps people indoors, delivery and other contract workers are more visible than ever—making this a pivotal time for them to secure basic rights.

by Arielle Pardes in Business