Critics take aim at big tech’s satellite constellations

Hi everyone, I came across this article about how big tech’s next communications tug-of-war is happening at an extraterrestrial level: https://www.geekwire.com/2021/critics-take-aim-spacex-starlink-amazon-kuiper-satellite-constellations/ I’m not clued into this subject enough to offer expert insights, but to me, it seems like big tech’s new race for satellite communications dominance could take our discussions about communications conglomerates’ antitrust concerns… Read More

Shaw opts out of participating in 5G airwave auction amid acquisition deal with Rogers

Hello class, Shaw Communications Inc. has decided not to participate in the June 15 auction of the 3,500-megahertz spectrum which are airwaves used to deliver wireless signals. This may open more opportunities for smaller telecommunication companies to compete in the 5G market. This decision may be due to the fact that Shaw has struck an… Read More

Denial of Parler’s requested preliminary injunction against Amazon Web Services (presentation background reading)

Amazon Web Services, the internet giant’s web hosting and cloud computing division, terminated hosting of the right-wing “Twitter alternative” shortly after the Dec 6 attacks on the US Capitol. Failure to moderate the violent content violated AWS’ terms of service. Parler filed for a preliminary injunction to reinstate services until they could proceed with a… Read More

US Supreme Court permits FCC to relax media ownership rules

Hi everyone, Last week, the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of allowing the FCC to loosen ownership restrictions on local media, partly on the grounds that the long-standing restrictions no longer served the public interest. You can read the article here: https://www.reuters.com/article/BigStory12/idUSKBN2BO5S4 On one hand, one could argue that the restrictions that were relaxed… Read More

UK anti-trust probes Facebook practices

Hello Class, I was compelled by a short article in today’s Vancouver Sun about how the UK’s competition regulator has begun investigating Facebook’s practices. While looking further into this issue, I encountered a report posted in SIlicon Angle by MARIA DEUTSCHER. In summary, Facebook is being investigated over its alleged anti-trust practices. One concern by… Read More

Google announces its intention to move away from all forms of third-party identifiers

Hello Class, Earlier this week, Google announced that it intends to move away from third-party cookie trackers in response to an “erosion of trust”. This move will fundamentally impact digital advertising. Where current practices allow companies to track a user’s online activity to the extent of collecting their personal information, Google now strives to achieve… Read More

Soundcloud’s new royalty model

Soundcloud announced today its new ‘fan-powered royalties’ model. Unlike the current industry model which pools revenues and pays based on total number of streams, the new fan-powered model distributes royalties based on revenue from fans/users directly to the artists that they streamed. Prior to reading about this I was not aware that there was such… Read More

Australia passes law forcing Google and Facebook to pay news publications

Building on the earlier post on this topic, I wanted to keep talking about thisĀ  because it is interesting and will probably influence Canadian legislation. For context, some highlights from the c net article linked below: – Following a new Australian bill, “Google and Facebook are required to negotiate licensing agreements with publishers for the… Read More