The European Commission has said that it would seek feedback from the technology and telecoms industry in the coming months over the issue of whether technology companies should contribute to network costs. European telecoms operators have long argued that service providers should contribute to the funding of networks. Google rejected the proposal as ‘a 10… [Read More]
This paper will first explain what the Metaverse is by exploring definitions and identifying who is shaping it today, how it differs from the current state of the online world, the possible complexities that arise from the Metaverse, and what policy approaches should be prioritised by governments. Read More here.
Mastercard will go ahead and launch its new biometric checkout programme despite privacy concerns. The system, in which payments can be made ‘with a smile or a wave’, is claimed to cut queues and provide more security than a standard card payment, but lawyers point out that, while passwords can be changed, a smile can’t,… [Read More]
Regulatory Watch Technology companies may have to bear some of the cost of Europe’s telecoms network, according to Margarethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner. Describing it as an issue of ‘fair contribution’ she went on to say that companies ‘generating a lot of traffic… have not been contributing to enabling the investments in the rollout… [Read More]
Regulatory Watch Italy’s antitrust regulator, AGCM, has said it will lift a ban on Sky’s Italian business relating to exclusive content on its online service platform. The 3 year ban was imposed in 2019 following Sky’s acquisition of some of the TV assets of Mediaset, which regulators said would limit competition. AGCM says that changes… [Read More]
The Global Media & Internet Concentration Project (GMCIP): Tracking two-dozen communication, Internet and media markets in nearly 40 countries. The GMCIP are pleased to announce the launch of their project’s very own website and further details for their Summer 2022 Conference: Digital Communications and Media Markets: Power, Policy and Global Perspectives. For further reading please… [Read More]