Daily Sabah: Turkey to require social media giants to appoint local representatives

Daily Sabah: Turkey to require social media giants to appoint local representatives. “Turkey will require foreign social media companies with high internet traffic to appoint a representative in the country to address concerns raised by authorities over the content on their platforms, a Reuters report said Thursday, citing a draft law. Companies that do not comply with the new measures could face having their bandwidth halved after 30 days by court order and then slashed by 95% if they hold out another 30 days, a draft law seen by Reuters showed.”

Bloomberg: The Coronavirus Could Offer Tech Companies’ a Shot at Redemption

Bloomberg: The Coronavirus Could Offer Tech Companies’ a Shot at Redemption. “As the coronavirus pandemic tears through the U.S., money is already flowing in from Silicon Valley heavyweights. Bill Gates has pledged more than $100 million from his family foundation to fight the disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has put money toward new equipment to try to quadruple Covid-19 testing in the California Bay Area. And Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has teamed up with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and other Silicon Valley notables to donate more than $5 million to feed impacted families.”

CNN: US tech companies will be hit with new UK tax in just three weeks

CNN: US tech companies will be hit with new UK tax in just three weeks. “Britain will start charging a tax on digital services in three weeks despite fierce opposition from Big Tech and the US government. The UK government said Wednesday that it’s moving ahead with a 2% tax on revenue from digital services such as search and advertising starting on April 1.”

2020: Digital, Online, and Virtual Events for the Tech and Business Industry (Web Strategist)

Web Strategist: 2020: Digital, Online, and Virtual Events for the Tech and Business Industry. “For the business person who’s now working at home, or is travel-restricted, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to the industry. Many physical-world conferences are shifting to digital, virtual, or blended experiences. This list will help you stay organized on which event to attend, and when. Event organizers and marketers: use this to coordinate market timing.”

The coronavirus impact: Here’s how COVID-19 has affected the tech industry (CNET)

CNET: The coronavirus impact: Here’s how COVID-19 has affected the tech industry. “The novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in the global technology industry. Many companies have shut factories and banned business-related travel, and major industry events like Facebook’s F8, the Geneva Motor Show, Google I/O and Mobile World Congress continue to be called off because of the outbreak.”

Inside Indiana Business: Powderkeg Launches Culture Directory

Inside Indiana Business: Powderkeg Launches Culture Directory. ” Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg has launched a new tool it says will showcase tech companies through their culture. The company says the Culture Directory, which currently features more than 300 tech firms, allows tech professionals to learn about company cultures. At launch, the directory includes companies in the Indianapolis area. However, Powderkeg says the directory will expand in 2020 with new features and locations, including Denver, Charlotte, Raleigh, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.”

CNET: Big Tech companies to pay hourly workers affected by coronavirus

CNET: Big Tech companies to pay hourly workers affected by coronavirus. “Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Apple will continue to pay hourly workers who can’t do their jobs remotely even as big technology companies urge their full-time staff to work from home in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.”

Techdirt: Turns Out Most People Still Don’t Hate ‘Big Internet’ As Much As Politicians And The Media Want Them To

Techdirt: Turns Out Most People Still Don’t Hate ‘Big Internet’ As Much As Politicians And The Media Want Them To. “The good folks over at The Verge have done a big consumer survey of people’s general opinions of various big internet companies and it shows that most people still like these internet services, and believe, on the whole, that they make their lives better, not worse. Even the services that get the ‘worst’ grades, still get over a 60% ‘favorable’ rating, while Amazon, Google, YouTube, Netflix, Microsoft, and Apple all come in over 80% positive (with Amazon, Google, and YouTube breaking 90%).”

New York Times: U.S. to Hold Tech Firms Accountable for Spread of Child Sex Abuse Imagery

New York Times: U.S. to Hold Tech Firms Accountable for Spread of Child Sex Abuse Imagery. “Legislation announced on Thursday aimed at curbing the spread of online child sexual abuse imagery would take the extraordinary step of removing legal protections for tech companies that fail to police the illegal content. A separate, international initiative that was also announced takes a softer approach, getting the industry to voluntarily embrace standards for combating the material.”

New York Times: Germany to Require Social Media Sites to Report Hate Speech

New York Times: Germany to Require Social Media Sites to Report Hate Speech. “According to the bill passed by ministers Wednesday, internet companies will have to flag far-right propaganda, graphic portrayals of violence, murder or rape threats, posts indicating that someone is preparing a terrorist attack or distributing child sexual abuse images.”

New York Times: UK to Make Social Media Platforms Responsible for Harmful Content

New York Times: UK to Make Social Media Platforms Responsible for Harmful Content. “Britain said it would make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Snap responsible for blocking or removing harmful content on their platforms. A duty of care will be imposed to ensure all companies had systems in place to react to concerns over harmful content and improve the safety for their users, the government said.”

Insider: Women in tech are taking to TikTok to roast the male-dominated industry for its diversity issues

Insider: Women in tech are taking to TikTok to roast the male-dominated industry for its diversity issues. “Emily Kager only downloaded TikTok a few months ago. Originally, the 25-year-old software developer only wanted to use the app to relate to her younger sisters. ‘I was just trying to see what the kids were up to,’ she told Insider. However, she soon realized that the platform was an opportunity to open up a discussion she’d begun on Twitter about the realities of being a woman in the tech industry.”

NiemanLab: Protocol — think Politico, but for tech — launches into a crowded space

NiemanLab: Protocol — think Politico, but for tech — launches into a crowded space. “Uber, but for petsitters. Airbnb, but for barns. Sofi, but for gamblers. Lime, but for unicycles. Squarespace, but for birthday cards. Casper, but for pillows. That Silicon Valley DNA is alive and well in Protocol, the anticipated news site that launched today, and which frames itself as: Politico, but for tech.”

Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows

Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows. “Ten years ago, Google executives rarely spoke to Congress. Amazon employed just two of its own registered lobbyists in Washington. And Facebook had only recently graduated to a real office after running its D.C. operation out of an employee’s living room. Since then, though, these technology companies have evolved into some of the most potent political forces in the nation’s capital, a Washington Post analysis of new federal records reveals, with just seven tech giants accounting for nearly half a billion dollars in lobbying over the past decade.”