State, corporation, people: the global dimensions of tech regulation

Kyra Jasper, Josh Simons and Alina Utrata discuss the global dimensions of tech regulation. In this episode, they examine three case studies: Google and Facebook’s reaction to Australia’s new media law, and whether these tech corporations really “faced down a nation-state”. Facebook’s role in Myanmar, where the platform is the de facto internet, and whether the new military junta can shut down Facebook, if Facebook can ban the new rulers, and why Facebook only took action after a coup, and not during the ongoing genocide against the Rohingya. Finally, Twitter and Facebook in India, where the platforms have struggled with how to respond to India’s censorship laws. What can these case studies tell us about the nexus between states, corporations and people across the world?Sign up for the Anti-Dystopians newsletterMentioned in this podcastAustralia shows the way. It’s the job of governments not big tech to run democracieshttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/21/australia-shows-the-way-its-the-job-of-governments-not-big-tech-to-run-democraciesGoogle threatens to shut down search in Australiahttps://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/22/tech/google-threatens-australia-search-news-intl-hnk/index.htmlMyanmar Blocks Facebook Access After Online Protests of Military Couphttps://www.wsj.com/articles/myanmar-blocks-facebook-access-after-coup-11612436184?reflink=desktopwebshare_twitterMyanmar’s Military Deploys Digital Arsenal of Repression in Crackdownhttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/01/world/asia/myanmar-coup-military-surveillance.html'It's digital colonialism': how Facebook's free internet service has failed its usershttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/27/facebook-free-basics-developing-marketsWhat a Facebook experiment did to news in Cambodiahttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41801071Twitter Unblocked Accounts That Criticized India’s Government. Now, Its Employees Are Being Threatened With Jail Time Unless It Blocks Them Again.https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/pranavdixit/india-threatens-twitter-jailIn India, Facebook Fears Crackdown on Hate Groups Could Backfire on Its Staffhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/in-india-facebook-fears-crackdown-on-hate-groups-could-backfire-on-its-staff-11607871600India imposes new rules on Facebook, Twitter and YouTubehttps://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/25/tech/india-twitter-facebook-social-media-guidelines/index.htmlNowhere Land by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-landLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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