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UK’s mass surveillance regime violated human rights law, finds ECHR – TechCrunch

UK’s mass surveillance regime violated human rights law, finds ECHR – TechCrunch The complaints in this case were lodged prior to the UK legislating for a new surveillance regime, the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, so in coming to a judgement the Chamber was considering the oversight regime at the time …

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UK media giants call for independent oversight of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter – TechCrunch

UK media giants call for independent oversight of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter – TechCrunch The UK’s leading broadcasters and ISPs have called for the government to introduce independent regulatory oversight of social media content. The group of media and broadband operators in the tightly regulated industries spans both the state-funded and …

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Study flags poor quality working conditions for remote gig workers – TechCrunch

Study flags poor quality working conditions for remote gig workers – TechCrunch An Oxford University study of remote gig economy work conducted on digital platforms has highlighted poor quality working conditions with implications for employees’ well-being. The research comes at a time when political scrutiny is increasingly falling on algorithmically …

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Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy – TechCrunch

Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy – TechCrunch A UK parliamentary committee which has been running a multi-month investigation into the impact of online disinformation on political campaigning — and on democracy itself — has published a preliminary report highlighting what it describes as “significant …

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Deliveroo’s ‘flexible’ labor model likened to 20th century dockyards – TechCrunch

Deliveroo’s ‘flexible’ labor model likened to 20th century dockyards – TechCrunch A report into the pay and conditions for riders delivering food for gig economy platform Deliveroo has urged the company to commit to offering a form of worker status to those riders who form the backbone of its workforce, …

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Drone development should focus on social good first, says UK report – TechCrunch

Drone development should focus on social good first, says UK report – TechCrunch A UK government backed drone innovation project that’s exploring how unmanned aerial vehicles could benefit cities — including for use-cases such as medical delivery, traffic incident response, fire response and construction and regeneration — has reported early …

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UK sets out plan to spend billions on fiber and 5G broadband for all – TechCrunch

UK sets out plan to spend billions on fiber and 5G broadband for all – TechCrunch The UK government has set out a package of measures it’s hoping will futureproof domestic networks and boost international competitiveness by supporting a nationwide rollout of full fiber broadband and 5G mobile technology. The Future …

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Researchers find that filters don’t prevent porn – TechCrunch

Researchers find that filters don’t prevent porn – TechCrunch In a paper entitled Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material, Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski found that Internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn. “It’s important to consider the efficacy …

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Amazon latest to face UK complaint over ‘bogus self-employment’ – TechCrunch

Amazon latest to face UK complaint over ‘bogus self-employment’ – TechCrunch Amazon is the latest tech giant to be targeted by a legal challenge in the UK related to gig economy working practices. The UK’s GMB Union is filing suit on behalf of couriers for three delivery companies used by Amazon — …

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UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones – TechCrunch

UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones – TechCrunch The UK has announced new stop-gap laws for drone operators restricting how high they can fly their craft — 400ft — and prohibiting the devices from being flown within 1km of an airport boundary. The measures will come …

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