• Telcos’ enterprise ambitions at risk from private network operators, private spectrum

    With the popularity of private cellular networks growing among enterprises, private cellular network operators are now an increasing threat to what has been a traditional and lucrative profit stream for telcos, a study from ABI Research has warned.

    ABI’s Private wireless spectrum tracker found that there are currently initiatives in 15 countries for enterprises to deploy private networks. These include supporting arrangements for enterprises to acquire spectrum directly from the regulator, as well as spectrum assets held by mobile network operators, that focus entirely on providing private cellular networks for enterprises.

    Even though the question remains of who will implement

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  • Government tells social media companies they must go further to address disinformation

    The government has told social media companies that they need to go “further and faster to address disinformation” about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    Minister of state for digital and culture, Caroline Dinenage, told the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee on 12 May that the government had been very clear with technology companies that more is expected of them.

    “We do welcome the steps that social media have taken so far, but the secretary of state [Oliver Dowden] has met with a number of the large platforms recently and been very clear that he expects them to

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  • Surveillance capitalism in the age of Covid-19

    When the dot com bubble burst in April 2000, the business environment of Silicon Valley went into a tailspin. Startups with massive valuations were suddenly shuttered, while shell-shocked venture capitalists began to panic about whether they would see returns on their investments in surviving businesses.

    One such enterprise was Google, which was incorporated just two years before, and where revenues at the time primarily depended on licensing deals for web services.

    Initially, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin vehemently opposed the idea of advertising funded search engines, which they condemned as “inherently biased towards the advertisers and away from

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