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France fines Google over news copyright

Paris, France | Xinhua | France on Tuesday fined Google 500 million euros (592 million U.S. dollars) for failing to offer a fair deal to local media companies for hosting their news content. The French Authority of Competition ordered Google to present, within the next two months, “an offer of remuneration …

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Aussie Internet watchdog flags crackdown on social media abuse

Canberra, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT |    Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant has called for social media giants to take responsibility for the content on their platforms. Under changes to the Online Safety Act proposed by the Australian government, Inman Grant would have the power to prevent cyber abuse, identify …

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Google tells Uganda to go to court

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Google has responded to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The head of Communication and Public Affairs for Africa at Google, Dorothy Ooko has said “it is very hard to just have a channel removed due to a government request.” That was her quick and brief …

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New Google-IFC report estimates Africa’s Internet economy to be $180 billion in next five years

  Johannesburg, South Africa | THE INDEPENDENT |  The e-Conomy Africa 2020 report released today by Google and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), estimates that increased access to faster and better quality internet, and Africa’s commitment to creating the world’s largest single market under the African Continental Free Trade Area, …

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Google launches Android 11 mobile operating system

San Francisco, US | XINHUA | Google on Tuesday announced the launch of Android 11, the latest version of its mobile operating system. Android 11 will begin rolling out Tuesday on select Pixel and several Chinese smartphones such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme, with more partners launching and upgrading devices …

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Generation Z: creative and committed, against the virus

Paris, France | AFP |  With their art, technology know-how, creative social networking skills or political commitment, post-millennials, known as Generation Z, have found their own ways to help others through the coronavirus lockdown. From Colombia to Senegal, Malaysia to North Macedonia, AFP talked to a group of 15- to 24-year-olds, …

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