Everyone in privacy + ad tech + internet regs should read the "News media bargaining code" from Australia (accc.gov.au/focus-areas/di…) - aka the "link tax" - it creates new rules for Facebook (& other tech orgs). It's legislation birthed from an antitrust report - it's big crap🧵
I've been following all the antitrust reports about Facebook & Google - I've read all the major reports cover to cover & even helped a little on one. These entities need to be held accountable - Google should be forced to spin off their ad tech, FB banned from new acquisitions.
First, Australia is not proposing a "link tax" - they are proposing deeply nuanced "bargaining" rules for specific types of tech companies (Facebook & Google are targets) and the rules apply to an extremely broad range of "news websites" - they try to "even the playing field" 🥶
Second, entire sections of the bill read like "Internet for Dummies" - definitions throughout the bill are broad and confusing - it's legislation on 3 fingers of scotch - even just the sections on search algorithms and 28-day notices for changes are dangerous napkin math..
Third, did ya'll goofballs in Australia really put in a requirement to let news organizations disable comments at the behest of that news business, when you defined news business as broadly as possible? This is an outrageous and ridiculous handout for some misguided lobbyist.
Fourth, oh, so Australia is going to pass a law that requires any changes to any advertising algorithms that could impact a news entity to provide 28 day notice?

So Australia will have 12 advertising algorithm updates per year?

Why not 10 so ya'll can count on your fingers?🙃
I look forward to more folks parsing the text of this proposal -- the entities who are classified as "Australian News Organizations" basically need a website and a dream - and the new rules to "support their new bargaining rights" are just 28-day fantasy lobbying periods.
We need to separate:
1) Antitrust investigations & remedies (spinoffs, acquisition rules, etc)

2) User data privacy legislation

3) Market transparency in ad tech (Disclosure rules, punishments, collaboration rules, labeling, consent, deletion, etc)

Mega-bills are not helpful!
This Australian collective bargaining effort (aka "link tax" aka this "Australian Duopoly Reform effort") has seen many allies "fighting amongst themselves" - and critiques from all sides. There are tons of good threads on this with good points about 'pushing forward reform'...
As someone who tries their best to read legislation impacting the internet, to understand how technical businesses work and how imbalances in global data supplies have benefited a few walled gardens - and someone who has supported many "not perfect bills" - this one ain't it.
If folks supporting the Australian collective bargaining bill want to get serious- take screen shots of the proposal, and explain why each section matters... Huge sections are sloppy & without any precedent, rhyme or reason.

28-day notice windows would break the internet. /fin
I've been re-reading the Australia bargaining proposal (Google/Facebook vs Pubs) aka "link tax" bill @ parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/downl…

The authors were right to be weary about this proposal violating the Australia Free Trade Agreement "performance requirements" (ustr.gov/sites/default/…)
I'll be shocked if this bill is passed - it's a series of embarrassing demands, one more ridiculous than the next, masquerading as market reform.

one thing is clear imo: the authors ignored how these rules would impact U.S. tech innovation & WTO/US trade obligations. Good luck.
ministers.treasury.gov.au/ministers/josh… psst @PaulFletcherMP - how does Australia believe it will regulate global internet companies & restrict algorithmic updates to require 14-days advanced notice to news orgs?

This will violate longstanding free trade pacts & impact global products..

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