The Daily Populous

Saturday September 1st, 2018 evening edition

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WASHINGTON — California lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would guarantee full and equal access to the internet — a principle known as net neutrality — in the biggest pushback yet to the federal government’s rollback of rules last year.

The California bill is viewed as even stronger and more consumer-friendly than the original measures carried out by the Obama administration and abolished in December by the Trump-era Federal Communications Commission.

It is sure to set up a fight between broadband providers, which say strict rules would increase their costs, and consumer groups, which seek to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally.

It is the latest effort in a growing fight against deregulation by the Trump administration.

Federal agencies that have slashed regulations on telecommunications are being challenged in court by more than 20 states.

Thirty states have introduced bills to ensure net neutrality.

If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, California would become the fourth state to create a net neutrality law since the federal rollback, but it is considered the most significant. »

California passes strongest net neutrality law in the country

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California’s legislature has approved a bill being called the strongest net neutrality law in the US.

There’s already one clear obstacle: the FCC made a rule prohibiting states from creating net neutrality laws.

Several other states have taken action on net neutrality, but most have done so through executive orders or laws that skirt the FCC’s prohibition. »

Nestle says slavery reporting requirements could cost customers

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Nestle has warned customers could face additional costs if Australia requires companies to report on modern slavery risks.

Nestle, owner of more than 2000 brands in 189 countries, has told a senate committee that Australia's proposed mandatory reporting requirements could add "cost and time" to businesses and suppliers "which will need to be borne somewhere".

The company noted Australia's proposed reporting requirements would "go significantly beyond those of the UK Act", which only encourages businesses to report against similar criteria. »

Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media

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One 2017 survey of British schoolchildren found that 63% would be happy if social media had never been invented.

When it comes to Gen Z’s relationship to social media, “significant cracks are beginning to show”, says the firm’s Lesley Bielby.

As the first generation to grow up online, Gen Z never had to learn social media, or at least not exactly. »