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21 August 2016

Angola passes laws to crack down on press and social media (The Observer)

Angola's government has approved a set of laws which hand control and regulation of all media to a new body run by the ruling party.

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20 August 2016

98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you (Washington Post)

Say you're scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed and you encounter an ad so eerily well-suited, it seems someone has possibly read your brain.

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19 August 2016

Twitter shuts 235,000 more 'extremist' accounts (BBC News)

Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts for violating its policies on the promotion of terrorism, the social network has said in a blog.

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Online voting could be really convenient. But it’s still probably a terrible idea. (Washington Post)

Election Day can sometimes feel like more of a headache than a patriotic celebration. Long lines and scheduling conflicts may leave voters wondering why there isn't an easier way to cast their ballots.

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16 August 2016

Social media dominates as destination of choice as Millennials shape Australian's future media habits: Deloitte Media Consumer Survey 2016 (Deloitte)

Social media is the dominant force across our media consumption behaviours, according to the fifth edition of Deloitte's annual Media Consumer Survey. It is not only impacting our entertainment preferences and how we consume news, but for the first time social reviews and recommendations have outstripped TV advertising in terms of their influence on buying decisions.

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French blogger turns tables on cyber-scammer (BBC News)

A French security researcher says he managed to turn the tables on a cyber-scammer by sending him malware.

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EU to crack down on online services such as WhatsApp over privacy (The Guardian)

WhatsApp, Skype and other online messaging services face an EU crackdown aimed at safeguarding users' privacy, in a move that highlights the gulf between Europe and the US in regulating the internet.

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Peter Thiel: The Online Privacy Debate Won't End With Gawker (New York Times)

Last month, I spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because I believe our country is on the wrong track, and we need to solve real problems instead of fighting fake culture wars. I'm glad that an arena full of Republicans stood up to applaud when I said I was proud to be gay, because gay pride shouldn't be a partisan issue. All people deserve respect, and nobody's sexuality should be made a public fixation.

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15 August 2016

Brussels to tighten grip on web services in telecoms shake-up (Financial Times)

Brussels will tighten its regulatory grip over online services such as WhatsApp and Skype in a radical overhaul of the EU's rules on telecoms due out in September.

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London police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project (The Guardian)

Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.

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13 August 2016

There's a new way to make strong passwords, and it’s way easier (Washington Post)

People tend to hate computer passwords, that often nonsensical jumble of letters, numbers and special keystrokes said to be essential for digital security. The secret codes seem impossible to remember. It's why every login page has a "Forgot password?" life preserver. The struggle even has a name: Password rage.

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The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully (New York Times)

Normani Kordei, a member of the girl group on the rise Fifth Harmony, sat for a lighthearted Facebook Live interview earlier this month. Within a week, she had been chased off Twitter by a mob spewing racist insults.

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The copyright case that should worry all US Internet providers (Washington Post)

Will Internet providers have to start cracking down harder on their own customers for suspected copyright infringement?

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Pakistan passes controversial cyber-crime law (Reuters)

Pakistan has adopted a much-criticised cyber security law that grants sweeping powers to regulators to block private information they deem illegal.

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12 August 2016

Olympics bans most brands from saying 'Olympics' or 'Rio,' even on Twitter. Snark ensues (Los Angeles Times)

At the Olympics in Rio de Janiero, athletes from around the world are posting tweets, photos and observations between training and competing.

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South Korea says investigating whether Google broke antitrust laws; Russia imposes $6.8m fine on Google (Reuters)

South Korea's antitrust regulator said on Friday it is looking into whether Google has violated the country's anti competition laws, acknowledging formal scrutiny of the global internet search company for the first time.

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11 August 2016

Internet or Splinternet? by Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a former US assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the US National Intelligence Council, is University Professor at Harvard University (Project Syndicate)

Who owns the Internet? The answer is no one and everyone. The Internet is a network of networks. Each of the separate networks belongs to different companies and organizations, and they rely on physical servers in different countries with varying laws and regulations. But without some common rules and norms, these networks cannot be linked effectively. Fragmentation - meaning the end of the Internet - is a real threat.

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Australians spend eight times more hours per week looking at screens than with loved ones: survey (ABC News)

Australians spend eight times as many hours per week looking at screens than with their loved ones, a new survey has found.

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Can this Australian census now be trusted? (The Australian)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says its meltdown on Tuesday night was the result of a hack attack. ABS chief statistician, David Kalisch says there were four DDoS attacks during the day.

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Twitter is not liable for ISIS activity on its service, US judge rules [IDG] (Computerworld)

Twitter is not liable for providing material support to the Islamic State group, also referred to as the ISIS, by allowing its members to sign up and use accounts on its site, a federal judge in California ruled Wednesday.

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10 August 2016

Positive link between video games and academic performance, study suggests (The Guardian)

Children who play online video games tend to do better in academic science, maths and reading tests, according to an analysis of data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia.

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The state of cyber security: we're all screwed (The Guardian)

When cybersecurity professionals converged in Las Vegas last week to expose vulnerabilities and swap hacking techniques at Black Hat and Defcon, a consistent theme emerged: the internet is broken, and if we don't do something soon, we risk permanent damage to our economy.

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07 August 2016

Obama prepares to boost U.S. military's cyber role: sources (Reuters)

The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as Islamic State, current and former officials told Reuters.

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Google is trying to stop you having to put in passwords (The Guardian)

Google has taken the next big step forward in its war against the password - an open source system to instantly and securely log you into apps on your phone using your password manager.

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Three times as bad as malware: Google shines light on pay-per-install (The Register)

As some point you have probably downloaded a "free" piece of software only to find it has come with a whole host of other unwanted friends that go on to redirect your browser search bar or inject ads where there weren't any before.

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