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21 May 2018

UK Tories will struggle to turn desire to regulate internet into policy (The Guardian)

Towards the end of the Conservatives’ 2017 general election manifesto was a largely overlooked chapter setting out the party’s stance on the future of the internet.

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20 May 2018

Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate (New York Times)

Security is tight at this brick building on the western edge of Berlin. Inside, a sign warns: “Everybody without a badge is a potential spy!”

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Fake Facebook accounts and online lies multiply in hours after Santa Fe school shooting (Washington Post)

In the first hours after the Texas school shooting that left at least 10 dead Friday, online hoaxers moved quickly to spread a viral lie, creating fake Facebook accounts with the suspected shooter's name and a doctored photo showing him wearing a "Hillary 2016" hat.

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2018 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

The 2018 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust findings show that over half of internet users surveyed around the world are more concerned about their online privacy than they were a year ago, reflecting growing concern around the world about online privacy and the power of social media platforms.

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18 May 2018

ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Specification To Comply With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Specification With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Compliance With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Compliance With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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17 May 2018

Hate speech in the age of the Internet (InternetNZ)

The first of InternetNZ’s popular Speaker Series for 2018 Hate and the Internet will open the floor for a conversation on Internet trolls and hateful comments – from race and religion, to sexual orientation, disability, and gender and our right to freedom of expression.

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US Senate Democrats Win Vote on Net Neutrality, a Centerpiece of 2018 Strategy (New York Times)

Senate Democrats narrowly won a vote on Wednesday to save so-called net neutrality rules that ensure unobstructed access to the internet.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with European regulators probing Cambridge Analytica (Washington Post)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet with key European lawmakers in a private session as soon as next week, the company said Wednesday, as Europe scrutinizes the tech giant’s privacy practices and its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

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16 May 2018

Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex and hate speech posts (Washington Post)

Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018, pledging more transparency while shielding its chief executive from new public questioning about the company’s business practices.

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Twitter banishes 'trolls' to the shadows (BBC News)

Twitter says it is taking action against "trolls" that "distort and detract from the public conversation", by making their tweets less visible.

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Australia looking into claim Google harvests data while consumers pay (Reuters)

Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphone users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed by the activity, regulators said on Tuesday.

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Popular encrypted email standards are unsafe: researchers (Reuters)

European researchers have found that the popular PGP and S/MIME email encryption standards are vulnerable to being hacked and they urge users to disable and uninstall them immediately.

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Europe's Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess (New York Times)

There is a growing realization that our data is under attack. From breaches at Equifax to Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of the profile information of more than 87 million Facebook users, it seems as if none of our personal data is safe. And more and more about us is being captured, stored and processed by smart devices like thermostats, baby monitors, WiFi-connected streetlights and traffic sensors.

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New Privacy Rules Could Make This Woman One of Tech's Most Important Regulators (New York Times)

As Europe implements a sweeping new data privacy law, Ireland is in the middle of a standoff between regulators and tech companies.

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15 May 2018

Growing number of children groomed to film own sexual abuse (The Guardian)

Children are being coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse from their own homes, researchers have found.

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Stay safe online: a guide for parents and children by Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet International (Internet Watch Foundation)

The release of the Internet Watch Foundation’s new online live-streaming research, titled Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse may have concerned some parents.

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'Much work to do and no time to waste' in cybercrime fight, says UN chief (United Nations)

The UN body focussing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime.

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14 May 2018

DENIC Splits Non-Member Operations From Core .DE Registry

The German ccTLD registry DENIC is to split its non-member business areas from its core business of running the .de registry, the organisation announced last Friday. The change is happening because its non-member complementary business does not comply with its statutory Cooperative assignment - the management and operation of the .de TLD.

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Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can't. (New York Times)

Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant.

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And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet (New York Times)

For years, Ev Williams was saddled with doubts. As a co-founder of Blogger and Twitter and, more recently, as the chief executive of the digital publishing platform Medium, Mr. Williams transformed the way millions of people publish and consume information online.

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11 May 2018

Within Europe, ccTLDs Make Up 3 in 5 Domain Names Registered: CENTR

Globally ccTLDs make up 44% of all domain names under management, a figure that has changed little in recent years, but within Europe the figure is 59% according to the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q1/2018 published Friday. The difference would largely be explained by .com’s dominance in the United States.

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10 May 2018

Kaboom! .APP Surges Past 100,000 Within 2 Days of GA

[update: .app registrations have surged past 168,000 according to the latest nTLDstats figures] Google’s .app has caught the imagination of registrants with close to 125,000 registrations after 2 days of general availability. It is likely it already had the largest number of registrations prior to GA, around 17,000, and it’s initial GA launch is likely the largest of any of the new gTLDs.

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