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27 November 2014

Google told to expand right to be forgotten (BBC News)

Google is under fresh pressure to expand the "right to be forgotten" to its international .com search tool.

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Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke' because of legal fight (BBC News)

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke".

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26 November 2014

U.N. Urges Protection of Privacy in Digital Era (New York Times)

The United Nations adopted a resolution on Tuesday urging all countries to protect the right to privacy in digital communications and to offer their citizens a way to seek "remedy" if their privacy is violated.

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Europe Takes Another Look at Net Neutrality (New York Times)

Just as the United States takes steps to secure people's unfettered access to the Internet, Europe may soon backtrack on its own proposals.

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Why it's dangerous to blame internet firms for Lee Rigby's murder (The Guardian)

The claim by parliament's intelligence and security committee that an unnamed internet company should entirely shoulder the blame for failing to prevent the terrorist murder of soldier Lee Rigby is as outrageous as it is wrong-headed. It really is a case of shooting the messenger.

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25 November 2014

Cheap access to the Internet should be a human right: survey (Computerworld)

Affordable Internet access around the world should be a basic human right as it is essential for freedom of expression and economic opportunity, according to the results of a global survey released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

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Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia's digital future by Dan Hunter, Dean, Swinburne Law School at Swinburne University of Technology (The Conversation)

Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce copyright infringement in Australia.

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Google reaches out-of-court settlement in UK defamation case (Reuters)

Google Inc said on Monday it had reached a settlement with a British businessman over defamatory postings in its search results describing him as a pedophile, a murderer and a money-launderer.

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Intel and McAfee plan to kill PC passwords with new biometric authentication (PC World)

Forget typing in passwords, Intel wants you to use your body to log into email and online bank accounts.

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'Regin' malware comes from western intelligence agency, say experts (The Guardian)

Regin is the latest malicious software to be uncovered by security researchers, though its purpose is unknown, as are its operators. But experts have told the Guardian it was likely spawned in the labs of a western intelligence agency.

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Americans Relatively Sanguine About Online Privacy, Study Says (New York Times)

A survey released on Monday suggests that revelations about government online snooping provided by Edward Snowden did not raise concerns about online privacy to the same degree in the United States as in other countries. But it also indicates that a majority of Americans are worried about the security of personal information.

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Theresa May's move to link web users with IP address given cautious welcome (The Guardian)

Liberal Democrats and civil liberties campaigners have welcomed new measures requiring internet service providers to keep data that identifies online users, but said it must not be seen as a way of reviving the "snooper's charter".

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EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up (Reuters)

The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed.

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3 Billion People Now Online, Denmark ranks in first place in global ICT Development Index: ITU (International Telecommunication Union)

Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU's flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report.

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24 November 2014

Google case over online abuse to begin in England's High Court (BBC News)

The case of a UK businessman who wants Google to stop malicious web postings about him appearing in its search results is set to begin.

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U.K. Looks to Keep Records on Internet Users (Wall Street Journal)

The U.K. government could soon require Internet service companies to keep records to identify people using a particular phone or computer and hand them over to the police upon request.

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Google Experimenting With Removing Ads for a Fee (New York Times)

An oft-heard saying in Silicon Valley is that "information wants to be free." Google is running a test to see if users feel the same way.

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Largest ever NATO cyber defence exercise gets underway (NATO)

NATO launched its largest ever multinational cyber defence exercise, "Cyber Coalition 2014" on Tuesday (18 November). The three-day training event will test the Alliance's ability to defend its networks from the various challenges that exist when operating in the contested cyber domain.

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Any new U.S. Internet rules must withstand lawsuits - FCC chief (Reuters)

U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a meeting on Friday.

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23 November 2014

Tech Firms Could Be Quiet Winners in Obama's Immigration Overhaul (Foreign Policy)

After years of tension over mass data collection and NSA surveillance, President Barack Obama's immigration reform announcement Thursday evening may improve the White House's tattered relationship with Silicon Valley.

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China's 600 Million Internet Searchers Nudge Global Web Toward Censorship (Bloomberg)

A few days before the anniversary of China's crackdown in Tiananmen Square this June, Patrick Poon posted a video commemoration on his LinkedIn Web page. The Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International soon got a message saying the post was prohibited in China so it had been blocked from the site -- and by extension from users worldwide.

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22 November 2014

European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case (The Guardian)

The European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europe's long-running antitrust case against the tech giant.

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New private companies spark mobile phone revolution in once-isolated Burma (Washington Post)

Incense swirls through the air on a darkening evening, as a Buddhist monk sits cross-legged before an ancient temple, his eyes closed in meditation. His cellphone rings. The monk fumbles in his traditional crimson robes, speaks for a while, then puts it aside and continues meditating.

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BitTorrent Users are Avid, Eclectic Content Buyers, Survey Finds (TorrentFreak)

A new study carried out by BitTorrent Inc. has found that the company's users aren't the freeloaders they're often made out to be. The study found that BitTorrent users are 170% more likely to have paid for digital music in the past six months and are 8x more likely to have a music streaming account when compared to the average Internet user.

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21 November 2014

Driverless cars could face threat from hackers trying to cause road chaos (The Guardian)

Driverless cars will need to be protected from hackers who could take control of vehicles to cause chaos on the roads, cyber security and transport experts have warned.

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