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09 December 2016

Internet facing unprecedented challenges; time to act is now says Internet Society (Internet Society)

At the 11th Internet Governance Forum, a United Nations-convened conference taking place in Mexico, 6-9 December, the Internet Society urged the global Internet community to redouble its efforts in addressing the wave of unprecedented challenges facing the Internet.

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08 December 2016

Austrian ccTLD Registry Releases Remainder Of Almost 5,000 Short .AT Domains

Following a Sunrise period and an auction where more than 1,000 domain names were sold, the Austrian registry, released the remainder of the 4,965 short domains it made available to the public on 6 December at standard registration fees.

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.IT Passes 3 Million Registrations After 30 Years

The Italian ccTLD passed the 3 millionth domain under management this week with the nominal title of the 3 millionth domain going to, registered by a company from Eboli in the province of Salerno. Today there are 3,002,800 domains registered only slightly behind the tenth largest ccTLD, .fr, with 3,003,803 registrations.

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Merkel ally threatens Facebook with fines over online hate speech (Reuters)

A senior German conservative has warned Facebook it could face fines if it fails to act faster to tackle online hate speech, and he said the government could propose legislative measures in the new year.

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07 December 2016

Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017 (New York Times)

Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms and solar panels.

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Europe Presses American Tech Companies to Tackle Hate Speech (New York Times)

European officials pushed on Tuesday for American technology giants to do more to tackle online hate speech across the region, adding to the chorus of policy makers worldwide demanding greater action from the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter.

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Facebook and Other Tech Companies Seek to Curb Flow of Terrorist Content (New York Times)

For all the good that has come from the internet, the online world has also served as a powerful device for recruiting terrorists and spreading their propaganda.

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Net earnings: top YouTubers' income rises 23% in past year (The Guardian)

Their talents range from comedy to gaming and from singing to playing pranks, often captured with nothing more than a handheld camera. But YouTubers are at the vanguard of an industry worth tens of millions of pounds.

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Pirate Bay Blocking Case Heads Back to Court in Sweden (TorrentFreak)

In 2015, a coalition of copyright holders lost a court case which demanded an ISP blockade of The Pirate Bay in Sweden. A year later and Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music and Nordisk Film are back, hoping for a victory in a brand new court that could open the floodgates for widespread website blocking.

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With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, UN forum to tackle 'digital divide' (United Nations)

The 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum opened in Jalisco, Mexico, where delegates from across the world will join thousands more online to weigh the challenges of today's digital age and equal access opportunities for all members of society.

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Internet Governance Forum to intensify efforts toward fostering accessible web for all (United Nations)

Nearly 3,000 delegates from across the world will join thousands more online for the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Jalisco, Mexico. With a key focus on addressing the challenges of today's digital age and how to leverage the Internet to ensure it provides equal access to opportunities for all members of society, the busy week-long Forum will run from today until December 9th.

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06 December 2016

Google 'must review its search rankings because of rightwing manipulation' (The Guardian)

Google must urgently review its search ranking system because of "compelling" evidence that it is being "manipulated and controlled" by rightwing propagandists, leading academics have said, after the Observer reported that hate sites are now dominating searches on Muslims, Jews, Hitler and women.

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Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content (Reuters)

Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.

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Facebook reportedly testing new tool to combat fake news (The Guardian)

Facebook appears to be testing a tool designed to help it identify and hide so called "fake news" on the social network, in an attempt to quell increasingly vocal criticism of its role in spreading untruths and propaganda.

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EURid Winning In Battle Against .EU Illegal Activity

There has been a significant decline in the number of .eu domain names EURid has suspended and deleted due to illegal activity when comparing 2015, a record year, and 2016.

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Chinese Government Approval For .CLUB, .VIP and .XYZ Means Further Big Growth Opportunities

The Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has given official approval for the .club, .vip and .xyz new gTLDs meaning they can now apply for relevant local licenses to be hosted within the country. Previously only .com and .net operated by Verisign had this official approval.

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05 December 2016

Draft law gives Chinese police control of online discussion on disasters (Reuters)

China's county-level police will be able to censor internet coverage of natural and man-made disasters, according to a revised draft of the country's policing law that the Chinese Public Security Bureau released late on Thursday.

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EU urges U.S. tech giants to act faster against hate speech (Reuters)

U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday.

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04 December 2016

Mandatory Piracy Filters May Violate EU Law, Scholars Warn (TorrentFreak)

A group of prominent legal scholars has warned that the EU Commission's plans to modernize copyright law in Europe appear to be incompatible with EU law. One of the main problems is the mandatory piracy filter Internet services are required to use, which largely ignore existing case law and human rights.

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Google, democracy and the truth about internet search (The Observer)

Here's what you don't want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did. I typed: "a-r-e". And then "j-e-w-s". Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: "are jews a race?", "are jews white?", "are jews christians?", and finally, "are jews evil?"

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Global police smash huge online crime network: Europol (Al Jazeera)

In one of the biggest takedowns to date, police across the globe have smashed a massive criminal network providing online services including malware attacks that infected half a million computers worldwide, Europol said Thursday.

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02 December 2016

Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds (TorrentFreak)

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.

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Spain Announces New Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy (TorrentFreak)

Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said a special prosecutor's office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda.

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01 December 2016

Cyber Monday was the largest e-commerce day in history (Marketing Land)

According to data from Adobe, Cyber Monday became the largest day in US e-commerce history. Consumers spent roughly $3.4 billion online, which just beat Black Friday's $3.34 billion. Cyber Monday generated somewhat less mobile commerce revenue at $1.19 billion vs. $1.2 billion on Black Friday.

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While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks (New York Times)

Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular photo-messaging and storytelling app Snapchat, is having a productive autumn.

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