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28 July 2015

Facebook says there's money to be made bringing Internet to the developing world (Washington Post)

With turning one this week, Facebook's project to spread Internet access to the developing world isn't just getting older -- it's also targeting new telecommunications partners in hopes of connecting more people to the Web.

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27 July 2015

Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

What are the real trends in cybercrime? Recent media coverage has been rife with stories of large-scale data breaches, hacks and online financial crime. IT security firms publish yearly reports that generally show the security of cyberspace to be poor and often getting worse, but, as argued in this paper, the level of security in cyberspace is actually far better than the picture we're given. Currently, numbers on the occurrence of cybercrime are almost always depicted in either absolute numbers or year-over-year terms. To get a more accurate picture of the security of cyberspace, cybercrime statistics -- including mobile vulnerabilities, malicious web domains, zero-day exploits and web-based attacks, among others -- need to be expressed as a proportion of the growing size of the Internet.

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Why cracking down on hackers would be bad for innovation (Washington Post)

Every week seems to bring a new hacking story - the massive hacking attack on the U.S. government's databases and the attacks on the U.S. health care system are just two of the bigger stories -- so it's perhaps no surprise that the knee-jerk reaction is to take the fight directly to the hackers. By making the penalties tougher, by expanding the scope of federal anti-hacking statutes and making it easier to prosecute wrongdoers, it'll convince hackers that it's just not worth the risk, right?

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How security experts protect themselves online (Washington Post)

With news of a big hack almost every week, the Internet can be a scary place. So how's an Internet user supposed to stay safe?

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26 July 2015

Make Your Password Exponentially More Secure (Center for Democracy and Technology)

If you've used the internet, you've probably created a password. There's a lot of advice out there about creating passwords: use uppercase! use lowercase! Use numbers! Symbols! Don't use a dictionary word! Use many dictionary words in a passphrase! Don't write it down! Store it in a password manager! There is so much advice, and so much of it is conflicting, and often it comes without any explanation. In this blog post, I'll detail what a good password is (and why), give you some tools to help remember your password, and give a few other simple ways to help protect your account.

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25 July 2015

French surveillance law is constitutional, highest court says (Computerworld)

A surveillance law rushed through the French parliament in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris in January is constitutional, the country's highest court ruled late Thursday. The decision gives law enforcers and intelligence agencies the power to gather communications metadata -- who is communicating with whom, where, and when -- in real time, with few restrictions.

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The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, Until Hackers Cut Your Brakes (New York Times)

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.

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24 July 2015

Australia's ccTLD Reaches 3 Million Registrations

The Australian ccTLD, .au, has reached the three million registrations milestone today (24 July) putting it easily within the top ten ccTLDs.

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CIGI-Windsor Law IP law clinic offers model to protect early-stage innovations on global stage (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law are filling a crucial innovation gap in business services available to entrepreneurs in Canada by providing early-stage startups with access to pro bono intellectual property legal advice. The joint law clinic serves as a model to raise Canada's innovation profile on a global scale.

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Smartwatches open to cyberattack says HP (BBC News)

The best-selling smartwatches on the market all have security problems, according to US tech giant Hewlett-Packard.

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The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet (The Atlantic)

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but also something more serious: the number of hostile and threatening messages directed at the president.

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EU accuses Sky and Hollywood's big six of illegally 'geo-blocking' film access (The Guardian)

The European commission has accused Sky and six Hollywood studios of putting up anti-competitive barriers that restrict consumers from watching the films and TV shows of their choice. The commission, which has sweeping powers to stop anti-competitive practices, accuses Britain's biggest pay-TV broadcaster and major film-makers of creating bilateral agreements that mean consumers outside the UK and Ireland cannot get access to Sky's full range of programming.

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23 July 2015

Microsoft seeks revenge porn removal requests (BBC News)

Microsoft is inviting "revenge porn" victims to use an online form to help it restrict access to the images.

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22 July 2015

Google Reiterates New gTLDs Are Treated Same As "Old" gTLDs

New gTLDs and all other gTLDs are treated the same by Google's systems with keywords in a TLD not giving any advantage or disadvantage in search, according to a post from John Mueller, Google's Webmaster Trends Analyst.

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Australian digital users illegally download content regularly - survey (BBC News)

Nearly half of Australia's digital users illegally download movies, TV shows and music on a regular basis, a government survey has found.

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OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015 (OECD)

The digital economy now permeates countless aspects of the world economy, impacting sectors as varied as banking, retail, energy, transportation, education, publishing, media or health. Information and Communication Technologies are transforming the ways social interactions and personal relationships are conducted, with fixed, mobile and broadcast networks converging, and devices and objects increasingly connected to form the Internet of things.

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Scale of child abuse images online is 'shocking', says NSPCC (The Guardian)

Two people are being convicted of child abuse image crimes every day on average, two years after a government pledge to crack down on the offence, the NSPCC says.

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Facebook Loses Appeal on New York Search Warrants (New York Times)

A New York state appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook had no legal standing to challenge search warrants on behalf of its customers, a decision that dealt a blow to civil libertarians and social media companies seeking to expand Internet privacy.

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Australian telcos draw the line at latest Federal Government changes to national security laws (ABC News)

A battle is brewing between telecommunications companies and the Federal Government over further national security laws.

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21 July 2015

In first case of its kind, UK high court rules surveillance law unconstitutional (The Conversation)

Controversial surveillance legislation hustled through parliament last summer has been ruled unlawful by the UK High Court, which argued that the vague terms and descriptions of powers in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) renders the act incompatible with human rights under European law.

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Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds (Washington Post)

Here's a research finding that should surprise no one: The men most likely to harass women online ... are the men most likely to have their own problems.

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20 July 2015

The Mobile Internet: Open. Affordable. Content That Matters. (Internet Society)

While there's no question that the mobile Internet is changing everything, there are still big reasons why people aren't logging on. The 2015 Global Internet Report presents data that shows it's not always a question of if it's available, but rather how cost and a lack of useful content are core to why people are not opting in.

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Windows 10 Signifies Microsoft's Shift in Strategy (New York Times)

Next week, when Microsoft releases Windows 10, the latest version of the company's operating system, the software will offer a mix of the familiar and new to the people who run earlier versions of it on more than 1.5 billion computers and other devices.

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19 July 2015

Why the Islamic State leaves tech companies torn between free speech and security (Washington Post)

When a lone terrorist slaughtered 38 tourists at a Tunisian resort on June 26, the Islamic State turned to one of America's leading social-media companies to claim responsibility and warn of more attacks on the world's nonbelievers.

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OECD: Countries should address disruptive effects of the digital economy (OECD)

Countries are making increased efforts to develop their digital economies in a way that will maximise social and economic benefits, but now need to address the risk of disruption in areas like privacy and jobs, according to a new OECD report.

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