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22 May 2015

Why Edward Snowden may be the last whistleblower by Eric Jardine, CIGI research fellow (Globe and Mail)

Right or wrong, the leaks of classified information by Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley) shook things up. Some people look at what Mr. Snowden did and call him a traitor, others a modern day Daniel Ellsberg - a hero of free speech and democracy. The debate is highly polarized.

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Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations (Reuters)

Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

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Europe Seeks a Model to Repel U.S. Internet Giants (Wall Street Journal)

The European Union has woken up from one nightmare to find itself in another. After a five-year economic crisis, which Greece's travails suggest might not yet be over, European policy makers now worry that their most successful job generators are at the mercy of U.S.-owned digital companies.

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Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence (The Guardian)

Computers will have developed "common sense" within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world's leading AI scientists has predicted.

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21 May 2015

Chehadé Announces Intention to End His Tenure as ICANN President & CEO in March 2016

ICANN today (21 May) announced that President and CEO Fadi Chehadé has informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector (outside the Domain Name Industry).

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Organised crime targeting more Australians than ever, Crime Commission report says (ABC News)

Organised crime is targeting more Australians than ever before and becoming more sophisticated, resilient and dangerous, the Australian Crime Commission has found.

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20 May 2015

Swedish Court Orders Seizure of Pirate Bay .SE Domains

A Swedish court has ordered .SE domain names used by The Pirate Bay be seized, but the prominent file sharing site has moved on thwarting the move already using other ccTLDs for their domains to keep the site going.

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Girls like digital media while boys prefer print, finds study on reading habits (The Guardian)

Girls have more firmly embraced digital literacy and formats such as Facebook, email and text message, while boys are more comfortable with traditional printed media such as comics, manuals and newspapers, according to a study published by the National Literacy Trust.

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Facebook criticised for creating 'two tier internet' with programme (The Guardian), Facebook's initiative to expand internet access to the "next billion" people across the developing world, has come under attack from 67 digital rights groups worldwide for not doing enough to promote net neutrality alongside expanding access.

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Tech Giants Urge Obama to Reject Policies That Weaken Encryption (New York Times)

A collection of tech industry giants like Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft, as well as civil liberties organizations and Internet security experts, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday warning of the unintended consequences of any policy meant to weaken the encryption technologies that protect Internet communications.

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Storing Data in Europe Won't Make it Safer, Says Evernote CEO (Wall Street Journal)

A growing push by some governments to require companies to keep people's personal information in local servers is "cumbersome and silly" won't improve security and could actually increase the chances of hackers getting access to data, Evernote CEO Phil Libin says.

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19 May 2015

Facebook Privacy Battle in Belgium Reflects an Internet at Crossroads (Wall Street Journal)

The Belgian regulatory assault on Facebook Inc.'s privacy policies reflects a broader effort to bring Internet companies, and the Internet itself, under greater government control.

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18 May 2015

Why Facebook's News Experiment Matters to Readers (New York Times)

Facebook's new plan to host news publications' stories directly is not only about page views, advertising revenue or the number of seconds it takes for an article to load. It is about who owns the relationship with readers.

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Surveillance diehards in the US Senate will do anything to stop NSA reform (The Guardian)

The NSA and its surveillance state supporters in the Senate are making a last ditch effort to prevent Congress from taking away any of the spy agency's authority to snoop on innocent Americans, despite the fact that there is now broad support for NSA reform in Congress.

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We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril (The Observer)

As a species, we don't seem to be very good at dealing with nonlinearity. We cope moderately well with situations and environments that are changing gradually. But sudden, major discontinuities - what some people call "tipping points" - leave us spooked. That's why we are so perversely relaxed about climate change, for example: things are changing slowly, imperceptibly almost, but so far there hasn't been the kind of sharp, catastrophic change that would lead us seriously to recalibrate our behaviour and attitudes.

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Australians lose over $80 million to scams in 2014 (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Targeting Scams Report reveals that 91,637 Australians scam complaints were made to the ACCC last year, with $81,832,793 reported lost.

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16 May 2015

Digital age poses a new challenge to Iran's relentless book censors (The Guardian)

Writers and translators turn to internet to publish their work - and to avoid the anonymous scrutineers who remove words such as 'kiss' and 'wine'

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No, Wi-Fi isn't making you ill (New Zealand Herald)

Peter Griffin, manager of the Science Media Centre, and former New Zealand Herald technology editor responds to recent claims about the safety of Wi-Fi and modern electronics.

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Shutting Down Pirate Sites is Ineffective, European Commission Finds (TorrentFreak)

Shutting down pirate websites such as The Pirate Bay is high on the agenda of the entertainment industries. However, according to research published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, these raids are relatively ineffective and potentially counterproductive.

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Belgian privacy watchdog threatens Facebook over user tracking (The Guardian)

The Belgian privacy commission has told Facebook to stop tracking the internet activities of people who have not registered with the site or have logged out, after a "staggering" report showed alleged breaches of EU privacy law.

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Max Mosely and Google End Legal Dispute (Der Spiegel)

Max Mosley has ended his years-long legal dispute with Google. The case centered on the search engine's inclusion of images of the ex-Formula One president participating in an S&M sex party in its search results. Now, the two parties have reached a settlement.

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European mobile operators seemingly divided over sanity of blocking ads (Computerworld)

Several European telcos have come out against a scheme by their fellow operators to block advertising as a maneuver to force Google to share its revenue.

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15 May 2015

Google must be more open on 'right to be forgotten', academics warn in letter (The Guardian)

Google needs to be more transparent in the way it handles so-called "right to be forgotten" requests, with 80 leading academics writing an open letter that accuses the firm of developing its policies "in the dark".

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14 May 2015

Publishers Send Diverse Group of News Articles in Facebook Debut (New York Times)

Some felt it would revolutionize journalism. Others thought it might be the beginning of its destruction. But on Wednesday, what readers mostly saw in Facebook Instant Articles, the new format by which news organizations are publishing directly on Facebook, was an eclectic mix of articles rather than a clear signal of what is to come.

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US House rejects NSA collection of phone records with vote to reform spy agency (The Guardian)

Congressmen voted overwhelmingly to ban the mass collection of American phone records on Wednesday, as the House of Representatives piled up pressure to reform the most domestically contentious National Security Agency program revealed by Edward Snowden.

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