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24 November 2017

Almost half of Australians regularly blow their data limits at a cost of $313m per year (Deloitte)

Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey 2017 finds that our desire to be constantly connected and continuously consuming is leading to data plan blow outs, hidden costs and more people switching operators.

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23 November 2017

Tim Wu: Why the U.S. Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality (New York Times)

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage. As Vonage was a competitor in the phone call market, Madison River’s action was obviously anticompetitive. Consumers complained, and the Federal Communications Commission, under Michael Powell, its Republican-appointed chairman, promptly fined the company and forced it to stop blocking Vonage.

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Facebook to Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they’ve followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

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Twitter, It's Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise (New York Times)

Earlier this month, Twitter did something radical: The social network famous for its 140-character limit doubled it to 280.

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Uber faces slew of investigations in wake of 'outrageous' data hack cover-up (The Guardian)

Uber is facing government scrutiny around the world in the wake of its admission it concealed a massive data breach affecting 57 million drivers and passengers.

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22 November 2017

ICANN Allows Domain Name Renewal Flexibility Following Natural Disasters Such As Hurricane Maria

Domain name registrants with renewals due during or following a natural disaster, but are having problems accessing their account due to ongoing issues such as with electric power grid and telecommunications infrastructures, will have the possibility of their renewal date being extended.

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FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use (Washington Post)

The Federal Communications Commission took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use.

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It's time to slay the internet's 'Cookie Monster' (Marketing Land)

Any conversation within the European marketing community these days soon turns to the General Data Protection Regulation. The impending GDPR brings about new data protection rules, heralding an unprecedented level of consumer protection. Going into effect in May of next year, the specific targeting of individuals without expressed permission will be outlawed.

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Google is getting pulled into a fight with Russia over RT and Sputnik (Washington Post)

The Russian telecom regulator said Tuesday that it will retaliate against Google if the search giant lowers the search ranking of the Kremlin-backed news outlets RT and Sputnik, escalating a tense back and forth over Russian news coverage that has entangled American news bureaus abroad and could lead Moscow to enact further censorship rules.

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Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People (Bloomberg)

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

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More than 480 web firms record 'every keystroke' (BBC News)

Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested.

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Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself? (New York Times)

As machine learning becomes more powerful, the field’s researchers increasingly find themselves unable to account for what their algorithms know — or how they know it.

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21 November 2017

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing' (The Guardian)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the web’s increasing polarisation.

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The auDA Merry-Go-Round Continues as Another Employee Bites the Dust

The employee disaster zone that is auDA continues to dismay. This week Domain Pulse learned of another of CEO Cameron Boardman’s Executive Assistants is to leave after only about 4 months in the job. Whether they’re leaving on their own accord or not is not clear, but it follows the previous Executive Assistant being given notice while she was on sick leave having cancer treatment.

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20 November 2017

What is online violence and abuse against women? (Amnesty)

Never heard of ‘doxxing’? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here are six things you should know about online violence and abuse.

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Amnesty reveals alarming impact of online abuse against women (Amnesty)

New research by Amnesty International has revealed the alarming impact that abuse and harassment on social media are having on women, with women around the world reporting stress, anxiety, or panic attacks as a result of these harmful online experiences.

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Economic opportunities of emerging technologies identified at ITU global statistics symposium (International Telecommunication Union)

The economic opportunities of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and smart data for smart sustainable cities were recognized this week in Hammamet, Tunisia at the 15th edition of the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS‐17) — the main international forum for telecommunication and information society measurements worldwide. Symposium participants included key ICT stakeholders from around the globe representing governments, telecommunication regulatory authorities, national statistics offices, private companies and research institutions.

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UK's House of Lords push for new regulations to protect children online (The Observer)

Technology firms could be subjected to tough new regulations to protect the privacy and mental health of children as a result of a cross-party campaign that is likely to inflict a defeat on the government within weeks.

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Sexting creating legal minefield for teenagers - and the Australian courts system (ABC News)

When young people find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system on serious charges relating to sexting practices, it's often a conundrum for sentencing judges.

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17 November 2017

Satisfaction With .AU Runs High Among Australians As Women Increasingly Register Domain Names

Women account for close to half (48%) of all .au registrants as trust in the Australian ccTLD remains high, with 61% of respondents reporting it was their most trusted TLD in Australia followed by .com (41%), according to the latest annual survey on .au.

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FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy (Reuters)

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits.

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China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says internet must be 'orderly' (Reuters)

China’s top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be “orderly” and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.

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Child sex abuse live streams rising at 'alarming rate' amid surge in 'cybersex trafficking' (The Independent)

A new form of human trafficking that sees children forced to carry out sex acts while being live-streamed for paedophiles to watch online is growing at an “alarming rate”, a charity has warned.

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16 November 2017

.UK Domains Suspended for Criminal Activity Doubles to 16,632 in 12 Months

The number of .uk domain names suspended due to being used for criminal activity has doubled, again, in the year to 31 October according Nominet.

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It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data (New York Times)

Our data is valuable. Each year, it generates hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity, mostly between and within corporations — all on the back of information about each of us.

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