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07 March 2018
Facebook has admitted it was a “mistake” to ask users whether paedophiles requesting sexual pictures from children should be allowed on its website.
Is Bitcoin a Waste of Electricity, or Something Worse? (New York Times)
A manufacturing start-up recently announced plans to move into a shuttered aluminum factory in upstate New York, taking advantage of abundant cheap electricity from the St. Lawrence River.
YouTube this week cracked down on the videos of some prominent far-right actors and conspiracy theorists, continuing an effort that has become more visible since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month caused a torrent of misinformation to be featured prominently on the site.
05 March 2018
China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe (New York Times)
Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online. Now, it is increasingly going beyond its own online realms to police what people and companies are saying about it all over the world.
03 March 2018
At the recent Domain Pulse conference in Munich, on 22 and 23 February, the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was a focus of discussions both during conference presentations and panel discussions and during breaks. Its implementation is becoming a nightmare for many industries, with registries, both gTLD and ccTLD facing their own problems, and registrars.
02 March 2018
The soaring popularity of services like Netflix, Amazon and Spotify has pushed the amount consumers spend on home entertainment products past the amount spent on books, magazines and newspapers for the first time.
Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other internet companies must show the European Union within three months that they are removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.
Germany Says Hackers Infiltrated Main Government Network (New York Times)
Hackers using highly sophisticated software penetrated the German government’s main data network, a system that was supposed to be particularly secure and is used by the chancellor’s office, ministries and the Parliament, government officials have said.
01 March 2018
Domain Pulse is starting a series of quick questions on the state of the domain name industry and what 2018 holds. Our first guest is Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, who touches on 2017, what are the big issues of 2018 including for .org, what are the growth areas for 2018 and will domain names continue to hold their relevance.
This document examines recent policy and technology approaches to bridging the digital divide in rural and remote areas in OECD countries. First, it discusses issues related to assessing broadband gaps, defining speeds and establishing national targets. Second, it describes policies being implemented to improve both access and uptake, such as fostering competition, promoting national, rural and community-led broadband initiatives, supporting open access policies and reducing deployment costs.
OECD broadband statistics update - Mobile termination rates drop 42% in three years in advanced economies (OECD)
Mobile termination rates – the rates operators charge each other to connect calls – dropped by an average of 42% in OECD countries between end-2014 and end-2017 as a result of increased regulation and competition, according to new data released by the OECD.
Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former chief executive of Microsoft, is concerned by the crytocurrency craze, saying that the anonymity offered by the new technology has “caused deaths in a fairly direct way”.
Network cost could double as operators strive to meet demand for increased capacity and deploy 5G. How can they maintain their profits?
Ce*sored! China bans letter N (briefly) from internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power (The Guardian)
It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 8-letter words.
The global domain name market grew 1.2% in the year to the end of 2017 to a total of 331 million according to the latest CENTR DomainWire TLD Market Report.
28 February 2018
The looming start date for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May is creating nightmares, even havoc, for many businesses not just in Europe, but for any business that collects data on citizens of the European Union. And ccTLD registries are one of those facing problems in how to deal with its implementation.
We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack - and found a conspiracy in the making (Washington Post)
Forty-seven minutes after news broke of a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the posters on the anonymous chat board 8chan had devised a plan to bend the public narrative to their own designs: “Start looking for [Jewish] numerology and crisis actors.”
The European Commission wants to tax large digital companies' revenues based on where their users are located rather than where they are headquartered at a common rate between 1 and 5 percent, a draft Commission document showed.
Social networks' failure to tackle cyber-bullying is risking the mental health of young people, a Children's Society survey has found.
27 February 2018
Supreme Court to hear Microsoft case: A question of law and borders (Washington Post)
The Supreme Court is set to hear on Tuesday a case that could have far-reaching implications for law enforcement access to digital data and for U.S. companies that store customer emails in servers overseas.
Yes, websites track your behavior online. But some go much further than what you'd reasonably expect, using so-called session replays to create a detailed log of everything you do and type on a site. And new research shows that in some cases these movie-like recordings are even storing your passwords.
Social media companies such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter have been accused of failing to protect young people from harassment after a cyberbullying inquiry found that online abuse severely affects their mental health.
26 February 2018
Trump Blames Video Games for Mass Shootings. Researchers Disagree. (New York Times)
President Trump said Thursday that violent video games and movies may play a role in school shootings, a claim that has been made — and rejected — many times since the increase in such attacks in the past two decades.
The Case Against Google: Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in? (New York Times)
Shivaun Moeran and Adam Raff met, married and started a company — thereby sparking a chain of events that might, ultimately, take down this age of internet giants as we know it — because they were both huge nerds. In the late 1980s, Adam was studying programming at the University of Edinburgh, while Shivaun was focused on physics and computer science at King’s College London. They had mutual friends who kept insisting they were perfect for each other. So one weekend, they went on a date and discovered other similarities: They both loved stand-up comedy. Each had a science-minded father. They shared a weakness for puns.
Registries universally said they’re not content police in a discussion on domain name take down processes involving legal counsels from the operators of 6 European registries, both generic and country code TLDs. However processes vary among the registries.