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08 December 2017
Inside the Opposition to a Net Neutrality Repeal (New York Times)
Hundreds of protests were staged across the country on Thursday in the latest uproar over a repeal of rules ensuring an open internet. The drumbeat of action can in good part be traced back to a yellow Victorian house in this leafy New England city.
Why Has Bitcoin's Price Gone Up So Fast? (New York Times)
Bitcoin has been in a bull market like few the world has ever seen.
07 December 2017
The French railway operator SNCF launched their new home online this week with their home page now oui.sncf. SNCF is one of the most prominent brands to make the switch to a new gTLD, particularly in Europe. The previous home of SNCF online, voyages-sncf.com, now redirects to the new domain name.
Google wants more humans to help solve the problem of child exploitation on YouTube (Washington Post)
In announcing plans to hire many more human moderators to flag disturbing and extremist content this week, YouTube has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to acknowledge that software alone won’t solve many of the problems plaguing the industry.
The history of artificial intelligence is a procession of one-trick ponies. Over decades researchers have crafted a series of super-specialized programs to beat humans at tougher and tougher games. They conquered tic-tac-toe, checkers, and chess. Most recently, Alphabet’s DeepMind research group shocked the world with a program called AlphaGo that mastered the Chinese board game Go. But each of these artificial champions could play only the game it was painstakingly designed to play.
Internet groups such as Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after a meeting on Wednesday.
06 December 2017
Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India? (New York Times)
Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first internet phone last week.
05 December 2017
One Belt, One Road: China heralds 'Digital Silk Road'; foresees internet-era power shift soon (ABC News)
In an eastern Chinese town not too far from Shanghai, cybertechnology leaders and government officials from around the world gathered this week to discuss the future of the global digital economy.
Neustar has completed the transition from its .biz TLD to its very own .neustar. As of yesterday (4 Dec) it launched its revamped global website. Now Neustar’s homepage resolves to home.neustar and each of its solution areas can also be found on .neustar web addresses, such as marketing.neustar, security.neustar and risk.neustar.
US, China experts differ on Net governance (Straits Times)
The way to set rules and norms for the Internet continues to divide China and the United States, with their experts no closer to finding consensus on core issues.
China's internet industry second only to US, Beijing-backed study says (South China Morning Post)
China ranks second only to the United States in terms of internet development and innovation, but among the worst on cybersecurity and industry infrastructure, according to a survey of 38 countries by a Beijing-backed think tank.
Expansion of artificial intelligence in financial services, healthcare, transportation and other fields poses new challenges to governments charged with regulating those industries, according to an executive with Google who is a pioneer in the field of machine learning.
Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC, has said the corporation can help “minimise the risks” for children in the digital world, as he announced its new website for nine to 12-year-olds.
A consortium of tech companies including Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc said on Monday a database it created to identify extremist content now contains more than 40,000 videos or images.
The UK and other EU governments are planning a crackdown on bitcoin amid growing concerns that the digital currency is being used for money laundering and tax evasion.
The competition regulator has announced it will investigate whether online giants Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google have disrupted Australia's news media market to the detriment of publishers and consumers.
The notorious 404 error, “Not Found,” is often, not totally erroneously, referred to as “the last page of the internet.” It’s an obligatory heads-up with an outsize reputation; it is a meme and a punch line. Bad puns abound. The error has been printed in comics and on T-shirts, an accessible and relatable facet of what was once relegated to nerd humor and is now a fact of digital life.
03 December 2017
President Trump is now a troll (Washington Post)
Though it has a long way to go, the science that underlies the fight against extremism has made a lot of progress in recent years. Psychologists and social media analysts have found that people become radicalized by other members of a group. People seek out the like-minded, then enter online forums, then become more extreme by reading and communicating with others. As the study of history will also tell you, individuals will do things as part of a mob that they would not do alone.
What is the future of work? (McKinsey)
A new podcast series from the McKinsey Global Institute explores how technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills we need to work.
In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained under different scenarios through 2030.
Young women build their identities online and put themselves at risk of harm, NZ report finds (Stuff)
Young women build, or "curate" their identities online, while boys are more likely to interact with "randoms" in online games, a new Ministry for Women and Netsafe report finds.
China's Top Ideologue Calls for Tight Control of Internet (New York Times)
Little heard from but hugely influential, the professor turned Communist theoretician who has been a major adviser to three Chinese leaders finally stepped out of the shadows on Sunday.
From the Arctic's Melting Ice, an Unexpected Digital Hub (New York Times)
The receding ice has opened new passageways for high-speed internet cables. Point Hope, a gravel spit in northwest Alaska, is along one of the new routes.
01 December 2017
Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows.
How 41 People in Lithuania Took Over Your Facebook Feed (New York Times)
Of all of Facebook’s superpowers, perhaps the most disconcerting is how it can make online publishers disappear with the push of a button.