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17 February 2018

Instagram submits to Russia censor's demands (BBC News)

Instagram has blocked posts in Russia relating to corruption claims made by the country's most prominent opposition leader.

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16 February 2018

Only the EU can break Facebook and Google's dominance by George Soros (The Guardian)

The current moment in world history is a painful one. Open societies are in crisis, and forms of dictatorships and mafia states, exemplified by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, are on the rise. In the United States, President Donald Trump would like to establish his own mafia-style state but cannot, because the constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.

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EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more for users (Reuters)

Europe’s justice commissioner told Facebook, Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, ramping up pressure on the tech giants after their efforts were deemed too little.

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Global Domain Registrations Climb Up, But .NET and New gTLDs Slide Down

Global domain name registrations continue to rise, with approximately 332.4 million registrations at the end of 2017 across all top level domains, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief out today. The increase for the fourth quarter was approximately 1.7 million domain names, or 0.5%, from the third quarter and 3.1 million, or 0.9%, year over year.

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15 February 2018

Web creator's big new internet project (New Zealand Herald)

Tim Berners-Lee is often credited as being the inventor of the World Wide Web — but these days he's hellbent on changing it.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives (New York Times)

In Phoenix, cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones, apps can now recognize faces in photos and translate from one language to another.

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UK unveils extremism blocking tool (BBC News)

The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.

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Google's Chrome To Mark All HTTP Sites As Insecure Come July

Google is one of the many companies doing their bit to make the internet more secure. A significant milestone will occur in July 2018 for users of their Chrome browser when all HTTP websites will be marked as insecure with the release of Chrome 68 as they strongly advocate that sites adopt HTTPS encryption, according to a post on the Google Security Blog.

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14 February 2018

auDA Goes Gung-Ho With Threats Some Registrants Could Lose Their Domain Names

auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, has decided to clamp down on a seemingly innocuous practice, that is of the occasional domain name registrant registering domain names with strings that are included on a Reserve List defined under Australian law.

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13 February 2018

Cyberspace: A Manmade Sphere for Wars (Modern Diplomacy)

Internet can be considered as one of the greatest achievements of humanity of the last century, which connected the entire world. It created a new space for connections, information and communications, as well as cooperation. Thus, it created also a new platform for conflicts which involved not only individuals but also states. The invention of the twentieth century, the internet, has become another sphere for international relations, and a new space for defensive and offensive policies for regulating and balancing those affairs. The space called cyberspace has become a platform for interactions not only between individuals, but also between states. The interactions on their side were not only developed in a positive manner, but were also transformed into attacks, which pose a real threat to the security of states.

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Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm (BBC News)

Iceland is facing an "exponential" rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said.

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Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court (The Guardian)

Facebook’s default privacy settings and use of personal data are against German consumer law, according to a judgement handed down by a Berlin regional court.

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12 February 2018

A national 5G wireless network is not such a stupid idea (The Economist)

For more than three decades, telecoms policy, at least in rich countries, has been a one-way street: more deregulation and more privatisation in order to foster more competition. This direction was set by America in 1984, when it broke up AT&T, its telephone monopoly. So there was much surprise at a recent memo, written for the White House by an official at the National Security Council, which argued that the next generation of mobile network, “5G” for short, should be built and run by the American government.

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09 February 2018

Australia's Own ccTLD Not Good Enough for auDA!

Apparently Australia’s ccTLD isn’t good enough for auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body. In advertisements in daily papers promoting a series of seminars on “the biggest changes in 30 years” to .au, auDA deemed it better to use .ly domain name than .au!

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The global Internet requires a global, collaborative approach to Internet Governance by Sally Shipman Wentworth & Larry Strickling (Internet Society)

Now more then ever, the Internet Society believes in the need to preserve the values of openness, inclusiveness and transparency that have always been at the heart of the Internet. A coherent global governance model for the global Internet that includes everyone is key to achieving this vision. But how can we get more governments to embrace the kind of collaborative governance that has shaped the Internet we know and use today? How can we improve and expand the model so that it becomes more widely adopted around the world? How can YOU help that to happen?

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What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn (New York Times)

American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?

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Why Twitter is now profitable for the first time ever (Washington Post)

Twitter posted a surprise profit in its Thursday earnings report — marking the first time it's ever made money as a public company.

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Identity Fraud Affected 16.7 Million U.S. Consumers in 2017, Report Reveals (Security Intelligence)

The number of identity theft victims rose by 8 percent to 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017, according to a new report.

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Members of the U.K. Parliament grill American tech giants over the spread of fake news. (Washington Post)

Eleven members of parliament from the United Kingdom journeyed to a large ballroom in Washington D.C. Thursday to learn about fake news from three U.S. social media giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The meeting was unusual — the official parliamentary session was the first time a House of Commons committee broadcast a public hearing live from outside the United Kingdom. And it wasn't exactly cordial.

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John Perry Barlow: will dream of open internet die with its founding father? (The Guardian)

Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow, who championed ideals of a free and open internet, has died. And his ideals are at risk of dying with him.

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08 February 2018

Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study (The Guardian)

Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing social network users, according to a new study from the University of Oxford.

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Google gave the world powerful AI tools, and the world made porn with them (Quartz)

In 2015, Google announced it would release its internal tool for developing artificial intelligence algorithms, TensorFlow, a move that would change the tone of how AI research and development would be conducted around the world. The means to build technology that could have an impact as profound as electricity, to borrow phrasing from Google’s CEO, would be open, accessible, and free to use. The barrier to entry was lowered from a Ph.D to a laptop.

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Dozens charged for Infraud cyber-crime site (BBC News)

Thirty-six people have been charged for their alleged involvement in running a cyber-crime service responsible for more than $530m of losses.

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Cybersecurity: we can hack it (CSIRO)

It is estimated that 3,885,567,619 people across the world have access to the internet, roughly 51.7% of the world population. More often than not, the internet is used to benefit society — from connecting opposite sides of the world to making knowledge more accessible. But sometimes, the anonymity provided by the internet creates risks of cyberbullying as well as threats to cyber security.

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Net Neutrality in the United States: Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society hosts talk with Christopher S. Yoo and Matthew Wood (Harvard Law)

The Jan. 4 release of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order marked the most recent turn of events in the longstanding and ever-changing debate over net neutrality.

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