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10 May 2018

The web is under threat. Join us and fight for it. by Tim Berners-Lee (Medium)

Today, the World Wide Web turns 29. This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross the tipping point when more than half of the world’s population will be online.

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09 May 2018

European regulators: We're not ready for new privacy law (Reuters)

EU's GDPR has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web. There’s one problem: many of the regulators who will police it say they aren’t ready yet.

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From 'pretty please' mode to Digital Wellbeing, Google unveils tech with a responsible message (Washington Post)

Google’s annual developer conference is normally a relentlessly positive cheerleading session to excite developers to create products for the company and its Android operating system. But this year, there is a hint of a more serious tone as the company discusses creating technology that is not simply innovative, but responsible.

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08 May 2018

Social media copies gambling methods 'to create psychological cravings' (The Guardian)

Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn.

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Even Privacy Advocates Are Tracking You Online (Bloomberg)

The primary purpose of Californians for Consumer Privacy, an advocacy group formed by San Francisco real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart, is to push for a ballot initiative adding restrictions on companies that profit from the collection of personal data. Last week, it gave state officials a petition with over 600,000 signatures, which should be enough to get it in front of voters in November.

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Microsoft Tries a New Role: Moral Leader (New York Times)

Facebook and Google are under the microscope for the ways their technologies can spread misinformation, while Amazon’s growing market power is a regular target of President Trump. And Apple pioneered the modern smartphone, a device increasingly seen as too addicting.

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At Google, 'responsibility' upstages new technology (Washington Post)

Google on Tuesday plans to wade into the debate over whether technology - and the time spent on devices - is harmful to people’s health, criticism that it has dodged more than Apple and Facebook.

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07 May 2018

What Europe's Tough New Data Law Means for You, and the Internet (New York Times)

In a couple of weeks, Europe will introduce some of the toughest online privacy rules in the world. The changes are aimed at giving internet users more control over what’s collected and shared about them, and they punish companies that don’t comply.

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06 May 2018

Who Strikes Fear Into Silicon Valley? Margrethe Vestager, Europe's Antitrust Enforcer (New York Times)

At first blush, Margrethe Vestager’s decision to investigate Apple’s planned acquisition of the music-identification app Shazam seems fairly minor, at least by her standards. As Europe’s competition commissioner, Ms. Vestager is known for aggressively pursuing big cases against Silicon Valley giants, and the Shazam deal is a smallish one, by most estimates valued at far less than $1 billion.

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04 May 2018

Ex-U.N. chief Annan tells Facebook to move faster on hate speech (Reuters)

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan told Facebook Inc on Thursday that it should consider establishing a special team to respond more quickly to threats of sectarian violence in countries such as Myanmar that are at high risk.

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Twitter tells 330 million users to change their passwords (BBC News)

Twitter has warned its 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal network.

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03 May 2018

DDoS Attacks Increase in Volume and Duration in Q1 2018 (Security Intelligence)

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack events are on the rise in the first quarter of 2018. That’s the word from a recent Kaspersky Lab study, which found “a significant increase in both the total number and duration of DDoS attacks against Q4 2017.”

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EU: data-harvesting tech firms are 'sweatshops of connected world' (The Guardian)

The European data protection supervisor has hit out at social media and tech firms over the recent constant stream of privacy policy emails in the run up to GDPR, calling them them the “sweatshops of the connected world”.

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02 May 2018

.APP Readies for General Availability With Biggest Sunrise

Google’s .app new gTLD is readying itself for General Availability next week as it goes through an Early Access Program that started Monday. The .app TLD has been specifically for apps and app developers, with added security to help showcase apps to the world – it’s the first TLD to have enforced HTTPS.

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Mark Zuckerberg Has a Message: Facebook Will Keep Building (New York Times)

Mark Zuckerberg has faced scandal after scandal in recent months. On Tuesday, he indicated he was ready to move on and continue Facebook’s march of taking over people’s online lives.

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Amid privacy scandal, Facebook unveils tool that lets you clear browsing history (The Guardian)

Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new Facebook privacy control called “clear history” at the social media company’s annual developer conference, and admitted that he “didn’t have clear enough answers” about data control when he recently testified before Congress.

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Cyberwarfare, populism top 'black swan' events at Milken conference (Reuters)

Cyberwarfare and populism are some of the top risks that could threaten global stability and financial markets in the years ahead, investors and policymakers warned at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference this week, as they characterized them as black swan events.

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Creepy or Not? Your Privacy Concerns Probably Reflect Your Politics (New York Times)

Are you creeped out by the idea of a company checking a job candidate’s credit history before deciding whether to hire her or him? Your answer could be tied to your political views.

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Iran, Like Russia Before It, Tries to Block Telegram App (New York Times)

Iran blocked Telegram, the most popular messaging app in the country, on Tuesday, claiming the service used by 40 million Iranians endangers national security.

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01 May 2018

Music downloads can gauge consumer vibe – Bank of England: Chief economist says 'taste in books, TV and radio may also offer a window on the soul' (The Guardian)

Central bankers seeking to understand what’s really happening in the economy might want to forget about market research surveys and get hip to the number of Taylor Swift downloads instead, the chief economist at the Bank of England has suggested.

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How the internet tricks you out of privacy using 'dark patterns' of design (ABC News)

The padlock is the internet's talisman of privacy and safety. It's in the corner of your browser when you have a secure website connection. It appears on a Twitter protected profile. It indicates where to find Facebook's privacy settings.

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Leaving Facebook Amid User Data Disputes (New York Times)

When Jan Koum, a founder of the messaging app WhatsApp, sold the service to Facebook in 2014, he explained how deeply he cared about the privacy of communication. Growing up in the Soviet Union during the 1980s — when surveillance was a fact of life — had made him realize the importance of being able to speak freely, he wrote.

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'They Want to Block Our Future': Thousands Protest Russia's Internet Censorship (New York Times)

A demonstration in Moscow against the Russian government’s effort to block the messaging app Telegram quickly morphed on Monday into a protest against President Vladimir V. Putin, with thousands of participants chanting against the Kremlin’s increasingly restrictive bent.

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30 April 2018

Over 300,000 British .EU Registrants Get Brexit Reprieve With New Registration Flexibility

At the end of March, the European Commission, without consulting the .eu registry EURid, decided that following the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union that the more than 318,000 .eu domain name registrants would not be able to renew their domain names. And nor would businesses based in the UK or British residents be able to register them once Britain left the European Union renew them.

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29 April 2018

Facebook's global monopoly poses a deadly threat in developing nations (The Guardian)

The most significant moment in the US Senate’s interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg came when Senator Lindsey Graham asked the Facebook boss: “Who’s your biggest competitor?” It was one of the few moments in his five-hour testimony when Zuckerberg seemed genuinely discombobulated. The video of the exchange is worth watching. First, he smirks. Then he waffles about Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft “overlapping” with Facebook in various ways. It’s doesn’t look like he believes what he’s saying.

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