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11 March 2018

False news 70 percent more likely to spread on Twitter - study (Reuters)

False news stories spread much more quickly and widely on Twitter than truthful ones, an imbalance driven more by people than automated “bot” accounts, researchers said on Thursday.

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How Lies Spread Online (New York Times)

The spread of misinformation on social media is an alarming phenomenon that scientists have yet to fully understand. While the data show that false claims are increasing online, most studies have analyzed only small samples or the spread of individual fake stories.

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08 March 2018

The Internet of Things and the law (ABC Law Report)

There is a growing market for those smart, home management devices that can answer a question, play you a song, control your room temperature or stream a TV series for you.

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Your Data Is Crucial to a Robotic Age. Shouldn't You Be Paid for It? (New York Times)

Should Facebook pay us for our puppy pictures? Of course, the idea sounds crazy. Posting puppies on Facebook is not a chore. We love it: Facebook’s 1.4 billion daily users spend the better part of an hour on it every day. It’s amazing that we don’t have to pay for it.

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07 March 2018

Facebook asks users: should we allow men to ask children for sexual images? (The Guardian)

Facebook has admitted it was a “mistake” to ask users whether paedophiles requesting sexual pictures from children should be allowed on its website.

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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.

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YouTube Cracks Down on Far-Right Videos as Conspiracy Theories Spread (New York Times)

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.

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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.

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03 March 2018

GDPR: EPAG's MD Explains The Nightmare on Registrar Street

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.

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02 March 2018

Home entertainment spending overtakes print sales for first time in UK (The Guardian)

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.

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EU piles pressure on internet giants to remove extremist content (Reuters)

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.

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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.

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01 March 2018

5 Questions: Brian Cute, PIR CEO, On the State of the Domain Industry and the Challenges Ahead

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.

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OECD: Bridging the rural digital divide (OECD)

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.

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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.

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Bill Gates: cryptocurrencies have 'caused deaths in a fairly direct way' (The Guardian)

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”.

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The road to 5G: The inevitable growth of infrastructure cost (McKinsey)

Network cost could double as operators strive to meet demand for increased capacity and deploy 5G. How can they maintain their profits?

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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.

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1 in 3 gTLDs Shrink in 2017: CENTR Report

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.

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28 February 2018

GDPR: The Nightmare on ccTLD Street

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.

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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.”

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EU plans new tax for tech giants up to 5 percent of gross revenues (Reuters)

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.

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Social media firms 'failing' to tackle cyber-bullying (BBC News)

Social networks' failure to tackle cyber-bullying is risking the mental health of young people, a Children's Society survey has found.

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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.

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Covert 'Replay Sessions' Have Been Harvesting Passwords by Mistake (Wired)

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.

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