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28 August 2018

US Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms (New York Times)

Technology companies have taken plenty of hits on privacy this year. In May, Europe began enforcing a sweeping new law that lets people request their online data and restricts how businesses obtain and handle the information.

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Microsoft Embraces Role as Anti-Hacking Enforcer (Bloomberg)

As U.S. elections loom, Microsoft is emerging as a leading foe of Russian hacking and meddling in the democratic process, setting it apart from some of its biggest tech counterparts, including Facebook and Twitter, which have been playing catch-up since 2016 in the fight against foreign interference.

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26 August 2018

Call for action to end children's 'battery-hen existence' in summer holidays (The Observer)

Urgent action is needed to stop children leading a “battery hen existence” during the summer holidays that is damaging their mental health, contributing to violence and ensuring they return to school in worse health than when they left, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

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Unpicking the cyber-crime economy (BBC News)

Turning virtual cash into real money without being caught is a big problem for successful cyber-criminals.

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Tech firms step up to confront online threats. But some ask, what about the White House? (Washington Post)

Technology giants increasingly are casting themselves as defenders of online integrity as American democracy, yet again, comes under attack. A recent string of revelations from companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Google about foreign hacking and disinformation amount to a public answer to charges that the technology industry should have done more to thwart Russia’s online attacks in 2016.

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24 August 2018

CENTRstats Finds A Few Less Million Domain Names Than Verisign

CENTR released their latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report this week, reporting the global TLD market grew 2.0% in the 12 months to the end of June to around 337 million domain names, which compared to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief which found that there were around 339.8 million domain names, an increase of 2.4% in the same 12 months. The CENTR report found over half (54%) of all domain names registered in Europe were for the local ccTLD.

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Survey: Teens cutting back on mobile screen, social media time (Marketing Land)

According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, teens are cutting back on mobile phone and social media usage. Parents, not so much. The study finds that those between 13 and 17 are consciously trying to reduce their screen time.

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Google deletes accounts with ties to Iran on YouTube and other sites (Washington Post)

Google announced Thursday that it deleted 58 accounts with ties to Iran on its video platform YouTube and its other sites, the latest sign that foreign agents from around the world increasingly seek to spread disinformation on a broad array of popular websites.

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Insight: Europe's new data law upends global online advertising (Reuters)

Europe’s new data privacy law has put a small army of tech firms that track people online in jeopardy and is strengthening the hand of giants such as Google and Facebook in the $200 billion global digital advertising industry.

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ThreatList: $1.1M is Lost to Cybercrime Every Minute of Every Day (Threat Post)

Every 60 seconds, $1.1 million is lost to cyberattacks. That staggering stat comes to us by way of RiskIQ, which compiled proprietary and third-party research to crunch numbers around malicious activity. The resulting report, the appropriately named “Evil Internet Minute,” paints a stark picture of the cost of cybercrime.

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23 August 2018

Kids are glued to their screens - but parents are in no position to criticize (The Guardian)

Parents lament their teenagers’ noses being constantly buried in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen habits, according to a new report.

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Digital wealth: How to have the final say about your online assets when you die (Australian Financial Review)

"Digital wealth" constitutes a far greater proportion of our estates than many realise, with our personal and business lives becoming increasingly digitalised and online.

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Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet's Misinformation Problem? (New York Times)

In theory, Facebook’s announcement on Tuesday that it had discovered and shut down a wide-ranging Iranian misinformation campaign should make you feel better.

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Europe Worries as Facebook Fights Manipulation (New York Times)

The picture was just like many of the other Facebook posts criticizing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union: a fake commemorative stamp showing a person preparing to shoot himself in the foot.

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Google Tried to Change China. China May End Up Changing Google. (New York Times)

Ever since its founding 20 years ago in a Silicon Valley garage, Google has proudly and often ostentatiously held itself up as the architect of a new model for corporate virtue.

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Can tech giants work together against their common enemies? (New Zealand Herald)

Facebook, Twitter and Google routinely squabble for users, engineers and advertising money. Yet it makes sense for these tech giants to work together on security threats, elections meddling and other common ills.

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Thursday briefing: 'Tax Facebook to pay for BBC' (The Guardian)

Jeremy Corbyn would tax the likes of Facebook, Google and Netflix to subsidise the BBC licence fee. “A few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires control huge swathes of our public space and debate,” the Labour leader is expected to tell the Edinburgh TV festival today.

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22 August 2018

Study links Facebook use to violence against refugees in Germany (The Hill)

A new study by researchers at the University of Warwick is linking the use of Facebook to incidents of violence against refugees.

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Facebook pulls 652 fake accounts and pages meant to influence world politics (The Guardian)

Facebook has removed 652 fake accounts and pages with ties to Russia and Iran attempting to exert political influence in the US, UK, Middle East and Latin America.

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Facebook gives users trustworthiness score (BBC News)

Facebook has confirmed that it has started scoring some of its members on a trustworthiness scale.

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Women rejected these men on dating apps - then the abuse started (ABC News)

Alexandra Tweten was in her 20s when, like thousands before her, she signed up for online dating.

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Piracy is the Internet's Canary in the Coal Mine, MPAA Chief Says (TorrentFreak)

MPAA chief Charles Rivkin is sounding the alarm bell. The healthy and vibrant Internet many people want is in serious jeopardy. Whether it's in response to fake news, hate speech, or piracy, Rivkin calls on Internet platforms to take responsibility and fix the web's "broken windows."

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Don't want Google tracking you? You have almost no choice, according to a study. (Washington Post)

Google’s sweeping capability to collect data makes it nearly impossible to escape the tech giant in the course of normal online activity, according to a study published Tuesday.

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21 August 2018

Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty (BBC News)

A US lawyer could be jailed for up to 10 years for helping to upload porn films to file-sharing sites and then sue people who downloaded them.

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Microsoft says it has found a Russian operation targeting U.S. political institutions (Washington Post)

A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of six websites — including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate — with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said Monday night that it discovered and disabled the fake sites.

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