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09 November 2017

China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home (New York Times)

China does not allow its people to gain access to Facebook, a powerful tool for disseminating information and influencing opinion.

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08 November 2017

Research Shows Rise in Global DDoS Attacks (Security Intelligence)

Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise globally. According to researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, University of California, San Diego and Saarland University in Germany, one-third of all networks active on the internet have experienced a DDoS attack at some point over the last two years, SecurityWeek reported.

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Hot topics of NZ's NetHui 2017: Policies and social implications, New technologies (InternetNZ)

How should we run our Internet in a way that is inclusive and as safe as possible for everyone? How do we rebalance rights and interests that new Internet enabled technologies imbalance? What implications could the Internet have on our society, and our rules and norms for living together?

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Facebook asks Australian users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn (The Guardian)

Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude photos in an effort to tackle revenge porn, in an attempt to give some control back to victims of this type of abuse.

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Twitter officially enables 280-character limit for all accounts, including brands (Marketing Land)

Twitter is officially doubling its character count. Less than two months after testing extending tweets’ maximum length to 280 characters, Twitter is enabling the new length for all users on Tuesday. The new maximum will apply to tweets in all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean, in which space is less of an issue.

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MPAA Warns Australia Not to 'Mess' With Fair Use and Geo-Blocking (TorrentFreak)

The MPAA has submitted its 2018 list of foreign trade barriers to the U.S. Government. The document reveals that Hollywood is concerned that Australia is considering implementing fair use exceptions, allowing circumvention of geo-blocking, and expanding safe harbor provisions for online services. In addition, the MPAA notes that stiffer penalties are required to deter piracy.

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Re:scam - $12 billion is lost globally to phishing scams every year. It's time we fought back. (Netsafe)

Introducing Re:scam – an artificially intelligent email bot made to reply to scam emails. Re:scam wastes scammers time with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real people.

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You may be sick of worrying about online privacy, but 'surveillance apathy' is also a problem (The Conversation)

We all seem worried about privacy. Though it’s not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: it’s also our attitudes towards privacy that are important.

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Mass Shootings, Climate, Discrimination: Why Government's Fear of Data Threatens Us All (Wired)

In the aftermath of the massacre of 26 people in a small-town Texas church, you might have seen that the killer used a gun called an AR-15. It’s a popular weapon—relatively easy to use, endlessly customizable, military in appearance. How popular? It’s the same gun that a killer used in the massacre of 58 people at a Las Vegas concert last month, and by the killer who murdered 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, and the one at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. And the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. And the party in San Bernardino, California.

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Dirty Tricks and Smears Enter auDA Director's Election

There’s currently an election underway for directors to the auDA Board. The last 2 years have been dogged by controversy for the .au policy and regulatory body. The Board unceremoniously dumped the CEO and the current CEO and board have overseen a turbulent time since current CEO Cameron Boardman commenced.

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07 November 2017

nic.at Introduces New Partnerfinder Tool To Help Registrants Find The Right Registrar

For many domain name registrants, finding the registrar that best suits their requirements can be a minefield. They might find a cheaper registrar, but then find the registrar doesn’t offer services they require, or the support they need. So the Austrian ccTLD registry, nic.at, has set about making this process easier with their new “Partnerfinder” service.

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Building A.I. That Can Build A.I. (New York Times)

Google and others, fighting for a small pool of researchers, are looking for automated ways to deal with a shortage of artificial intelligence experts.

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Africa set to top 1 billion mobile internet connections in five years: study (Reuters)

Africa’s mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks.

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After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits (New York Times)

The tech giant has found a tax haven in the island of Jersey, leaving billions of dollars untouched by the United States, leaked documents reveal.

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Getting a Grip on GDPR: The Secret Is Knowing Where to Begin (Security Intelligence)

An old friend once gave me some really valuable advice about reaching a goal. He said that you can’t get to where you’re going if you don’t know where you are. Over the years, I’ve found that to be true in a lot of situations. But I think it’s especially fitting in discussing GDPR readiness.

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06 November 2017

Facebook is not listening to the fake news furore (The Observer)

One of the most instructive sights of the week was that of representatives of Twitter, Google and Facebook getting a grilling from a US Senate judiciary subcommittee on Capitol Hill. The topic at hand? “Extremist content and Russian disinformation online”, which, translated, reads: how did Russian use of social media affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election? The committee chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, set it up nicely in his opening statement by quoting what Trump had said on Fox News on 20 October: “I doubt I’d be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you.”

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Twitter's rewritten rules published (BBC News)

Twitter has published a new version of its rules, which it says will clarify its policies and how it enforces them.

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Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade (New York Times)

The sting began, as so many things do these days, on social media.

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We Need New Rules for the Internet Economy (Der Spiegel)

Antitrust laws only go so far when addressing companies that don't produce any physical goods. It is time to negotiate a new set of rules. Otherwise, our future economy will be dominated by just a few companies.

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05 November 2017

auDA Seeking to Amend Constitution to Silence Dissent

The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, is seeking to implement even more onerous rules on who can be a Member of the organisation than on who is eligible to stand for the Australian parliament in what could easily be viewed as an attempt to stifle dissent.

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ICANN Has New Leadership Team With Chalaby as Chair, Disspain Vice-Chair As 60th Meetings Ends

ICANN announced a new leadership team to head the ICANN Board of Directors at the organisation’s 60th public meeting held in Abu Dhabi last week. The 19th Annual General Meeting, Cherine Chalaby and Chris Disspain were officially appointed as the new Chair of the ICANN Board and Vice-Chair respectively.

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04 November 2017

Computers and the Future of Skill Demand (OECD)

Computer scientists are working on reproducing all human skills using artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. Unsurprisingly then, many people worry that these advances will dramatically change work skills in the years ahead and perhaps leave many workers unemployable.

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The Upside of Being Ruled by the Five Tech Giants (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. But what if that’s not so bad? For a year and a half — and more urgently for much of the last month — I have warned of the growing economic, social and political power held by the five largest American tech companies: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

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How to stop Google and Facebook from becoming even more powerful (The Guardian)

On Tuesday, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana told the general counsels of Facebook and Google: “Your power sometimes scares me.” The problem, Kennedy said, is that the corporations know too much about us, and too little about themselves.

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Facebook Says It's Policing Fake Accounts. But They're Still Easy to Spot. (New York Times)

Executives of Facebook, Twitter and Google pledged to Congress this week to do more to prevent the fakery that has polluted their sites. “We understand that the people you represent expect authentic experiences when they come to our platform,” Colin Stretch, the general counsel of Facebook, told the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said the company was doubling its review staff to 20,000 and using artificial intelligence to find more “bad actors.”

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