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13 February 2018

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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07 February 2018

Ireland's ccTLD .IE Has Best Year Ever in 2017, With 2018 Likely Even Bigger

It’s one of the smaller ccTLDs within Europe with one of the lower rates of domain names registered per capita, but Ireland’s .ie continues to power along having their best year ever with an average of 108 domain names registered every day. With eligibility restrictions set to be eased next month.

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Winning Registry of the Year Tops List of EURid's 2017 Achievements

EURid have announced that their winning the CENTR registry of the year award in 2017 was the icing on the cake for what was a very good year.

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Indian Cricket Involved in Domain Name Renewal Fiasco

A recent incident involving the domain name for the world’s largest and richest national cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has shown the perils of an organisation not maintaining their own domain names. The BCCI’s domain name for its official website,, went offline for a few days after the renewal fee wasn’t paid. And it ended up on a couple of aftermarket outlets.

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06 February 2018

Digital media can enhance family life, says LSE study (The Guardian)

Digital media activities are enhancing family life rather than destroying it as they increasingly play an important role in families, a study has found.

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Former Facebook and Google workers launch campaign to fight tech addiction (The Guardian)

Reformed techies have united to launch a campaign to put pressure on technology companies to make their products less addictive and manipulative.

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Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall (The Guardian)

The global smartphone market fell 9% in a year this quarter, the biggest fall in smartphone history, with even Apple’s iPhone sales down 1% as users hang on to their phones longer.

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ICANN Announces October 2018 As New Date for KSK Rollover

It was originally scheduled to happen in October 2017 but delayed just a couple of weeks before the scheduled date, then in December it was scheduled for the first quarter of 2018 and then delayed once more. Now ICANN has announced the KSK Rollover will happen in October 2018.

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04 February 2018

Cellphones Are Still Safe for Humans, Researchers Say (New York Times)

Do cellphones cause cancer? Despite years of research, there is still no clear answer. But two government studies released on Friday, one in rats and one in mice, suggest that if there is any risk, it is small, health officials said.

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Will tech giants move on from the internet, now we've all been harvested? by Evgeny Morozov (The Observer)

Much of the current hysteria about the technology industry is due to its highly ambiguous relationship with its users. Driven by the logics of both compassion and indifference, this relationship has always been erratic yet functional. These two clashing rationales, for example, allowed technology companies, frequently painted as Dr Evil, to claim the mantle of Mother Theresa. However, as the unresolved contradictions of these logics pile up, we can’t fail to notice the incoherence of the industry’s overall social vision.

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01 February 2018

Singapore Asia’s #1 in Startup Mobility and Education in Asia: Youth Mobility Report

Singapore has been ranked Asia’s number one country for Start-up Mobility and in the Education sector according to a recent Youth Mobility Report (YMI) from the team behind the .asia TLD.

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