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04 November 2017

Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by U.S. Congress (BBC News)

Further instances of social media posts and ads thought to be part of Russian propaganda efforts to influence the last US presidential election and divide its society have been shared with the public.

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02 November 2017

Global Internet Stakeholders Convene in Abu Dhabi for ICANN60

Today [30 Oct], ICANN kicked off its 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). From 28 October to 3 November, more than 2,500 regional and global participants are gathering for discussions about the policies regarding the Internet's system of unique identifiers. One of the key topics at ICANN60 is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The meeting is also an important forum for cross-community discussions on a number of ongoing projects in ICANN. The host of the meeting is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.

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E-Shops Selling Counterfeit Goods Often Use Re-Registered Brand Domains, European Study Finds

Companies letting their domain names expire are often finding e-shops are re-registering their domain names and using them to market trademark infringing, or counterfeit, goods. But there’s no correlation between the use of the domain name prior to the e-shop and what the e-shop sells.

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ICANN Advise on What You Need to Know When Transferring a Domain Name

Recently ICANN provided a post on their blog on what you as a domain name registrant need to know when transferring a domain name.

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Facebook and eSafety Commissioner join forces to stop revenge porn in Australia (Australian Financial Review)

Social media giant Facebook and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner have joined forces to stop revenge porn images being shared on the social network.

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WhatsApp is becoming the customer service tool of choice for Nigerian e-commerce (Quartz)

As e-commerce continues grows in Nigeria, a new challenge has emerged in how to efficiently execute returns and manage failed deliveries.

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Russian ads, now publicly released, show sophistication of influence campaign (Washington Post)

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote Republican Donald Trump, denigrate Democrat Hillary Clinton and divide Americans over some of the nation’s most sensitive social issues.

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Zuckerberg Is 'Dead Serious' About Russia, Open to Legislation (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is “dead serious” about preventing future interference by foreign powers in U.S. elections on his social network, adding that the company is working with Congress on political ad-transparency legislation.

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Explainer: What is Russia's new VPN law all about? (BBC News)

A Russian law regulating the use of technologies enabling users to search the internet anonymously is coming into force on 1 November.

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01 November 2017

Facebook Says It Will Double Safety and Security Staff (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. said it will double its safety and security staff to 20,000, including contract workers, by the end of 2018.

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How to Fix Facebook? We Asked 9 Experts (New York Times)

Colin Stretch, the general counsel of Facebook, appeared on Tuesday before senators who are investigating how Russia spread misinformation online during the 2016 presidential campaign. Along with Google and Twitter, Facebook has been blamed for helping Russian agents influence the outcome of the election.

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U.S. senators hammer Facebook for power over elections (Reuters)

U.S. senators on Tuesday pressed Facebook Inc’s chief lawyer on why the company did not catch 2016 election ads bought using Russian rubles, why its investigation of them took so long and how much it knows about its 5 million advertisers.

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Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone (New York Times)

Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies of prepared remarks from the companies that were obtained by The New York Times.

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Google Has a New Plan for China (and It's Not About Search) (Bloomberg)

More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it’s not with a search engine.

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29 October 2017

Google Searches Now Focus on Your Actual Location, Not the ccTLD in Your Search

Last week Google made another update to the way their search engine works with searches no longer indicated by the domain but rather search results will be served the country service that corresponds to your location. Typing the preferred ccTLD into a search will no longer bring you to the various country services. It’s a change that could make ccTLD domain names less relevant for marketers and businesses.

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Virtual reality headsets could put children's health at risk (The Guardian)

Researchers have warned that virtual reality headsets could pose risks to users, particularly children. The scientists, based at Leeds University, believe continued use of VR sets could trigger eyesight and balance problems in young people unless changes are made to devices.

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27 October 2017

WhatsApp faces EU taskforce over sharing user data with Facebook (The Guardian)

The European Union’s data regulator group is again focusing its attention on WhatsApp for the messaging app’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, launching a taskforce to implement “a clear, comprehensive resolution” to comply with EU law.

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Criminals try message apps to evade dark web crackdown: report (Reuters)

A police crackdown on dark web markets such as AlphaBay and Hansa is driving cyber criminals to use mobile messaging apps to locate anonymous new hideouts from which to operate, a report by security researchers published on Wednesday showed.

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Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content (New York Times)

Reddit, the online internet forum, has started to implement a new policy to ban content that glorifies and incites violence, and among the first to go were forums for Nazi, racist and white supremacist groups.

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Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content (New York Times)

Reddit, the online internet forum, has started to implement a new policy to ban content that glorifies and incites violence, and among the first to go were forums for Nazi, racist and white supremacist groups.

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Digital generation gap remains wide open as older generations fail to embrace new technology (Nominet)

Fewer than half of adults in the UK are classed as “digitally savvy” according to new research by Nominet – the company best known for the smooth running of the .UK internet.

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Verisign Report Third Quarter Results With Renewal Rates Trending Up

Verisign reported their results for the third quarter of 2017, and they show that .com and .net are performing strongly, combined, with renewal rates highest in the 6 years for which figures are available. In their financial results Verisign don’t break down .com and .net.

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26 October 2017

Will Facebook Kill All Future Facebooks? (Wired)

In 2010, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai believed that his company, and several other social-media upstarts—Twitter, Tumblr, Path—could carve out successful niches against Facebook.

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EU privacy regulators increase pressure on WhatsApp over data sharing (Reuters)

European Union privacy regulators rapped WhatsApp on the knuckles for not resolving their concerns over the messaging service’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, (FB.O) a year after they first issued a warning.

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Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don't Bet on It (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.

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