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19 December 2017

U.S. blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack (Reuters)

The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year.

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Google Changes Rules to Purge News That Masks Country of Origin (Bloomberg)

Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued internet companies this year.

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Twitter Bans Some White Supremacists and Other Extremists (Bloomberg)

Twitter Inc. pulled some white supremacists and other extremists from its platform on Monday, enforcing new policies to address persistent concerns that it wasn’t doing enough combat hate speech and harassment.

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French privacy watchdog raps WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing (Reuters)

France’s data privacy watchdog may fine messaging app WhatsApp if it does not comply with an order to bring its sharing of user data with parent company Facebook into line with French privacy law.

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Google's Record Fine of $2.8 Billion Was a 'Deterrent,' EU Says (Bloomberg)

The European Union aimed for a “deterrent effect” on Google and other technology giants when it ordered the internet search provider to pay 2.4 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for breaching antitrust law over how it displays shopping ads.

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UN chief highlights need for Internet governance to support innovation, prevent criminal use (United Nations)

Adequate governance is critical to realizing the vast promise of the Internet for a better world for all, Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual United Nations forum on Internet governance on Monday.

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18 December 2017

Optimism that European expertise will dominate 'internet of things' (McKinsey)

As Europe’s economy recovers, companies and investors across the continent are gearing up for new opportunities, taking advantage of its hidden strengths: education, skills and innovative people. Here we look at plans by the EU’s science and research chief to ensure European companies thrive in the internet’s “third wave”.

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As auDA’s Annus Horribilis Draws to a Close, Afilias Appointed to Operate .AU Registry

It’s been a bruising year for auDA. One could call it their Annus Horribilis. An unusually high staff and board member turnover, ousting of the Chair following a member revolt and a process for dealing with the registry contract commencing in turmoil, but finally coming to an end with Afilias winning the tender to operate the registry from July 2018.

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17 December 2017

Google is using light beam tech to connect rural India to the internet (Tech Crunch)

Alphabet’s X — the company formerly known as Google X — is working with a telecom operator in Indian state Andhra Pradesh, home to over 50 million people, to use Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC), a technology that uses beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances.

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Facebook admits it poses mental health risk - but says using site more can help (The Guardian)

Facebook has acknowledged that social media use can be bad for users’ mental health, a sign the company is feeling pressure from a growing chorus of critics raising alarms about the platform’s effect on society.

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Where is technology taking the economy? (McKinsey)

We are creating an intelligence that is external to humans and housed in the virtual economy. This is bringing us into a new economic era—a distributive one—where different rules apply.

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How the Pentagon's cyber offensive against ISIS could shape the future for elite U.S. forces (Washington Post)

The U.S. military has conducted cyber attacks against the Islamic State for more than a year, and its record of success when those attacks are coordinated with elite Special Operations troops is such that the Pentagon is likely carry out similar operations with greater frequency, according to current and former U.S. defense officials.

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16 December 2017

Digital Rights Are Human Rights: Freedom of speech matters just as much online as it does offline. (Slate)

Not long ago, the internet connoted progress, connection, exploration, innovation. But what trends do you associate with the net today? Disinformation? Hatred? Surveillance? Censorship? Monopoly? Child exploitation?

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15 December 2017

Net Neutrality Isn't Just a Domestic Issue: By removing net neutrality protections for Americans, the FCC will hurt people abroad too. (Slate)

Asad Mukhtar, a 27-year-old man who is currently employed in Karachi as a cook, is grateful for the free WhatsApp service from his cellphone provider Zong—one of the five largest telecommunications companies in Pakistan, owned by China Mobile. The service “has made communication with my family and friends back home very convenient and I don’t have to worry about data recharge to speak to them,” he told me recently.

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Facebook criticised for response to questions on Russia and Brexit (The Guardian)

Facebook has been slammed for failing to do any extra work in its investigation into Russian influence on the EU referendum, after the company’s inquiry found just $0.97 (£0.72) of ad spending originating from the notorious Russian “troll army”.

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Net Neutrality failure in the U.S. risks hurting all internet users (InternetNZ)

InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter has condemned the decision by the United States communications regulator to undo 2015 open Internet rules, warning that all Internet users will end up worse off as a result.

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Google, tech firms at odds with content creators over Australian copyright safe harbour ruling (Australian Financial Review)

Google and members of Australia's technology sector have urged the government to reconsider excluding them from changes to safe harbour, while the content sector has applauded the decision to not extend the copyright provisions to digital commercial entities.

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A goal realized: Network lobbyists' sweeping capture of their regulator by Tom Wheeler (Brookings)

When the Federal Communications Commission voted December 14 to repeal the rules protecting a fast, fair, and open internet, the lobbyists for the internet service providers realized their long-envisioned strategy to gut the authority of the agency that since 1934 has been charged with overseeing the activities of the nation’s essential networks.

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14 December 2017

Microsoft Wants to Take on Google by Making its Search Engine Smarter (The Guardian)

Google may be the household name when it comes to search, but Microsoft is hoping it can make its Bing search engine the smartest. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has announced a handful of new features that it says are powered by artificial intelligence. The updates will start rolling out on Wednesday and will continue over the coming week.

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Billions of video site visitors unwittingly mine cryptocurrency as they watch (The Guardian)

Each month almost one billion visitors to four popular video sites are being unwittingly forced to mine cryptocurrency, according to a report on the practice of so called cryptojacking.

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Make Facebook liable for content, says report on UK election intimidation (The Guardian)

Theresa May should consider the introduction of two new laws to deter the intimidation of MPs during elections and force social media firms to monitor illegal content, an influential committee has said.

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The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017 (New York Times)

Let’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you.

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Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back Into China, Announces A.I. Center (New York Times)

Google pulled some of its core businesses out of China seven years ago, after concluding that government controls and surveillance ran counter to its commitment to a free and open internet.

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Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet (New York Times)

Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday, with numerous online companies posting calls on their sites for action to stop a vote later this week.

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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Domains Dominate .COM and .NET November Keywords

With the skyrocketing interest in, and prices of, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise there’s an increased interest in related keywords for those registering .com and .net keywords.

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