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13 August 2016

The copyright case that should worry all US Internet providers (Washington Post)

Will Internet providers have to start cracking down harder on their own customers for suspected copyright infringement?

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Pakistan passes controversial cyber-crime law (Reuters)

Pakistan has adopted a much-criticised cyber security law that grants sweeping powers to regulators to block private information they deem illegal.

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12 August 2016

Olympics bans most brands from saying 'Olympics' or 'Rio,' even on Twitter. Snark ensues (Los Angeles Times)

At the Olympics in Rio de Janiero, athletes from around the world are posting tweets, photos and observations between training and competing.

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South Korea says investigating whether Google broke antitrust laws; Russia imposes $6.8m fine on Google (Reuters)

South Korea's antitrust regulator said on Friday it is looking into whether Google has violated the country's anti competition laws, acknowledging formal scrutiny of the global internet search company for the first time.

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11 August 2016

Internet or Splinternet? by Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a former US assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the US National Intelligence Council, is University Professor at Harvard University (Project Syndicate)

Who owns the Internet? The answer is no one and everyone. The Internet is a network of networks. Each of the separate networks belongs to different companies and organizations, and they rely on physical servers in different countries with varying laws and regulations. But without some common rules and norms, these networks cannot be linked effectively. Fragmentation - meaning the end of the Internet - is a real threat.

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Australians spend eight times more hours per week looking at screens than with loved ones: survey (ABC News)

Australians spend eight times as many hours per week looking at screens than with their loved ones, a new survey has found.

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Can this Australian census now be trusted? (The Australian)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says its meltdown on Tuesday night was the result of a hack attack. ABS chief statistician, David Kalisch says there were four DDoS attacks during the day.

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Twitter is not liable for ISIS activity on its service, US judge rules [IDG] (Computerworld)

Twitter is not liable for providing material support to the Islamic State group, also referred to as the ISIS, by allowing its members to sign up and use accounts on its site, a federal judge in California ruled Wednesday.

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10 August 2016

Positive link between video games and academic performance, study suggests (The Guardian)

Children who play online video games tend to do better in academic science, maths and reading tests, according to an analysis of data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia.

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The state of cyber security: we're all screwed (The Guardian)

When cybersecurity professionals converged in Las Vegas last week to expose vulnerabilities and swap hacking techniques at Black Hat and Defcon, a consistent theme emerged: the internet is broken, and if we don't do something soon, we risk permanent damage to our economy.

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07 August 2016

Obama prepares to boost U.S. military's cyber role: sources (Reuters)

The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as Islamic State, current and former officials told Reuters.

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Google is trying to stop you having to put in passwords (The Guardian)

Google has taken the next big step forward in its war against the password - an open source system to instantly and securely log you into apps on your phone using your password manager.

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Three times as bad as malware: Google shines light on pay-per-install (The Register)

As some point you have probably downloaded a "free" piece of software only to find it has come with a whole host of other unwanted friends that go on to redirect your browser search bar or inject ads where there weren't any before.

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Your Internet privacy shouldn’t be a ‘luxury item,’ this regulator says (Washington Post)

Should your online privacy depend on whether you've paid your Internet provider a little extra this month?

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Why Uber has been taken for a ride in China (The Observer)

The big news last week was that Uber, the California-based ride-hailing company, threw in the towel in China. It announced that its Chinese rival, Didi Chuxing, would acquire all of the assets of UberChina - including its brand, business operations and data. In return, Uber gets a stake in Didi Chuxing worth £5.3bn.

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06 August 2016

Def Con: Do smart devices mean dumb security? (BBC News)

From net-connected sex toys to smart light bulbs you can control via your phone, there's no doubt that the internet of things is here to stay.

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05 August 2016

Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm (ABC News)

In a world of digital disruption with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, the focus is now turning to how rapid changes to business and lifestyles could translate to the workplace.

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Cyberwar is not coming to the US – it’s already here (ABC News)

As the recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign have shown, cyberwarfare has reached US shores - and it's likely to get much worse, says Kenneth Geers, a senior research scientist with cyber security firm Comodo.

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Shocker! Facebook Changes Its Algorithm to Avoid 'Clickbait' (New York Times)

Facebook says it plans to marginalize what it considers to be "clickbait" news stories from publishers in its news feed, in another step to keep its 1.71 billion members regularly coming back to its social network.

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04 August 2016

Terrorism Victims Can't Seize ccTLDs Of Countries For Supporting Terrorist Attacks: US Court (National Law Journal)

Victims of terrorism can't seize the country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) of countries that owe hundreds of millions of dollars in US court judgements a US court ruled Tuesday, saying that ruling otherwise would threaten the stability of the internet, the National Law Journal reported.

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More than a third of UK internet users have tried 'digital detox' – Ofcom (The Guardian)

The scale of the UK's obsession with the internet has been laid bare by a new study showing that the ever increasing amount of time we spend online is leading to lost sleep, neglected housework and less time spent with friends and family.

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Ransomware threat on the rise as 'almost 40% of businesses attacked' (The Guardian)

Ransomware is fast becoming a ubiquitous security threat, with nearly 40% of all businesses experiencing an attack in the past year, according to research from computer security firm Malwarebytes. The figure is even worse in Britain, where 54% of surveyed businesses had been targeted with such an attack.

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New resources help us see if mass surveillance is happening in NZ (InternetNZ)

InternetNZ has launched Easy Transparency, a set of reporting tools that will make it easier for New Zealand organisations to complete transparency reports. These reports will mean New Zealanders will be better able to see how often government agencies are requesting their personal information.

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Get Ready, Short Domains Coming To .AT: nic.at CEO

Late this month sees the release of short .at domains - one and two character domains. In the leadup to their launch, Domain Pulse sat down with Richard Wein, nic.at's CEO and Commercial Manager to discuss why now and what has the interest been like, as well as to find out what the procedures are.

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03 August 2016

Your battery status is being used to track you online (The Guardian)

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after privacy researchers warned that it had the potential to do just that.

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