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19 November 2013
Cyber-activists have retaliated against Chinese authorities' censorship of foreign media websites by exposing an apparent weakness in the country's vast internet control apparatus.
Google to Pay $17 Million to Settle Privacy Case (New York Times)
Google agreed on Monday to pay $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia in a wide-reaching settlement over tracking consumers online without their knowledge.
The future of Internet governance took on a new priority at the opening of ICANN's 48th Public Meeting, ahead of an April conference on Internet governance in Brazil. More than 1,700 people from around the world are attending the ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires.
18 November 2013
Google and Microsoft to block abuse web searches (The Independent)
Internet searches for child abuse images will be blocked for the first time by Microsoft and Google after months of mounting pressure.
Facebook, Still Dominant, Strives to Keep Cachet (New York Times)
... Facebook is still the dominant social media service, and has been an attractive suitor for many start-ups. And Snapchat most likely spurned Facebook partly because it thought it could fetch much more than the billions Facebook was willing to pay.
Still on Facebook, but Finding Less to Like (New York Times)
Just a few years ago, most of my online social activity revolved around Facebook. I was an active member of several Facebook groups, including one that helped me and others find apartments and sell used items. Another group was wonderful for organizing midnight movie screenings. And I used Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest achievements of my sisters and their children, and the many members of my extended family.
As cameras become ubiquitous and able to identify people, more safeguards on privacy will be needed (The Economist)
"This season there is something at the seaside worse than sharks," declared a newspaper in 1890. "It is the amateur photographer." The invention of the handheld camera appalled 19th-century society, as did the "Kodak fiends" who patrolled beaches snapping sunbathers.
Thinking Clearly About Multistakeholder Internet Governance by Dr. Laura DeNardis (American University ; Yale Information Society Project) & Mark Raymond (Centre for International Governance Innovation) (Social Science Research Network)
Abstract: Efforts to study and practice Internet governance start, virtually without exception, from the premise that the Internet is governed by an innovative, unusual (perhaps unique) 'multistakeholder' model. Preserving that model is a primary goal for the broader Internet community as well as for many governments, though not for all. Viewing multistakeholderism as a teleological goal for Internet governance creates several problems. First, multistakeholderism is often elevated as a value in itself rather than as a possible approach to meeting more salient public interest objectives such as preserving Internet interoperability, stability, security, and openness. Second, multistakeholder governance may not be appropriate in every functional area of Internet governance. Internet coordination is not a monolithic practice but rather a multilayered series of tasks of which some are appropriately relegated to the private sector, some the purview of traditional nation-state governance or international treaty negotiations, and some more appropriately multistakeholder. It is a misnomer to speak not only of multistakeholder governance but also of Internet governance as a single thing.
A Digital Underworld Cloaked in Anonymity (New York Times)
... On a sunny Tuesday in October, federal officers entered the public library in the Glen Park section of this city and arrested a young man who they say ran a vast Internet black market -- an eBay of illegal drugs.
On Thursday, authorities in Canada announced the bust of an enormous international . It was the end of a three-year investigation into a website that trafficked in illicit videos of young boys. More than 300 people have been arrested in connection with the videos, 76 of them in the United States.
17 November 2013
Is the Internet heading for Balkanization? Deutsche Telekom has plans to shield German data from foreign hands. These plans could be counterintuitive for European business, says EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
16 November 2013
British computer users are being warned of a mass spamming attack that aims to encrypt their computer and extort a £540 ransom - in Bitcoins - to unscramble it.
How Mobile Network Spying Works (Der Spiegel)
British intelligence agency GCHQ has been targeting mobile phone company networks. Telecoms security expert Philippe Langlois explains what they can find this way, and how users can protect themselves from such snooping.
Hacker Receives 10-Year Sentence for 'Causing Mayhem' (New York Times)
A federal judge in New York on Friday delivered a 10-year prison sentence to Jeremy Hammond , a prominent member of the hacking group Anonymous who pleaded guilty earlier this year to breaking into the computer servers of a string of corporations, government agencies and law enforcement advocacy groups.
Facebook Reasserts Posts Can Be Used to Advertise (New York Times)
If you post something on Facebook, let there be no doubt that it can end up as an ad shown to your friends and acquaintances.
Snapchat, How Quickly You Have Grown (New York Times)
Last year, Evan Spiegel, a co-founder of SnapChat, was busy wrapping up school projects at Stanford. Now, Mr. Spiegel is turning down multibillion dollar acquisition attempts.
15 November 2013
Europe is relaxing rules about the use of electronics during flights, paving the way for devices to be used during take-off and landing.
Microsoft dedicates cybercrime centre (PC World)
Microsoft said Thursday that it had set up a facility on its Redmond, Wash., camps where members of Microsoft, other businesses, and law enforcement can team together to take on cybercrime.
Google's idea to scan millions of books and make them searchable online seemed audacious when it was announced in 2004. But fast-forward to today, when people expect to find almost anything they want online, and the plan seems like an unsurprising and unavoidable part of today's Internet.
Cyber security expert Melissa Hathaway warns governments invest too little in protection from attacks (ABC News)
A former cyber security advisor to President Barack Obama and George W Bush is warning computer hackers are becoming more sophisticated and pose an escalating threat to global security.
The United States government's hunger for information on Google users is continuing to rise. The tech company had more requests for user information in the first half of this year from the United States than any period before, according to the bi-annual Google transparency report released on Thursday.
Some of America's largest technology and telecoms companies, including Facebook, Microsoft and AT&T, are backing a network of self-styled "free-market thinktanks" promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation, according to a new report by a lobbying watchdog.
Hundreds held over Canada child porn (BBC News)
Police in Canada say 348 people have been arrested and nearly 400 children rescued during a three-year investigation into child pornography.
14 November 2013
Why journalism, and why it matters in a world of flux? is the first of two lectures by Tony Blair's former director of communications as Cambridge University Humanitas visiting professor of media
Greenpeace has often been critical of big data-center operators like Facebook for their impact on the environment, but on Wednesday it said some online firms are improving their practices and may even be the vanguard for renewable energy use.