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08 November 2014
Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites operating on the Tor network - a part of the internet unreachable via traditional search engines - have been shut down.
07 November 2014
Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world's leading governance organisations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed.
Adele's manager has backed streaming services like Spotify as the future of music, but warned the company that it may need to change its policy of insisting all albums be made available on both its free and premium tiers.
U2 frontman Bono has praised streaming music services as a way for musicians to get their music heard, and defended Spotify from criticism of the amount it pays out to artists and songwriters.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Internet Society have signed an agreement to jointly battle spam, which still accounts for 80 percent of e-mail traffic worldwide.
The United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has committed to its plan of bringing a further 1.5 billion people online by 2020, as part of its 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference Connect 2020 Agenda resolution.
Germany and Brazil are pushing the United Nations to be tougher on spying by beefing up an earlier U.N. resolution raising concerns that mass surveillance, interception of digital communications and personal data collection could harm human rights.
China's major web portals have signed a commitment to "self-manage" comments on their websites, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
Axel Springer, Losing Web Traffic, Bows to Google on Content (Wall Street Journal)
German media company Axel Springer has backed off its demands that Google Inc. pay for access to some of its content, bowing instead to the U.S. Internet giant after restricted access caused traffic to plunge.
"The police of the Internet": Why the human costs of social media are greater than you think (Salon)
If you hop on to Facebook or Twitter or Instagram (or really any of the major social networking platforms), you're probably going to see a lot of pictures. You'll see what your friends just ate, what they looked like as toddlers, what their cat does when it's finally confronted with its reckless behavior -- stuff like that. One thing you probably won't see? The kind of horrifying images of humanity at its most twisted that used to be far more common on the Internet, back when it wasn't as much of a mainstream space.
06 November 2014
Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web (New York Times)
Twenty years ago last month, a team of well-meaning designers, coders and magazine publishers inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting world one of the most misguided and destructive technologies of the Internet age: the web banner ad.
The much belaboured takeover of the internet by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union again has not taken place. Instead, ITU member states gathered at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, this week rather smoothly passed a set of internet-related resolutions that will, once the closing plenary adopts them, preserve the limited status quo of involvement of the UN organisation responsible for telecommunication and radio frequencies in internet-related public policy issues.
05 November 2014
Holiday.com is up for auction in London with some predicting the domain could be sold for as much as £20m (US$31,787,500). Or more.
Violent video games, the sharing of indecent images on mobile phones, and other types of digital communications, are harming young people's mental health, MPs warned on Wednesday, amid evidence of big increases in self-harm and serious psychological problems among the under-18s.
The UK has one wi-fi hotspot for every 11 people and worldwide there is one for every 150, new research from wi-fi provider iPass indicates.
Researchers at Birmingham City University have identified six types of killer who use Facebook to commit crimes, in the first-ever study on how the social networking site can affect criminal behaviour.
Requests by governments for Facebook's user data are up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year compared to the previous six months.
A senior EU official criticised a series of public meetings held in Europe by Google on a landmark court ruling on the "right to be forgotten", saying the meetings were part of lobbying efforts against EU data protection rules.
Verizon, AT&T tracking their users with 'supercookies' (Washington Post)
Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed "supercookies" -- markers so powerful that it's difficult for even savvy users to escape them.
The conflict between snooping governments seeking to defeat encryption and users demanding ever more robust privacy tools has turned into an arms race -- and it's time for arms control talks, Microsoft's general counsel said on Tuesday.
04 November 2014
Following what ICANN describes as "community concerns that would prevent maximum participation at its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015)," which roughly translates as concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus, and a meeting that ICANN describes as "a critical one given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability," the meeting scheduled to be held in Marrakech, Morocco has been relocated to Singapore on the same dates.
Privacy has never been "an absolute right", according to the new director of GCHQ, who has used his first public intervention since taking over at the helm of Britain's surveillance agency to accuse US technology companies of becoming "the command and control networks of choice" for terrorists.
03 November 2014
After America: Who should govern the Internet? (ABC Radio National)
The United States has signalled its willingness to give up its unofficial stewardship role of the Internet. Who should take over, and who will?
02 November 2014
Think harmony, reconciliation and love right along Fleet Street. Reach for a late entry form in the Vladimir Putin Peace Prize stakes. Hold very tight as the editor of the Daily Mail pleads for press unity at a time of financial and political threat. But register, too, that Paul Dacre, little and infrequently glimpsed on public platforms, often has something seminal to say when he breaks cover.
Baywatch: Two Approaches to Measure the Effects of Blocking Access to the Pirate Bay by Joost Poort, Jorna Leenheer, Jeroen Van der Ham & Cosmin Dumitru (Social Science Research Network)
Abstract: In the fight against the unauthorised sharing of copyright protected material, aka piracy, Dutch Internet Service Providers have been summoned by courts to block their subscribers' access to The Pirate Bay (TPB) and related sites.