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19 June 2015
Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde says Australia's proposed website blocking scheme won't deter downloaders (ABC News)
The co-founder of one of the world's most popular file-sharing websites says the Government's proposed legislation to block overseas web services that breach copyright will not deter illegal downloading.
Government departments, agencies and councils accessed metadata from Australians' phone calls and internet use 334,658 times in 2013-14, according to the the Telecommunications (Interceptions and Access) Act annual report.
Almost 5,000 Australians accused of illegally downloading the movie Dallas Buyers Club would be asked to reveal their incomes under a Hollywood producer's plan to seek compensation for piracy.
18 June 2015
A surge in the use of smartphones as the leading device for accessing online news and the growing influence of social media could lead to an uncertain financial future for news organizations worldwide, a think tank said on Tuesday.
A international website sharing "intimate images" of women believed to be from South Australia is under investigation by SA Police.
In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers. As the digital rights organization Access notes, this goes against the European Union's e-commerce directive, which "guarantees liability protection for intermediaries that implement notice-and-takedown mechanisms on third-party comments." As such, Peter Micek, Senior Policy Counsel at Access, says the ECHR judgment has "dramatically shifted the internet away from the free expression and privacy protections that created the internet as we know it."
As Australia's site blocking Bill took a step closer to becoming law yesterday, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull made it extra clear that VPN use won't be a problem under the legislation. Ordering "the big boys" to sort out the VPN issue between themselves, Turnbull told rightsholders to leave consumers alone.
Computers could replace five million Australian jobs in the coming two decades, from accountants to real estate agents and even some of the roles now performed by doctors.
DuckDuckGo traffic soars in wake of Snowden revelations (The Guardian)
DuckDuckGo has recorded a 600% rise in traffic enjoyed in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations two years ago.
Microsoft, German publisher Axel Springer and 17 other critics of Google are expected to get a copy of the EU's antitrust charge sheet against the search engine giant this week in order to allow them to provide feedback, four people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Russian parliament gave initial approval on Tuesday to a law that would require Internet search sites to remove outdated or irrelevant personal information from search results on request from users.
Around the world repressive governments are trying to stop Internet users from either posting anonymously or using encryption to communicate securely. Russia requires bloggers with more than 3,000 visitors to register with the state and identify themselves; pseudonyms are outlawed in Vietnam; Ecuador requires commenters on websites to use their real name; Pakistan's government must grant approval for the use of encryption; and Ethiopia convicted members of the dissident blogging collective Zone 9 on terrorism charges based in part on participation in an online encryption workshop.
Twitter has just introduced auto-playing video, Vines and gifs on mobile. "Oh great!" you may say: "Just what we needed! ... more things to, er, chew through our data and battery life?"
17 June 2015
Bing Moving to Encrypt Search Traffic by Default (Bing Blog)
At Microsoft, we're committed to helping users keep their data safe and secure.
16 June 2015
Belgium's privacy watchdog has begun legal action against Facebook, accusing the social network site of tracking its users across the web and even monitoring the activities of those without an account.
European Union member states endorsed a sweeping overhaul of the 28-country bloc's data protection laws on Monday, bringing a web of national laws into a single set of rules with the potential for heavy fines.
All 28 member states of the Council of the European Union have to agreed to new European data protection laws that could see tough new regulations unified across the whole of the EU.
15 June 2015
Cyber attacks: More than 3,500 breaches in April and threats set to increase, Australian police say (ABC News)
More than 3,500 cyber attacks on Australia from foreign countries and criminals were reported in April, the Australian Federal Police says.
As we lug our heavy satchels on to the stage, there is a moment of mutual recognition. A cop, a security specialist, a man in the electronic-payments business and a journalist: we've all learned that you don't check your laptop into a cloakroom, no matter how swish the venue.
Navigating Cybersquatting Enforcement In The Expanding Internet by Jordan A. Arnot (John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law)
Abstract: It has always been a considerable task to police something as vast at the Internet for trademark violations and abuse. As the Internet develops with the ongoing launch of hundreds of new gTLDs, so does the host of enforcement options available to those seeking to protect the value of trademarks and other intellectual property.
Days numbered for illegal Australian downloaders as crackdown is given tick of approval (News.com.au)
Do you sneakily download or stream TV shows, movies or songs without paying?
14 June 2015
Google must scrub search results worldwide when it agrees to requests from users to be "forgotten", rather than just from European versions of its website, France's data protection regulator said on Friday.
ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War, U.S. Concludes (New York Times)
An internal State Department assessment paints a dismal picture of the efforts by the Obama administration and its foreign allies to combat the Islamic State's message machine, portraying a fractured coalition that cannot get its own message straight.
Twitter could be so much more than just a Facebook rival (The Observer)
When the chief executive of Twitter announced he was stepping down on Thursday, staff knew there was only one way to mark his surprise departure. A hashtag on the social network was created - #thankyoudickc - for colleagues to lavish praise on Dick Costolo, a former standup comedian turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur. "140 characters certainly not enough #thankyoudickc," said one employee.
New US Internet Regulations Take Effect, and Web Users See No Change (New York Times)
Open Internet activists counted down to this Friday. After years of advocacy and months of legal procedure, the federal government's rules for strictly regulating the web took effect: The democracy of the Internet became enforceable, with the government ready to protect the principles of net neutrality and Internet service providers required to load every site at the same speed.