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04 November 2016

Norwegian privacy complaint for fitness wristband makers (BBC News)

Norway's consumer watchdog has filed a formal complaint about the privacy policies of four fitness wristband companies.

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Google fights EU price comparison case (BBC News)

Google has again rejected the EU's objections to how it displays shopping links in its search results.

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Lost in the splinternet: Left unchecked, the growing maze of barriers on the internet will damage economies and hamper political freedom (The Economist)

Free-speech advocates were aghast -- and data-privacy campaigners were delighted -- when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) embraced the idea of a digital "right to be forgotten" in May 2014. It ruled that search engines such as Google must not display links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" information about people if they request that they be removed, even if the information is correct and was published legally.

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03 November 2016

Productivity Commission wants Australians to be given right to opt out of data collection (The Guardian)

The Productivity Commission wants to revolutionise how personal data is collected and handled in Australia.

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How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth (New York Times)

Next week, if all goes well, someone will win the presidency. What happens after that is anyone's guess. Will the losing side believe the results? Will the bulk of Americans recognize the legitimacy of the new president? And will we all be able to clean up the piles of lies, hoaxes and other dung that have been hurled so freely in this hyper-charged, fact-free election?

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Indian Domain Market Grows 12% Per Year Over 3 Years To 2016

Domain name registrations have grown 11.9% (compound annual growth rate) per year during the period June 2013 to June 2016 compared to 8.7% globally. As of June 2016, registrations in India stood at 4.9 million in India and at 335 million globally. Over half (55%) of domain names registered in India .com domains.

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02 November 2016

CENTR Survey Finds European Share of New gTLD Registrations Well Below Global Rates

Domain name registrants in Europe are increasingly favouring ccTLDs over gTLDs, and have shown comparatively little interest in the new gTLDs, the most recent CENTR survey has found.

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01 November 2016

Facebook Could Be Associated With a Longer Life, Study Finds (New York Times)

As our social lives have moved onto social media sites like Facebook over the past decade, there's been a lot of hand-wringing over what all that screen time might be doing to our health.

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.NZ Introduces WHOIS Privacy For Individual Registrants

From today individuals registering, or who have registered, a .nz domain name are able to mask the registrant's contact address from being publicly displayed due to privacy and personal safety concerns the Domain Name Commissioner (DNCL) announced.

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31 October 2016

Verisign Provides Tips to Find Your Perfect .Com Domain

There are now over 127 million .com domain names registered which often makes it difficult to get that preferred .com domain. So with a little bit of self-interest, Verisign has published a guide on how to get that desirable .com domain. The guide can also be applied to a lesser extent to other gTLDs and ccTLDs.

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The Stakes Are Rising in Google's Antitrust Fight With Europe (New York Times)

Google is locked in a six-year battle with Europe's antitrust officials. And the stakes for both sides are getting higher.

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30 October 2016

Malware Has Gone Mobile. Stop.Think.Connect. to keep cybercriminals out of your mobile device (Europol)

Mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets have become ingrained in our daily lives. Technology which was once only found on desktop computers can now be carried in the palm of one's hands. Yet as the popularity of these devices explodes, the appetite of cybercriminals targeting these devices has grown too. The risk of mobile malware is real: hackers can steal money and sensitive information, use these devices as bots and even spy on your activities. Unfortunately, most people have not realised the importance of protecting their mobile devices from such attacks.

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29 October 2016

Seventy-five percent of internet use in 2017 will be mobile: report (Reuters)

Seventy-five percent of internet use will be mobile in 2017, up slightly from this year, as a growing number of consumers around the world access the web on smartphones and tablets, media buying agency Zenith forecast this week.

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Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies (Reuters)

After Facebook's removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network's executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication.

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WhatsApp warned over Facebook data share deal (BBC News)

WhatsApp has been warned by European privacy watchdogs about sharing user data with parent company Facebook.

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Australian ISPs agree to piracy site blocking, but argue about associated costs (

For the past six months an Australian first piracy battle has been taking place in the Federal Court.

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US Telecoms' Ambitions on Targeted Ads Seen Curbed by F.C.C.'s New Privacy Rules (New York Times)

In recent years, companies like Verizon and AT&T have made no secret of their ambitions to build online advertising businesses that can take on the behemoths of Silicon Valley.

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27 October 2016

What New Zealanders think about the Internet by Jordan Carter, Chief Executive of InternetNZ (InternetNZ)

In our activity plan for this year, we committed to commissioning research about Kiwi attitudes to the Internet. We reinforced this commitment when we signed an agreement with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in May about our role as the designated manager for .nz.

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DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say (The Guardian)

The cyber-attack that brought down much of America's internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.

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How private are your favourite messaging apps? (Amnesty)

We've ranked 11 companies that run the world's most popular messaging apps - including Skype, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger - on how well they're using encryption to protect your online privacy.

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Trust isn't easy: Drawing an agenda from Friday's DDoS Attack and the Internet of Things by Mr. Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer (Internet Society)

Last week, millions of infected devices directed Internet traffic to DNS service provider Dyn, resulting in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that took down major websites including Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, and more. In a recent blog post, security expert Bruce Schneier argued that "someone has been probing the defences of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet". This attack seems to be part of that trend.

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25 October 2016

U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount (Reuters)

Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable.

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Domain Pulse 2017 Conference Call For Papers

Domain Pulse, the conference for the largest annual German language domain name industry conference, has put out a call for papers for its 2017 get together to be held in Vienna, Austria, on 16 and 17 February.

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24 October 2016

Google and Facebook contribute zero economic value. That’s a big problem for trade. (Washington Post)

How much value do free online services contribute to the U.S. economy? Ask any user of Google, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, and the answer would most likely be, "A lot." But according to every statistic created by the U.S. government, the answer is actually zero.

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23 October 2016

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices (New York Times)

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs. Later, they were adopted for darker purposes, as authoritarian governments like China's used them to prevent challenges to power by keeping tabs on protesters and dissidents.

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