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07 December 2016
Pirate Bay Blocking Case Heads Back to Court in Sweden (TorrentFreak)
In 2015, a coalition of copyright holders lost a court case which demanded an ISP blockade of The Pirate Bay in Sweden. A year later and Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music and Nordisk Film are back, hoping for a victory in a brand new court that could open the floodgates for widespread website blocking.
With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, UN forum to tackle 'digital divide' (United Nations)
The 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum opened in Jalisco, Mexico, where delegates from across the world will join thousands more online to weigh the challenges of today's digital age and equal access opportunities for all members of society.
Internet Governance Forum to intensify efforts toward fostering accessible web for all (United Nations)
Nearly 3,000 delegates from across the world will join thousands more online for the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Jalisco, Mexico. With a key focus on addressing the challenges of today's digital age and how to leverage the Internet to ensure it provides equal access to opportunities for all members of society, the busy week-long Forum will run from today until December 9th.
06 December 2016
Google must urgently review its search ranking system because of "compelling" evidence that it is being "manipulated and controlled" by rightwing propagandists, leading academics have said, after the Observer reported that hate sites are now dominating searches on Muslims, Jews, Hitler and women.
Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.
Facebook reportedly testing new tool to combat fake news (The Guardian)
Facebook appears to be testing a tool designed to help it identify and hide so called "fake news" on the social network, in an attempt to quell increasingly vocal criticism of its role in spreading untruths and propaganda.
There has been a significant decline in the number of .eu domain names EURid has suspended and deleted due to illegal activity when comparing 2015, a record year, and 2016.
The Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has given official approval for the .club, .vip and .xyz new gTLDs meaning they can now apply for relevant local licenses to be hosted within the country. Previously only .com and .net operated by Verisign had this official approval.
05 December 2016
China's county-level police will be able to censor internet coverage of natural and man-made disasters, according to a revised draft of the country's policing law that the Chinese Public Security Bureau released late on Thursday.
U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday.
04 December 2016
Mandatory Piracy Filters May Violate EU Law, Scholars Warn (TorrentFreak)
A group of prominent legal scholars has warned that the EU Commission's plans to modernize copyright law in Europe appear to be incompatible with EU law. One of the main problems is the mandatory piracy filter Internet services are required to use, which largely ignore existing case law and human rights.
Google, democracy and the truth about internet search (The Observer)
Here's what you don't want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did. I typed: "a-r-e". And then "j-e-w-s". Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: "are jews a race?", "are jews white?", "are jews christians?", and finally, "are jews evil?"
In one of the biggest takedowns to date, police across the globe have smashed a massive criminal network providing online services including malware attacks that infected half a million computers worldwide, Europol said Thursday.
02 December 2016
Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds (TorrentFreak)
New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.
Spain Announces New Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy (TorrentFreak)
Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said a special prosecutor's office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda.
01 December 2016
Cyber Monday was the largest e-commerce day in history (Marketing Land)
According to data from Adobe, Cyber Monday became the largest day in US e-commerce history. Consumers spent roughly $3.4 billion online, which just beat Black Friday's $3.34 billion. Cyber Monday generated somewhat less mobile commerce revenue at $1.19 billion vs. $1.2 billion on Black Friday.
While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks (New York Times)
Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular photo-messaging and storytelling app Snapchat, is having a productive autumn.
Cyber crime victims are hiring professional hackers and private investigators to get to the bottom of online scams that authorities refuse to touch.
IoT Botnets Are Growing—and Up for Hire (MIT Technology Review)
The army of Internet-connected devices being corralled and controlled to take down online services is active, growing -- and up for grabs.
Privacy, free expression and transparency: UNESCO launches the seventh title in its Internet Freedom Series (UNESCO)
As the seventh title in the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom, the new publication "Privacy, free expression and transparency: redefining their new boundaries in the digital age" will be officially launched by UNESCO at the 11th Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, which will be held from 6 to 9 December 2016.
Governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights, an international group comprising some of the largest U.S. technology firms said in a report on Wednesday.
30 November 2016
The third and final of the short domain name auction for the Austrian ccTLD .at has concluded. In the final auction 7.at was the top sale, selling for € 8,877 followed by x.at (€8,077) and s.at (€7,877).
A new gTLD for artists and art-related institutions is now live and has over 60 founders as it gets ready to launch its Sunrise period.
The .online new gTLD went online in late August 2015 and now has well over half a million registrations according to nTLDstats.com.
The impact of fake news, propaganda and misinformation has been widely scrutinized since the US election. Fake news actually outperformed real news on Facebook during the final weeks of the election campaign, according to an analysis by Buzzfeed, and even outgoing president Barack Obama has expressed his concerns.