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22 July 2015

Google Reiterates New gTLDs Are Treated Same As "Old" gTLDs

New gTLDs and all other gTLDs are treated the same by Google's systems with keywords in a TLD not giving any advantage or disadvantage in search, according to a post from John Mueller, Google's Webmaster Trends Analyst.

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Australian digital users illegally download content regularly - survey (BBC News)

Nearly half of Australia's digital users illegally download movies, TV shows and music on a regular basis, a government survey has found.

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OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015 (OECD)

The digital economy now permeates countless aspects of the world economy, impacting sectors as varied as banking, retail, energy, transportation, education, publishing, media or health. Information and Communication Technologies are transforming the ways social interactions and personal relationships are conducted, with fixed, mobile and broadcast networks converging, and devices and objects increasingly connected to form the Internet of things.

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Scale of child abuse images online is 'shocking', says NSPCC (The Guardian)

Two people are being convicted of child abuse image crimes every day on average, two years after a government pledge to crack down on the offence, the NSPCC says.

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Facebook Loses Appeal on New York Search Warrants (New York Times)

A New York state appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook had no legal standing to challenge search warrants on behalf of its customers, a decision that dealt a blow to civil libertarians and social media companies seeking to expand Internet privacy.

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Australian telcos draw the line at latest Federal Government changes to national security laws (ABC News)

A battle is brewing between telecommunications companies and the Federal Government over further national security laws.

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21 July 2015

In first case of its kind, UK high court rules surveillance law unconstitutional (The Conversation)

Controversial surveillance legislation hustled through parliament last summer has been ruled unlawful by the UK High Court, which argued that the vague terms and descriptions of powers in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) renders the act incompatible with human rights under European law.

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Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds (Washington Post)

Here's a research finding that should surprise no one: The men most likely to harass women online ... are the men most likely to have their own problems.

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20 July 2015

The Mobile Internet: Open. Affordable. Content That Matters. (Internet Society)

While there's no question that the mobile Internet is changing everything, there are still big reasons why people aren't logging on. The 2015 Global Internet Report presents data that shows it's not always a question of if it's available, but rather how cost and a lack of useful content are core to why people are not opting in.

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Windows 10 Signifies Microsoft's Shift in Strategy (New York Times)

Next week, when Microsoft releases Windows 10, the latest version of the company's operating system, the software will offer a mix of the familiar and new to the people who run earlier versions of it on more than 1.5 billion computers and other devices.

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19 July 2015

Why the Islamic State leaves tech companies torn between free speech and security (Washington Post)

When a lone terrorist slaughtered 38 tourists at a Tunisian resort on June 26, the Islamic State turned to one of America's leading social-media companies to claim responsibility and warn of more attacks on the world's nonbelievers.

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OECD: Countries should address disruptive effects of the digital economy (OECD)

Countries are making increased efforts to develop their digital economies in a way that will maximise social and economic benefits, but now need to address the risk of disruption in areas like privacy and jobs, according to a new OECD report.

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In the nascent "internet of things", security is the last thing on people's minds (The Economist)

Barbie has come a long way since Mattel, a big American toy firm, launched the plastic doll in 1959. If children wanted to give the original version a voice, they had to provide it themselves. The latest Barbie, unveiled at the New York Toy Fair in February, can do better. A built-in chip lets the doll listen as children address her. A wireless connection then sends what has been said off to other, beefier computers in a data centre somewhere, whose job is to interpret it and come up with an apt rejoinder. "Welcome to New York, Barbie," says a Mattel employee in a demonstration video. "I love New York, don't you?" responds the doll. "What's your favourite part about the city? The food, the fashion, the sights or the brothels?"

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18 July 2015

Spam email levels at 12-year low (BBC News)

People are being sent fewer spam emails than at any time in the past 12 years, according to security firm Symantec.

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Large-scale online pirates to face up to 10 years' jail in UK under ministers' proposals (The Guardian)

Commercial infringement of copyright online should in future be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, ministers are proposing.

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17 July 2015

Internet of Bins: Wi-Fi to come to New York trash cans (The Guardian)

The struggle is real. Out and about and the 4G isn't cutting it. People used to cheekily pop into cafes to use the loo - now it's to briefly pilfer Wi-Fi.

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16 July 2015

Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten' requests (The Guardian)

Less than 5% of nearly 220,000 individual requests made to Google to selectively remove links to online information concern criminals, politicians and high-profile public figures, the Guardian has learned, with more than 95% of requests coming from everyday members of the public.

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Registrations Alone Not A Determinant of the Success of New gTLDs

The new gTLD programme that commenced its first registrations in General Availability in February 2014 has now soared past the six and a half million registrations mark with the gTLD with the most registrations, .xyz, having now passed the one million registrations mark.

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More New gTLD Brands Operational With More Domains: CSC

Registrations of domain names in brand gTLDs have increased 55 percent to 2,050 in the seven weeks to the end of June, according to the latest CSC Global New gTLD Utilisation Report.

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14 July 2015

A Eulogy for the Long, Intimate Email (New York Times)

... My decreased reliance on personal email, however, may correspond with global trends. According to the Radicati Group, a technology marketing firm, business email users now send and receive an average of 122 messages per day, up from 110 in 2010. Sealing and opening all those virtual envelopes takes a toll: A 2012 report from McKinsey found that workers spent 28 percent of their day on email.

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UK surveillance report makes concessions to privacy lobby (The Guardian)

Privacy campaigners have secured significant concessions in a key report into surveillance by the British security agencies published on Tuesday.

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Facebook calls for end to Flash as Firefox blocks it over hacking holes (The Guardian)

The mob is turning against Flash. Mozilla has blocked every version of Adobe's Flash plugin from running within its Firefox browser, while Facebook's head of security has called for Adobe to kill it off.

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13 July 2015

Internet Society's 2015 Global Internet Report: Mobile is Key to Fulfilling the Promise of Internet Connectivity for the Next Billion People (Internet Society)

The Internet Society today released its 2015 Global Internet Report, the organization's second annual report on the global state of the Internet. Focused on the impact of the mobile Internet, this year's report shows that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use, and holds the key to fulfilling the promise of Internet connectivity for the next billion people.

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TPP: Big Tech Does Not Speak for the Internet (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Too often, media and policymakers take seriously the claim of government officials that secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) promote and protect "Internet freedom," even though the traditional guardians of Internet freedom -- users and innovators who rely on it -- have said precisely the opposite. Unfortunately, that's likely because some large tech companies have joined the negotiations and have implicitly given these deals their blessing.

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EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking (Computerworld)

A large majority of the European Parliament took a strong stance against geoblocking of online content in a report calling on the European Commission to reform E.U. copyright laws.

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