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15 December 2015

The wider world web: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web and director of the Web Foundation, points to what needs to happen for the future of the digital age (The World)

Twenty-five years after the first website became publicly accessible, in 2016 the web will become even more important to businesses, states and people everywhere. Governments will need to update laws for our digital age -- with big ramifications.

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With high-level forum, UN Assembly aims to narrow digital divide, harness power of information technology (United Nations)

Ten years after the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, delegates from Member States and observer entities are meeting at UN Headquarters starting tomorrow to identify emerging trends, fresh priorities and innovations for advancing information and communications technologies.

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14 December 2015

For Pandora, Ruling on Webcasting Royalty Rates Is Crucial (New York Times)

Since it began 10 years ago, Pandora Media has become one of the most popular digital music services in the world, with around 80 million regular users. But it has never had a profitable year, its user growth has slowed and lately Wall Street has become impatient.

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12 December 2015

Turkey fines Twitter over 'terrorist propaganda' (BBC News)

Turkey's communications regulator has fined Twitter 150,000 lira (£33,000) for failing to remove "terrorist propaganda".

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France won't block public Wi-Fi or ban Tor after all (Ars Technica)

Public Wi-Fi networks and Tor won't be blocked or forbidden in France in the near future, even during a state of emergency, despite the country's Ministry of Interior reportedly considering it.

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11 December 2015

New gTLDs Treated Equally In Search Rankings: Google

Domain names registered in new gTLDs are not treated any differently to the gTLDs that existed prior to the launch of hundreds new gTLDs, such as .com or .org, Google have advised on their Google and Your Business blog. "Domain names with new endings are shown in search just like any other domain name."

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Post-2015 WSIS Agenda Must Be Forward-Looking, Multistakeholder and Development Focused (Center for Democracy and Technology)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) review process is in its final stages. The multistakeholder component of the review came to a close in early November and the process is now in the hands of governments alone. The final outcomes document will be agreed at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

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10 December 2015

Netflix and other services to be available on holiday in Europe (BBC News)

Online service subscriptions, such as Netflix and Sky's Now TV, will be portable across the EU under proposals announced on Wednesday.

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EU explores whether Google, Yahoo should pay for showing online news snippets (Reuters)

The European Union is looking into whether services such as Google News and Yahoo News should pay to display snippets of news articles, wading into a bitter debate between the online industry and publishers.

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09 December 2015

Bitcoin's Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is Probably This Unknown Australian Genius (Wired)

Even as his face towered 10 feet above the crowd at the Bitcoin Investor's Conference in Las Vegas, Craig Steven Wright was, to most of the audience of crypto and finance geeks, a nobody.

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Europe Plans to Ease Copyright Rules on Using Digital Content (New York Times)

Europe's policy makers on Wednesday will announce far-reaching plans to overhaul Europe's copyright rules, including new rules to reshape which online video and music services are available and a review of how content from publications can be distributed on major sites like Google and Yahoo.

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Australian police raid Sydney home of reported bitcoin creator (Reuters)

Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin, a Reuters witness said.

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Why Donald Trump's Call to 'Close Up' the Internet Is Science Fiction (New York Times)

It is not clear what Donald Trump actually meant on Monday when he conjured up the idea of getting Bill Gates to help "close up" the Internet.

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08 December 2015

Fears For Underperforming gTLDs. What Happens When They Fail? And What Does It Cost To Run A New gTLD?

The world of new gTLDs is going very well for some. Registration numbers are booming, usage and renewals are going well. And internet user acceptance is high. But there are some that are, to be polite, struggling.

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Eric Schmidt on How to Build a Better Web (New York Times)

For those of us who have enjoyed access to the Internet for decades now, it can be pretty difficult to remember our first online interactions. But there are plenty of people for whom that feeling is recent and powerful: In just the past five years, more than a billion users have connected to the Internet for the first time. Whether on a desktop or a smartphone, through broadband or Google's high-altitude balloon Wi-Fi network, they are only now experiencing how profound the simple act of getting online can be. Consider, for instance, that a girl in a schoolhouse in rural Indonesia may read this article on a tablet today -- something that was impossible for her as recently as a year ago. Her experience online, when she leaves this article and ventures out onto the rest of the Web, is one that holds great potential.

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EU lawmakers, countries agree on bloc's first cyber-security law (Reuters)

EU lawmakers and member states struck a deal on the bloc's first cyber-security law on Monday that will require Internet firms such as Google and Amazon to report serious breaches or face sanctions.

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French police want to ban Tor, public Wi-Fi (Computerworld)

French police have made their Christmas wish-list, and it includes banning Tor and public Wi-Fi.

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07 December 2015

Social media companies step up battle against militant propaganda (Reuters)

Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants, but the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web.

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Google launches wi-fi network in Kampala, Uganda (BBC News)

Google has launched its first wi-fi network in Uganda's capital Kampala, as part of a project to broaden access to affordable high-speed internet.

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Net neutrality has its day in court - with lawyers, Christians and the Cheshire Cat (The Guardian)

Net neutrality is on trial, and everyone from white-shoe-firm lawyers to Christian internet activists showed up to watch oral arguments in the US Telecom Association v the FCC on Friday in a packed Washington DC courtroom, where an exasperated bailiff threatened to toss out reporters who wouldn't stop using their phones to access the technology in question.

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06 December 2015

Should we be worried if our homes are soon smarter than we are? (The Observer)

There is a technological juggernaut heading our way. It's called the Internet of Things (IoT). For the tech industry, it's the Next Big Thing, alongside big data, though in fact that pair are often just two sides of the same coin. The basic idea is that since computing devices are getting smaller and cheaper, and wireless network technology is becoming ubiquitous, it will soon be feasible to have trillions of tiny, networked computers embedded in everything. They can sense changes, turning things on and off, making decisions about whether to open a door or close a valve or order fresh supplies of milk, you name it, the computers communicating with one another and shipping data to server farms all over the place.

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05 December 2015

In US Net Neutrality Hearing, Judge Signals Comfort With F.C.C.'s Defense (New York Times)

Reading the tea leaves from a court hearing is a dangerous endeavor. But standing out from a hearing on Friday over net neutrality regulations were comments from an influential judge who seemed to indicate more comfort with the Federal Communications Commission's legal defense of the rules.

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A Journey Into the Heart of Facebook (The Atlantic)

We are running late to the Facebook Data Center. I keep checking my watch, as if the seconds might start moving backwards if I stare hard enough. This is not a particularly safe way to drive. I am, apparently, more concerned with being late than I am with possibly totaling a car. Being late is far more heinous act.

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04 December 2015

US revenge pornography website operator sentenced to 25 months in prison (The Guardian)

Hunter Moore, the operator of revenge pornography website IsAnyoneUp.com, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, his defense lawyer, Robert Holley, has said.

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Facebook bows to Belgian privacy ruling over cookies (BBC News)

Facebook has said that it will respond to a privacy ruling in Belgium by requiring users to log in to view pages on the site.

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