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29 August 2014

Data retention critics alarmed by Australian federal police breach (The Guardian)

Civil rights groups, legal bodies and information security experts have expressed renewed concern about the government's push to store greater amounts of phone and web users' personal information following revelations that the federal police mistakenly published sensitive information and metadata about ongoing criminal investigations.

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28 August 2014

The Struggle for Turkey's Internet (Freedom House)

Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, according to a Freedom House report released in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.

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Second Round Of New gTLD Applications Back On ICANN Board Agenda: auIGF Discussion

The prospect of a second round of applications for new gTLDs is on the agenda for ICANN, with discussions likely to take place at an upcoming board meeting, possibly as early as September.

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Telstra blamed for high Australian internet prices (Australian Financial Review)

US-based internet accelerator and security provider CloudFlare has lashed out at Telstra, labelling it one of the world's most expensive internet providers and blamed it for making Australians pay high broadband prices.

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27 August 2014

.TV Value Grows With Changing Nature Of Media Consumption (New York Times)

The Tuvaluan ccTLD .TV has had its ups and downs since it was rebranded as a TLD aimed at the television industry. But it appears to be growing according to a report in The New York Times.

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Rewrite privacy laws to keep up with technology, says Britain's top judge (The Independent)

The law on privacy may have to be redrawn to keep up with rapid advances in modern technology and the rise of social media, the country's most senior judge has said.

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Secret Australian data retention discussion paper leaked (Sydney Morning Herald)

It's the secret industry consultation paper the federal government doesn't want you to see.

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American Facebook and Twitter users 'more likely' to censor their views offline (The Guardian)

Americans have been self-censoring their discussions about state surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013, researchers have found.

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.ORG Grows 1.4 Percent To 10.43 Million In First Half, 2014

The total number of .org domains under management increased to 10,428,027 globally, a 1.4 percent (143,512) increase in registrations in the six months to the end of June 2014, the latest bi-annual Dashboard report from the Public Interest Registry, the .org registry operator, has found.

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26 August 2014

27 million South Koreans affected by data breach (CSO)

South Korean authorities have revealed details surrounding massive data breach that impacts 27 million people aged 15-65. The compromised data comes from website registrations for various games and online gambling promotions, ringtone storefronts, and movie ticketing.

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Parents set bad example by staying glued to smartphones (The Independent)

Parents who worry about their children constantly staring at their smartphones should set an example by not using their own devices so often - and set ground rules for screen-free mealtimes, parenting groups have said.

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Report: Consumers concerned about online threats but do little to protect themselves (PC World)

Remember banking before the Internet? You received printed bank statements in the mail and had to manually reconcile the information with the written register in your checkbook. I don't miss it, but I also recognize the convenience of accessing my financial data through a bank website comes with some serious security considerations. According to a new consumer survey from Kaspersky Labs, I am not alone.

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25 August 2014

Three Percent Of New gTLD Domains Contain Business Websites, 41 Percent PPC

Three percent of domain names registered in new gTLDs contain business websites, Verisign has found after analysing the common usage of websites using new gTLD domain names.

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How the web lost its way – and its founding principles (The Guardian)

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web 24 years ago he thought he'd created an egalitarian tool that would share information for the greater good. But it hasn't quite worked out like that. What went wrong?

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For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe (Washington Post)

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent.

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Between Coordination and Regulation: Conceptualizing Governance in Internet Governance by Jeanette Hofmann, Christian Katzenbach & Kirsten Gollatz (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: This paper contributes to the recent move towards a more systematic reflection on the conceptual foundations of Internet governance. It is led by the question of how to define (Internet) governance in a way that is theoretically grounded as well as empirically instructive. For this aim, it mobilizes literature from the broader field of governance and regulation studies as well as sociological theory and applies these concepts to issues of Internet governance.

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New gTLDs Break 2 Million Registrations, But 4 In 5 Parked

Registrations of new gTLDs domains broke the two million mark over the weekend across the 367 gTLDs that have been delegated, 195 of which having entered General Availability. As of Sunday there were over 2,031,000 registrations according

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What Is Pandora Doing Right? The music streaming service has more female employees than many of its peers in tech. (The Atlantic)

Another week, another addition to Silicon Valley's diversity data parade. All summer long, leading tech companies have been trumpeting slash apologizing for the numbers that show how few women and people of color most of them employ.

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Your child's phone and tablet could be harming their eyes, expert warns (Daily Telegraph [AU])

Children who use smart phones and tablets are at risk of potential irreversible eye damage because of blue light emissions from digital devices, according to a leading Sydney optometrist.

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24 August 2014

The Cookies You Can't Crumble (Businessweek)

If you've used the Internet for longer than the iPhone has been around, you're probably familiar with cookies, those little packets of personal data that help load websites you frequent and tell the websites' owners who you are and what you're up to -- information coveted by advertisers. Since Netscape programmer Lou Montulli invented the cookie 20 years ago, it's become a cornerstone of the online display and search advertising business, valued at $35 billion a year in the U.S. Montulli says he designed the cookie to make the Web more efficient and calls its use as a tracking device an "unintended consequence."

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23 August 2014

More Than 1,000 Businesses in U.S. Affected by Same Cyberattack That Hit Target (New York Times)

More than 1,000 American businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target, Supervalu and most recently UPS Stores.

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EU Commissioner Says Google is Undermining Data Protection Reform (Web Hosting Industry Review)

In a speech in Lyon, France on Monday, Martine Reicherts, EU Justice Commissioner addressed EU data protection reform and the right to be forgotten ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in May. The ruling gives citizens the ability to request search engine providers such as Google remove links that are incorrect or outdated.

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22 August 2014

DotHIV Launching With A Social Purpose, To Raise Funds For AIDS-Related Projects

The launch of dozens of new gTLDs has seen a range of business plans and aims. And one that is quite unique is dotHIV, which has the launch of its General Availability on Tuesday 26 August at 14:00 UTC. Every .hiv domain name registered and every .hiv website visited will see a part of the registration fee going towards raising awareness and funds for projects around the world working to prevent the transmission of HIV and end AIDS.

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NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs' alleges developer (BBC News)

Some US and UK cyberspies are deliberately undermining their workmates' "dark web" surveillance efforts, according to the leading developer of software used to access hidden parts of the internet.

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The case for a social media standard on sensitive content (Washington Post)

The tragic, public airing of James Foley's murder at the hands of the Islamic State is raising sensitive questions about the role that social media companies play in disseminating news online. Was Twitter right to block the gruesome video showing Foley's death? Is there a legitimate news justification for distributing the video, or is it enough simply to talk about it in the abstract?

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