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05 October 2017

New digital era must ensure prosperity for all (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

Information and communications technologies (ICTs), electronic commerce (e-commerce) and other digital applications are helping a growing number of small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing countries to connect with global markets and open up new ways of generating income. They are being leveraged to promote business, including the empowerment of women as entrepreneurs and traders, and to support productive activities.

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E-commerce growth is less important than how it impacts people (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

The global economy is on the cusp of a new era as data overtakes oil as the world's most important commodity, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi has told an international meeting in Geneva.

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Luxembourg, Switzerland and Norway most ready to benefit from e-commerce (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

For the third straight year, Luxembourg has held on to its position atop UNCTAD's ranking of 143 countries' capacity to support online shopping and other business-to-consumer e-commerce. Among the top 10 economies in the 2017 UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index, seven are European while three are from the Asia-Pacific region.

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E.U., Citing Amazon and Apple, Tells Nations to Collect Tax (New York Times)

European competition regulators on Wednesday mounted a push against tax avoidance by Silicon Valley giants, announcing plans to take Ireland to court for failing to collect back taxes from Apple and ordering Luxembourg to claim unpaid taxes from Amazon.

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EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2017 CENTR Awards

Eurid, the .eu registry operator, has won Registry of the Year at the 2017 CENTR Awards held in Brussels. This was the first year Registry of the Year has been awarded and was voted on by registrars with 105 participating in the survey with CENTR saying there was a tight race for the winner.

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04 October 2017

UK says WhatsApp lets paedophiles and gangsters operate beyond the law (Reuters)

Britain said WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption communication services allowed paedophiles and organised crime groups to operate beyond the reach of the law and called on the messaging service to move faster to help governments catch offenders.

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Yahoo says all of its 3bn accounts were affected by 2013 hacking (The Guardian)

Yahoo said on Tuesday that every one of its 3bn accounts was affected by a 2013 data theft at the tech company, tripling its earlier estimate of the largest breach in history.

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Google and Apple report jump in requests for user data (BBC News)

US government requests to Google for individuals' data reached a six-year high in the first half of 2017, the company says.

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Companies face €50m fines in Germany for hate speech (BBC News)

A law has come into effect in Germany requiring social media companies to remove "obviously illegal" posts or pay fines of up to €50m (£44.3m).

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Facebook's Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many Disguises (New York Times)

The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises.

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Australia Has Slower Internet Than Kenya, Russia and Hungary (Bloomberg)

Australia’s A$49 billion ($38 billion) broadband network was meant to spearhead a digital revolution. Instead, the botched project risks becoming a poster child for government mismanagement.

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Google Making the Web More Secure Adding its TLDs to HSTS Preload List (Google Security blog)

Google has started adding some of its new gTLDs to the HSTS preload list and making those TLDs more secure, making those namespaces secure by default. While not available for public registration yet, Google intends to make some of these secure TLDs available for registration soon.

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02 October 2017

Lagging U.S. online giants, Europe calls on them to pay up (Reuters)

French, Italian and other European leaders upped the pressure on mostly U.S. tech giants to pay their fair share of taxes in the European Union and abide by the bloc’s rules when they met on Friday, but were still far from a consensus on the issue.

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01 October 2017

Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god (The Guardian)

Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful Silicon Valley engineer is to set up an AI-worshipping religious organization.

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Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus on Self-Policing Not Regulation Fears (Bloomberg)

As technology giants face the threat of greater regulation worldwide, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella says these companies should focus on greater self-policing to prevent the loss of personal privacy and other harmful side effects of innovations.

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Google reports all-time high of government data requests (CNET)

Governments around the world are doing a record amount of searching on Google, but it's a kind of searching than you and I do.

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EU pressures internet giants to remove illegal content sooner (Reuters)

The European Commission on Thursday outlined how firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter should remove illegal content more quickly from the Web, increasing pressure on the companies to do more.

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30 September 2017

2017, the year when cybercrime hit close to home (Europol)

The past 12 months have seen a number of unprecedented cyber-attacks in terms of their global scale, impact and rate of spread. Already causing widespread public concern, these attacks only represent a small sample of the wide array of cyber threats we now face. Europol’s 2017 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) identifies the main cybercrime threats and provides key recommendations to address the challenges.

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28 September 2017

Ads don't work so websites are using your electricity to pay the bills (The Guardian)

With the continuing collapse in online advertising revenues, websites are turning to other methods to pay their hosting bills – including using visitors’ computers and phones to mine cryptocurrency.

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27 September 2017

Interpol Operation Sees Hundreds of Domain Names and Counterfeit Medicines Seized

In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices, saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than $51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.

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Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news (Washington Post)

Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call.

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Google to Create Shopping Service Unit to Satisfy EU (Bloomberg)

Google will create a standalone unit for its shopping service and require it to bid against rivals for ads shown on the top of its search page, in an effort to satisfy European Union concerns over the display of product results, three people familiar with the investigation said.

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68 Things You Cannot Say on China's Internet (New York Times)

Song Jie, a writer in central China, knows what she can and cannot write in the romance novels she publishes online. Words that describe explicit sexual acts are out, of course. So are those for sexual organs. Even euphemisms like “behind” or “bottom” can trigger censorship by automatic software filters or a website’s employees.

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China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship (New York Times)

China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.

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EU study finds piracy doesn't hurt game sales, may actually help (Ars Technica)

For as long as video game piracy has existed, gamers and the industry have argued about whether the practice really hurts sales of legitimate games. In 2010, the Business Software Alliance estimated that generalized software piracy costs the world $51 billion annually and half a million jobs. Even most people who doubt every pirated download is equivalent to a lost sale will admit that illegal downloads have some negative effect on overall game sales.

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