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28 June 2018

Vint Cerf: The 'father of the internet' on Google, war and 'artificial idiocy' (ABC News)

With his three-piece suit and trim beard, Vint Cerf looks like Hollywood's idea of the "father of the internet" — or at least, one of its "fathers".

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We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air. (New York Times)

Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry — and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too. In the 11 years since the iPhone made its debut, smartphones have subsumed just about every other gadget and altered every business, from news to retail to taxis to television, ultimately reordering everything about how we understand media, politics and reality itself.

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Facebook scraps plans to build drone to deliver internet access (The Guardian)

Facebook is scrapping its plans to build a high-altitude solar-powered drone that would have delivered internet access to the developing world.

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Amazon, Google and Microsoft Employee AI Ethics Are Best Hope For Humanity (Forbes)

Artificial Intelligence can seem like it is improving at an often alarming rate but the reality is often less glamorous. Slow improvements and long paths to success. Despite this, we often see stories that depict giant leaps and dystopian futures. Despite significant progress, we are nowhere near the singularity, Matrix or Terminator images used to illustrate reality. AI can be helpful, but this doesn't mean AI can't cause more significant problems than it solves either. In fact, it's causing employees to quit and stop working on projects until the employer changes the policy - in some cases successfully and time will tell in others. These employees aren't MIT or a Think Tank in Switzerland they are companies you use every day...Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

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EURid and IACC Team Up to Fight Cybercrime in .EU and .ЕЮ

EURid and the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) have announced plans to work together to fight cybercrime in the .eu and .ею domain name space. The collaboration aims to help clear the registration database from fraudulent domain names and to establish a more secure domain space for Internet users.

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27 June 2018

Mobile is taking over the customer journey (Marketing Land)

With over 40 percent of online transactions and growing, mobile is eating the world day by day. When a customer sets out to learn and make a decision, the smartphone is the gateway to discovery.

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McAfee Labs Sees Criminals "Infect and Collect" in Cryptocurrency Mining Surge (McAfee Labs)

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2018, examining the growth and trends of new malware, ransomware, and other threats in Q1 2018. McAfee Labs saw on average five new threat samples every second, including growth in cryptojacking and other cryptocurrency mining malware, and notable campaigns demonstrating a deliberate drive to technically improve upon the most sophisticate established attacks of 2017.

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Checking In Halfway: The McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions (McAfee Labs)

Time flies when you’re fighting cybercrime. Now that’s not exactly how the phrase goes, but for us at McAfee, it’s hard to believe that we’re already almost halfway through 2018. It seems like just yesterday we were predicting the types of cyberthreats we would see throughout this year with our McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions Report.

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European readers still blocked from some US news sites following GDPR (BBC News)

Major American news sites, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News, remain unavailable to readers in the EU, a month after new data protection rules were implemented.

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IDN Homographs Increasingly Used To Commit Phishing And Other Malicious Activities: Farsight

Internationalised Domain Name homographs, or lookalike domain names, which are easy to register and often undetected by traditional security solutions, are increasingly being used to commit phishing and other malicious activities a report released this week by Farsight Security has found. Unsurprisingly .com, where most global brands register their domain names, was found the TLD with the most problems, accounting for over half of the IDN homographs.

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26 June 2018

Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89 (New York Times)

Frank Heart, the engineer who oversaw development of the first routing computer for the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet, died on Sunday at a retirement community in Lexington, Mass. He was 89.

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The internet is terrible at answering most tough questions. Our 'wisdom of the crowd' tool can help (The Conversation)

When making tough decisions, humans have long sought advice from a higher power.

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EU Crackdown Hasn't Made U.S. Tech Change Its Behavior (Bloomberg)

A pattern is emerging in the war between the European Union’s antitrust authorities and U.S. tech companies. The changes that Google and Apple made after adverse rulings and large fines appear to be little but window-dressing, and left intact the problems the penalties were intended to solve.

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European regulators report sharp rise in complaints after GDPR (The Guardian)

The first month of GDPR has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints to regulators across Europe, showing strong public interest in the new rules.

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25 June 2018

How Silicon Valley is responding to the immigration crisis (Recode)

At first, Charlotte Willner wanted to raise $1,500 on Facebook — enough to let one immigrant parent who had been separated from their child make bond. So, she and her husband Dave Willner set up a fundraiser on Facebook, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” benefitting the Texas nonprofit RAICES.

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'New Zealand wants you': the problem with tech at the edge of the world (The Guardian)

At the end of 2017, an unusual job advertisement appeared in New Zealand. Responsibilities included planning for future workforce needs, responding to “emerging and disruptive technologies” and improving digital access. The salary was $400,000.

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Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse (New York Times)

The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.

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Inside the bunkers and war rooms where major banks wage nightly battle on the frontline of cyber war (ABC News)

On Tuesday night, the Westpac Bank was under threat from a cyber attack. It was all hands on deck in the bank's Coordination Centre.

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23 June 2018

NHS to launch first internet addiction clinic (The Guardian)

A London hospital is preparing to launch the first ever NHS-funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults, the Guardian can reveal.

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22 June 2018

Internet firms are failing to tackle child abuse images, police chief says (The Guardian)

Internet companies have the technology to stop most of the digital child abuse images circulating among paedophiles but are failing to do so, a senior police official has said.

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Facebook expands its fact-checking tools but says its work 'will never be finished' (Washington Post)

Facebook announced an expansion of several initiatives Thursday to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network used by more than 2 billion people.

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Algeria's Answer to Cheating on School Exams: Turn Off the Internet (New York Times)

Vexed by cheating on high-school exams, an age-old problem abetted by social networks and smartphones, the Algerian government reached this week for a drastic response: It turned off the internet.

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21 June 2018

How Tech Companies Conquered America's Cities (New York Times)

I’m not saying America’s cities are turning into dystopian technocapitalist hellscapes in which corporations operate every essential service and pull every civic string.

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EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants (Reuters)

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday.

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Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration (New York Times)

In an open letter posted to Microsoft’s internal message board on Tuesday, more than 100 employees protested the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked the company to stop working with the agency, which has been separating migrant parents and their children at the border with Mexico.

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