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14 November 2017
The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, announced a review of its constitution Monday, just days after it was announced Director Simon Johnson was requesting a Fit and Proper Persons Test be put to Members at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.
American Banker Outlines New gTLD Adoption Challenges, But One Bank Says It’s a "No Brainer" (American Banker)
Adopting a new gTLD domain name, or even changing a domain name, is not without its challenges. There are costs for changing promotional materials as well as the transition of websites and email addresses for staff. And customer awareness of the change may not be so straightforward.
The World Wide Web is 28 years old. But these days it often appears to have the growing pains of a teenager. There’s the scourge of fake news, growing pockets of censorship around the world, the fiery debate over net neutrality and more.
Online ad campaigns created by academics in Britain and the US have targeted millions of people based on psychological traits perceived from a single “like” on Facebook – demonstrating, they say, the effect of “mass psychological persuasion”.
Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data (Washington Post)
Missouri’s attorney general said Monday that he has launched an investigation into whether Google has mishandled private customer data and manipulated its search results to favor its own products, a further sign that Silicon Valley’s political fortunes may be on the descent.
The .xyz has regained the number one new gTLDs crown after some weeks of declines by .top, mirroring the decline of .xyz. The latest statistics from nTLDstats.com show .xyz with 2.543 million registrations and .top with 2.538 million.
13 November 2017
A comparison of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn: Examining motivations and network externalities for the use of social networking sites (First Monday)
Abstract: Although the winner-takes-all approach is often theorized in the use of an information communication technology, more than one popular social networking site exists in the market. Integrating uses and gratification (U&G) theory with network externalities, this study examines why social networking sites can coexist in the market and whether predictors of using social networking sites differ across popular social networking sites.
Alibaba's Singles Day Sales Hit New Record of $25.3 Billion (New York Times)
Singles Day — the frenzied annual celebration of consumption and commerce that is China’s much larger version of Black Friday — began as a protest of sorts against Valentine’s Day, propelled by college students in the 1990s.
Canada Should Heed US Lessons in Foreign Social Media Interference (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
Recently, lawyers from three tech giants — Facebook, Twitter and Google — testified before congress about how Russian operations manipulated their platforms during and after last year’s contentious presidential election.
YouTube has announced a clampdown on disturbing and inappropriate children’s videos, following accusations that the site enabled “infrastructural violence” through the long-run effects of its content recommendation system.
Musical.ly, a Chinese App Big in the U.S., Sells for $1 Billion (New York Times)
The only Chinese social media company to build a major network outside China will be taken over by a fast-growing Chinese upstart.
Google facing huge EU fine over breach of antitrust laws (Australian Financial Review)
The European Union is preparing to fine Google over its multibillion-dollar advertising empire as a high-profile investigation into its Android operating system is pushed back to next year.
12 November 2017
Keep up with technology or be left behind (InternetNZ)
New Zealand will not only be small and distant from the rest of the world but also years behind if regulations do not keep up with technological change.
DomainTools: Majority of Consumers Aware of Online Publishing Scams, Yet Still May Fall Victim This Cyber Monday (DomainTools)
[news release] DomainTools, the leader in domain name and DNS-based cyber threat intelligence, today released the findings of its 2017 Cyber Monday Phishing Survey. The survey results highlighted that two in five U.S. consumers have fallen victim to an online phishing attack, despite the fact that 91 percent are aware of the existence of these spoofed websites or emails of trusted brands. As the holiday shopping season approaches, 92 percent of all consumers shop online and about half are planning to shop online on Cyber Monday, exposing an opportunity for malicious hackers to strike. DomainTools has illustrated its key findings in an infographic.
11 November 2017
Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as "broken", following complaints over the type of accounts being verified.
Facebook’s first president, on Facebook: 'God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains' (Washington Post)
“God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains,” Sean Parker said in the interview published Thursday.
Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights (Council of Europe)
The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected.
U.S. tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them. (Washington Post)
For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. Take Facebook, which has long claimed that it's a simple tech platform, not a media entity. “Don't be evil,” Google once said to its employees, as though it were setting itself apart from the world's other massive corporations.
Donuts have topped the Deloitte 2017 Technology Fast 500, an award recognising the fastest growing public and private technology companies in North America, Deloitte announced Thursday. These tech companies note Deloitte are on the cutting edge and are transforming the way we do business.
10 November 2017
Domain Europe 2018 is returning to Valencia after a foray into Berlin in 2017. Organiser Dietmar Stefitz had investigated heading to Rome for the 2018 event however costs were prohibitive for hotels. So back to Valencia they go from 7 to 9 June!
09 November 2017
Some days I think the ongoing auDA consultations on the introduction of second level registrations are like the Rapture. The believers keep believing, but it never seems to happen. What started with Names Policy Panel recommendations in favour back in 2015 has since gone through several consultations. With very little movement since the Names Policy Panel recommended they be introduced.
The biennial OECD Digital Economy Outlook examines and documents evolutions and emerging opportunities and challenges in the digital economy. It highlights how OECD countries and partner economies are taking advantage of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the Internet to meet their public policy objectives.
During the past year, the number of Americans getting at least a portion of their news from social media sites has increased from 62 percent in 2016 to 67 percent in 2017.
The “remorseless” growth of cyber crime is leading to 4,000 ransom attacks a day and gangs’ technological capability now threatens critical parts of the financial sector, the head of Europol said on Wednesday.
IoT is Insecure, Get Over It! Say Researchers (Threat Post)
Noted security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek said the Internet of Things can’t be secure, but it can be tamed.