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02 May 2018

Iran, Like Russia Before It, Tries to Block Telegram App (New York Times)

Iran blocked Telegram, the most popular messaging app in the country, on Tuesday, claiming the service used by 40 million Iranians endangers national security.

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01 May 2018

Music downloads can gauge consumer vibe – Bank of England: Chief economist says 'taste in books, TV and radio may also offer a window on the soul' (The Guardian)

Central bankers seeking to understand what’s really happening in the economy might want to forget about market research surveys and get hip to the number of Taylor Swift downloads instead, the chief economist at the Bank of England has suggested.

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How the internet tricks you out of privacy using 'dark patterns' of design (ABC News)

The padlock is the internet's talisman of privacy and safety. It's in the corner of your browser when you have a secure website connection. It appears on a Twitter protected profile. It indicates where to find Facebook's privacy settings.

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Leaving Facebook Amid User Data Disputes (New York Times)

When Jan Koum, a founder of the messaging app WhatsApp, sold the service to Facebook in 2014, he explained how deeply he cared about the privacy of communication. Growing up in the Soviet Union during the 1980s — when surveillance was a fact of life — had made him realize the importance of being able to speak freely, he wrote.

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'They Want to Block Our Future': Thousands Protest Russia's Internet Censorship (New York Times)

A demonstration in Moscow against the Russian government’s effort to block the messaging app Telegram quickly morphed on Monday into a protest against President Vladimir V. Putin, with thousands of participants chanting against the Kremlin’s increasingly restrictive bent.

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30 April 2018

Over 300,000 British .EU Registrants Get Brexit Reprieve With New Registration Flexibility

At the end of March, the European Commission, without consulting the .eu registry EURid, decided that following the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union that the more than 318,000 .eu domain name registrants would not be able to renew their domain names. And nor would businesses based in the UK or British residents be able to register them once Britain left the European Union renew them.

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29 April 2018

Facebook's global monopoly poses a deadly threat in developing nations (The Guardian)

The most significant moment in the US Senate’s interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg came when Senator Lindsey Graham asked the Facebook boss: “Who’s your biggest competitor?” It was one of the few moments in his five-hour testimony when Zuckerberg seemed genuinely discombobulated. The video of the exchange is worth watching. First, he smirks. Then he waffles about Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft “overlapping” with Facebook in various ways. It’s doesn’t look like he believes what he’s saying.

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Who should hold the keys to our data? (The Observer)

The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good

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Facebook Faces Tough Questions in Britain That It Avoided in the U.S. (New York Times)

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, escaped tough questioning during congressional testimony this month in part because American lawmakers weren’t well versed about how the social network functions. On Thursday, one of his deputies faced a decidedly sharper inquisition from a panel in Britain.

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28 April 2018

Strengthening Network and Information Security to protect the EU against fake news (ENISA)

The EU Cybersecurity ENISA has contributed to and welcomes the proposals of the EU Commission to tackle online disinformation.

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26 April 2018

auDA Goes to Court to Delay SGM, Wastes Tens of Thousands of Dollars and Achieves Nothing

In a disgraceful waste of tens of thousands of dollars of .au domain name registrant’s money, auDA took Josh Rowe, one of the Grumpier.com.au 3 and a former auDA Director, to the Federal Court Thursday, and in effect lost.

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Facebook's Privacy Scandal Appears to Have Little Effect on Its Bottom Line (New York Times)

Despite it all, the Facebook juggernaut marches on. The social network is undergoing its worst crisis in its 14-year history as it faces a torrent of criticism about its privacy practices and the way it handles user data.

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New Europe law makes it easy to find out what your boss has said about you ave you ever wondered what your boss or co-workers say about you behind your back? If you’re located in Europe, it will soon be extremely easy to find out. Under the General Dat (The Guardian)

Have you ever wondered what your boss or co-workers say about you behind your back? If you’re located in Europe, it will soon be extremely easy to find out.

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Cybercrime Profits Soar to $1.5 Trillion (Security Intelligence)

Threat actors are generating, spending and reinvesting $1.5 trillion worth of cybercrime profits, according to a nine-month academic study.

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Facebook's handpicked watchdogs gave it high marks for privacy even as the tech giant lost control of users' data (Washington Post)

Facebook's mishandling of its users’ personal information prompted stiff penalties from the U.S. government in 2011 — including a requirement that the social giant submit to regular privacy checkups for the next two decades.

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European Regulators Ask if Facebook Is Taking Too Much Data (New York Times)

Data. It is the gasoline that fuels advertiser-supported internet giants like Facebook and the gold that companies mine for their algorithms.

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British adults using Facebook less to communicate with friends (The Guardian)

British adults are becoming less reliant on Facebook for communicating with friends, according to research conducted by the UK media regulator, which suggests people are starting to turn to other social media apps.

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Bots in the Twittersphere (Pew Research Center)

An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings

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The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World (Pew Research Center)

A plurality of experts say digital life will continue to expand people’s boundaries and opportunities in the coming decade and that the world to come will produce more help than harm in people’s lives. Still, nearly a third think that digital life will be mostly harmful to people’s health, mental fitness and happiness. Most say there are solutions

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25 April 2018

How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google (New York Times)

In Europe and the United States, the conventional wisdom is that regulation is needed to force Silicon Valley’s digital giants to respect people’s online privacy.

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Facebook says it is taking down more material about ISIS, al-Qaeda (Reuters)

Facebook Inc said on Monday that it removed or put a warning label on 1.9 million pieces of extremist content related to ISIS or al-Qaeda in the first three months of the year, or about double the amount from the previous quarter.

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YouTube Says Computers Are Catching Problem Videos (New York Times)

The vast majority of videos removed from YouTube toward the end of last year for violating the site’s content guidelines had first been detected by machines instead of humans, the Google-owned company said on Monday.

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24 April 2018

Google's Parent Company Spends Like It's Thinking of a Future Beyond Ads (New York Times)

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is spending like it is beginning to prepare for life after advertising.

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23 April 2018

Google tells Australian regulator it is not contributing to 'the death of journalism' (The Guardian)

Google sent more than 2bn visits to Australian news websites last year and is optimistic about the ability of quality journalism to survive the digital disruption, the company has told the competition regulator.

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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match (New York Times)

False rumors set Buddhist against Muslim in Sri Lanka, the most recent in a global spate of violence fanned by social media.

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