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14 September 2017

Facebook Moves to Keep Ads From Running on Objectionable Videos (New York Times)

Facebook’s enormous audience has long been catnip to advertisers. But the company’s vast ecosystem has come under scrutiny this year from major brands, which are increasingly sensitive to the possibility of inadvertently showing up next to objectionable content.

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Equifax's Maddening Unaccountability (New York Times)

Last week, Americans woke up to news of yet another mass breach of their personal data. The consumer credit reporting agency Equifax revealed that as many as 143 million Americans’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses may have been stolen from its files — just the kind of information that allows for identity theft and other cybercrimes.

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EU set to demand Internet firms act faster to remove illegal content (Reuters)

Companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter could face European Union laws forcing them to be more proactive in removing illegal content if they do not do more to police what is available on the Internet.

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13 September 2017

Daily Stormer Booted From .AT

The Austrian ccTLD registry,, has booted The Daily Stormer’s .at domain name. The Daily Stormer has been booted by quite a few domain name companies, from registries to registrars and even Cloudflare.

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Google appeals against EU's €2.4bn fine over search engine results (The Guardian)

Google is appealing against the record €2.4bn fine imposed by the European Union for its abuse of its dominance of the search engine market in building its shopping comparison service.

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The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors (New York Times)

After the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month where a man drove a car into a crowd, killing a counter-demonstrator, the American neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer published a long, hate-riddled post mocking the victim.

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10 September 2017

Poisoned water holes: the legal dangers of dark web policing (The Conversation)

Australian police are using “poisoned watering holes” to investigate crime on the dark web. By taking over illegal marketplaces that traffic in child pornography or drugs, law enforcement are collecting information about criminals all over the world.

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Australian police want to read encrypted messages, but they already have significant power to access our data (The Conversation)

The Australian government wants new powers to access encrypted communications, but do they need them?

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France, Germany, Italy, Spain seek tax on digital giants' revenues (Reuters)

France, Germany, Italy and Spain want digital multinationals like Amazon and Google to be taxed in Europe based on their revenues, rather than only profits as now, their finance ministers said in a joint letter.

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Libraries Stand for the Internet's Future and Join the Call to End Shutdowns (Internet Society)

Human development cannot happen without inclusive access to information. This, along with reading and applying knowledge helps us to make better decisions and to create and innovate. The Internet has brought this much closer. It is easier to create, communicate, and collaborate than ever before. E-commerce has given us new markets, e-journals are allowing us to learn, and e-health is keeping us fit.

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Why workers' rights don't matter in Silicon Valley (The Observer)

One of the stranger sights of June was watching the titans of Silicon Valley meekly obeying Trump’s summons to a tech summit (dubbed his American Technology Council) at the White House. Those attending included Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Safra Catz of Oracle, Tim Cook of Apple, John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins (the venture-capital firm), Brian Krzanich of Intel, Tom Leighton of Akamai, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Eric Schmidt of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) and Steve Mollenkopf of Qualcomm. The only tech leader who was invited but explicitly declined was Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and other ventures. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cited diary clashes as an explanation for his non-attendance.)

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09 September 2017

How to Protect Your Information Online (New York Times)

There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information, as major website breaches become ever more frequent. On Thursday, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, said that identifying information for 143 million customers had potentially been compromised.

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07 September 2017

The .ASIA Crystal Ball Sees A Bright Future Following Liberalised Eligibility: Leona Chen-Birkner Interview

Recently the .asia top level domain made a number of changes to eligibility, the main one being to enable anyone, anywhere with an interest in Asia to register a .asia domain name. As the Asian region expands, and Asian communities around the world grow and diversify, there are some great opportunities ahead. There are challenges ahead for .asia, as with any top level domain, but their experiences can also be instructive. Recently Leona Chen-Birkner, Vice President of Registrar Relations for DotAsia Organisation, sat down with Domain Pulse to discuss DotAsia’s experiences, and what the future looks like.

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Facebook takes the next step to monetize WhatsApp (Reuters)

Facebook Inc is gearing up to make money from WhatsApp, the messaging service used by more than a billion people every day, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

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Facebook uncovers Russia-funded misinformation campaign (BBC News)

Facebook says it has discovered a Russian-funded campaign to promote divisive social and political messages on its network.

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It's too hard to get the data of Australian criminals when it's stored overseas (The Conversation)

Solving crimes and prosecuting criminals depends on efficient access to evidence. Technology has not changed that.

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Cryptocurrency boom stalls as regulators focus on ICOs (The Guardian)

The latest cryptocurrency boom is beginning to stall as regulators worldwide turn their attention to the “initial coin offerings”, which have driven a precipitous rise in the sector’s market value reaching a high of $177bn (£136bn).

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05 September 2017

Why It's Important To Keep Domain Name Contact Information Up to Date

One of the key reasons for a registrant to keep their domain name contact information, also known as WHOIS data, up-to-date is so their registrar can contact them. The other is so the registrant can receive notifications of changes to the contact information, so they can be verified, particularly if malicious actors have tried to take control of your domain.

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Virtual child pornography could both help and hinder law enforcement (The Conversation)

More than one decade ago, the United States government predicted that “technology will soon exist, if it does not already, to make depictions of virtual children look real”.

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04 September 2017

Does Domain Name Size Matter? Yes, But Not As Much As Readability

The length of a domain name is important, but its readability more so, so says SIDN, the registry for .nl domain names. Shorter domain names do get the big dollars when it comes to sales, but with the growing importance of social media, it’s not the be all and end all.

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Technology, jobs, and the future of work (McKinsey)

Automation, digital platforms, and other innovations are changing the fundamental nature of work. Understanding these shifts can help policy makers, business leaders, and workers move forward.

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Catching the hackers in the act (BBC News)

Cyber-criminals start attacking servers newly set up online about an hour after they are switched on, suggests research.

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03 September 2017

auDA Unrest Continues: 'Hard Politics in a Geeky World'

Another board member has quit the auDA board according to an article in Monday’s Australian Financial Review, one of Australia’s leading business newspapers. The most recent uncovering, that of Leonie Walsh standing down 4 weeks ago, appears to have been kept secret with the newspaper discovering Walsh’s departure by digging through ASIC, Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator, records.

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02 September 2017

Where to draw the line on hate speech online? (Washington Post)

Before the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, the Daily Stormer — a neo-Nazi website involved in organizing the white supremacist rally that led to her killing — was easy to find: all you had to do was type in the Web address. Now the site has all but vanished from the Internet. That’s due to the decision of a handful of Internet companies to reject the publication as a customer in the wake of Charlottesville — a reasonable choice that nevertheless raises difficult questions about limiting speech online.

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On internet privacy, be very afraid (Harvard Gazette)

In the internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.

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