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05 August 2015

Why we should all care about cyber crime: the risk to you and me (ABC News)

In today's world, the reality is that all individuals and organisations connected to the internet are vulnerable to cyber attack.

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India withdraws order to block pornography sites (Reuters)

India has partially revoked an order to block hundreds of pornographic websites following an uproar on social media, but the government ordered Internet service providers to shut down sites that promote child pornography.

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04 August 2015

Internet experts submit draft plan for U.S. to cede domain oversight (Reuters)

After months of work, a group of international Internet experts has released a proposal describing how the U.S. government can complete its domestically controversial plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that manages the Internet's names and addresses.

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Foxtel set to launch legal action 'in coming months' to block websites like The Pirate Bay in Australia (ABC News)

Pay TV company Foxtel is preparing to launch a legal case "in the coming months" to have piracy-related websites like The Pirate Bay blocked from access in Australia.

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US Movie Studios Seek SOPA Power Through Broad Site-Blocking Order (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don't like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network, and bulletin board -- in short, the entire Internet -- to block and filter a site called Movietube. If they succeed, the studios could set a dangerous precedent for quick website blocking with little or no court supervision, and with Internet service and infrastructure companies conscripted as enforcers. That precedent would create a powerful tool of censorship -- which we think should be called SOPApower, given its similarity to the ill-fated SOPA bill. It will be abused, which is why it's important to stop it from being created in the first place.

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India blocks access to 857 porn sites (BBC News)

India has blocked free access to 857 porn sites in what it says is a move to prevent children from accessing them.

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US cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns (The Guardian)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away "important privacy protections", a move that bodes ill for the measure's return to the floor of the Senate this week.

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03 August 2015

It’s fast, global, engaged and influential – so why isn't Twitter flying? (The Observer)

How many tech companies are saddled with the problem of enjoying global fame but struggling with lacklustre performance? Not Facebook, which revealed in its results that it has nearly 1.5 billion users logging in each month around the world. Twitter, however, is an example where participation is lagging behind reputation.

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02 August 2015

Research Scientists to Use Network Much Faster Than Internet (New York Times)

A series of ultra-high-speed fiber-optic cables will weave a cluster of West Coast university laboratories and supercomputer centers into a network called the Pacific Research Platform as part of a five-year $5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Landmark EU and US Net Neutrality Decisions: How Might Pending Decisions Impact Internet Fragmentation? (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

During the past decade, net neutrality has become a central issue in the debate over further development of the Internet. At a time when the United States has just adopted a landmark regulation on net neutrality and the European Union is in the final stages of defining its own position on net neutrality, this paper looks ahead and analyzes the implications of these decisions with a particular focus on their impact on Internet fragmentation.

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01 August 2015

Ashley Madison attack prompts spam link deluge (BBC News)

The hack attack on the Ashley Madison site has prompted spammers to capitalise on interest in data stolen from the infidelity site.

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French Dating Sites Warned to Tighten Up Data Privacy (Wall Street Journal)

Last year, Florence Bonnet, founder of CIL Consulting, a French data compliance advisor, sent out emails and LinkedIn messages offering her company's services to operators of French dating websites. None replied, Bonnet said, except for one, who said data protection was not a priority.

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31 July 2015

Google Fights Effort to Apply 'Right to Be Forgotten' Ruling Worldwide (New York Times)

The company said Thursday that it would not comply with demands from the country's privacy regulator, who has said Google must apply a European data protection ruling to all of its global domains.

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Google says non to French demand to expand right to be forgotten worldwide (The Guardian)

Google has rejected the French data protection authority's demand that it censor search results worldwide in order to comply with the European Court of Justice's so-called right to be forgotten ruling.

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Counterfeit.com: Makers of expensive bags, clothes and watches are fighting fakery in the courts. But the battle seems to be getting tougher (The Economist)

The grand golden doors of 500 Pearl Street, in Manhattan, have welcomed such glamorous names as Hermès, Tiffany & Co and Kering, a French conglomerate whose treasures include Gucci and Bottega Veneta. The building is not a posh hotel or department store. It is the federal court for the Southern District of New York, a favoured battleground for the decidedly unglamorous war against counterfeit goods.

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Neustar Buys Company Behind AusRegistry and ARI Registry Services

Neustar has bought Bombora Technologies Pty Ltd (Bombora), based in Australia, for A$118.5 million, or approximately US$86.9 million. Bombora and its subsidiaries, which include ARI Registry Services and AusRegistry, provide registry services for a number of top-level domains (TLDs) including .au, .melbourne, .sydney, and over 100 new TLDs, including several in the Fortune 500.

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30 July 2015

Facebook now used by half of world's online users (BBC News)

Half the world's estimated online population now check into social networking giant Facebook at least once a month.

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29 July 2015

A Steady Percentage of Americans Still Do Not Go Online, Study Says (New York Times)

For the first 13 years of the decade, Americans embraced the Internet at a whirlwind pace. The percentage of Americans who use the Internet grew to 84 percent in 2013 from 52 percent at the turn of the century, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

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Paced by Facebook, Customer Satisfaction Up for Social-Media Sites (Wall Street Journal)

User satisfaction with social media websites is improving, paced by Facebook's success with its mobile app and advertising, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

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Cybercrime-as-a-service on the rise says Australian government report (Computerworld)

'Cybercrime as a service is likely' to increase as criminals continue to find it easier to purchase malware rather than developing their own, according to the first report of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

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German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms (Reuters)

Facebook may not prevent its users from using fake names, a German privacy watchdog said on Tuesday, in the latest privacy setback for the U.S. company in Europe.

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EU Privacy Watchdog Backs Strict Fines for Firms Abusing Data (Wall Street Journal)

Europe's data-protection watchdog is advising European Union lawmakers to slap strict fines on businesses violating new data-privacy rules that will tighten guidelines on how companies -- including U.S. firms operating in Europe -- manage their customers' data.

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Australian National University selected as Australian office for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (ABC News)

The Australian office for a major international consortium which oversees internet standards and guidelines will be established at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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Italian parliament drafts a declaration of Internet rights (Computerworld)

The Italian parliament wants to have its say in the creation of an international legal framework promoting freedom, equality and access to cyberspace for all, and on Tuesday it presented a Declaration of Internet Rights that it will bring to the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil in November.

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Spanish Government Claims Success in Internet Piracy Fight (TorrentFreak)

The Spanish government says it's making headway in its battle against online piracy. In a report issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the government claims that illegal downloads are down, with 247 sites responding positively to copyright complaints and 31 shutting down completely.

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