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12 December 2017

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society (The Verge)

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

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Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan (The Guardian)

More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as “based on a flawed and factually inaccurate” understanding of how the internet works.

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Net Neutrality's Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S. (New York Times)

Last spring, Swedes got a tantalizing offer: If they subscribed to Sweden’s biggest telecom provider, Telia Company AB, they could have unlimited access on their mobile phones to Facebook, Spotify, Instagram and other blockbuster apps.

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The 'Alt-Right' Created a Parallel Internet. It's an Unholy Mess. (New York Times)

If you’ve lost sleep worrying about the growing power of the alt-right — that shadowy coalition that includes white nationalists, anti-feminists, far-right reactionaries and meme-sharing trolls — I may have found a cure for your anxiety.

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08 December 2017

Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft, Mozilla tumble as analytics vendor exterminates bot traffic (Computerworld)

Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge browsers tumbled last month in user share as the once-universal programs ran on just one in every six personal computers worldwide.

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How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy (Computerworld)

Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy.

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EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case (Reuters)

The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

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EU warns tech firms: remove extremist content faster or be regulated (The Guardian)

The European Commission has warned Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter and other internet technology companies that they must do more to stem the spread of extremist content or face legislation.

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Inside the Opposition to a Net Neutrality Repeal (New York Times)

Hundreds of protests were staged across the country on Thursday in the latest uproar over a repeal of rules ensuring an open internet. The drumbeat of action can in good part be traced back to a yellow Victorian house in this leafy New England city.

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Why Has Bitcoin's Price Gone Up So Fast? (New York Times)

Bitcoin has been in a bull market like few the world has ever seen.

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07 December 2017

French Railways Say OUI.SNCF

The French railway operator SNCF launched their new home online this week with their home page now oui.sncf. SNCF is one of the most prominent brands to make the switch to a new gTLD, particularly in Europe. The previous home of SNCF online, voyages-sncf.com, now redirects to the new domain name.

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Google wants more humans to help solve the problem of child exploitation on YouTube (Washington Post)

In announcing plans to hire many more human moderators to flag disturbing and extremist content this week, YouTube has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to acknowledge that software alone won’t solve many of the problems plaguing the industry.

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Alphabet's Latest AI Show Pony Has More Than One Trick (Wired)

The history of artificial intelligence is a procession of one-trick ponies. Over decades researchers have crafted a series of super-specialized programs to beat humans at tougher and tougher games. They conquered tic-tac-toe, checkers, and chess. Most recently, Alphabet’s DeepMind research group shocked the world with a program called AlphaGo that mastered the Chinese board game Go. But each of these artificial champions could play only the game it was painstakingly designed to play.

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EU urges internet companies to do more to remove extremist content (Reuters)

Internet groups such as Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after a meeting on Wednesday.

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06 December 2017

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India? (New York Times)

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first internet phone last week.

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05 December 2017

One Belt, One Road: China heralds 'Digital Silk Road'; foresees internet-era power shift soon (ABC News)

In an eastern Chinese town not too far from Shanghai, cybertechnology leaders and government officials from around the world gathered this week to discuss the future of the global digital economy.

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Neustar Moves From .BIZ To .NEUSTAR In Boost to New gTLDs

Neustar has completed the transition from its .biz TLD to its very own .neustar. As of yesterday (4 Dec) it launched its revamped global website. Now Neustar’s homepage resolves to home.neustar and each of its solution areas can also be found on .neustar web addresses, such as marketing.neustar, security.neustar and risk.neustar.

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US, China experts differ on Net governance (Straits Times)

The way to set rules and norms for the Internet continues to divide China and the United States, with their experts no closer to finding consensus on core issues.

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China's internet industry second only to US, Beijing-backed study says (South China Morning Post)

China ranks second only to the United States in terms of internet development and innovation, but among the worst on cybersecurity and industry infrastructure, according to a survey of 38 countries by a Beijing-backed think tank.

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Google's Hinton says AI poses new challenges to regulators (Reuters)

Expansion of artificial intelligence in financial services, healthcare, transportation and other fields poses new challenges to governments charged with regulating those industries, according to an executive with Google who is a pioneer in the field of machine learning.

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BBC launches Own It website to help under-12s navigate online risks (The Guardian)

Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC, has said the corporation can help “minimise the risks” for children in the digital world, as he announced its new website for nine to 12-year-olds.

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Tech consortium flags 40,000 videos, images as extremist content (Reuters)

A consortium of tech companies including Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc said on Monday a database it created to identify extremist content now contains more than 40,000 videos or images.

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Bitcoin: UK and EU plan crackdown amid crime and tax evasion fears (Reuters)

The UK and other EU governments are planning a crackdown on bitcoin amid growing concerns that the digital currency is being used for money laundering and tax evasion.

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Why the ACCC is investigating Facebook and Google's impact on Australia's news media (ABC News)

The competition regulator has announced it will investigate whether online giants Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google have disrupted Australia's news media market to the detriment of publishers and consumers.

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Page Not Found: A Brief History of the 404 Error (Wired)

The notorious 404 error, “Not Found,” is often, not totally erroneously, referred to as “the last page of the internet.” It’s an obligatory heads-up with an outsize reputation; it is a meme and a punch line. Bad puns abound. The error has been printed in comics and on T-shirts, an accessible and relatable facet of what was once relegated to nerd humor and is now a fact of digital life.

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