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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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Safeguards for social media 'inadequate', says UK health secretary (The Guardian)

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a blistering attack on Sunday on social media companies for “turning a blind eye” to emotional problems and mental health damage suffered by children who have uncontrolled access to their online platforms.

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Facebook's privacy changes look different for Europeans and Americans (Washington Post)

All 2.2 billion people who use Facebook will soon see changes to their privacy settings, in response to a sweeping new privacy law in Europe — but American users won't see exactly the same thing as their European counterparts.

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GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up? (BBC News)

Next month a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will be the biggest shake-up to data privacy in 20 years.

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U.K. Privacy Chief Wants Powers to Access Data More Quickly (Bloomberg)

The U.K.’s privacy regulator, who’s leading European investigations into how political consultants accessed the data of millions of Facebook Inc. users, said British data-protection laws are slowing her progress.

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How Europe's 'breakthrough' privacy law takes on Facebook and Google (The Guardian)

Despite the political theatre of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional interrogations last week, Facebook’s business model isn’t at any real risk from regulators in the US. In Europe, however, the looming General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

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22 April 2018

Questions Raised Over auDA CEO’s Academic Qualifications

A request for information to verify the academic qualifications of auDA CEO Cameron Boardman was been made to the Australian Department of Communications and Arts Sunday.

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20 April 2018

auDA In More Turmoil: Members Threatened With Court Action Over SGM and Another Director Resigns

The turmoil at auDA continues. This week the Australian government released a scathing review into the .au policy and regulatory body with a number of recommendations that, unless they’re all acted upon will see auDA replaced. And it’s unlikely to get member approval to implement the required recommendations. Then Thursday another demand class member resigned, leaving the remaining one of 4 demand members in a strong and unenviable position given the constant turmoil the organisation is in.

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19 April 2018

Exclusive: Former auDA CEO Opens Up On What's Gone Wrong at auDA

Ever since the auDA Board gave the then CEO Chris Disspain his marching orders in March 2016 after 16 years at the helm, the Australian ccTLD manager has been in turmoil. It’s not that any one person is indispensable. But rather a reflection of the dysfunction that has followed. With the Australian government’s scathing review of the management of Australia’s ccTLD released this week, we asked the former CEO and now ICANN Vice-Chair what his thoughts were on the organisation, what could have been done better and where to now.

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Facebook among tech firms to sign 'digital Geneva convention' (The Guardian)

More than 30 global technology firms have signed up to a “digital Geneva convention”, committing never to partake in cyber-attacks against individuals or businesses.

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Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law (Reuters)

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.

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18 April 2018

More Domain Names Hosting Child Sexual Abuse Than Ever Before

More online child sexual abuse imagery is being found online than ever before, and more domain names than ever before are being used to host images and videos of children being sexually abused, according to the 2017 Annual Report from the Internet Watch Foundation.

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Facebook Is Creepy. And Valuable. (New York Times)

One of the most telling moments in the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony last week was when Representative Billy Long, a Missouri Republican, warned the co-founder of Facebook of what Congress was likely to do about its multiple concerns surrounding the social network. “Congress is good at two things: doing nothing, and overreacting,” he said. After years of the former, he said, “we’re getting ready to overreact.”

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Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports (BBC News)

The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report.

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Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, UK MPs told (The Guardian)

Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.

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Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in battle against Telegram app (The Guardian)

Russia’s internet watchdog has blocked an estimated 16m IP addresses in a massive operation against the banned Telegram messaging app that could set a new precedent for Russian online censorship.

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auDA Battling to Save Itself After Scathing Government Review Says "No Longer Fit-For-Purpose"

auDA has been put on notice that it needs to reform or its gone following an Australian government review into its operations. The report has found “urgent reforms are necessary”. But reform won’t come easy with significant changes required to its constitution, and without significant changes in leadership, Members will be reluctant to support them. Meanwhile the auDA dirty tricks campaign has taken to Twitter with fake or troll Twitter accounts attacking the 3 behind the Grumpier.com.au call for a SGM.

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17 April 2018

US and UK blame Russia for 'malicious' cyber-offensive (New York Times)

The cyberwar between the west and Russia has escalated after the UK and the US issued a joint alert accusing Moscow of mounting a “malicious” internet offensive that appeared to be aimed at espionage, stealing intellectual property and laying the foundation for an attack on infrastructure.

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Why we should stop panicking about robots stealing our jobs (The Observer)

Ideology is what determines how you think when you don’t know you’re thinking. Neoliberalism is a prime example. Less well-known but equally insidious is technological determinism, which is a theory about how technology affects development. It comes in two flavours. One says that there is an inexorable internal logic in how technologies evolve. So, for example, when we got to the point where massive processing power and large quantities of data became easily available, machine-learning was an inevitable next step.

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Twitter handles are big business, even if the owner doesn't want to sell (The Guardian)

Everything has a price, even the top Twitter handles, and if somebody does not want to sell then they may be forced to relinquish their account.

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