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11 November 2017

Facebook’s first president, on Facebook: 'God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains' (Washington Post)

“God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains,” Sean Parker said in the interview published Thursday.

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Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights (Council of Europe)

The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected.

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U.S. tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them. (Washington Post)

For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. Take Facebook, which has long claimed that it's a simple tech platform, not a media entity. “Don't be evil,” Google once said to its employees, as though it were setting itself apart from the world's other massive corporations.

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Donuts Tops Deloitte’s North American 2017 Technology Fast 500

Donuts have topped the Deloitte 2017 Technology Fast 500, an award recognising the fastest growing public and private technology companies in North America, Deloitte announced Thursday. These tech companies note Deloitte are on the cutting edge and are transforming the way we do business.

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10 November 2017

Domaining Europe Returning to Valencia in 2018

Domain Europe 2018 is returning to Valencia after a foray into Berlin in 2017. Organiser Dietmar Stefitz had investigated heading to Rome for the 2018 event however costs were prohibitive for hotels. So back to Valencia they go from 7 to 9 June!

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09 November 2017

Less Than One Day Left For Latest auDA Consultation on Second Level Domains

Some days I think the ongoing auDA consultations on the introduction of second level registrations are like the Rapture. The believers keep believing, but it never seems to happen. What started with Names Policy Panel recommendations in favour back in 2015 has since gone through several consultations. With very little movement since the Names Policy Panel recommended they be introduced.

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OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017 (OECD)

The biennial OECD Digital Economy Outlook examines and documents evolutions and emerging opportunities and challenges in the digital economy. It highlights how OECD countries and partner economies are taking advantage of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the Internet to meet their public policy objectives.

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Pew Research Center says 45% of Americans get their news from Facebook (Marketing Land)

During the past year, the number of Americans getting at least a portion of their news from social media sites has increased from 62 percent in 2016 to 67 percent in 2017.

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Fast-growing cyber crime threatens financial sector: Europol (Reuters)

The “remorseless” growth of cyber crime is leading to 4,000 ransom attacks a day and gangs’ technological capability now threatens critical parts of the financial sector, the head of Europol said on Wednesday.

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IoT is Insecure, Get Over It! Say Researchers (Threat Post)

Noted security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek said the Internet of Things can’t be secure, but it can be tamed.

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E.U. competition chief asks Apple for details on tax arrangements (Washington Post)

European authorities have asked Apple to share details of its recent tax arrangements as the company faces an order to pay $14.5 billion in back taxes while leaked documents have revealed new details of its alleged tax planning.

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China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home (New York Times)

China does not allow its people to gain access to Facebook, a powerful tool for disseminating information and influencing opinion.

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08 November 2017

Research Shows Rise in Global DDoS Attacks (Security Intelligence)

Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise globally. According to researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, University of California, San Diego and Saarland University in Germany, one-third of all networks active on the internet have experienced a DDoS attack at some point over the last two years, SecurityWeek reported.

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Hot topics of NZ's NetHui 2017: Policies and social implications, New technologies (InternetNZ)

How should we run our Internet in a way that is inclusive and as safe as possible for everyone? How do we rebalance rights and interests that new Internet enabled technologies imbalance? What implications could the Internet have on our society, and our rules and norms for living together?

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Facebook asks Australian users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn (The Guardian)

Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude photos in an effort to tackle revenge porn, in an attempt to give some control back to victims of this type of abuse.

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Twitter officially enables 280-character limit for all accounts, including brands (Marketing Land)

Twitter is officially doubling its character count. Less than two months after testing extending tweets’ maximum length to 280 characters, Twitter is enabling the new length for all users on Tuesday. The new maximum will apply to tweets in all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean, in which space is less of an issue.

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MPAA Warns Australia Not to 'Mess' With Fair Use and Geo-Blocking (TorrentFreak)

The MPAA has submitted its 2018 list of foreign trade barriers to the U.S. Government. The document reveals that Hollywood is concerned that Australia is considering implementing fair use exceptions, allowing circumvention of geo-blocking, and expanding safe harbor provisions for online services. In addition, the MPAA notes that stiffer penalties are required to deter piracy.

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Re:scam - $12 billion is lost globally to phishing scams every year. It's time we fought back. (Netsafe)

Introducing Re:scam – an artificially intelligent email bot made to reply to scam emails. Re:scam wastes scammers time with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real people.

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You may be sick of worrying about online privacy, but 'surveillance apathy' is also a problem (The Conversation)

We all seem worried about privacy. Though it’s not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: it’s also our attitudes towards privacy that are important.

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Mass Shootings, Climate, Discrimination: Why Government's Fear of Data Threatens Us All (Wired)

In the aftermath of the massacre of 26 people in a small-town Texas church, you might have seen that the killer used a gun called an AR-15. It’s a popular weapon—relatively easy to use, endlessly customizable, military in appearance. How popular? It’s the same gun that a killer used in the massacre of 58 people at a Las Vegas concert last month, and by the killer who murdered 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, and the one at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. And the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. And the party in San Bernardino, California.

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Dirty Tricks and Smears Enter auDA Director's Election

There’s currently an election underway for directors to the auDA Board. The last 2 years have been dogged by controversy for the .au policy and regulatory body. The Board unceremoniously dumped the CEO and the current CEO and board have overseen a turbulent time since current CEO Cameron Boardman commenced.

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07 November 2017

nic.at Introduces New Partnerfinder Tool To Help Registrants Find The Right Registrar

For many domain name registrants, finding the registrar that best suits their requirements can be a minefield. They might find a cheaper registrar, but then find the registrar doesn’t offer services they require, or the support they need. So the Austrian ccTLD registry, nic.at, has set about making this process easier with their new “Partnerfinder” service.

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Building A.I. That Can Build A.I. (New York Times)

Google and others, fighting for a small pool of researchers, are looking for automated ways to deal with a shortage of artificial intelligence experts.

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Africa set to top 1 billion mobile internet connections in five years: study (Reuters)

Africa’s mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks.

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After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits (New York Times)

The tech giant has found a tax haven in the island of Jersey, leaving billions of dollars untouched by the United States, leaked documents reveal.

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