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10 January 2018

.PR Selects Afilias To Provide Registry Services As Afilias Suffers Security Incident

The provision of registry services for Puerto Rico's ccTLD, .pr, is now being outsourced with Afilias winning the contract to provide the services. According to an announcement from Afilias, the transition was completed on 7 January although no date was given for when the contract was signed.

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09 January 2018

Vint Cerf: In 2018, we will tackle the internet's dark side (Wired)

The internet and the world wide web have lowered the barriers to broadcast communication to nearly zero. In the past, you had to have a broadcast licence and a lot of money to run a television station, a radio station, a newspaper or a magazine-publishing operation that would reach a large audience. Today, you only need a smartphone and an account on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook or a similar social medium.

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Cybersecurity Today Is Treated Like Accounting Before Enron (New York Times)

Last week, we learned that researchers had discovered two major flaws in microprocessors of nearly all the world’s computers. The revelation came on the heels of a distressing series of major hacks: In 2017, Yahoo revealed that all of its three billion accounts were compromised, WannaCry ransomware shut down hospitals across the globe, and an Equifax breach affected approximately 145.5 million consumers in the United States. The latest news about the computer security problems — whose names, “Spectre” and “Meltdown,” appropriately convey their seriousness — is just the latest evidence that true digital security remains out of our reach.

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.BANK and .INSURANCE To Be First New gTLDs to Implement HSTS... After Google

.fTLD Registry Services has announced they will be implementing a security protocol known as HSTS - HTTP Strict Transport Security – to their .bank and .insurance new gTLDs. They will be the first registry to implement HSTS across an entire top level domain outside of Google.

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08 January 2018

The Neo-Nazis of the Daily Stormer Wander the Digital Wilderness (New Yorker)

Since this past August, the Daily Stormer, a prime hub for neo-Nazism on the Web, has found itself in a peculiar kind of digital exile. Its journey began in the wake of the “Unite the Right” rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, at which a young woman named Heather Heyer was murdered by a man who drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters. The following day, Andrew Anglin, the Daily Stormer’s founder, published an article about Heyer titled “Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut.” Hours later, GoDaddy, one of the Web’s largest domain registrars, announced that it was cancelling the Daily Stormer’s service. Several other U.S.-based companies, including Google, Namecheap, and Cloudflare, soon followed suit.

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German opposition calls for abolition of online hate speech law (Reuters)

Germany’s opposition parties on Sunday called for the abolition of a new law that aims to rid social media of hate speech, saying it was wrong for private companies to be making decisions about whether posts are unlawful.

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Big Tech to Join Legal Fight Against Net Neutrality Repeal (New York Times)

An industry group that represents the country’s biggest technology companies said on Friday that it planned to join a looming legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission over its repeal of so-called net neutrality rules.

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Apple should address youth phone addiction, say two large investors (Reuters)

Apple Inc shareholders Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System are urging the smartphone maker to take steps to address what they say is a growing problem of young people getting addicted to Apple’s iPhones, Jana partner Charles Penner said.

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In rare showing, Google arrives at CES to battle Alexa and Siri (Washington Post)

More than 3,900 companies are on hand to show off their latest technologies at CES this week, but there’s one giant name that stands out from the pack: Google.

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07 January 2018

The Looming Digital Meltdown (New York Times)

For computer security professionals, 2018 started with a bang. A new class of security vulnerability — a variety of flaws that affect almost all major microprocessor chips, and that could enable hackers to steal information from personal computers as well as cloud computing services — was announced on Wednesday. The news prompted a rush of fixes, ruining the holiday vacations of system administrators worldwide.

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Hauling the Internet to an Ex-Soviet Outpost High in the Caucasus Mountains (New York Times)

Several months ago, a team of men ascended the Greater Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. They led horses loaded with electrical wire, solar panels, batteries, toolboxes and drills powerful enough to grind through rock.

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05 January 2018

Can Facebook win its battle against election interference in 2018? (The Guardian)

Social networks spent much of 2017 slowly coming to terms with the extent to which their platforms had been exploited to spread political misinformation. But the narrow focus of investigations over the last year is likely to cause further pain in 2018, as the US midterm elections create a new urgency for the problem to be solved.

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Internet Users in China Expect to Be Tracked. Now, They Want Privacy. (New York Times)

China’s biggest online payment company offers its hundreds of millions of users a breakdown on their spending each year, showing everything from their environmental impact to their ranking among shoppers in their area. Many spenders — not shy, and occasionally even a bit boastful about their personal finances — in turn share the details on social media.

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Ad targeters secretly tracking people on the internet through invisible login forms (The Independent)

Web users are having their details secretly collected by ad tracking companies, researchers say.

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Emmanuel Macron promises ban on fake news during elections (The Guardian)

Emmanuel Macron has vowed to introduce a law to ban fake news on the internet during French election campaigns.

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2018 Domain Pulse Motors Into View With Focus On Digital Future

The 2018 Domain Pulse conference is motoring into view and will be held at BMW World in Munich on 22 and 23 March. The annual conference this year is organised by DENIC, the German registry with a focus on the digital future as well as the state of the domain name industry. The conference rotates between Germany, Switzerland (SWITCH) and Austria (nic.at).

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04 January 2018

auDA's 'Broken Management' Seeks to Undermine .AU's Multistakeholder Model

In an excoriating open letter to auDA management, Scott Long, Chair of auDA’s Constitution Reform Committee, has resigned from a committee that, according to Domain Pulse sources, an auDA Board member inferred members were ‘selected to cause instability and infighting, and possibly to fail, to demonstrate through deflection to DoCA [Department of Communications and the Arts] that members are to blame for auDA’s problems.’ And not only have auDA, the policy and regulatory body for Australia’s ccTLD, worked to undermine the Committee’s work, they are seeking to “remove or significantly limit” the role of members in the organisation.

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02 January 2018

Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul (The Guardian)

One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present and future of the planet. The old idea of the online world as a burgeoning utopia looks to have peaked around the time of the Arab spring, and is in retreat.

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Google's midnight bid to disrupt £2bn EU fine revealed (Daily Telegraph)

Google launched a midnight attempt to disrupt the record fine it was handed for monopoly abuse, EU documents reveal.

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Iran bans Instagram and Telegram, threatens crackdown against protesters as anger grows over economy, corruption (ABC News)

Iran has blocked access to Instagram and popular messaging app Telegram as anti-government protests continue across the country.

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Germany starts enforcing hate speech law (BBC News)

Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material.

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01 January 2018

.NZ Registrations Grow Almost 7% In 12 Months As InternetNZ Stalwarts Say Adieu

Registrations of .nz domain names grew by 6.91%, or 33,657, to 702,311 in the 12 months to the end of November according to the final Domain Name Commission’s .NZ Newsletter for 2017. And following a restructure of the organisation where Jordan Carter was appointed InternetNZ Group Chief Executive, it also marks a farewell from longstanding employees, Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan and Jay Daley, New Zealand Registry Services Chief Executive, who both depart on 12 January.

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31 December 2017

What Happens When the Richest U.S. Cities Turn to the World? As the economy has changed, so have the relationships between places, to the disadvantage of smaller cities and rural areas. (New York Times)

... The companies that now drive the Bay Area’s soaring wealth — and that represent part of the American economy that’s booming — don’t need these communities in the same way. Google’s digital products don’t have a physical supply chain. Facebook doesn’t have dispersed manufacturers. Apple, which does make tangible things, now primarily makes them overseas.

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Internet and phone services cut in Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of anti-government protests (The Observer)

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

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More trouble for the 'Nigerian prince': Louisiana police say they caught scam's middle man. (Washington Post)

Most people with an email address have likely heard of or been targeted by this scam or some variations of it. A person claiming to be a Nigerian prince tells you that you’re the beneficiary in someone’s will.

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