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07 November 2017

Getting a Grip on GDPR: The Secret Is Knowing Where to Begin (Security Intelligence)

An old friend once gave me some really valuable advice about reaching a goal. He said that you can’t get to where you’re going if you don’t know where you are. Over the years, I’ve found that to be true in a lot of situations. But I think it’s especially fitting in discussing GDPR readiness.

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06 November 2017

Facebook is not listening to the fake news furore (The Observer)

One of the most instructive sights of the week was that of representatives of Twitter, Google and Facebook getting a grilling from a US Senate judiciary subcommittee on Capitol Hill. The topic at hand? “Extremist content and Russian disinformation online”, which, translated, reads: how did Russian use of social media affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election? The committee chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, set it up nicely in his opening statement by quoting what Trump had said on Fox News on 20 October: “I doubt I’d be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you.”

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Twitter's rewritten rules published (BBC News)

Twitter has published a new version of its rules, which it says will clarify its policies and how it enforces them.

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Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade (New York Times)

The sting began, as so many things do these days, on social media.

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We Need New Rules for the Internet Economy (Der Spiegel)

Antitrust laws only go so far when addressing companies that don't produce any physical goods. It is time to negotiate a new set of rules. Otherwise, our future economy will be dominated by just a few companies.

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05 November 2017

auDA Seeking to Amend Constitution to Silence Dissent

The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, is seeking to implement even more onerous rules on who can be a Member of the organisation than on who is eligible to stand for the Australian parliament in what could easily be viewed as an attempt to stifle dissent.

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ICANN Has New Leadership Team With Chalaby as Chair, Disspain Vice-Chair As 60th Meetings Ends

ICANN announced a new leadership team to head the ICANN Board of Directors at the organisation’s 60th public meeting held in Abu Dhabi last week. The 19th Annual General Meeting, Cherine Chalaby and Chris Disspain were officially appointed as the new Chair of the ICANN Board and Vice-Chair respectively.

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04 November 2017

Computers and the Future of Skill Demand (OECD)

Computer scientists are working on reproducing all human skills using artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. Unsurprisingly then, many people worry that these advances will dramatically change work skills in the years ahead and perhaps leave many workers unemployable.

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The Upside of Being Ruled by the Five Tech Giants (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. But what if that’s not so bad? For a year and a half — and more urgently for much of the last month — I have warned of the growing economic, social and political power held by the five largest American tech companies: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

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How to stop Google and Facebook from becoming even more powerful (The Guardian)

On Tuesday, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana told the general counsels of Facebook and Google: “Your power sometimes scares me.” The problem, Kennedy said, is that the corporations know too much about us, and too little about themselves.

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Facebook Says It's Policing Fake Accounts. But They're Still Easy to Spot. (New York Times)

Executives of Facebook, Twitter and Google pledged to Congress this week to do more to prevent the fakery that has polluted their sites. “We understand that the people you represent expect authentic experiences when they come to our platform,” Colin Stretch, the general counsel of Facebook, told the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said the company was doubling its review staff to 20,000 and using artificial intelligence to find more “bad actors.”

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Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by U.S. Congress (BBC News)

Further instances of social media posts and ads thought to be part of Russian propaganda efforts to influence the last US presidential election and divide its society have been shared with the public.

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02 November 2017

Global Internet Stakeholders Convene in Abu Dhabi for ICANN60

Today [30 Oct], ICANN kicked off its 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). From 28 October to 3 November, more than 2,500 regional and global participants are gathering for discussions about the policies regarding the Internet's system of unique identifiers. One of the key topics at ICANN60 is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The meeting is also an important forum for cross-community discussions on a number of ongoing projects in ICANN. The host of the meeting is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.

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E-Shops Selling Counterfeit Goods Often Use Re-Registered Brand Domains, European Study Finds

Companies letting their domain names expire are often finding e-shops are re-registering their domain names and using them to market trademark infringing, or counterfeit, goods. But there’s no correlation between the use of the domain name prior to the e-shop and what the e-shop sells.

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ICANN Advise on What You Need to Know When Transferring a Domain Name

Recently ICANN provided a post on their blog on what you as a domain name registrant need to know when transferring a domain name.

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Facebook and eSafety Commissioner join forces to stop revenge porn in Australia (Australian Financial Review)

Social media giant Facebook and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner have joined forces to stop revenge porn images being shared on the social network.

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WhatsApp is becoming the customer service tool of choice for Nigerian e-commerce (Quartz)

As e-commerce continues grows in Nigeria, a new challenge has emerged in how to efficiently execute returns and manage failed deliveries.

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Russian ads, now publicly released, show sophistication of influence campaign (Washington Post)

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote Republican Donald Trump, denigrate Democrat Hillary Clinton and divide Americans over some of the nation’s most sensitive social issues.

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Zuckerberg Is 'Dead Serious' About Russia, Open to Legislation (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is “dead serious” about preventing future interference by foreign powers in U.S. elections on his social network, adding that the company is working with Congress on political ad-transparency legislation.

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Explainer: What is Russia's new VPN law all about? (BBC News)

A Russian law regulating the use of technologies enabling users to search the internet anonymously is coming into force on 1 November.

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01 November 2017

Facebook Says It Will Double Safety and Security Staff (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. said it will double its safety and security staff to 20,000, including contract workers, by the end of 2018.

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How to Fix Facebook? We Asked 9 Experts (New York Times)

Colin Stretch, the general counsel of Facebook, appeared on Tuesday before senators who are investigating how Russia spread misinformation online during the 2016 presidential campaign. Along with Google and Twitter, Facebook has been blamed for helping Russian agents influence the outcome of the election.

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U.S. senators hammer Facebook for power over elections (Reuters)

U.S. senators on Tuesday pressed Facebook Inc’s chief lawyer on why the company did not catch 2016 election ads bought using Russian rubles, why its investigation of them took so long and how much it knows about its 5 million advertisers.

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Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone (New York Times)

Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies of prepared remarks from the companies that were obtained by The New York Times.

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Google Has a New Plan for China (and It's Not About Search) (Bloomberg)

More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it’s not with a search engine.

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