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05 December 2017

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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03 December 2017

President Trump is now a troll (Washington Post)

Though it has a long way to go, the science that underlies the fight against extremism has made a lot of progress in recent years. Psychologists and social media analysts have found that people become radicalized by other members of a group. People seek out the like-minded, then enter online forums, then become more extreme by reading and communicating with others. As the study of history will also tell you, individuals will do things as part of a mob that they would not do alone.

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What is the future of work? (McKinsey)

A new podcast series from the McKinsey Global Institute explores how technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills we need to work.

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What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages (McKinsey)

In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained under different scenarios through 2030.

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Young women build their identities online and put themselves at risk of harm, NZ report finds (Stuff)

Young women build, or "curate" their identities online, while boys are more likely to interact with "randoms" in online games, a new Ministry for Women and Netsafe report finds.

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China's Top Ideologue Calls for Tight Control of Internet (New York Times)

Little heard from but hugely influential, the professor turned Communist theoretician who has been a major adviser to three Chinese leaders finally stepped out of the shadows on Sunday.

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From the Arctic's Melting Ice, an Unexpected Digital Hub (New York Times)

The receding ice has opened new passageways for high-speed internet cables. Point Hope, a gravel spit in northwest Alaska, is along one of the new routes.

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01 December 2017

Does Europe have what it takes to create the next Google? (Reuters)

Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows.

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How 41 People in Lithuania Took Over Your Facebook Feed (New York Times)

Of all of Facebook’s superpowers, perhaps the most disconcerting is how it can make online publishers disappear with the push of a button.

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Criminals Increasingly Using "Combosquatting" To Deceive Internet Users

Criminals online are increasingly using “combosquatting” to deceive internet users. The practice takes advantage of internet users being increasingly encouraged to check the domain name in an internet address before clicking on links. Combosquatters take advantage of this, using domain names with a familiar trademarks, but including additional words resulting in being taken to a website selling counterfeit goods, harvesting personal and financial information or installing malware.

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UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers (The Guardian)

Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the snooper’s charter law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers.

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Ireland’s ccTLD Manager Announces Slight Relaxation of Eligibility Rules In Bid To Boost Use

The Irish ccTLD .ie has some of the more restrictive eligibility rules in Europe, and hence has one of the lowest numbers of domains under management per capita. A slight relaxation of the rules, which will see applicants not having to show a “claim to the name” from March 2018, may change this. Slightly.

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30 November 2017

Netflix Is Not Going to Kill Piracy, Research Suggests (TorrentFreak)

Netflix and other on-demand streaming services barely help to curtail piracy, new research shows. While legal streaming services are commonly used nowadays, the limited availability of recent content and the associated price tag are serious hurdles for many pirates.

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India is upholding an open internet as the US moves to dismantle net neutrality (Quartz)

Even as the US telecom regulator plans to dismantle net neutrality rules, its Indian counterpart has reaffirmed its intent to keep the internet open in the sub-continent.

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The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death. (New York Times)

The internet is dying. Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your second cousin’s baby pictures. But that isn’t really the internet. It’s not the open, anyone-can-build-it network of the 1990s and early 2000s, the product of technologies created over decades through government funding and academic research, the network that helped undo Microsoft’s stranglehold on the tech business and gave us upstarts like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix.

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Time to release the internet from the free market - and make it a basic right (The Guardian)

Say goodbye to net neutrality. Last week, the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, released a plan to repeal the landmark protections enacted by the agency in 2015. This has long been a top priority for Pai and his fellow Republicans, who now enjoy a majority of commissioners thanks to Trump. The vote is scheduled for 14 December, and is widely expected to pass along party lines.

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Three quarters of Android apps track users with third party tools - study (The Guardian)

More than three in four Android apps contain at least one third-party “tracker”, according to a new analysis of hundreds of apps.

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