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24 May 2017

.CH Celebrates 30 Years As Europe's Safest TLD

The Swiss ccTLD, .ch, celebrated 30 years of existence last Saturday, with the SWITCH Foundation, the current registry, being established later the same year.

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.ASIA Opening Up To The World

The .asia TLD is opening itself up to any person or individual anywhere in the world with changes coming to eligibility requirements. The new eligibility requirements will mean global communities doing business in Asia and Asian communities living outside the region will be able to register .asia domain names without local presence requirements and eliminating checks, simplifying the registration process.

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At Facebook we get things wrong – but we take our safety role seriously by Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management (The Guardian)

Last month, people shared several horrific videos on Facebook of Syrian children in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack. The videos, which also appeared elsewhere on the internet, showed the children shaking, struggling to breathe and eventually dying.

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Why Facebook's censorship problem may not get any better any time soon (Washington Post)

Leaked documents on how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content, as published in the Guardian, further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2 billion users. It also shows that its censorship problem may not be solvable any time soon.

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Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff (Washington Post)

Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

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North Korea's Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West (Reuters)

North Korea's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts.

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EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech (Reuters)

European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms. The proposals, which would be the first legislation at EU level on the issue, still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming law. But EU lawmakers have similarly pushed for social media companies to do more to tackle hateful content on their platforms.

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EU to conclude Google antitrust cases in next few months (Reuters)

EU antitrust regulators will rule in the "next few months" whether Alphabet's Google abused its dominance of internet searches and other areas, a senior European Commission official said on Monday, an outcome that could lead to a hefty fine.

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How Microsoft Is Defending Refugee Minors Facing Deportation (Forbes)

Microsoft President Brad Smith recalls that the decision to support immigration and refugees seemed natural when he created a pro-bono program for Microsoft lawyers in 2002. "We have employees in Washington State that have come here from 157 countries," says Smith. "So we thought it was very consistent with the company’s own employee base and the way we look at the world."

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23 May 2017

Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal (The Guardian)

Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the site in a single month, according to a leaked document.

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22 May 2017

No, Google's Not a Bird: Bringing the Internet to Rural India (New York Times)

Babulal Singh Neti was sitting with his uncle on a recent afternoon, trying to persuade him of the merits of the internet.

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Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence (The Guardian)

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

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21 May 2017

Revenge porn legislation introduced in NSW so 'sleazebags' risk jail time: Attorney-General (ABC News)

New legislation to criminalise the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, known as "revenge porn", has been introduced by the New South Wales Attorney-General.

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Community Forum: What are your hopes and fears about the Internet? (Internet Society)

On May 11, 2017, the Internet Society in collaboration with the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House hosted a panel discussion on the impact of the Internet on societies.

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Available Tools Making Dent in WannaCry Encryption (Threat Post)

Tools are beginning to emerge that can be used to start the process of recovering files encrypted by WannaCry on some Windows systems.

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Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by UK government (The Independent)

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

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20 May 2017

'The Internet Is Broken': @ev Is Trying to Salvage It (New York Times)

Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.

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19 May 2017

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health' (The Guardian)

Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organisations.

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E.U. Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Disclosures in WhatsApp Deal (New York Times)

Europe’s love affair with Facebook may be coming to an end. On Thursday, the European Union’s powerful antitrust chief fined the social network 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company’s $19 billion acquisition of the internet messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

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In Europe political attitudes are changing to Facebook (The Guardian)

Facebook’s €110m fine by the European commission for providing misleading information about data-sharing between Facebook and WhatsApp is just one of a growing number of regulatory battles the US social media giant is fighting.

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U.K.'s May Opens Door to Facebook Tax in Push for Safer Web (Bloomberg)

Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. may face a new tax in the U.K. should Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives get re-elected as polls suggest on June 8.

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18 May 2017

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future (New York Times)

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb start-up will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin singing I-told-you-sos. But don’t be fooled by expensive juice. The idea that Silicon Valley no longer funds big things isn’t just wrong, but also obtuse and fairly dangerous. Look at the cars, the rockets, the internet-beaming balloons and gliders, the voice assistants, drones, augmented and virtual reality devices, and every permutation of artificial intelligence you’ve ever encountered in sci-fi. Technology companies aren’t just funding big things — they are funding the biggest, most world-changing things. They are spending on ideas that, years from now, we may come to see as having altered life for much of the planet.

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Google owner Alphabet balloons connect flood-hit Peru (BBC News)

“Tens of thousands” of Peruvians have been getting online using Project Loon, the ambitious connectivity project from Google's parent company, Alphabet.

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17 May 2017

Facebook Gets Slap on the Wrist From 2 European Privacy Regulators (New York Times)

Facebook suffered a setback on Tuesday over how it uses the reams of information it collects about users worldwide, after two European privacy watchdogs said that the social network’s practices broke their countries’ data protection rules.

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16 May 2017

China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack (New York Times)

China is home to the world’s largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination to play by its own set of digital rules.

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