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28 July 2017

auDA Chair Faces the Music and Resigns Before Vote to Oust Him

The auDA Chair has faced the music realising his demise was imminent on Monday when a Special General Meeting was to be held to vote on his removal. However he also indicated auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, will continue on the path of the current management that will continue to alienate many members and key stakeholders such as registrars who have enough of accountability and transparency disappearing, no community engagement, poor communications, mass staff defections and the cosy closed shop between the CEO, Chair and key board members.

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Crackdown on Online Criticism Chills Pakistani Social Media (New York Times)

Dr. Faisal Ranjha was examining a patient in the crowded critical-care unit of his hospital in northeastern Pakistan when a federal officer abruptly walked in, seized his cellphone and told him he was under arrest.

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27 July 2017

auDA Ignores Their Stakeholders With Echoes of Nominet Debacle a Decade Ago

It’s looming as a battle that has echoes of a few others. There’s the current battle between the powers that be at Cricket Australia and the cricketers. And there was the battle between members and management at Nominet a decade ago. And now there’s another battle that’s been going for a few months now. auDA is defying its members, ignoring their constitution and trashing transparency and accountability. Nominet lost the battle, Cricket Australia is so far losing the battle and auDA is digging in hoping it doesn’t follow.

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The Shifting Geopolitics of Internet Access: From Broadband and Net Neutrality to Zero-rating (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

The nature of Internet access is constantly shifting. How infrastructure technologies are arranged and marketed directly determines conditions of access and participation. In the recent past, the Internet was normally accessed via “broadband” or fixed landline connections. However, the proliferation of smartphones, Wi-Fi access and high-speed cellular telephony networks has dramatically shifted the access landscape, particularly in emerging markets.

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26 July 2017

New gTLD Registrations Hit Lowest Number In 8 Months

Registrations among new gTLDs aren’t in freefall, but numbers continue to drop as registrations come up for renewal and, for some, following heavily discounted promotions, registrants aren’t renewing.

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auDA CEO and Director Caught Not Declaring Conflict of Interest

The auDA CEO Cameron Boardman has once again been caught out. Not content with hiding key documents from members by deleting historical information from the website, Boardman along with new director Dr. Michaella Richards have also now been caught out not declaring a conflict of interest in that both worked in the Victorian state government, along with Chair Stuart Benjamin.

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Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home, Collecting Data That Could Be Sold (New York Times)

Your Roomba may be vacuuming up more than you think.

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25 July 2017

ICANN Commits to Transparency, auDA Despises It

In the ongoing debacle at auDA, it’s hard not to notice what happens in other organisations, even in the domain name industry.

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Internet firms should use profits to stamp out child abuse images, says UK police chief (The Guardian)

Internet companies should reinvest some of their “eye-watering” profits into efforts to stamp out child abuse images online, a chief constable has said.

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For Alphabet, a Record Fine is Both a Footnote and a Warning (New York Times)

Not many companies can turn a $2.7 billion fine into a financial footnote. But that is what Google’s parent company, Alphabet, did with its quarterly earnings. The results, announced on Monday, were a microcosm of the opportunities and the risks in front of the company. On one hand, it was hitting on all cylinders with its core search engine. Its various internet services were as essential as ever with the shift to smartphones. And its YouTube video platform was shaking off a short-lived boycott by big brands.

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auDA Members Revolt Against Management as Chair Faces Ousting

On Monday 31 July, auDA members get to have their say on the current Chair, and whether they have had enough of the ongoing destruction of the organisation’s transparency and accountability and defying of the constitution. There are significant numbers voting to oust the Chair, Stuart Benjamin. Even registrars have had a gutful of the ongoing management debacle insisting they want no part of discussions on the management plans until the vote has taken place. This follows overtures from auDA for registrars to participate in a meeting, purportedly to discuss the organisation’s future. But registrars saw through this charade and told auDA bluntly they want no part of any discussions until after the vote has taken place.

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24 July 2017

The digital future of work: What will automation change? (McKinsey)

Rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are making inroads in the workplace, with machines carrying out physical and cognitive activities. What will this mean for employment?

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The digital future of work: What skills will be needed? (McKinsey)

Robots have long carried out routine physical activities, but increasingly machines can also take on more sophisticated tasks. Experts provide advice on the skills people will need going forward.

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Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030 (New York Times)

If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China.

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23 July 2017

Dark web master thwarted by love of cash and bling (Australian Financial Review)

Users of AlphaBay, the dark net marketplace selling everything from heroin to stolen identities, first started to suspect on the evening of July 4 that there was something awry.

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22 July 2017

Why cyberattacks could be war crimes (World Economic Forum)

Cyberattacks are the new normal, but, when they come from abroad, they can raise panic about an invisible cyberwar. If international conflicts are unavoidable, isn’t a cyberwar better than a physical war with bombs and bullets?

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21 July 2017

Dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa shut down (The Guardian)

AlphaBay and Hansa – two of the largest “dark web” marketplaces for illegal and illicit items such as drugs and guns – have been shut down, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.

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Twitter's internal numbers show it's getting less awful at fighting abuse (Washington Post)

Twitter on Thursday offered some top-line stats in a company blog post about the results of its latest anti-abuse efforts — showing how its approach is working as social media firms struggle with policing content on their networks.

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20 July 2017

Facebook Is Pursuing a Subscription Tool for News Outlets on Its Site (New York Times)

Facebook is working on a new tool that could help drive subscriptions to news organizations that publish articles directly on the online service, an effort to improve the fraught relationship between the social giant and media companies.

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French court refers 'right to be forgotten' dispute to top EU court (Reuters)

EU judges will have to decide whether Alphabet's Google has to remove certain web search results globally to comply with a previous privacy ruling after France's supreme administrative court referred the issue to the top EU court.

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19 July 2017

Mid-year .brands review: 2017 off to a brilliant start by Tony Kirsch, Neustar

If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you’ll know that I’m really passionate about the benefits that .brands can deliver to organizations and their customers. We are now half way through 2017 which provides us with an opportunity to have a good hard look at the data and reflect on the last six months in the .brands space.

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Verisign Report Shows Significant Slowing of Domain Registration Growth

Once upon a time not that many years ago, the growth in domain name registrations each year was like growth in the Chinese economy – well over 10%. These days the growth rate overall is nothing to be sneezed. In the year to the end of March, registrations around the world grew by 3.7% (11.8 million) to 330.6 million across all TLDs according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief. It was only in the preceding year, to the end of March 2016, that registrations had grown 11%.

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The Internet's Future Is More Fragile Than Ever, Says One Of Its Inventors (Fast Company)

Vint Cerf, the co-creator of tech that makes the internet work, worries about hacking, fake news, autonomous software, and perishable digital history.

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Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late (The Guardian)

Tesla and Space X chief executive Elon Musk has pushed again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because “by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late”.

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70% of world's population connected by mobile by 2022 (CIO)

Forrester forecasts global mobile device usage will reach more than 5.5 billion users by 2022.

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