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26 June 2017

2016 Internet Crime Report: FBI's IC3 Releases Annual Report Highlighting Trends in Internet Crime (FBI)

Giving someone access to your computer is like giving out a key to your front door. A computer can have your bank account information, family photos, and other private documents and data—information that fraudsters would like to steal. That’s why tech support fraud has become a significant trend in online crime, according to the 2016 Internet Crime Report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

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Tech giants face no contest when it comes to competition law (The Observer)

The news that Amazon had acquired Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn sent shivers down the spine of every retailer in America. Shares in Walmart fell 7%, and rival Kroger by 17%. Amazon’s market capitalisation, in contrast, went up by $11bn. So why the fuss? At first sight it seemed straightforward: Amazon wanted to get into food sales, and it fancied having a network of 400 urban stores; and Whole Foods (which some of my American friends call “whole wallet” because of the cost of its products) was ailing. There was also a small political angle: John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods, had been enmeshed in a row with an activist investor that threatened to drive him from power; by selling to Amazon, he gets to keep his job. So: small earthquake in food retailing, not many dead?

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24 June 2017

Designing Digital Freedom: A Human Rights Agenda for Internet Governance (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Despite the worldwide description of cyberspace as “a free and open Internet,” the global record of human rights online has not been commendable. Recent years have brought to light the mass surveillance practices of many governments. Other government interventions block Internet access for citizens. Censorship practices have become efficient and effective. Harassment of female bloggers has remained a constant problem. Cyber security is now a precursor for basic human rights when an outage or a hack of a car or an industrial control system creates human security and safety issues. Another complexity is that digital infrastructures, systems and institutions mediating human rights cross borders in ways that create jurisdictional complexity and contradictions.

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23 June 2017

Nominet Sees 0.0074% of .UK Domains Disputed in 2016 as 3rd Level Registrations Drop, 2nd Level Rise

Nominet saw a small drop in complaints in 2016, with 25 fewer complaints for the 12-month period than in 2015. The 703 complaints related to 785 domain names, according to their 2016 annual summary of domain name disputes brought before its Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). The disputed .uk domain names in 2016 were 0.0074% of all domain names under management (DUM), or registrations.

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Fake online stores reveal gamblers' shadow banking system (Reuters)

A network of dummy online stores offering household goods has been used as a front for internet gambling payments, a Reuters examination has found.

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22 June 2017

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media (BBC News)

WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study.

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Losses from cyber crimes rose 24 percent to $1.33 billion in 2016: FBI report (Reuters)

Losses from cyber crimes rose 24 percent in 2016 to over $1.33 billion, according to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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How Battling Brands Online Has Gained Urgency, and Impact (New York Times)

Until last week, Travis Kalanick, a founder of Uber and its chief executive, ruled his company absolutely. That was the Silicon Valley way; ever since Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple in the 1980s, tech founders have demanded, and been awarded, enormous deference by investors and corporate boards. So even as successive waves of scandal have hit Uber, Mr. Kalanick’s position looked safe.

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21 June 2017

US Bullies Costa Rica and Refuses to Obey Local Laws Over Pirate Bay Domains

The United States Embassy in Costa Rica has been pressuring the local ccTLD operator, NIC Costa Rica, to take down thepiratebay.cr domain name with increasing urgency as the registry resists. And if they refuse there have been threats to take the registry operation away from NIC Costa Rica.

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Father of the internet, Vint Cerf: 'AI will make a lifetime of learning critical' (Silicon Republic)

Vint Cerf believes that to survive the next industrial revolution prompted by artificial intelligence and automation, people will need to become lifelong learners.

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Germany Raids Homes of 36 People Accused of Hateful Postings Over Social Media (New York Times)

In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media, including threats, coercion and incitement to racism.

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20 June 2017

Afnic Study on 2016 Global Domain Name Market Finds Growth Declining

Growth in the total number of domain names registered worldwide was 7.1% in 2016, down from 11.7% in 2015, a study released Monday from the French ccTLD registry Afnic found.

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Facebook and Twitter being used to manipulate public opinion - report (The Guardian)

Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed.

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EU seeks to outlaw 'backdoors' in new data privacy proposals (The Guardian)

The European Union is considering banning the implementation of so-called “backdoors” that allow the reading of encrypted messaging, a move that would place it in conflict with the UK government’s desire to have access to all secure communications.

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19 June 2017

Almost 1,000 Sunrise Applications for .AFRICA Making it One of the Most Successful

The .africa new gTLD has had one of the most successful Sunrise periods of any, receiving 981 applications during the period for trademark holders that ran from 4 April to 2 June, that is reported to be among the top 10 Sunrise periods.

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Life and death in Apple's forbidden city (The Observer)

In an extract from his new book, Brian Merchant reveals how he gained access to Longhua, the vast complex where iPhones are made and where, in 2010, unhappy workers started killing themselves

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YouTube Sets New Policies to Curb Extremist Videos (New York Times)

YouTube has struggled for years with videos that promote offensive viewpoints but do not necessarily violate the company’s guidelines for removal. Now it is taking a new approach: Bury them.

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Locked Shields: The world's largest cyber-war game (Al Jazeera)

Things are bad on the small island nation of Berylia after a diplomatic row with Crimsonia, its bigger neighbour and rival. There are street protests by the Crimsonian minority in Berylia, which then suffers a wave of cyber-attacks that make it lose control of its drones and its only international airbase.

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The Guardian view on digital giants: they farm us for the data: Editorial (The Guardian)

An astonishing project is under way to build a “digital time machine” that will show us in fine detail the lives of ordinary Venetians across a thousand years of history. It is made possible by the persistence of the republic’s bureaucracy, which, when Napoleon extinguished the Republic of Venice in 1797, left behind 80km of shelving full of records of births, deaths, trades, building, land ownership, private letters, ambassadors’ reports and even medical information. All this is now to be digitised, cross-referenced, and analysed, and all its secrets laid bare to provide a picture in unprecedented richness and detail of the lives of individuals and the development of society over many centuries. Obviously, this is wonderful for historians and indeed anybody with an imagination alive today. One wonders, though, what the Venetians would have made of it, had they known their lives and letters would be so carefully anatomised after their deaths.

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WannaCry ransomware attack 'linked to North Korea' (The Guardian)

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reportedly attributed the WannaCry malware, which affected the NHS and other organisations worldwide in May, to the North Korean-affiliated hacking team Lazarus Group.

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17 June 2017

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet (The Atlantic)

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet. But all of France was online, buying, selling, gaming, and chatting, thanks to a ubiquitous little box that connected to the telephone. It was called Minitel.

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16 June 2017

Google 'faces €1bn-plus fine' from EU over market dominance (The Guardian)

Google is reportedly facing a record-breaking fine from Brussels of more than €1bn (£875m) over alleged abuse of its market dominance.

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Internet founding father Vint Cerf warns of need to protect users (Irish Times)

One of the founding fathers of the internet has said more must be done to ensure that people are protected from harm online while also warning of the threat of a “digital dark age” for humanity.

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Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Find Extremist Posts (New York Times)

Responding to complaints that not enough is being done to keep extremist content off social media platforms, Facebook said Thursday that it would begin using artificial intelligence to help remove inappropriate content.

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Pirate Bay Ruling is Bad News For Google & YouTube, Experts Says (TorrentFreak)

The European Court of Justice handed down a ruling against The Pirate Bay yesterday, one which could have implications far beyond the torrent site. Platforms such as Google and YouTube, which play an active role in the way content is presented, could be seriously affected, experts warn.

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