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26 April 2017

The DNA Study Claims New gTLDs Can Compete With .COM on SEO

A study for the Domain Name Association claims there is a benefit from an SEO perspective by having a relevant keyword in a relevant domain name extension, that is the top level domain part of the domain name.

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MMX 2016 Results Show 40% Registration Growth On Back of Strong Chinese Demand

Domain names under management across the 26 new gTLDs operated by Minds Machines (MMX) jumped 40% in 2016, with registrations jumping 44% to 817,000 in China on the back of developing relationships in China that has included opening an office in Xiamen, gaining a license for .vip to allow Chinese registrants to host domains within the country and applying for licenses for a further 8 more.

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New gTLDs Shed Over Half Million Registrations in Under 2 Weeks, But Why?

Total new gTLD registrations have taken a hit in recent days, dropping over half a million in under 2 weeks.

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Google search changes tackle fake news and hate speech (BBC News)

Google is changing the way its core search engine works to help stop the spread of fake news and hate speech.

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25 April 2017

Mathieu Weill Steps Down As Afnic CEO After 12 Years

Mathieu Weill, the CEO of the French ccTLD registry Afnic, will be stepping down as of 1 May. In an announcement today on the website for the French country code top level domain, it notes he “has been appointed to other duties as from 1 May 2017.”

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Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data (New York Times)

For months, Uber has paid a public price for some of the questionable tactics it has used to conquer the transportation industry. Now another company is experiencing some of the fallout for working with Uber.

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Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site (The Guardian)

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.

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Five Million Brits Go Crazy For Illegal Streaming (TorrentFreak)

Almost five million Brits are regularly streaming TV content from illegal Internet services. That's one of the findings from a new YouGov study which shows that Kodi-powered devices and Android apps are particularly popular with users. Of concern to authorized services is that hundreds of thousands of pirates say they're canceling their official subscriptions.

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24 April 2017

Afnic Awarded Contract To Run .FR For 5 More Years

Afnic has been awarded the right to operate the .fr ccTLD for another 5 years, the registry announced.

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EU mulls legislation in the fight against online hate speech (Reuters)

The European Union is considering legislative measures to harmonise how online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google take down hate speech and incitement to violence, a draft document seen by Reuters shows.

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23 April 2017

Makeover for mobile phones: Ready or not, 5G wireless is preparing for its big day (The Economist)

After years of hot air and hyperbole, the fifth generation (5G) of mobile-phone technology has entered its final phase of testing, in preparation for its debut around the world. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an industry group for mobile phones, has still to sign off on a 5G reference design that satisfies all its members. But that has not stopped manufacturers from introducing 5G chip-sets and modems for wireless carriers to test. The hope is to get 5G mobile networks up and running in time, at least, for the winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018. Japan has its own plans for the technology when it hosts the summer Olympics in July 2020. Expect wireless carriers to start rolling out their 5G networks in earnest shortly thereafter.

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Is It Time to Break Up Google? (New York Times)

In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place.

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A scholar asks, 'Can democracy survive the Internet?' (Washington Post)

In more innocent times, the rise of the Internet was seen by many people as a boon to democracy. Disruptive, yes, but the Web broadened the flow of information, introduced new voices into the political debates, empowered citizens and even provided a powerful fundraising tool for some lesser-known candidates such as Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.

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22 April 2017

Google runs workshops to help UK teenagers tackle hate speech (The Guardian)

Google has responded to a barrage of criticism that it must do more to tackle online hate by launching a series of workshops for teenagers on how to tackle hate speech and fake news.

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21 April 2017

G20 safeguards vulnerabilities of digital economy, with financial sector focus (G20 Insights)

The G20 can ensure a secure, resilient, sustainable and responsible digital economy, especially in the financial sector, by removing vulnerabilities in Internet infrastructure, encouraging cross-border cooperation, providing guidance to telecommunications regulators and implementing norms regarding cyber-attacks.

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Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election (Reuters)

French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country's presidential election, though the onslaught of "junk news" is not as severe as that during last year's U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.

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Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour (The Guardian)

An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

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Google is seeing more requests for user data worldwide, but it's responding to fewer (Recode)

Google received the most government requests for user data it has received in any six-month period, according to the company’s latest transparency report. The requests were made in the second half of 2016.

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20 April 2017

Pirate Bay Founder Fights For Your Right To Register Domains Anonymously, No Matter How Objectionable You Are

The 38-year-old Pirate Bay co-founder and Swedish politician Peter Sunde has started a new business that allows almost anyone, anywhere to register domain names anonymously. Well, actually, you don’t register the domain name yourself. They register it for you and the domain name will be in their name. They claim if you want the domain name back, no problems, no additional costs.

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US and European Buyer(s) Spend $500,000 on 90,000 MMX New gTLD Domains

Minds Machines Group (MMX) has announced another big spend on domain names among its new gTLD portfolio. This week the company announced there have been orders for approximately 90,000 standard registrations across a number of its US and European facing top level domains valued at approximately $500,000. Whether it was one or several buyers wasn’t disclosed.

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Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It's the Network, of Course (New York Times)

The tech world just witnessed a robbery. The heist was so brazen you kind of had to admire it, even if it was pulled off with all the grace of a gas station stickup.

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Facebook has 60 people working on how to read your mind (The Guardian)

Decrying how addictive and attention-sapping smartphones have become was an unexpected way for an executive at Facebook, a company that profits off your attention, to open a talk. But that’s exactly how Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s innovation skunkworks Building 8, started her presentation at the company’s developer conference F8 on Wednesday.

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Is the internet really democratic?: How the 'wired world' excludes women and other marginalized persons by Sri Lankan writer Subha Wijesiriwardena (Subha Wijesiriwardena blog)

It’s often said that the internet democratizes information and even knowledge itself. We more or less accept this to be true; the internet shattered the elite stronghold on ‘knowledge’. The internet has not only made information more freely available but has changed the very way we understand knowledge and information. What we understand by democratisation is not only that things are made available to more people but that they come to belong to more people. The internet was supposed to be the very embodiment of this – it belongs to no one — it belongs to everyone.

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17 April 2017

The next-generation operating model for the digital world (McKinsey)

Companies know where they want to go. They want to be more agile, quicker to react, and more effective. They want to deliver great customer experiences, take advantage of new technologies to cut costs, improve quality and transparency, and build value.

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Understand more, fear less: How the future of the Internet can be designed with a human face - Reflexions on the G20 ICT Ministerial meeting by Constance Bommelaer and Wolfgang Kleinwächter (Huffington Post)

Last week, the G20’s ministers responsible for the digital economy met in Düsseldorf to prepare this year´s G20 summit, scheduled for Hamburg, July 2017. Building on important strides initiated two years ago during the G20 summit in Antalya and based on the G20 Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative (DEDCI), which was adopted last year under the Chinese G20 presidency, the Düsseldorf meeting adopted a “G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Declaration” which includes also a “Roadmap for Digitalisation”. One day before the ministerial meeting, non-state actors were invited to discuss “Policies for a Digital Future” within a so-called Multistakeholder Conference.

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