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19 October 2017

Automation will affect one in five jobs across the UK, says study (The Guardian)

Workers in the constituency of shadow chancellor John McDonnell are at the highest risk of seeing their jobs automated in the looming workplace revolution that will affect at least one in five employees in all parliamentary seats, according to new research.

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Child sex abuse rising with Internet use in Southeast Asia (Reuters)

Rising internet use in Southeast Asia is fuelling the spread of material that is abusive and sexually exploitative of children, particularly as growing numbers of young people put footage of themselves online, an Australian police expert said on Tuesday.

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'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm (BBC News)

Qualcomm has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip.

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Has the Australian Government Got Fed up With auDA?

The Australian Government has ordered a review into the operations of the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA. Could it be that after 2 years or turmoil and mismanagement that the government has had enough?

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17 October 2017

'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers (The Guardian)

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness.

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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More. (New York Times)

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as “fandation.”

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As U.S. Confronts Internet's Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated (New York Times)

In the United States, some of the world’s most powerful technology companies face rising pressure to do more to fight false information and stop foreign infiltration.

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15 October 2017

Why Tech is Starting to Make Me Uneasy (New York Times)

It’s gadget season in the tech world. Think of it like New York Fashion Week, untucked white-man edition.

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Facebook Is Watching You, Belgian Privacy Agency Warns in Court (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. was accused of Big Brother-style snooping on internet users in a fresh attack on the social network by Belgium’s data privacy watchdog.

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Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats (New York Times)

At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.

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12 October 2017

Facebook: We want a billion people in VR (BBC News)

In its continued effort to take virtual reality mainstream, Facebook has announced Oculus Go - a standalone headset that will be released in 2018.

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The Frightful Five Want to Rule Entertainment. They Are Hitting Limits. (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. Other than Donald J. Trump, that’s the defining story of 2017, the meta-narrative lurking beneath every other headline.

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Google and Facebook to be asked to pay to help UK tackle cyberbullying (The Guardian)

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are to be asked to pay for measures to combat and raise awareness about online bullying and other web dangers, under a UK government internet safety strategy outlined on Wednesday.

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10 October 2017

Twitter Investor Ballmer Says Social Media Companies Can't Police Fake News (Bloomberg)

With big technology companies facing criticism over potential manipulation by Russians trying to influence the U.S. presidential election, Twitter Inc. shareholder and former Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said the companies can’t do more at present to police the spread of fake news.

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Facebook Security Chief Warns of Dangers in Fake-News Solutions (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc.’s chief security officer warned that the fake news problem is more complicated and dangerous to solve than the public thinks.

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British spy boss says cyber security as important as fighting terrorism (Reuters)

Protecting Britain from cyber crime is as important as defending it against terrorism, the head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency said on Monday.

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Australia warns businesses about sophisticated cyberattacks (The Guardian)

An Australian company with contracting links to national security projects was caught up in one of 47,000 cybercrime incidents across the nation in the past year.

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Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads (New York Times)

Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign.

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08 October 2017

Why blogs endure: A study of recent college graduates and motivations for blog readership (First Monday)

Abstract: This paper reports the results from a mixed methods study of recent college graduates who were asked if and why they used blogs as sources for continued learning purposes. Findings are based on 1,651 online survey responses and 63 follow-up telephone interviews with young graduates from 10 U.S. colleges and universities.

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AOL Instant Messenger to Shut Down in December (New York Times)

AOL Instant Messenger, the chat program that connected a generation to their classmates and crushes while guiding them through the early days of digital socializing, will shut down on Dec. 15, its parent company announced on Friday.

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When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice (Wired)

Among the half-million hours of video uploaded to YouTube on March 20, 2017, was a disturbing 18-second clip showing a gunman executing three people — bound and facing a wall — on a dusty street, purportedly in Benghazi, Libya.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'I don't know whether humans want change that fast' (The Guardian)

When Sundar Pichai was growing up in Chennai, south-east India, he had to make regular trips to the hospital to pick up his mother’s blood-test results. It took an hour and 20 minutes by bus, and when he got there he would have to stand and queue for an hour, often to be told the results weren’t ready.

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Asphalt helps batteries charge more quickly (BBC News)

Lithium batteries can be made to charge 10 to 20 times faster by using asphalt, suggests US research.

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Pope tells web companies: use profits to protect children (Reuters)

Pope Francis told executives of leading internet companies on Friday to use “their great profits” to defend children from sexual exploitation and other dangers lurking online.

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Australian police sting brings down paedophile forum on dark web (The Guardian)

Australian police secretly operated one of the dark web’s largest child abuse sites for almost a year, posing as its founder in an undercover operation that has triggered arrests and rescues across the globe.

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