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23 August 2017

ccTLDs Show Slight Growth As New and Legacy gTLDs Decline: CENTR DomainWire

The global market share for ccTLDs has shown a slight growth in the second quarter of 2017, while legacy and new gTLDs have dropped back, largely due to declines in domains under management for .net, .org and .xyz, according to the latest CENTR DomainWire report.

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Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency (New York Times)

Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.

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UK considers internet ombudsman to deal with abuse complaints (The Guardian)

Ministers in the UK are considering creating an internet ombudsman to deal with complaints about hate crimes and are pressing ahead with proposals for a levy on social media companies to help pay for the policing of online offences.

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Australia's NBN rollout has failed. Here's how we fix it (ABC News)

Telecommunications infrastructure — or the internet — is the backbone of the knowledge economy and critical to shaping smart cities.

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Blake Irving To Retire As GoDaddy CEO With Scott Wagner to Succeed

It’s the world’s largest domain name registrar and cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. It has nearly 17 million customers worldwide, over 71 million domain names under management and over 6,000 employees around the world. And it’s CEO of the last 4.5 years, Blake Irving, has announced he will be stepping down and retiring at the end of 2017, days short of what would have been his fifth anniversary.

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22 August 2017

The Guardian view on censoring the internet: necessary, but not easy: Editorial (The Guardian)

Among the more absurd things ever said about the internet was that the network “interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it”. The epigram was half true, but the half that was false gets more important every year.

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To Sue Founder of Daily Stormer, a Neo-Nazi Site, First He Must Be Found (New York Times)

For the past five months, a group of litigants has been trying to hold Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, to account for some of his actions. It has not been easy.

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How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature (New York Times)

White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began. The ‘‘Unite the Right’’ Facebook page, which had been used to organize the rally in Charlottesville, was removed the day before the event was scheduled, forcing planners to disperse to other platforms to organize. And then, in the hours and days after a participant drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others, internet companies undertook a collective purge.

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New gTLDs Lose Over 1.8 Million Registrations in 2 Weeks Led By .XYZ As Promotion Anniversary Passes

New gTLD registrations have fallen over a cliff in that last 2 weeks, losing over 1.8 million registrations led by a massive decline of almost 1.7 million from .xyz over the same period, according to The .xyz decline was expected given a massive promotion they held in May 2016 when 3.2 million .xyz domains were registered in 3 days.

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21 August 2017

A Different Story from the Middle East: Entrepreneurs Building an Arab Tech Economy (MIT Technology Review)

Middle Eastern startups are overcoming cultural and other barriers to tap into a growing local taste for technology, from Bitcoin wallets to digital publishing.

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Eliminating the Human by David Byrne (David Byrne)

We are beset by—and immersed in—apps and devices that are quietly reducing the amount of meaningful interaction we have with each other.

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Hate is hate. Online abusers must be dealt with harshly by Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions (The Guardian)

People all over the world are questioning how those in positions of power can counter the kinds of extreme views that are increasingly being aired, and how societies might do more to prevent such opinions from gestating in the first place. These are huge questions with no straightforward answers. For many people in the UK, the scenes in Charlottesville last weekend may appear to be of scant relevance to their own lives. Even Thursday’s horrific events in Barcelona may feel somewhat distant.

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The Unaffordable Urban Paradise (MIT Technology Review)

Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.

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Crowded TV Marketplace Gets Ready for Three Tech Giants (New York Times)

Apple has more than $1 billion budgeted for original programming, Facebook wants its own version of “Scandal” and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a drama.

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If Only a Simple Gadget Rating Could Save Us from Cyberattack (MIT Technology Review)

Suggestions that a security score be awarded to connected devices is a lovely idea that would be almost impossible to implement.

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20 August 2017

What Is Trump Worth to Twitter? One Analyst Estimates $2 Billion (Bloomberg)

Without Donald Trump, Twitter Inc. could lose almost a fifth of its value.

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Data-hucksters beware - online privacy is making a comeback (The Observer)

Next year, 25 May looks like being a significant date. That’s because it’s the day that the European Union’s general data protection regulation comes into force. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a date that is already keeping many corporate executives awake at night. And for those who are still sleeping soundly, perhaps it would be worth checking that their organisations are ready for what’s coming down the line.

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NZ’s digital divide now on display (InternetNZ)

A new map that clearly shows where digital divides exist in New Zealand is now available. InternetNZ has teamed up with the 20/20 Trust to build an interactive map called the Digital Divide Map - which shows the different digital divides facing New Zealanders and their communities.

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19 August 2017

Australia's biggest telcos ordered to block international pirate websites by Federal Court (ABC News)

Australia's biggest telcos have been ordered to block access to 57 international websites that allow users to download pirated TV shows and movies.

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Chinese Watchdog Warns Alibaba on Sale of Web Access Tools (Bloomberg)

China’s top cyberspace regulators have warned Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and other online services against carrying illicit content, substances and tools to help users circumvent the nation’s internet content barriers.

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The World's Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American (New York Times)

The technology world’s $400 billion-and-up club — long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon — needs to make room for two Chinese members.

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17 August 2017

Russia Rejects Neo-Nazis Domain and Forced Onto Dark Web to Stay Alive

The Neo-Nazi website for The Daily Stormer is currently on a bit of a world tour of top level domains trying to find a home. After first GoDaddy and then Google deleted their .com domain names, they then briefly tried a .ru domain, which was also quickly deleted.

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A running list of websites and apps that have banned, blocked, deleted, and otherwise dropped white supremacists (Quartz)

Last weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ostensibly a protest against the removal of a Confederate monument, drew hate groups that included neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, white supremacists, and gun-wielding militias. The rally turned violent shortly after it began on the evening of August 11, when counter-protestors and rally attendees clashed with one another. The violence continued throughout the weekend, leaving one woman dead after a man drove his car at full speed into a large group of counter-protestors.

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16 August 2017

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle (BBC News)

The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle.

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Internet speeds across Africa are still far below the global minimum standard (Quartz)

It would take more than a day to download a high definition movie of 7.5 gigabytes in countries with the slowest internet speeds in the world. It turns out most of those countries are in Africa, data from a global broadband speed league shows.

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