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20 February 2017
Domain name registrations are in a state of flux around the world. While registrations in the more than 1,200 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) continue to grow strongly, registrations in the legacy gTLDs such as .com are declining and among country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) registrations are growing very slowly. And the trend is only likely to continue.
18 February 2017
The $354 billion in 2016 e-commerce sales is small potatoes compared with offline retail spending: over $4.5 trillion according to US government figures. But what’s also larger than e-commerce is offline spending influenced by the internet — between $1 and $2 trillion, depending on the estimate.
17 February 2017
Global impacts of counterfeiting and piracy to reach US$4.2 trillion by 2022 (International Chamber of Commerce)
A new report released today indicates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach US$2.3 trillion by 2022. Titled, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, the report provides estimates on the wider social and economic impacts on displaced economic activity, investment, public fiscal losses and criminal enforcement, and concludes that these costs could reach an estimated US$1.9 trillion by 2022. Taken together, the negative impacts of counterfeiting and piracy are projected to drain US$4.2 trillion from the global economy and put 5.4 million legitimate jobs at risk by 2022.
Less than half of the businesses in the U.S., U.K. and Germany are prepared to deal with cyber-attacks, a new report from specialist insurer Hiscox reveals.
African Nations Increasingly Silence Internet to Stem Protests (New York Times)
Julius Ikena’s trade business is at a standstill because he cannot make electronic payments to his partners. Andrew Mofor cannot get access to the small fortune — 800 euros, or about $850 — that his daughter sent him through an online banking system.
Google hails net balloon 'breakthrough' (BBC News)
Researchers at Google say they are “years closer” to rolling out a network of huge balloons to provide connectivity to rural areas.
Mark Zuckerberg has revealed deep-seated concerns that the tide is turning against globalisation.
16 February 2017
Internet firms' legal immunity is under threat: Platforms have benefited greatly from special legal and regulatory treatment (The Economist)
Google, Facebook and other online giants like to see their rapid rise as the product of their founders’ brilliance. Others argue that their success is more a result of lucky timing and network effects—the economic forces that tend to make bigger firms even bigger. Often forgotten is a third reason for their triumph: in America and, to some extent, in Europe, online platforms have been inhabiting a parallel legal universe. Broadly speaking, they are not legally responsible, either for what their users do or for the harm that their services can cause in the real world.
09 February 2017
European Union institutions moved a step closer on Tuesday to letting consumers access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix or Sky when they travel across the bloc.
Internet providers in Europe can be ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay, even though the site itself doesn't store any infringing material. This is the advice Advocate General Szpunar has sent to the EU Court of Justice in what may turn out to be a landmark case.
08 February 2017
Google has said it will appeal a ruling by a US judge to hand over the emails of Gmail users stored outside of the country - which puts the privacy of non-US citizens at risk.
Twitter rolls out new anti-abuse tools (BBC News)
Twitter has announced more changes intended to limit the amount of abuse on the network.
Internet safety: A mother's story of how a paedophile groomed her 11-year-old daughter online (The Independent)
Tired of the endless rows, Hannah H finally gave in to the demands from her 11-year-old daughter to have a Facebook account. Little did she know that she had opened the door to a paedophile who lived in her town - and the events that followed were life-changing. She explains how easily he gained her daughter's trust and how little she knew about protecting her online
07 February 2017
China is proposing a further tightening of controls over the internet with the possible establishment of a new commission to vet internet services and hardware, Beijing's internet regulator has said.
Tech Opposition to Trump Propelled by Employees, Not Executives (New York Times)
In late September, a group of tech leaders started a well-publicized effort to raise $100,000 for Hillary Clinton. In flush Silicon Valley, that is spare change. But by the time the election was over, the campaign had pulled in only $76,324.
06 February 2017
Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants call travel ban 'unlawful' in rare coordinated legal action (Washington Post)
Silicon Valley is stepping up its confrontation with the Trump administration. On Sunday night, technology giants Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Uber and many others filed a legal brief opposing the administration's contentious entry ban, according to people familiar with the matter. The move by represents a rare coordinated action across a broad swath of the industry -- 97 companies in total -- and demonstrates the depth of animosity toward the Trump ban.
05 February 2017
A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp.
Some of Silicon Valley's most prominent technology companies, including Alphabet (Google), Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Uber and Stripe, have co-authored a draft letter formally opposing Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, arguing that "a blanket suspension is not the right approach".
02 February 2017
The presidency of Donald J. Trump has been noteworthy for its speed. In his first week in office, as the president's aides won't tire of reminding us, Mr. Trump has already put in motion plans to do much of what he promised to do while campaigning.
A controversial programme that could have seen persistent content-pirates have their internet access cut off, has been stopped in the US.
The European Union clinched a preliminary deal early on Wednesday to cap wholesale charges telecom operators pay each other when their customers use their mobile phones abroad, paving the way for the abolition of roaming fees in June.
Social media heavyweights like Facebook and YouTube have been working with the U.S. government and other international partners as they look to take a more active role in combating terrorist propaganda and other extremist messages that have gained traction online.
01 February 2017
US President Donald Trump's travel ban that has temporarily stopped citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries, but none that Trump's businesses have dealings in, has had a number of repercussions. One of those is on how global organisations do business, conduct meetings and hold conferences.
31 January 2017
Tech Companies Fight Trump Immigration Order in Court (New York Times)
Technology executives have for days assailed President Trump's executive order suspending immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, framing their arguments largely in moral terms.
The European Union's digital chief has said that failure to solve the last remaining barrier to abolishing mobile roaming charges across the bloc in June would lead people to question its ability to deliver on promises.