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28 May 2017

Mark Zuckerberg tells Harvard grads that automation will take jobs, and it's up to millennials to create more (Washington Post)

Mark Zuckerberg finally has his Harvard degree. The Facebook CEO and famous college dropout left the Ivy League university 12 years ago to found the social network, but he returned Thursday to pick up a honorary doctor of laws degree and drop some wisdom on the class of 2017.

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G7 calls on internet companies to boost efforts to remove extremist content (Reuters)

The world's seven major industrialised nations on Friday called on internet service providers and social media to increase their efforts to remove extremist content, four days after an Islamist suicide bomber killed 22 in Manchester.

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Australia 10 years behind in cyberbullying arms race, eSafety Commissioner says (ABC News)

An "arms race" and a "tsunami". That's how the growing problem of image-based abuse was described in a Senate estimates committee this morning.

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26 May 2017

Chaos Reigns At auDA As Security Head Suddenly Departs

Appointed amid much fanfare around October last year, auDA’s Director Technology, Security and Strategy, Rachael Falk, has suddenly departed 8 months later.

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.EU Ends Q1 With Over 3.7 Million Domains As Austrian Registrations Jump 17.5%

Total registrations of .eu domain names dropped by close to 5,000, most likely as part of the seasonal variation, but there were 185,964 new registrations and at the end of the first quarter in 2017 there were 3,755,475 .eu domains under management. The new registrations were almost 11,000 more than in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Theresa May calls on tech firms to lead fight against online extremism (The Guardian)

Theresa May will urge G7 leaders to tell technology firms that they should do more to suppress extremist content online, arguing that fight against Islamic State is shifting from the “battlefield to the internet”. The prime minister will tell fellow leaders at the summit in Sicily that every country should encourage companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to block users who post extremist content and report individuals to authorities if there is evidence of imminent harm.

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Social media, extremism and fears we are losing the online war (The Guardian)

Theresa May’s initiative to put more pressure on tech companies over online extremism is born of a frustration that can only have been heightened by this week’s attack in Manchester.

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Democrats want to turn net neutrality into the next GOP health-care debacle (Washington Post)

Now that federal regulators have released their official proposal to repeal the government's net neutrality rules, Democrats are vowing, Churchill-style, to fight that measure in the courts, at the Federal Communications Commission and in the realm of public opinion. Sensing they've hit on a white-hot campaign issue, liberals are seeking to stir up a grass-roots firestorm around net neutrality that can thwart the GOP plan — or at least make it incredibly costly for Republicans to support.

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25 May 2017

.STUDY, .SCIENCE and .RACING Have Highest Concentrations Of Malicious Activity: DomainTools

DomainTools has released their 2017 DomainTools Report that looks at the various “hotspots” of malicious or abusive activity across the internet, analysing the gTLDs with the highest concentrations of malicious activity. Their research found that .science had the highest concentration of bad domains, followed by .study and .racing. None of the 2017 most malicious TLDs were in meaningful operation in 2015.

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Sentiment analysis: How the internet knows if you're happy or sad (The Conversation)

Think about what you shared with your friends on Facebook today. Was it feelings of stress or failure, or perhaps joy, love or excitement?

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Sorry everyone: on the internet, you're always the product (The Conversation)

Anyone who spends much time online knows the saying: “If you’re not paying, you’re the product”. That’s not exactly correct. On the internet, you’re nearly always the product. And while most internet users know that some of their personal data is being collected and monetised, few are aware of the sheer scale of the issue, particularly when it comes to apps.

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Facebook and YouTube face tough new EU laws on extremist and explicit video (The Guardian)

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are facing tough new pan-European laws, forcing them to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos or face steep fines.

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From live streaming to TOR: new technologies are worsening online child exploitation (The Conversation)

Ease of access to technologies such as live streaming is increasing the production and spread of child exploitation material online.

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Cybersleuths Unearth More Clues Linking WannaCry to North Korea (Bloomberg)

Cybersecurity researchers at Symantec Corp. and FireEye Inc. have uncovered more evidence tying this month’s WannaCry global ransomware attacks to North Korea.

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24 May 2017

.CH Celebrates 30 Years As Europe's Safest TLD

The Swiss ccTLD, .ch, celebrated 30 years of existence last Saturday, with the SWITCH Foundation, the current registry, being established later the same year.

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.ASIA Opening Up To The World

The .asia TLD is opening itself up to any person or individual anywhere in the world with changes coming to eligibility requirements. The new eligibility requirements will mean global communities doing business in Asia and Asian communities living outside the region will be able to register .asia domain names without local presence requirements and eliminating checks, simplifying the registration process.

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At Facebook we get things wrong – but we take our safety role seriously by Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management (The Guardian)

Last month, people shared several horrific videos on Facebook of Syrian children in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack. The videos, which also appeared elsewhere on the internet, showed the children shaking, struggling to breathe and eventually dying.

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Why Facebook's censorship problem may not get any better any time soon (Washington Post)

Leaked documents on how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content, as published in the Guardian, further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2 billion users. It also shows that its censorship problem may not be solvable any time soon.

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Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff (Washington Post)

Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

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North Korea's Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West (Reuters)

North Korea's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts.

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EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech (Reuters)

European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms. The proposals, which would be the first legislation at EU level on the issue, still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming law. But EU lawmakers have similarly pushed for social media companies to do more to tackle hateful content on their platforms.

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EU to conclude Google antitrust cases in next few months (Reuters)

EU antitrust regulators will rule in the "next few months" whether Alphabet's Google abused its dominance of internet searches and other areas, a senior European Commission official said on Monday, an outcome that could lead to a hefty fine.

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How Microsoft Is Defending Refugee Minors Facing Deportation (Forbes)

Microsoft President Brad Smith recalls that the decision to support immigration and refugees seemed natural when he created a pro-bono program for Microsoft lawyers in 2002. "We have employees in Washington State that have come here from 157 countries," says Smith. "So we thought it was very consistent with the company’s own employee base and the way we look at the world."

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23 May 2017

Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal (The Guardian)

Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the site in a single month, according to a leaked document.

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22 May 2017

No, Google's Not a Bird: Bringing the Internet to Rural India (New York Times)

Babulal Singh Neti was sitting with his uncle on a recent afternoon, trying to persuade him of the merits of the internet.

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