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15 June 2017

Child sex offenders using Facebook investigation finds (BBC News)

Facebook accounts belonging to convicted child sex offenders have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.

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Pirate Bay may finally be sunk after EU copyright ruling (Ars Technica)

Infamous BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay can be found liable of copyright violations even if it doesn't host any infringing content, Europe's top court has ruled.

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More Domain Industry Consolidation as Two Biggest Registries by New gTLDs, Donuts and Rightside, Merge

Two of the bigger participants in the new gTLD world, Seattle-based Donuts and Rightside, are merging the companies announced Wednesday. The announcement comes almost a year after Rightside rejected a bid from Donuts, proposed in June 2016. It also follows the recent departure of Richard Tindal from Donuts, one of the original 4 co-founders.

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14 June 2017

.NZ Shows How to Consult Over Plans to Merge 3-into-One

The InternetNZ Council has released plans to merge the 3 bodies that manage different aspects of .NZ into one. The plans follow an organisational review of the InternetNZ group (InternetNZ, the Domain Name Commission and NZRS) initiated by the Council in late 2016.

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ICANN Fighting Fake Website Profiles

There are currently over 40,000 profiles on the icann.org website, but ICANN has become aware that many of these are fake despite instituting security measures like two-factor authentication and CAPTCHA. To date ICANN has deleted 6,000 fake profiles.

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ICANN Wants to Hear From You About How to Increase Gender Diversity and Participation

ICANN wants to hear from industry participants, and from those that want to be involved, if there are barriers to gender diversity participation within the ICANN community.

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13 June 2017

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS (New York Times)

America’s fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare to sabotage North Korea’s missile launches, with mixed results.

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Pakistan, in a First, Sentences Man to Death Over Blasphemy on Social Media (New York Times)

An antiterrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a Shiite man to death for committing blasphemy in posts on social media. The man, Taimoor Raza, 30, was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and others on Facebook and WhatsApp.

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Google execs brace for possible record A$1.6b EU antitrust fine (Australian Financial Review)

Google's lawyers and lobbyists are preparing in Brussels to defend the company against what may be a record EU antitrust fine.

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Britain, France to join forces to combat online extremism - UK Prime minister (Reuters)

Britain and France will join forces to press companies to do more to tackle online extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May will say on Tuesday, her first foreign trip since her Conservative Party lost its majority in a parliamentary election.

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12 June 2017

Africans Get Second Bite at .AFRICA Pioneer Programme

The .africa registry operator is opening a second round of applications for the continent’s leading brands who would like preferential access to their desired domain names, assuming of course, they haven’t got their domain already. Also currently underway is the second of 4 weekly phases for the .africa Landrush period.

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11 June 2017

Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail (New York Times)

Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants — many based in Asia — quickly pop up.

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Tech firms could do more to help stop the jihadists (The Economist)

Three jihadist attacks in Britain in as many months have led to a flood of suggestions about how to fight terrorism, from more police and harsher jail sentences to new legal powers. But one idea has gained momentum in both Europe and America—that internet firms are doing the jihadists’ work for them. Technology giants, such as Google and Facebook, are accused of turning a blind eye to violent online propaganda and other platforms of allowing terrorists to communicate with each other out of reach of the intelligence services.

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Germany's Merkel says digital world needs global rules (Reuters)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that the digital world needs regulations like those that exist for financial markets in the G20 and for trade under the World Trade Organization.

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08 June 2017

DENIC Accredited as New gTLD Data Escrow Agent by ICANN

DENIC has been accredited as an Escrow Agent under ICANN’s new gTLD programme and thus officially authorised to operate a back-up storage service for the business data of domain registries (Registry Data Escrow, RyDE), the German ccTLD registry announced today.

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Personal .NZ Registrations To Get Whois Privacy

Individual registrants who register their .nz domain names for personal use will be able to withhold their phone number and contact address from publicly appearing in domain registrant searches from 28 November.

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Four ways social media companies and security agencies can tackle terrorism (The Conversation)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May in calling on social media companies to crack down on extremist material being published by users.

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Facebook's Role in European Elections Under Scrutiny (New York Times)

Lawrence Dodd lives in one of Britain’s most fiercely fought voting districts, and he has been peppered almost daily with ads from the country’s major political parties on Facebook. About a month ago, he tried to find out why.

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MMX Predicts Higher Than Average .VIP Renewals in China

Minds Machines (MMX) is expecting higher than average first year renewal rates for its .vip new gTLD in China. Based on early manual renewals, the registry is seeing renewals significantly ahead of those typically seen by new generic top-level domains in the region, according to a statement released 7 June.

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07 June 2017

IPv6 Deployment Grows 3000% in 5 Years

Deployment of IPv6 has increased 3,000% since the beginning of World IPv6 Launch 5 years ago, according to a report released by the Internet Society this week.

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Twitter Users Blocked by Trump Seek Reprieve, Citing First Amendment (New York Times)

Lawyers for Twitter users blocked by President Trump after they criticized or mocked him are asking him to reverse the moves, arguing that the Constitution bars him from blocking people on the social media service.

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Ponzi Scheme Meets Ransomware for a Doubly Malicious Attack (New York Times)

The first message to pop up on the computer screen let the victims know they had been hacked. The second message gave them a way out.

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06 June 2017

'Blame the internet' is just not a good enough response, Theresa May (The Guardian)

We can feel pretty certain that the London Bridge attackers did the following things: owned smartphones; and used Google, YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. That isn’t because owning those things and using those services marks you out as a terrorist: it’s because it marks you out as someone living in the west in the 21st century.

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Google and Facebook Join Cities in Challenging Trump on Climate (Bloomberg)

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. are among dozens of companies that pledged their support for policies combating climate change following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

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Australia's digital strategy needs major readjustment (The Conversation)

Australia ranks 15 out of 63 nations when it comes to digital competitiveness, according to a new report from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). While we’re in the top 20, the result highlights serious structural flaws in our economy that will impact our future performance and living standards.

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