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14 March 2017

How the internet found a better way than illegible squiggles to prove you're not a robot (The Guardian)

The experience of squinting at distorted text, puzzling over small images, or even simply clicking on a checkbox to prove you aren’t a robot could soon be over, if a new Google service takes off.

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12 March 2017

World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news (BBC News)

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.

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The Googler known as the 'father of the internet' defends an institution that's at risk under the Trump administration (Business Insider)

President Donald Trump's new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, has wasted no time in setting an agenda that could wind down the open internet as we know it.

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09 March 2017

Fee Increases For New gTLDs Need Not Have Detrimental Impacts, Although Plenty Face Uncertain Future

The recent news broke by Domain Incite that Uniregistry will “massively increase the price of some of its under-performing new gTLDs in an effort to keep them afloat” is surely an overreaction.

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With Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How to Protect Your Devices (New York Times)

WikiLeaks this week published a trove of documents that appears to detail how the Central Intelligence Agency successfully hacked a wide variety of tech products, including iPhones, Android devices, Wi-Fi routers and Samsung televisions.

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08 March 2017

WikiLeaks publishes 'biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents' (The Guardian)

The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeaks published what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices.

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07 March 2017

auDA Announces Next Steps For Introduction of Second Level Registrations

A recent auDA Names Policy Panel, of which your contributor was a member, recommended that second level registrations be introduced into .au. The recommendation was accepted by the board and now auDA have announced the next steps for their introduction. The changes have been given added impetus following the introduction of second level registrations in .nz (New Zealand) and .uk (United Kingdom).

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Spam email operator's faulty backup leaks 1.37bn addresses (The Guardian)

One of the largest spam operations in the world has exposed its entire operation to the public, leaking its database of 1.37bn email addresses thanks to a faulty backup.

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06 March 2017

Typo blamed for Amazon's internet-crippling outage (The Guardian)

Amazon has blamed the outage of its S3 web service, which took down many different sites, services and devices across the internet, on a typo.

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05 March 2017

Chinese official calls for easing of internet censorship (The Guardian)

China’s sprawling internet censorship regime is harming the country’s economic and scientific progress, a senior official has said in a rare public rebuke of longstanding Communist party policy.

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How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide (New York Times)

Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been banned.

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04 March 2017

The FCC Helped Make the Internet Great: Now, It's Walking Away (Wharton School)

In this opinion piece, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics Kevin Werbach looks at how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be impacted by the Trump administration — and what that means for internet regulation. Werbach served as co-lead of the FCC review for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, and an outside advisor on technology and innovation policy to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

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Trump's America Top .COM And .Net Keywords In January

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is still dominating keywords in the .com and .net top level domains according to Verisign’s top keywords for January.

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03 March 2017

DENIC Doubles Provision Of Secondary Anycast Services Through .EU Contract

At the recent Domain Pulse conference in Vienna, there were discussions on how domain name registration growth rates for ccTLDs has been rather stagnant for a few years. One of the issues raised was what opportunities were there for ccTLD registries to look outside their own market for business opportunities.

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Shaping the Internet of the Future: DENIC Employees as Representatives in Various ICANN Bodies (DENIC)

In February, ICANN announced the members of the second Security, Stability & Resilience (SSR2) Review Team. Among the 15 persons selected to the international team is Boban Krsic, Chief Information Security Officer at DENIC. In line with ICANN's principle of multistakeholderism and diversity, the team includes representatives from all groups of the Internet community.

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02 March 2017

.CN Regains Top ccTLD Rank As .TK And .NET Shed Registrations, While Global Registrations Hit 329 Million: Verisign

2016 closed with global domain name registrations reaching 329.3 million according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, growing by approximately 2.3 million registrations, or 0.7% over the third quarter of 2016. Registrations grew by 21.0 million, or 6.8%, year over year. The most notable changes over the last 12 months were China’s ccTLD adding over 4 million registrations to become the largest ccTLD again, while .tk and .net shed over 7 million and 500,000 registrations respectively.

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01 March 2017

YouTube viewers now consuming 1B hours of video content a day (Marketing Land)

YouTube says people around the world are now consuming a billion hours of video content per day on the site.

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To stop paedophiles, we need to help them. But no one wants to hear that (The Guardian)

Simon Bailey, the head of Operation Hydrant, which investigates historical cases of child sexual abuse, says police are being overwhelmed by the number of cases. He believes that alternative approaches must be found for dealing with “less serious offenders” – including paedophiles who look at images of child abuse online – and argues that “low-risk” offenders should not be imprisoned. He knows, he says, that people will find this pragmatic approach difficult to hear. He’s right about that.

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ICANN Finally Able To Delegate .AFRICA

ICANN has finally been able to delegate the .africa new gTLD to ZA Central Registry following the rejection of a request for a preliminary injunction brought in a Los Angeles court by rival applicant DotConnectAfrica. The injunction was sought to prevent ICANN delegating the new gTLD.

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ICANN Requiring All gTLD Registries To Comply With Thick WHOIS Registration

All gTLD registries will soon be required to update their registration data directory services to comply with ICANN’s Thick Whois Transition Policy, a policy that already applies to .com, .net and .jobs, as well as the Registry Registration Data Directory Services Consistent Labelling and Display Policy.

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28 February 2017

APWG Finds Phishing Attacks Jump By Two-Thirds In 2016 To Highest Ever Recorded

The total number of phishing attacks in 2016 was 1,220,523, a 65% increase over 2015, according to the latest Phishing Trends Report for Q4 2016 from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

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27 February 2017

Study reveals bot-on-bot editing wars raging on Wikipedia's pages (The Guardian)

For many it is no more than the first port of call when a niggling question raises its head. Found on its pages are answers to mysteries from the fate of male anglerfish, the joys of dorodango, and the improbable death of Aeschylus.

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25 February 2017

Australian kids now spending more time online than watching television, survey shows (ABC News)

Children now spend more time on the internet than watching television, according to a survey of young Australians aged six to 13.

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A battle rages for the future of the Web: Should the WWW be locked down with DRM? Tim Berners-Lee needs to decide, and soon. (Ars Technica)

The W3C, led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, looks set to standardise DRM-enabling Encrypted Media Extensions in browsers, a move that betrays the founding principles of the open Web.

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Demystifying the Dark Web: What It Is and Where to Find It (Fortune)

As you may know, the “web” runs deeper than that network of hyperlinked pages you’re browsing right now.

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