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08 October 2017

Scam baiter: Why I risk death threats to expose online cons (BBC News)

In the flesh, Wayne May (not his real name) is an affable gentleman in his late 40s, softly spoken with a lilting Welsh accent. When we meet he's casually dressed in jeans and a Batman T-shirt. He works full-time as a carer.

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US targets anti-Trump activists' Facebook accounts (Al Jazeera)

Two weeks ago, Lacy MacAuley was shocked when she opened her email inbox to find a message informing her that the US Department of Justice had served a warrant to Facebook to access her personal account.

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Chinese factory supplying major laptop brands accused of student labour abuses (The Observer)

The world’s biggest laptop brands rely on Chinese student labourers as young as 16 to work 12-hour days on factory production lines, with their funding and graduation at risk if they fail to comply, a labour watchdog has claimed.

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06 October 2017

Donuts New gTLDs Purring Nicely

Domains Under Management for the new gTLDs operated by Donuts have increased by a third (34%) in the year to the end of August 2017 according to an update posted by Donuts this week.

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We're all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western? (The Guardian)

We recently passed a milestone in the history of human connectivity – people online now ​make up the majority​ of the world’s population. This has largely gone unnoticed, but it is an important moment and not just for statistical reasons.

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The End of Privacy (New York Times)

We learned on Tuesday that three billion Yahoo email accounts were compromised in 2013. In early September, it was Equifax’s 143 million credit reports. Just a few months before that, we learned 198 million United States voter records were leaked online in June.

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05 October 2017

New digital era must ensure prosperity for all (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

Information and communications technologies (ICTs), electronic commerce (e-commerce) and other digital applications are helping a growing number of small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing countries to connect with global markets and open up new ways of generating income. They are being leveraged to promote business, including the empowerment of women as entrepreneurs and traders, and to support productive activities.

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E-commerce growth is less important than how it impacts people (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

The global economy is on the cusp of a new era as data overtakes oil as the world's most important commodity, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi has told an international meeting in Geneva.

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Luxembourg, Switzerland and Norway most ready to benefit from e-commerce (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

For the third straight year, Luxembourg has held on to its position atop UNCTAD's ranking of 143 countries' capacity to support online shopping and other business-to-consumer e-commerce. Among the top 10 economies in the 2017 UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index, seven are European while three are from the Asia-Pacific region.

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E.U., Citing Amazon and Apple, Tells Nations to Collect Tax (New York Times)

European competition regulators on Wednesday mounted a push against tax avoidance by Silicon Valley giants, announcing plans to take Ireland to court for failing to collect back taxes from Apple and ordering Luxembourg to claim unpaid taxes from Amazon.

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EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2017 CENTR Awards

Eurid, the .eu registry operator, has won Registry of the Year at the 2017 CENTR Awards held in Brussels. This was the first year Registry of the Year has been awarded and was voted on by registrars with 105 participating in the survey with CENTR saying there was a tight race for the winner.

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04 October 2017

UK says WhatsApp lets paedophiles and gangsters operate beyond the law (Reuters)

Britain said WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption communication services allowed paedophiles and organised crime groups to operate beyond the reach of the law and called on the messaging service to move faster to help governments catch offenders.

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Yahoo says all of its 3bn accounts were affected by 2013 hacking (The Guardian)

Yahoo said on Tuesday that every one of its 3bn accounts was affected by a 2013 data theft at the tech company, tripling its earlier estimate of the largest breach in history.

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Google and Apple report jump in requests for user data (BBC News)

US government requests to Google for individuals' data reached a six-year high in the first half of 2017, the company says.

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Companies face €50m fines in Germany for hate speech (BBC News)

A law has come into effect in Germany requiring social media companies to remove "obviously illegal" posts or pay fines of up to €50m (£44.3m).

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Facebook's Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many Disguises (New York Times)

The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises.

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Australia Has Slower Internet Than Kenya, Russia and Hungary (Bloomberg)

Australia’s A$49 billion ($38 billion) broadband network was meant to spearhead a digital revolution. Instead, the botched project risks becoming a poster child for government mismanagement.

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Google Making the Web More Secure Adding its TLDs to HSTS Preload List (Google Security blog)

Google has started adding some of its new gTLDs to the HSTS preload list and making those TLDs more secure, making those namespaces secure by default. While not available for public registration yet, Google intends to make some of these secure TLDs available for registration soon.

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02 October 2017

Lagging U.S. online giants, Europe calls on them to pay up (Reuters)

French, Italian and other European leaders upped the pressure on mostly U.S. tech giants to pay their fair share of taxes in the European Union and abide by the bloc’s rules when they met on Friday, but were still far from a consensus on the issue.

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01 October 2017

Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god (The Guardian)

Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful Silicon Valley engineer is to set up an AI-worshipping religious organization.

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Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus on Self-Policing Not Regulation Fears (Bloomberg)

As technology giants face the threat of greater regulation worldwide, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella says these companies should focus on greater self-policing to prevent the loss of personal privacy and other harmful side effects of innovations.

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Google reports all-time high of government data requests (CNET)

Governments around the world are doing a record amount of searching on Google, but it's a kind of searching than you and I do.

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EU pressures internet giants to remove illegal content sooner (Reuters)

The European Commission on Thursday outlined how firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter should remove illegal content more quickly from the Web, increasing pressure on the companies to do more.

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30 September 2017

2017, the year when cybercrime hit close to home (Europol)

The past 12 months have seen a number of unprecedented cyber-attacks in terms of their global scale, impact and rate of spread. Already causing widespread public concern, these attacks only represent a small sample of the wide array of cyber threats we now face. Europol’s 2017 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) identifies the main cybercrime threats and provides key recommendations to address the challenges.

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28 September 2017

Ads don't work so websites are using your electricity to pay the bills (The Guardian)

With the continuing collapse in online advertising revenues, websites are turning to other methods to pay their hosting bills – including using visitors’ computers and phones to mine cryptocurrency.

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