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21 April 2017
French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country's presidential election, though the onslaught of "junk news" is not as severe as that during last year's U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.
Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour (The Guardian)
An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.
Google received the most government requests for user data it has received in any six-month period, according to the company’s latest transparency report. The requests were made in the second half of 2016.
20 April 2017
Pirate Bay Founder Fights For Your Right To Register Domains Anonymously, No Matter How Objectionable You Are
The 38-year-old Pirate Bay co-founder and Swedish politician Peter Sunde has started a new business that allows almost anyone, anywhere to register domain names anonymously. Well, actually, you don’t register the domain name yourself. They register it for you and the domain name will be in their name. They claim if you want the domain name back, no problems, no additional costs.
Minds Machines Group (MMX) has announced another big spend on domain names among its new gTLD portfolio. This week the company announced there have been orders for approximately 90,000 standard registrations across a number of its US and European facing top level domains valued at approximately $500,000. Whether it was one or several buyers wasn’t disclosed.
Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It's the Network, of Course (New York Times)
The tech world just witnessed a robbery. The heist was so brazen you kind of had to admire it, even if it was pulled off with all the grace of a gas station stickup.
Facebook has 60 people working on how to read your mind (The Guardian)
Decrying how addictive and attention-sapping smartphones have become was an unexpected way for an executive at Facebook, a company that profits off your attention, to open a talk. But that’s exactly how Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s innovation skunkworks Building 8, started her presentation at the company’s developer conference F8 on Wednesday.
Is the internet really democratic?: How the 'wired world' excludes women and other marginalized persons by Sri Lankan writer Subha Wijesiriwardena (Subha Wijesiriwardena blog)
It’s often said that the internet democratizes information and even knowledge itself. We more or less accept this to be true; the internet shattered the elite stronghold on ‘knowledge’. The internet has not only made information more freely available but has changed the very way we understand knowledge and information. What we understand by democratisation is not only that things are made available to more people but that they come to belong to more people. The internet was supposed to be the very embodiment of this – it belongs to no one — it belongs to everyone.
17 April 2017
Companies know where they want to go. They want to be more agile, quicker to react, and more effective. They want to deliver great customer experiences, take advantage of new technologies to cut costs, improve quality and transparency, and build value.
Understand more, fear less: How the future of the Internet can be designed with a human face - Reflexions on the G20 ICT Ministerial meeting by Constance Bommelaer and Wolfgang Kleinwächter (Huffington Post)
Last week, the G20’s ministers responsible for the digital economy met in Düsseldorf to prepare this year´s G20 summit, scheduled for Hamburg, July 2017. Building on important strides initiated two years ago during the G20 summit in Antalya and based on the G20 Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative (DEDCI), which was adopted last year under the Chinese G20 presidency, the Düsseldorf meeting adopted a “G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Declaration” which includes also a “Roadmap for Digitalisation”. One day before the ministerial meeting, non-state actors were invited to discuss “Policies for a Digital Future” within a so-called Multistakeholder Conference.
16 April 2017
New Thinking on Innovation (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
Innovation is at the centre of the current economic policy discourse in Canada. Innovation drives productivity and with it, standards of living. Innovation is the process of using ideas, typically in the form of intellectual property (IP), to offer new or improved products or services for the same or lower overall cost of production.
15 April 2017
Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85 (New York Times)
Like many inventions, the internet was the work of countless hands. But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap than Robert W. Taylor, who died on Thursday at 85 at his home in Woodside, Calif.
14 April 2017
Personal data collected under the government’s mandatory data retention scheme, which comes into force on Thursday, will not be able to be used in civil lawsuits, the government has confirmed.
13 April 2017
If you have seen the latest Wolverine movie, Logan, you might have noticed a crucial scene where automated trucks speed up and down the highways of the United States.
More than half of all North American millennials regularly use pirate streaming services to watch TV-shows or movies, a new survey shows. While legal streaming is preferred, pirate sources are more popular than traditional TV, DVDs or Blu-Rays. Interestingly, only a tiny fraction of the respondents feel guilty about using these unauthorized platforms.
12 April 2017
Possibly the only internet users that are able to properly navigate the internet in their own language are English users. From European languages such as French and German to the Cyrillic languages such as Russian and to Arabic and Chinese to name but a few, there are best a few characters that have historically not been able to be used to entire languages that could not be used.
The encryption techniques used by WhatsApp and similar services should be protected at all costs, and we need to "rethink" how the web works if we're to stop the spread of nasty ideas, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
11 April 2017
Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars (New York Times)
Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada — backed by the Canadian government and universities — were laying the groundwork for today’s boom in artificial intelligence.
The World Wide Web needs a complete rethink to prevent spying and the spread of "nasty, mean ideas" on social media websites, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, said on Monday.
The FCC is reversing its proposal to allow mobile phone use on planes (Washington Post)
Federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude.
U.S. Accuses Russian Email Spammer of Vast Network of Fraud (New York Times)
Several years ago, federal agents traveled to Moscow to enlist the help of their Russian counterparts in arresting one of the world’s most pernicious email spammers. They were rebuffed, a former American law enforcement official who was there said. The spammer, who used the pseudonym Peter Severa, was protected, probably by the Russian government, and could not be touched.
Court action against Apple for allegedly misleading iPhone and iPad owners serves as a “timely reminder” to companies that consumer rights are inviolable, Australian consumer advocates have said.
10 April 2017
CENTR has launched its call for nominations for the third edition of its CENTR Awards, which aim at highlighting ccTLD registry projects, teams and people that make a difference in the domain name industry.
ICANN Reiterates It's Not An Online Content Regulator Following Claims It Should Do More On Child Abuse
ICANN has once again come out and said it’s job is not to regulate content online. In a post on the ICANN blog, Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division, writes following concerns from the Children’s Charities Coalition on Internet Safety that new gTLDs “may become new grounds for the functioning and distributing of child abuse content ... ICANN wants to confirm its position.”
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has awarded 5 of Afilias’ gTLDs licences to allow them to be sold within the country, the registry operator announced last week.