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05 June 2017

.AFRICA Landrush Launches Today

The .africa Landrush period commences today, 5 June, meaning the general public gets their first chance to register domain names in the African new gTLD.

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04 June 2017

US can ask visa applicants for social media history (BBC News)

The Trump administration has approved plans to ask US visa applicants for details of their social media use.

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Floating balloons a radical plan to expand global internet services (ABC News)

A cluster of strange objects has been drifting high over the Australian continent in the past week, and if not for publicly-available plane-tracking applications, they may well have cruised past without anyone noticing.

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02 June 2017

How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation (New York Times)

After last year’s election, Facebook came in for a drubbing for its role in propagating misinformation — or “fake news,” as we called it back then, before the term became a catchall designation for any news you don’t like. The criticism was well placed: Facebook is the world’s most popular social network, and millions of people look to it daily for news.

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Social media firms have increased removals of online hate speech - EU (Reuters)

Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech on their platforms in response to pressure from the European Union to do more to tackle the issue, according to the results of an EU evaluation.

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World heading towards 'permanent cyber war', France warns (The Independent)

The world is heading towards a “permanent war” in cyberspace, the head of France’s digital security agency has warned.

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01 June 2017

Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this by Cory Doctorow (The Guardian)

Here’s the bad news: technology – specifically, surveillance technology – makes it easier to police disaffected populations, and that gives badly run, corrupt states enough stability to get themselves into real trouble.

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Europe Flunks Twitter on Removing Hate Speech Online (New York Times)

Twitter has failed to meet European standards for removing hate speech online, figures to be published Thursday show, as pressure mounts, particularly on the Continent, for tech companies to do more to tackle such harmful material.

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Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy (BBC News)

The Islamic State militant group (IS) is fighting on many fronts against those seeking to defeat it. One of those fronts is a digital one.

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China's New Cybersecurity Law Leaves Foreign Firms Guessing (New York Times)

As China moves to start enforcing a new cybersecurity law, foreign companies face a major problem: They know very little about it.

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Europol shows clues from child abuse images to track offenders (BBC News)

Europe's police agency has launched a new webpage that displays objects in child sex abuse images to try and find the perpetrators and victims.

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31 May 2017

French Railway Operator to Switch to New gTLD .SNCF

The French national railway, SNCF, is rebranding its subsidiary that sells railway tickets and passes, and which is France’s largest e-commerce site, to use their new gTLD by autumn 2017. The new top level domain will be .sncf with the home page being The current website uses the domain name.

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30 May 2017

WannaCry ransom notice analysis suggests Chinese link (BBC News)

New analysis suggests Chinese-speaking criminals may have been behind the WannaCry ransomware that affected thousands of organisations worldwide.

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Bangladeshi girls being trained how to avoid online predators (The Guardian)

What their attackers bet on is shame: in a conservative society, the horror of an intimate photo leaking, or rumours being spread, is enough to buy a teenage girl’s silence.

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auDA's Daily Calamity Update: CEO Defends Lack of Accountability and Transparency

It’s turning out to be an almost daily update on the calamities of auDA, the .au regulatory and policy body. It could be amusing, and frustrating for those involved, if it weren’t that auDA was a key player in such a critical piece of Australia’s infrastructure. Today’s update is that they claim they should be compared to the ABC, Australia’s version of the BBC, and the CSIRO, Australia’s peak scientific body.

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29 May 2017

The Madness Continues As auDA Defies Own Constitution and Industry Advice While Seeking Registry EoI

AuDA today confirmed it is going ahead with the building and operation of a dedicated .au registry. To begin the .au policy and regulatory body is, as an initial scoping exercise, releasing a Request for Expressions of Interest for the Registry Transformation Project.

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Hay Festival 2017: Stephen Fry's warning for the web (BBC News)

Stephen Fry has issued a stark warning to prepare for the internet of the future, or face the worst of science fiction's predictions.

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Hackers Hide Cyberattacks in Social Media Posts (New York Times)

It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document.

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Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to European online privacy laws (The Guardian)

An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses and give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data.

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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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