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28 November 2017

Are New gTLDs Impacting on ccTLD Registrations? .PL Thinks So As Registrations Decline.

The number of .pl domain names has decreased by 124,485 in the 12 months to 27 November according to statistics provided by NASK, the Polish ccTLD registry, and currently stand at 2,579,310. When those domain names with ENUM are included, the figure is 2,604,336. And at least some of this decrease the registry has attributed to the launch of new gTLDs the NASK Director Wojciech Kamieniecki said in the latest report on the .pl domain name market.

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27 November 2017

Editorial: Cops, Cellphones and Privacy at the Supreme Court (New York Times)

How hard should it be for the police to get hold of reams of data showing every place you’ve been for months?

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24 November 2017

Australians are increasingly using their phone as a credit card: Deloitte (Brisbane Times)

The pressure is on Australian banks to keep up with customer's growing use of smartphone apps to pay for in-store and online purchases.

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Australian cities among world leaders in cashless transactions: Visa report (Brisbane Times)

Australian cities are among the most advanced in the world in dumping cash in favour of digital payments, helped by a surge in "tap-and-go" purchases, according to new research.

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'Google tax' to crack down on avoidance by internet firms in UK (The Guardian)

Internet companies that legally avoid taxes by shifting profits overseas face being taxed on royalties on UK sales in a move dubbed the “Google tax”.

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Google can no longer count on political goodwill at home (The Economist)

“We used to be so dismissed,” says Jeremy Stoppelman, the boss of Yelp, an online-review site which has waged a six-year-long battle against Google over how the online giant ranks its search results. Now American regulators are taking concerns about Google more seriously. On November 13th, Josh Hawley, Missouri’s attorney-general, launched an investigation into the search giant to determine whether it had violated the state’s antitrust and consumer-protection laws. Other entrepreneurs, too, congratulate Mr Stoppelman for speaking out about Google; they would not have done so before.

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Almost half of Australians regularly blow their data limits at a cost of $313m per year (Deloitte)

Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey 2017 finds that our desire to be constantly connected and continuously consuming is leading to data plan blow outs, hidden costs and more people switching operators.

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23 November 2017

Tim Wu: Why the U.S. Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality (New York Times)

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage. As Vonage was a competitor in the phone call market, Madison River’s action was obviously anticompetitive. Consumers complained, and the Federal Communications Commission, under Michael Powell, its Republican-appointed chairman, promptly fined the company and forced it to stop blocking Vonage.

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Facebook to Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they’ve followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

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Twitter, It's Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise (New York Times)

Earlier this month, Twitter did something radical: The social network famous for its 140-character limit doubled it to 280.

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Uber faces slew of investigations in wake of 'outrageous' data hack cover-up (The Guardian)

Uber is facing government scrutiny around the world in the wake of its admission it concealed a massive data breach affecting 57 million drivers and passengers.

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22 November 2017

ICANN Allows Domain Name Renewal Flexibility Following Natural Disasters Such As Hurricane Maria

Domain name registrants with renewals due during or following a natural disaster, but are having problems accessing their account due to ongoing issues such as with electric power grid and telecommunications infrastructures, will have the possibility of their renewal date being extended.

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FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use (Washington Post)

The Federal Communications Commission took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use.

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It's time to slay the internet's 'Cookie Monster' (Marketing Land)

Any conversation within the European marketing community these days soon turns to the General Data Protection Regulation. The impending GDPR brings about new data protection rules, heralding an unprecedented level of consumer protection. Going into effect in May of next year, the specific targeting of individuals without expressed permission will be outlawed.

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Google is getting pulled into a fight with Russia over RT and Sputnik (Washington Post)

The Russian telecom regulator said Tuesday that it will retaliate against Google if the search giant lowers the search ranking of the Kremlin-backed news outlets RT and Sputnik, escalating a tense back and forth over Russian news coverage that has entangled American news bureaus abroad and could lead Moscow to enact further censorship rules.

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Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People (Bloomberg)

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

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More than 480 web firms record 'every keystroke' (BBC News)

Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested.

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Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself? (New York Times)

As machine learning becomes more powerful, the field’s researchers increasingly find themselves unable to account for what their algorithms know — or how they know it.

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21 November 2017

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing' (The Guardian)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the web’s increasing polarisation.

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The auDA Merry-Go-Round Continues as Another Employee Bites the Dust

The employee disaster zone that is auDA continues to dismay. This week Domain Pulse learned of another of CEO Cameron Boardman’s Executive Assistants is to leave after only about 4 months in the job. Whether they’re leaving on their own accord or not is not clear, but it follows the previous Executive Assistant being given notice while she was on sick leave having cancer treatment.

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20 November 2017

What is online violence and abuse against women? (Amnesty)

Never heard of ‘doxxing’? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here are six things you should know about online violence and abuse.

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Amnesty reveals alarming impact of online abuse against women (Amnesty)

New research by Amnesty International has revealed the alarming impact that abuse and harassment on social media are having on women, with women around the world reporting stress, anxiety, or panic attacks as a result of these harmful online experiences.

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Economic opportunities of emerging technologies identified at ITU global statistics symposium (International Telecommunication Union)

The economic opportunities of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and smart data for smart sustainable cities were recognized this week in Hammamet, Tunisia at the 15th edition of the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS‐17) — the main international forum for telecommunication and information society measurements worldwide. Symposium participants included key ICT stakeholders from around the globe representing governments, telecommunication regulatory authorities, national statistics offices, private companies and research institutions.

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UK's House of Lords push for new regulations to protect children online (The Observer)

Technology firms could be subjected to tough new regulations to protect the privacy and mental health of children as a result of a cross-party campaign that is likely to inflict a defeat on the government within weeks.

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Sexting creating legal minefield for teenagers - and the Australian courts system (ABC News)

When young people find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system on serious charges relating to sexting practices, it's often a conundrum for sentencing judges.

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