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20 September 2017

Tech Giants Feel the Pressure Worldwide (New York Times)

For a long time, American technology giants have received a chilly reception from skeptical audiences in Europe, including from government regulators, while at home, companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon have been largely lauded for their innovation and their astonishing growth.

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UK prime minister calls on internet firms to remove extremist content within two hours (The Guardian)

Theresa May is to urge internet companies to take down extremist content being shared by terrorist groups within two hours, during a summit with the French president and the Italian prime minister.

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Google launches UK 'anti-terror fund' (BBC News)

Google has announced it will give a total of £1m ($1.3m) to fund projects that help counter extremism in the UK.

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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes (New York Times)

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building in downtown Miami. When the power had gone out, diesel generators instantly kicked in to keep the lights on and prevent the internet from going down.

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Spain Attempts to Censor .CAT Domain Names

Spanish police raided the offices of the .cat registry Wednesday morning seizing all their computers, according to InternetNews.me, apparently in retaliation for some .cat domain names being used to host websites for the Catalan independence referendum scheduled for 1 October.

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Neo-Nazi Website Finds a Home in Iceland

The alt-right neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, has finally found a home, for the time being at least. The website has reappeared with a .is domain name, Iceland’s ccTLD. The Daily Stormer has been booted by quite a few domain name companies, from registries to registrars and even Cloudflare.

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19 September 2017

Britain has large audience for online jihadist propaganda, report says (The Guardian)

Online jihadist propaganda attracts more clicks in Britain than in any other European country and the main internet companies are failing to curb it, a centre-right thinktank has said.

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Facebook Silences Rohingya Reports of Ethnic Cleansing (Daily Beast)

Rohingya activists—in Burma and in Western countries—tell The Daily Beast that Facebook has been removing their posts documenting the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people in Burma (also known as Myanmar). They said their accounts are frequently suspended or taken down.

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Internet shutdowns raise free speech concerns in India (Al Jazeera)

Government interference with Indians' internet usage has risen steadily in recent years, leading to fears authorities are attempting to curb free speech, digital advocacy groups say.

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What does the future hold for the Internet? (Internet Society)

This is the fundamental question that we are posing through the report just launched today, our 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future.

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Digital future a fragile mix of promise and uncertainty, says Global Internet Report (Internet Society)

The Internet Society (ISOC), a global non-profit dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today released a first-of-its-kind report aimed at exploring the future of the Internet. Entitled “Paths to our Digital Future,” the 2017 Global Internet Report examines the Internet over the next five to seven years and identifies the factors that will shape its future. The report uncovers a mix of challenges and opportunities in safeguarding the Internet for the next generation and makes recommendations on the steps that can be taken today to realize the Internet’s promise for everyone, everywhere.

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18 September 2017

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls (New York Times)

On a muggy, late spring evening, Tuan Pham awoke to the police storming his house in Hanoi, Vietnam. They marched him to a police station and made their demand: Hand over your Facebook password. Mr. Tuan, a computer engineer, had recently written a poem on the social network called “Mother’s Lullaby,” which criticized how the communist country was run.

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Internet Giants Try to Rein in Automated Offensive Ad Targeting (Bloomberg)

The world’s largest digital advertising companies reined in their automated money-making machines after the systems were shown to spit out ads based on racist and other offensive information.

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17 September 2017

New Broadband Commission report highlights emerging global skills gap (International Telecommunication Union)

A new report from the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development entitled "Digital skills for life and work" shows that education systems worldwide are only just beginning to help learners cultivate the digital skills they need to excel in in our increasingly digitized societies.

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Broadband playing increasingly important role in development, says new global report (International Telecommunication Union)

Broadband technologies are today driving substantial transformation in many development-related sectors including health, education, financial inclusion and food security, making them a key accelerator towards achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report released by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains (New York Times)

New technologies are testing the limits of computer semiconductors. To deal with that, researchers have gone looking for ideas from nature.

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US retaliation feared as Brussels prepares to close Google's tax loopholes (The Observer)

EU leaders have agreed to make “swift” progress on raising the tax bills for digital giants such as Google and Facebook, despite warnings from smaller states that unilateral action could drive business away from Europe.

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Why does your identity depend on one number? Security experts push to replace SSN (Denver Post)

As confusion ensued after the Equifax data breach affecting up to 143 million consumers, what remained very clear was that some of the stolen data will haunt people forever.

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First sniffer dogs trained to detect digital data devices in UK unveiled (The Guardian)

Sniffer dogs trained to help police catch paedophiles, terrorists and fraudsters by detecting hidden digital storage devices have been unveiled in the UK.

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15 September 2017

Global Domain Name Growth Continues at a Crawl in Second Quarter

It was only a few years ago that the growth in the number of domain names registered around the world was in the 5 to 10% range every year, sometimes even higher. Today however that growth has slowed to a crawl as many markets around the world reach maturity, even saturation.

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Blockchain and Hurricane Harvey Score In Top .COM and .NET Keywords for August

Verisign’s list of top trending keywords registered in English is an indicator of some of the events that are popular, in the English(predominately American)-speaking world at least. In August the top keywords dealt with “crypto”, “block” and “chains”, “Houston” and Hurricane “Harvey”. The blockchain and crypto keywords had regular appearances in recent monthly charts.

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Google Sets Limits on Addiction Treatment Ads, Citing Safety (New York Times)

As drug addiction soars in the United States, a booming business of rehab centers has sprung up to treat the problem. And when drug addicts and their families search for help, they often turn to Google.

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14 September 2017

Facebook Moves to Keep Ads From Running on Objectionable Videos (New York Times)

Facebook’s enormous audience has long been catnip to advertisers. But the company’s vast ecosystem has come under scrutiny this year from major brands, which are increasingly sensitive to the possibility of inadvertently showing up next to objectionable content.

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Equifax's Maddening Unaccountability (New York Times)

Last week, Americans woke up to news of yet another mass breach of their personal data. The consumer credit reporting agency Equifax revealed that as many as 143 million Americans’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses may have been stolen from its files — just the kind of information that allows for identity theft and other cybercrimes.

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EU set to demand Internet firms act faster to remove illegal content (Reuters)

Companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter could face European Union laws forcing them to be more proactive in removing illegal content if they do not do more to police what is available on the Internet.

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