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14 July 2017

Facebook, Google obliged to decrypt online messages to help Australian Government fight terrorism (ABC News)

Social media giants like Facebook and Google will face new laws to compel them to help Australian security agencies get access to encrypted messages from suspected terrorists and other criminals.

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13 July 2017

What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email (New York Times)

Though its political implications are yet unclear, the publication of an email chain in which Donald Trump Jr. arranged a June 2016 meeting with a lawyer peddling the Russian government’s help for his father’s presidential campaign ought to inspire some pretty obvious tech advice: Step away from the inbox, stupid!

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When You Should (and Shouldn't) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone (New York Times)

Last week after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: to call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found.

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Ajit Pai: the man who could destroy America's open internet (The Guardian)

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has a reputation as a nice guy who remembers co-workers’ birthdays and their children’s names.

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12 July 2017

Amazon and WhatsApp 'falling short over privacy', says pressure group (The Guardian)

Amazon and WhatsApp have been scolded by the privacy campaigning group the Electronic Frontier Foundation over their “disappointing” privacy practices, and told that they can and should be doing better in its yearly review.

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Your favorite websites might look a little different soon. Here's why. (Washington Post)

Visitors to Facebook, Google, Netflix and dozens of other websites will likely be greeted Wednesday by a special message about the future of the Internet, as part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what they say is a threat to the Web as most consumers know it.

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Google Mostly Uses ccTLD or Search Console Settings For Geotargeting Search Results

Google has announced a slight update on how their search engine ranks websites that use country code top level domains. In response to a question on Twitter, John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google said “For geotargeting we use mostly the ccTLD or search console setting, so place the server where it works best for you.”

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11 July 2017

To Close America's Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels (New York Times)

Silicon Valley has dreamed up hot air balloons, drones and constellations of mini-satellites to connect the world to the internet. Now Microsoft is adding its own moonshot to solve the digital divide into that mix.

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Will Bitcoin Tear Itself Apart? (Bloomberg)

It’s time for bitcoin traders to batten down the hatches. The notoriously volatile cryptocurrency, whose 160 percent surge this year has captivated everyone from Wall Street bankers to Chinese grandmothers, could be headed for one of its most turbulent stretches yet.

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China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February (Bloomberg)

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet.

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10 July 2017

News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook (New York Times)

Google and Facebook continue to gobble up the digital advertising market, siphoning away revenue that once paid for the quality journalism that Google and Facebook now offer for free.

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09 July 2017

The Shifting Landscape of Global Internet Censorship by Jonathan L. Zittrain et al (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: A sharp increase in web encryption and a worldwide shift away from standalone websites in favor of social media and online publishing platforms has altered the practice of state-level Internet censorship and in some cases led to broader crackdowns, the Internet Monitor project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University finds.

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As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency (New York Times)

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or the watering holes at the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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08 July 2017

8 months later, nation's top cyberbullying experts still haven't heard from Melania Trump (Mic)

Eight months after Melania Trump announced she would take on cyberbullying as first lady of the United States, some of the nation’s most prominent anti-cyberbullying experts told Mic that neither they nor any of their colleagues in the field had been contacted by Trump or anyone from her staff.

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07 July 2017

EU considers record fine as panel checks Google Android case (Reuters)

EU antitrust regulators are weighing another record fine against Google over its Android mobile operating system and have set up a panel of experts to give a second opinion on the case, two people familiar with the matter said.

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Lasting Damage and a Search for Clues in Cyberattack (New York Times)

As investigators continue to gather clues about the cyberattacks that hit computers around the world last week, some big companies and other organizations are still reckoning with the damage.

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06 July 2017

FoI Request Forces auDA to Make Public Documents They Tried to Keep Secret

The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, has been forced to make available 115 documents, previously published on their website but deleted under the new management. However going forward auDA has vowed to keep the documents secret, to continue to hide the goings on in the organisation. The documents were board minutes and other historical information going back to 2000.

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Facebook can track your browsing even after you've logged out, US judge says (The Guardian)

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ web browsing activity even after they logged out of the social networking site.

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Google's Record Fine Is Only the Start From the EU (Bloomberg)

Google could see more fines from European Union antitrust regulators this year as probes into its AdSense advertising service and Android mobile-phone software near their end, three people familiar with the cases said just a week after the company was hit with a record penalty for its shopping-search services.

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EU lawmakers call for a right to repair electronic equipment (Reseller News)

Electronic devices should be robust and easily repairable -- and laws should encourage or enforce this, members of the European Parliament said Tuesday.

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U.N. survey finds cybersecurity gaps everywhere except Singapore (Reuters)

Singapore has a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, but many other rich countries have holes in their defenses and some poorer countries are showing them how it should be done, a U.N. survey showed on Wednesday.

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04 July 2017

Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment (New York Times)

More than two dozen women in the tech start-up industry spoke to The New York Times about being sexually harassed by investors and mentors.

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'NotPetya' malware attacks could warrant retaliation, says Nato researcher (The Guardian)

The NotPetya malware that wiped computers at organisations including Maersk, Merck and the Ukrainian government in June “could count as a violation of sovereignty”, according to a legal researcher at Nato’s cybersecurity division.

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Inside the darknet: where Australians buy and sell illegal goods (The Guardian)

“Our goal is to become known as the most consistent, reliable supplier of cocaine in the Aussie DNM scene,” the online listing reads. “It has been requested from a number of customers that we offer a more affordable option of cocaine so we have decided to bring out VALUE QUALITY cocaine.”

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03 July 2017

After Google Case, E.U. Readies for More Action (New York Times)

Popularity can come with plenty of legal problems, as Microsoft learned in the 1990s and as Google learned last week. A $2.7 billion fine by the European Union already showed that the bloc would be a much more active regulator of digital services.

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