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02 February 2017

US halts internet 'six strikes' anti-piracy scheme (BBC News)

A controversial programme that could have seen persistent content-pirates have their internet access cut off, has been stopped in the US.

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Goodbye roaming: EU clears final hurdle for end of roaming charges (Reuters)

The European Union clinched a preliminary deal early on Wednesday to cap wholesale charges telecom operators pay each other when their customers use their mobile phones abroad, paving the way for the abolition of roaming fees in June.

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How Facebook and Google are battling internet terrorism (CIO)

Social media heavyweights like Facebook and YouTube have been working with the U.S. government and other international partners as they look to take a more active role in combating terrorist propaganda and other extremist messages that have gained traction online.

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01 February 2017

ICANN Board Issues Statement On Trump's Muslim Travel Ban

US President Donald Trump's travel ban that has temporarily stopped citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries, but none that Trump's businesses have dealings in, has had a number of repercussions. One of those is on how global organisations do business, conduct meetings and hold conferences.

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31 January 2017

Tech Companies Fight Trump Immigration Order in Court (New York Times)

Technology executives have for days assailed President Trump's executive order suspending immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, framing their arguments largely in moral terms.

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EU's digital chief underlines public demand to end mobile roaming charges (Reuters)

The European Union's digital chief has said that failure to solve the last remaining barrier to abolishing mobile roaming charges across the bloc in June would lead people to question its ability to deliver on promises.

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Trump's Muslim Travel Ban Impacts Global Business and Meetings Held in US, Including ICANN

The new US President Donald Trump issued a ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations last week, but not those he does business with, and the ban has had severe consequences for tourists and businesses alike. And it will cost the US with conferences and meetings with participants from around the world to be moved to other countries.

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NGOs Getting Online With Two-Thirds Globally Using .ORG, But Wide Disparity Among Regional TLD Choices

Over two-thirds (68.3%) of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) around the world use a .org domain name to get online compared to the less than one in 10 (9.2%) that use a .com, according to the "2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report" published by the Public Interest Registry (PIR) this week. The report found 2.2% used the .ngo gTLD, 1.8% used .net and 18.5% used other TLDs, predominately ccTLDs.

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30 January 2017

New gTLDs Up, Legacy gTLDs Down, ccTLDs Up (Slightly) in Q4 2016: Centr Report

At the end of 2016 there were 309.4 million domain names registered around the world, an increase of around 1.03 million (0.3%) for the quarter, a comparatively small increase compared to previous quarters largely due to a decline in registration numbers among legacy gTLDs according to the latest Centr DomainWire Global TLD report.

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29 January 2017

Google: How we fought bad ads, sites and scammers in 2016 (Google)

A free and open web is a vital resource for people and businesses around the world. And ads play a key role in ensuring you have access to accurate, quality information online. But bad ads can ruin the online experience for everyone. They promote illegal products and unrealistic offers. They can trick people into sharing personal information and infect devices with harmful software. Ultimately, bad ads pose a threat to users, Google's partners, and the sustainability of the open web itself.

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Google, in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans (New York Times)

Few companies have been as intimately tied to the Democratic Party in recent years as Google. So now that Donald J. Trump is president, the giant company, in Silicon Valley parlance, is having to pivot.

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26 January 2017

In Race Against Fake News, Google and Facebook Stroll to the Starting Line (New York Times)

Google and Facebook have been taking steps to curb the number of false news articles propagated across their sites. On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley companies showed that they were still in the early stages of their battle to limit misinformation online.

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25 January 2017

Microsoft victory in overseas email seizure case is upheld (Reuters)

An equally divided federal appeals court refused to reconsider its landmark decision forbidding the U.S. government from forcing Microsoft Corp and other companies to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States.

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24 January 2017

US Survey: Mobile devices eclipse PC usage and, in a surprise, drive more conversions (Marketing Land)

Many industry insiders expect mobile commerce to eclipse PC-based sales in the relatively near future. A new online survey from Fluent argues that may already be starting to happen.

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UK fraud hits record £1.1bn as cybercrime soars (The Guardian)

The value of fraud committed in the UK last year topped £1bn for the first time since 2011, prompting a warning about increasing cyber crime and the risk of more large-scale scams as the economy comes under pressure.

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China cracks down on unauthorised internet connections (Reuters)

China is reinforcing its censorship of the internet with a campaign to crack down on unauthorised connections, including virtual private network services, that allow users to bypass restrictions known as the Great Firewall.

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One of Trump's First Moves--The End Of "An Open Internet" (Daily Kos)

Say goodbye to an "Open Internet." Say hello to "slow and fast lanes" where the quality and responsiveness of websites you click on will be subject to the whims of your warm-hearted Internet Service provider. And if they don't agree that the sites you like to visit are "worthy," you'll have to pay more to access them in any reasonable manner.

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23 January 2017

Verisign To Increase .NET Registry Fee On 1 February

The registry fee, that is the fee charged by Verisign to registrars, for .net domain names is increasing on 1 February so if your domain names are expiring soon, you have a few days to renew for periods of up to 10 years to save some money.

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Domain Pulse 2017 Conference Comes To Vienna In February

There's less than a month to go until this year's Domain Pulse conference, this year to be held in the Austrian capital of Vienna, with plenty of networking, introductions to Austrian culture and even some discussions by day on challenges for the domain name industry, internet governance, data protection, cyberwar and cybercrime over the two days.

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Sorry cats, doggos run the internet now (BBC News)

Like many a BBC reporter before, I come to you with news of a coup, and perhaps the most significant transition of power you'll read about this weekend. Cats on the internet are over. Done. "Cheezburgers" are off the menu. Play yourself out, Keyboard Cat.

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20 January 2017

ICANN Still Under US Laws But No Realistic Way Back For US Overnight

The US government does not have oversight of the IANA functions any more, but ICANN who oversees the IANA is still bound by Californian law. And Trump Commerce secretary nominee and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross said there's "no realistic way" to walk back the transition of U.S. oversight.

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19 January 2017

.RADIO Gears Up For Launch

The European Broadcasting Union is gearing up to launch the .radio new gTLD commencing with its launch of a Pioneers Programme commencing in February.

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Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier (New York Times)

There's a new form of digital censorship sweeping the globe, and it could be the start of something devastating.

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Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege (Reuters)

Nearly 80 rights groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of "racially biased censorship" and failing to be more transparent about its removal policies and cooperation with law enforcement, adding to criticism the company has faced in recent months over its management of content on its network of 1.8 billion users.

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UK's GCHQ targets teenage girls to find cyber spies of the future (The Guardian)

Teenage girls are being invited to put their technology skills to the test in a competition that could unearth the cyber spies of the future.

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