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15 June 2018

NZ’s Domain Name Commission and CERT To Share Domain Registration Information to Enhance Cyber Security

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission and CERT NZ announced this week an agreement to share some domain registration information to help enhance cyber security in the land of the long white cloud.

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14 June 2018

Is auDA Facilitating Branchstacking Ahead of SGM?

Allegations of branchstacking have surfaced ahead of the upcoming auDA Special General Meeting with supply class members rumoured to be encouraging staff to join along with what appears to be family members of the Chair Chris Leptos.

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Facebook, Google Targeted Among 19 Pan-EU Privacy Complaints (Bloomberg)

Google, Facebook Inc. and its apps WhatsApp and Instagram risk European Union privacy probes after being targeted among 19 cross-border complaints filed with regulators since tough new rules kicked in at the end of May.

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13 June 2018

Over Half of All .MEN and .LOANS Are Bad: Spamhaus

Three in 5 .men domain names are classified as “bad” according to the latest Spamhaus analysis of the world’s most abused TLDs, but only slightly worse than .loan, who have a "Badness Index" of 6.43 and 6.35 respectively.

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12 June 2018

How Net Neutrality Actually Ended Long Before This Week (New York Times)

I remember the first time I ever heard about net neutrality. It was around 2004 or 2005, and when the full idea was explained to me — hey, let’s prevent phone and cable companies from influencing the content we see online — I was surprised there was even a fight about the idea.

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11 June 2018

Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T? (Washington Post)

Two pivotal developments this week could dramatically expand the power and footprint of major telecom companies, altering how Americans access everything from political news to “Game of Thrones” on the Internet.

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The lesson from big tech’s latest PR events? They know we’re on to them... (The Observer)

In the bad old days of the cold war, western political and journalistic institutions practised an arcane pseudoscience called Kremlinology. Its goal was to try to infer what was going on in the collective mind of the Soviet Politburo. Its method was obsessively to note everything that could be publicly observed of the activities of this secretive cabal – who was sitting next to whom at the podium; which foreign visitors were granted an audience with which high official; who was in the receiving line for a visiting head of state; what editorials in Pravda (the official Communist party newspaper) might mean; and so on.

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How Facebook, Instagram and Netflix could be helping to reduce youth crime (ABC News)

A decline in youth crime in New South Wales could be down to the popularity of social media and video streaming services, according to research from the Australian National University.

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Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle (The Observer)

Five o’clock in the morning and the young woman’s eyelids are drooping. All night she has been removing spots of dust from Amazon smartspeakers with a toothbrush. Time seems to crawl. Now she is overwhelmed with exhaustion.

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07 June 2018

U.S. says internet use rises as more low income people go online (Reuters)

Internet use by Americans increased in 2017, fueled by a rise among people with lower incomes, a government report viewed on Wednesday by Reuters found.

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Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy' (The Guardian)

Almost every day, Kenneth Scalir takes a trip to the library or a cafe near his home in Sherman Oaks, California, to spend about an hour on his favourite site: Myspace.

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5G: What is it good for? (Washington Post)

5G, or 5th generation mobile, is the next big leap in wireless communications. You’ve probably heard about it in commercials or seen it in headlines. But much of the discussion about the new technology has been focused on its engineering features, infrastructure requirements and public policy considerations. With technical buzzwords like “network slicing,” “beamforming,” and “multi-access edge computing,” it may be hard to really understand what 5G is all about and why we should care.

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Australia drafts laws forcing Facebook and Google to reveal encrypted data (The Guardian)

Technology companies such as Facebook and Google would be forced to give Australian security agencies access to encrypted data under legislation to be introduced by the Turnbull government.

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05 June 2018

Facebook Back on the Defensive, Now Over Data Deals With Device Makers (New York Times)

Facebook endured a new wave of criticism from lawmakers and regulators in the United States and Europe on Monday after disclosures that the social media giant had allowed dozens of hardware manufacturers access to its trove of personal user data.

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04 June 2018

Trolls, fanboys and lurkers: improving online commenting culture (The Conversation)

... While they may seem benign compared with the sort of violent and vulgar comments that are synonymous with cyberbullying, they are examples of the uncivil and antisocial behaviour that plagues the internet.

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Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends (New York Times)

As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information.

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Teens are abandoning Facebook in dramatic numbers, study finds (The Guardian)

Teenagers have abandoned Facebook in favour of other social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, according to a study from the Pew Research Center.

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01 June 2018

Twitter blocking users who were underage when they signed up (The Guardian)

In an effort to comply with GDPR, Twitter is blocking users who were underage when they signed up for the service – even if they’re now well over 18.

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Social media use taxed in Uganda to tackle 'gossip' (The Guardian)

Users of Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and other social media in Uganda will have to pay a daily tax from July, according to a new law that rights activists have criticised as a bid to stifle free speech.

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Majority of Canadians Consume Online Content Legally, Survey Finds (TorrentFreak)

A study commissioned by Canada's Innovation, Science and Economic Development department has revealed that three-quarters of the Canadian public consume online content exclusively from legal sources. Perhaps surprisingly, just 5% identify as hardcore pirates. Meanwhile, 10% of the population have received infringement notices, with a quarter throwing them straight in the trash.

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What's the Biggest Security Threat for 2018? Malware (Security Intelligence)

What will be the most significant threat to cybersecurity teams in 2018? According to a May 2018 survey from information security company Trustwave, 22 percent of full-time IT professionals said preventing malware, including ransomware, was their biggest security threat and obligation for 2018.

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German Court Rejects ICANN Bid to "Protect" WHOIS Data

In a bid to “to protect the data collected in WHOIS”, ICANN last week sought a court ruling in a German court to “ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data, so that such data remains available to parties demonstrating legitimate purpose to access it, consistent with the GDPR.”

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31 May 2018

Google plan for data-driven 'smart city' sparks privacy, democracy concerns (ABC News)

In the Canadian city of Toronto, city officials are negotiating a project that will give a section of the city's waterfront to the US tech giant Google.

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YouTube deletes 30 music videos after Met link with gang violence (The Guardian)

YouTube has deleted dozens of music videos after complaints by the Metropolitan police that their lyrics were allegedly inciting real-world violence.

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Why the FBI says rebooting your router can weaken a global malware attack (Washington Post)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking everyone with a home router to do one small thing: Turn your router off and then back on again.

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