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17 November 2017

Satisfaction With .AU Runs High Among Australians As Women Increasingly Register Domain Names

Women account for close to half (48%) of all .au registrants as trust in the Australian ccTLD remains high, with 61% of respondents reporting it was their most trusted TLD in Australia followed by .com (41%), according to the latest annual survey on .au.

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FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy (Reuters)

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits.

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China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says internet must be 'orderly' (Reuters)

China’s top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be “orderly” and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.

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Child sex abuse live streams rising at 'alarming rate' amid surge in 'cybersex trafficking' (The Independent)

A new form of human trafficking that sees children forced to carry out sex acts while being live-streamed for paedophiles to watch online is growing at an “alarming rate”, a charity has warned.

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16 November 2017

.UK Domains Suspended for Criminal Activity Doubles to 16,632 in 12 Months

The number of .uk domain names suspended due to being used for criminal activity has doubled, again, in the year to 31 October according Nominet.

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It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data (New York Times)

Our data is valuable. Each year, it generates hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity, mostly between and within corporations — all on the back of information about each of us.

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TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook (Washington Post)

The same, weirdly specific ads you see online that are tailored to your behavior could soon appear on your local television network, thanks to looming policy changes by federal regulators.

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Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows (The Guardian)

Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit.

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New Report - Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy (Freedom House)

Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, threatening the notion of the internet as a liberating technology, according to Freedom on the Net 2017, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of online freedom, released today by Freedom House.

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15 November 2017

Having Problems Finding That .COM or .NET Domain Name? Verisign's NameStudio Can Help.

With short, memorable .com and .net domain names almost non-existent, many startups, small businesses and individuals find it difficult to get their desired domain name in one of these top level domains. So Verisign have developed a solution. NameStudio is an easy-to-use brainstorming device to help find that great domain name.

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14 November 2017

Do auDA’s Left and Right Hands Ever Talk as Constitution Review Announced?

The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, announced a review of its constitution Monday, just days after it was announced Director Simon Johnson was requesting a Fit and Proper Persons Test be put to Members at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

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American Banker Outlines New gTLD Adoption Challenges, But One Bank Says It’s a "No Brainer" (American Banker)

Adopting a new gTLD domain name, or even changing a domain name, is not without its challenges. There are costs for changing promotional materials as well as the transition of websites and email addresses for staff. And customer awareness of the change may not be so straightforward.

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Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News (Bloomberg)

The World Wide Web is 28 years old. But these days it often appears to have the growing pains of a teenager. There’s the scourge of fake news, growing pockets of censorship around the world, the fiery debate over net neutrality and more.

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One Facebook 'like' is all it takes to target adverts, academics find (The Guardian)

Online ad campaigns created by academics in Britain and the US have targeted millions of people based on psychological traits perceived from a single “like” on Facebook – demonstrating, they say, the effect of “mass psychological persuasion”.

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Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data (Washington Post)

Missouri’s attorney general said Monday that he has launched an investigation into whether Google has mishandled private customer data and manipulated its search results to favor its own products, a further sign that Silicon Valley’s political fortunes may be on the descent.

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.XYZ Back On Top: Regains #1 New gTLDs Registrations Crown

The .xyz has regained the number one new gTLDs crown after some weeks of declines by .top, mirroring the decline of .xyz. The latest statistics from nTLDstats.com show .xyz with 2.543 million registrations and .top with 2.538 million.

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13 November 2017

A comparison of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn: Examining motivations and network externalities for the use of social networking sites (First Monday)

Abstract: Although the winner-takes-all approach is often theorized in the use of an information communication technology, more than one popular social networking site exists in the market. Integrating uses and gratification (U&G) theory with network externalities, this study examines why social networking sites can coexist in the market and whether predictors of using social networking sites differ across popular social networking sites.

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Alibaba's Singles Day Sales Hit New Record of $25.3 Billion (New York Times)

Singles Day — the frenzied annual celebration of consumption and commerce that is China’s much larger version of Black Friday — began as a protest of sorts against Valentine’s Day, propelled by college students in the 1990s.

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Canada Should Heed US Lessons in Foreign Social Media Interference (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Recently, lawyers from three tech giants — Facebook, Twitter and Google — testified before congress about how Russian operations manipulated their platforms during and after last year’s contentious presidential election.

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YouTube to clamp down on disturbing kids' videos such as dark Peppa Pig (The Guardian)

YouTube has announced a clampdown on disturbing and inappropriate children’s videos, following accusations that the site enabled “infrastructural violence” through the long-run effects of its content recommendation system.

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Musical.ly, a Chinese App Big in the U.S., Sells for $1 Billion (New York Times)

The only Chinese social media company to build a major network outside China will be taken over by a fast-growing Chinese upstart.

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Google facing huge EU fine over breach of antitrust laws (Australian Financial Review)

The European Union is preparing to fine Google over its multibillion-dollar advertising empire as a high-profile investigation into its Android operating system is pushed back to next year.

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12 November 2017

Keep up with technology or be left behind (InternetNZ)

New Zealand will not only be small and distant from the rest of the world but also years behind if regulations do not keep up with technological change.

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DomainTools: Majority of Consumers Aware of Online Publishing Scams, Yet Still May Fall Victim This Cyber Monday (DomainTools)

[news release] DomainTools, the leader in domain name and DNS-based cyber threat intelligence, today released the findings of its 2017 Cyber Monday Phishing Survey. The survey results highlighted that two in five U.S. consumers have fallen victim to an online phishing attack, despite the fact that 91 percent are aware of the existence of these spoofed websites or emails of trusted brands. As the holiday shopping season approaches, 92 percent of all consumers shop online and about half are planning to shop online on Cyber Monday, exposing an opportunity for malicious hackers to strike. DomainTools has illustrated its key findings in an infographic.

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11 November 2017

Twitter halts 'broken' verified-profile system (BBC News)

Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as "broken", following complaints over the type of accounts being verified.

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