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27 December 2016

Think again before you post online those pics of your kids (The Conversation)

You might think it's cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social media. But did you ever think it might be a mistake, or even illegal?

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24 December 2016

Facebook break can boost wellbeing, study suggests (The Guardian)

Taking a break from Facebook can boost emotional wellbeing and life satisfaction, with the effects particularly pronounced among people who "lurk" on the social network without actively engaging with others, a study suggests.

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23 December 2016

ICANN Tries Again For San Juan In 2018 And Adds Barcelona

ICANN is having another attempt at holding a public meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after it aborted its previous attempt scheduled for last November due to concerns regarding the Zika virus.

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Google is profiting from Holocaust denial, says Jewish museum (The Guardian)

A Jewish heritage museum has accused Google of profiting from Holocaust denial because it is paying to prevent a neo-Nazi website from appearing as the top result for "did the Holocaust happen".

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US Government Targets Pirate Bay and Other 'Piracy Havens' (TorrentFreak)

The US Government has listed some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites such as The Pirate Bay, which has important "symbolic value," according to the authorities. In addition, stream-ripping is mentioned as an emerging threat.

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Australian Govt Advisory Body Digs in Over Fair Use & Geo-Unblocking (TorrentFreak)

A final inquiry report published by the Australian government's Productivity Commission is steadfastly maintaining the position that citizens should have the right to use VPNs to access geo-restricted content. The advisory body is also unmoved when it comes to delivering fair use exceptions, stating that rightsholder objections are based on flawed and "self-interested" assumptions.

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22 December 2016

EURid And Europol Doing Their Bit To Clean Up Internet

EURid and Europol have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to engage in joint efforts related to fighting cybercrime, to exchange statistical data and trends pertaining to cybercrime, and to commit to cooperate on projects designed to combat cybercrime.

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Tweet with flashing images sent to epileptic writer (BBC News)

Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald has claimed he suffered an epileptic seizure after receiving a malicious tweet containing flashing images.

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For Millions of Immigrants, a Common Language: WhatsApp (New York Times)

When Facebook bought WhatsApp for more than $19 billion in 2014, Jan Koum, a founder of the messaging company, arranged to sign a part of the deal outside the suburban social services center where he had once waited in line to collect food stamps.

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EU's highest court delivers blow to UK snooper's charter (The Guardian)

"General and indiscriminate retention" of emails and electronic communications by governments is illegal, the EU's highest court has ruled, in a judgment that could trigger challenges against the UK's new Investigatory Powers Act - the so-called snooper's charter.

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EU court says mass data retention illegal (Reuters)

The mass retention of data is illegal, the European Union's highest court said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Britain's newly passed surveillance law and signaling that security concerns do not justify excessive privacy infringements.

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This is the real threat to online pirates, and the digital privacy of Australians (

Your digital privacy is being incrementally eroded at an alarming rate, Australian privacy advocates warn.

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21 December 2016

Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results (BBC News)

Google has said it is "thinking deeply" about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results - including ones discussing the Holocaust - were ranked.

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Facebook accused over WhatsApp takeover (BBC News)

Facebook has been accused by the European Commission of misleading it during its investigation of the company's 2014 takeover of WhatsApp.

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First Aussie Pirate Bay Block Gets Defeated in Seconds (TorrentFreak)

Telstra has become the very first Australian ISP to block The Pirate Bay, a move designed to crack down on piracy in the country. However, the blocking method chosen by the ISP is the most basic option permitted under the Federal Court's order. As a result, it's been defeated in seconds.

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20 December 2016

Google facing FTC scrutiny over privacy — yet again (Washington Post)

Consumer advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated user privacy through a policy change that gives the company more leeway to build profiles of people as they browse the Web and use Google services.

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Australian opposition calls for closer scrutiny of tech firms and their algorithms (ABC News)

Labour's industrial spokesperson has called for the algorithms used by technology firms to be made transparent and subject to regulation, as the party prepares the new year launch of its industrial strategy consultation.

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Turkey blocks access to Tor anonymising network (BBC News)

Turkey has blocked direct access to the Tor anonymous browsing network as part of a wider crackdown on the ways people circumvent internet censorship.

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Cuba announces home internet trial scheme in Havana (BBC News)

The Cuban government has announced a two-month trial scheme to allow internet access in private homes.

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France plans internet ombudsman to safeguard free speech (The Guardian)

France is considering appointing an official internet ombudsman to regulate complaints about online material in order to prevent excessive censorship and preserve free speech.

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19 December 2016

DENIC Celebrates 20 Years As .DE Manager

Six weeks ago it was the 30th birthday for .de and last week it was the 20th anniversary of DENIC's management of .de.

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20 Jahre DENIC eG – eine tragende Säule des freien und sicheren Internet in Deutschland (DENIC)

Gleich zwei Jubiläen kann in diesem Jahr die zentrale Registrierungsstelle und technische Betreibergesellschaft der deutschen Internet-Endung .de, DENIC, begehen: Seit dem 5. November 1986 - und damit seit 30 Jahren - ist die Länderdomain .de im Netz. Am 17. Dezember macht nun die Organisation hinter .de - die Genossenschaft DENIC - mit ihrem 20-jährigen Bestehen das Doppeljubiläum komplett.

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It took three years for Yahoo to tell us about its latest breach. Why does it take so long? (Washington Post)

The scale of a second Yahoo breach disclosed on Wednesday was staggering, exposing information associated with a billion accounts. But, perhaps even more staggering was that the theft happened three years ago -- and had not been reported until now. That probably left a lot of consumers wondering: Why does it take so long to find out that I've been hacked?

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The Future of Aussie Pirate Site Blocking: Six Additional Facts (TorrentFreak)

This week pirate site blocking arrived in Australia after years of planning and negotiations. We take a look at some of the lesser-discussed points from the Federal Court's ruling which allow for the rapid expansion of site blocking based on the trusted words of rightsholders.

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18 December 2016

How to bump Holocaust deniers off Google's top spot? Pay Google (The Observer)

The Holocaust did not happen. At least not in the world of Google, it seems. One week ago, I typed "did the hol" into a Google search box and clicked on its autocomplete suggestion, "Did the Holocaust happen?" And there, at the top of the list, was a link to Stormfront, a neo-Nazi white supremacist website and an article entitled "Top 10 reasons why the Holocaust didn't happen".

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