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17 March 2017

Google under fire as UK government pulls ads over extremist content (The Guardian)

Google has been summoned to the Cabinet Office after it emerged that government advertising was being inadvertently placed next to extremist material.

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EU consumer authorities to take on Facebook, Google, Twitter (Reuters)

European consumer protection authorities will ask social media companies Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc to amend their terms of service within one month or possibly face fines, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Government defunding may curtail innovative projects like the internet, says co-creator Vint Cerf (CNBC)

"Father of the internet" Vint Cerf worries government defunding of programs may create a huge roadblock for new ideas and technology.

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Brexit risks 'new dark phase' of cyber crime, warns Britain's most senior EU official (The Independent)

The most senior British EU official has spoken out to warn of the need for strong security cooperation in Europe, just days before Theresa May triggers Brexit.

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16 March 2017

'More Clearly Define The Intelligibility And Authenticity Of Art Enterprises': Guardian on .ART

The launch of the .art new gTLD has captivated some in the artistic world and has even made it to the culture pages of London’s Guardian newspaper.

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How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It (New York Times)

One secret to longevity as a pundit is to issue predictions that can’t be easily checked. So here’s one for the time capsule: Two hundred years from now, give or take, the robot-people of Earth will look back on the early years of the 21st century as the beginning of a remarkable renaissance in art and culture.

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Google tells army of 'quality raters' to flag Holocaust denial (The Guardian)

Google is using a 10,000-strong army of independent contractors to flag “offensive or upsetting” content, in order to ensure that queries like “did the Holocaust happen” don’t push users to misinformation, propaganda and hate speech.

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US charges Russian spies over Yahoo breach (BBC News)

Two Russian spies are among four individuals indicted by the US Department of Justice over a huge theft of Yahoo user accounts.

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WIPO's Annual Rant Shows Cybersquatting Not Only Growing In New gTLDs, But .COM Too

The World Intellectual Property Organization has released its 2016 report on cybersquatting. In 2016 the number of cases filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with the dispute resolution body rose 10% over the previous year to “an all-time record 3,036 cases” while domain names disputed rose by 23.1% to 5,374.

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15 March 2017

CIRA Announces New Ventures With .NZ And .PT To Deliver Anycast DNS Services As ccTLD Registries Look For New Opportunities

The Canadian ccTLD manager has announced two joint ventures this week with New Zealand and Portugal’s ccTLD registries to deliver Anycast DNS services.

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Uniregistry Hikes New gTLD Prices Up To 3,000% And GoDaddy Drops The Lot

The recent announcement that Uniregistry would be upping the prices on 16 of its underperforming new gTLDs by up to 3,115% from 21 August has had one, so far, really unfortunate consequence. GoDaddy, the world’s largest registrar, announced it was dropping Uniregistry’s entire portfolio of gTLDs from its offerings.

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Could Google rankings skew an election? New group aims to find out. (Washington Post)

A researcher who long has argued that rankings on Google and other search engines can skew elections will announce plans on Tuesday to establish a global monitoring system to detect and counter the political effects of such alleged bias.

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Facebook and Twitter Could Face Fines in Germany Over Hate Speech Posts (New York Times)

Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to curb hate speech on their platforms and could face fines of up to $53 million if they do not strengthen their efforts to delete illegal posts, a German government minister said on Tuesday.

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14 March 2017

How the internet found a better way than illegible squiggles to prove you're not a robot (The Guardian)

The experience of squinting at distorted text, puzzling over small images, or even simply clicking on a checkbox to prove you aren’t a robot could soon be over, if a new Google service takes off.

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12 March 2017

World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news (BBC News)

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.

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The Googler known as the 'father of the internet' defends an institution that's at risk under the Trump administration (Business Insider)

President Donald Trump's new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, has wasted no time in setting an agenda that could wind down the open internet as we know it.

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09 March 2017

Fee Increases For New gTLDs Need Not Have Detrimental Impacts, Although Plenty Face Uncertain Future

The recent news broke by Domain Incite that Uniregistry will “massively increase the price of some of its under-performing new gTLDs in an effort to keep them afloat” is surely an overreaction.

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With Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How to Protect Your Devices (New York Times)

WikiLeaks this week published a trove of documents that appears to detail how the Central Intelligence Agency successfully hacked a wide variety of tech products, including iPhones, Android devices, Wi-Fi routers and Samsung televisions.

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08 March 2017

WikiLeaks publishes 'biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents' (The Guardian)

The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeaks published what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices.

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07 March 2017

auDA Announces Next Steps For Introduction of Second Level Registrations

A recent auDA Names Policy Panel, of which your contributor was a member, recommended that second level registrations be introduced into .au. The recommendation was accepted by the board and now auDA have announced the next steps for their introduction. The changes have been given added impetus following the introduction of second level registrations in .nz (New Zealand) and .uk (United Kingdom).

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Spam email operator's faulty backup leaks 1.37bn addresses (The Guardian)

One of the largest spam operations in the world has exposed its entire operation to the public, leaking its database of 1.37bn email addresses thanks to a faulty backup.

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06 March 2017

Typo blamed for Amazon's internet-crippling outage (The Guardian)

Amazon has blamed the outage of its S3 web service, which took down many different sites, services and devices across the internet, on a typo.

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05 March 2017

Chinese official calls for easing of internet censorship (The Guardian)

China’s sprawling internet censorship regime is harming the country’s economic and scientific progress, a senior official has said in a rare public rebuke of longstanding Communist party policy.

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How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide (New York Times)

Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been banned.

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04 March 2017

The FCC Helped Make the Internet Great: Now, It's Walking Away (Wharton School)

In this opinion piece, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics Kevin Werbach looks at how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be impacted by the Trump administration — and what that means for internet regulation. Werbach served as co-lead of the FCC review for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, and an outside advisor on technology and innovation policy to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

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