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31 May 2018

Papua New Guinea bans Facebook for a month to root out 'fake users' (The Guardian)

The Papua New Guinean government will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake users” and study the effects the website is having on the population.

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28 May 2018

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law (New York Times)

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry groups warn.

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Technology is driving us to distraction: Sunday essay (The Observer)

How often are you diverted from a task by the seductive lure of your mobile phone? And does it matter? In a landmark book, James Williams argues we’re losing the power to concentrate

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26 May 2018

About $1.2 billion in cryptocurrency stolen since 2017 - cybercrime group (Reuters)

Criminals have stolen about $1.2 billion in cryptocurrencies since the beginning of 2017, as bitcoin’s popularity and the emergence of more than 1,500 digital tokens have put the spotlight on the unregulated sector, according to estimates from the Anti-Phishing Working Group released on Thursday.

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Europe, not the U.S., is now the most powerful regulator of Silicon Valley (Washington Post)

Europe implemented a sweeping overhaul of digital-privacy laws on Friday that has reshaped how technology companies handle customer data, creating a de-facto global standard that gives Americans new protections and the nation’s technology companies new headaches.

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24 May 2018

Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules (Washington Post)

President Trump's decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump's effort to silence his critics is not permissible because the digital space in which he engages with constituents is a public forum.

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23 May 2018

$100,000 of grants given to Internet research in NZ (InternetNZ)

The Internet research grant recipients for 2017/18 have now been confirmed. InternetNZ is excited to support the seven successful applicants in their research.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Gets an Earful From the E.U. (New York Times)

European lawmakers barraged Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday with a litany of questions about his company’s global power, its role in elections and its misuse of user data. One even raised the prospect of breaking up the social media giant.

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U.K. vs. U.S.: How Much of Your Personal Data Can You Get? (New York Times)

The European Union will put in place one of the toughest data privacy laws in the world this week. The law, among other provisions, gives people in Europe the right to obtain the personal data that companies have on them.

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A record $340 million lost to fraud in Australia, says latest ACCC report (The Conversation)

More than A$340 million was reported lost by Australian victims of fraud schemes in 2017, up A$40 million on the previous year. So says the latest Targeting scams report released this week by the ACCC.

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21 May 2018

UK Tories will struggle to turn desire to regulate internet into policy (The Guardian)

Towards the end of the Conservatives’ 2017 general election manifesto was a largely overlooked chapter setting out the party’s stance on the future of the internet.

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20 May 2018

Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate (New York Times)

Security is tight at this brick building on the western edge of Berlin. Inside, a sign warns: “Everybody without a badge is a potential spy!”

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Fake Facebook accounts and online lies multiply in hours after Santa Fe school shooting (Washington Post)

In the first hours after the Texas school shooting that left at least 10 dead Friday, online hoaxers moved quickly to spread a viral lie, creating fake Facebook accounts with the suspected shooter's name and a doctored photo showing him wearing a "Hillary 2016" hat.

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2018 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

The 2018 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust findings show that over half of internet users surveyed around the world are more concerned about their online privacy than they were a year ago, reflecting growing concern around the world about online privacy and the power of social media platforms.

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18 May 2018

ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Specification To Comply With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Specification With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Compliance With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Compliance With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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17 May 2018

Hate speech in the age of the Internet (InternetNZ)

The first of InternetNZ’s popular Speaker Series for 2018 Hate and the Internet will open the floor for a conversation on Internet trolls and hateful comments – from race and religion, to sexual orientation, disability, and gender and our right to freedom of expression.

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US Senate Democrats Win Vote on Net Neutrality, a Centerpiece of 2018 Strategy (New York Times)

Senate Democrats narrowly won a vote on Wednesday to save so-called net neutrality rules that ensure unobstructed access to the internet.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with European regulators probing Cambridge Analytica (Washington Post)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet with key European lawmakers in a private session as soon as next week, the company said Wednesday, as Europe scrutinizes the tech giant’s privacy practices and its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

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16 May 2018

Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex and hate speech posts (Washington Post)

Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018, pledging more transparency while shielding its chief executive from new public questioning about the company’s business practices.

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Twitter banishes 'trolls' to the shadows (BBC News)

Twitter says it is taking action against "trolls" that "distort and detract from the public conversation", by making their tweets less visible.

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Australia looking into claim Google harvests data while consumers pay (Reuters)

Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphone users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed by the activity, regulators said on Tuesday.

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Popular encrypted email standards are unsafe: researchers (Reuters)

European researchers have found that the popular PGP and S/MIME email encryption standards are vulnerable to being hacked and they urge users to disable and uninstall them immediately.

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