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01 January 2018

.NZ Registrations Grow Almost 7% In 12 Months As InternetNZ Stalwarts Say Adieu

Registrations of .nz domain names grew by 6.91%, or 33,657, to 702,311 in the 12 months to the end of November according to the final Domain Name Commission’s .NZ Newsletter for 2017. And following a restructure of the organisation where Jordan Carter was appointed InternetNZ Group Chief Executive, it also marks a farewell from longstanding employees, Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan and Jay Daley, New Zealand Registry Services Chief Executive, who both depart on 12 January.

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31 December 2017

What Happens When the Richest U.S. Cities Turn to the World? As the economy has changed, so have the relationships between places, to the disadvantage of smaller cities and rural areas. (New York Times)

... The companies that now drive the Bay Area’s soaring wealth — and that represent part of the American economy that’s booming — don’t need these communities in the same way. Google’s digital products don’t have a physical supply chain. Facebook doesn’t have dispersed manufacturers. Apple, which does make tangible things, now primarily makes them overseas.

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Internet and phone services cut in Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of anti-government protests (The Observer)

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

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More trouble for the 'Nigerian prince': Louisiana police say they caught scam's middle man. (Washington Post)

Most people with an email address have likely heard of or been targeted by this scam or some variations of it. A person claiming to be a Nigerian prince tells you that you’re the beneficiary in someone’s will.

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30 December 2017

Estimated 20,000 British men interested in sexually abusing children (The Guardian)

The police chief in charge of child protection says tens of thousands of British men have shown an interest in sexually abusing children.

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How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches (New York Times)

Groups that reject established climate science can use the search engine’s advertising business to their advantage, gaming the system to find a mass platform for false or misleading claims.

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29 December 2017

How Big Tech Is Going After Your Health Care (New York Times)

... Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants have transformed the way billions of us communicate, shop, socialize and work. Now, as consumers, medical centers and insurers increasingly embrace health-tracking apps, tech companies want a bigger share of the more than $3 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States, too. The Apple Heart Study reflects that intensified effort.

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New Facebook tool tells users if they've liked or followed Russia's 'troll army' (The Guardian)

Facebook has launched a new tool to allow users to see if they’ve liked or followed Russian propaganda accounts, though the feature probably won’t reach many of the millions of people exposed to fake news during US and UK elections.

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Obama warns against irresponsible social media use (BBC News)

Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January.

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Facebook and Twitter threatened with sanctions in UK 'fake news' inquiry (The Guardian)

Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions if they continue to stonewall parliament over Russian interference in the EU referendum, the chair of a Commons inquiry has said.

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27 December 2017

Australia's digital agriculture dream stymied as government scrimps on broadband (Reuters)

Gooda Creek Farm, located just outside Australia’s capital city of Canberra, exemplifies the country’s agricultural ambitions - a boutique producer that sells more than 2,000 kilograms a week of highly sought shiitake mushrooms to domestic and Asian consumers.

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Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It's making NATO nervous. (Washington Post)

Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials.

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China closes more than 13,000 websites in past three years (Reuters)

China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

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Bitcoin is a bubble, but the technology behind it could transform the world (The Observer)

Humanity’s earliest, truly transformative general purpose technologies were the ability to cross-fertilise plants and cross-breed animals. Suddenly, it made more sense to farm than to hunt and gather. The surge in agricultural output meant humans could do other things than worry about survival; they could live in cities. Human civilisation began.

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Bitcoin's boom is a boon for extremist groups (Washington Post)

After Charlottesville’s bloody Unite the Right rally in August, technology companies tightened rules against hate speech and banned many extremists from using Web hosting services, social media platforms and online payment systems.

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YouTube a shop window for child abuse videos (The Times)

Child predators are using YouTube as a “shop window” to showcase abused children before exchanging explicit footage and images with paedophiles around the world.

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22 December 2017

Crooks Switch from Ransomware to Cryptocurrency Mining (Threat Post)

Criminals behind the VenusLocker ransomware have switched to cryptocurrency mining in their latest campaign targeting computer users in South Korea. Instead of attempting to infect targeted computers with ransomware, the group is now trying to install malware on PCs that mines for Monero, an open-source cryptocurrency.

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Online, but can't ditch paper? You may be future-proofing yourself (Reuters)

You’re on the web, you’re in the cloud. But don’t neglect good old-fashioned paper. That’s the advice from internet pioneer Vint Cerf, who is afraid that all our digital memories could be lost as technology moves on.

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21 December 2017

What To Do When There Are Problems Transferring Domain Names

Transferring a domain name from one registrar to another should be a relatively straightforward procedure. But there will be times when it doesn’t happen which could be because of a dispute, court order or even a 60-Day Change of Registrant lock. There could even be issues with the terms and conditions from the existing registrar.

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ICANN Facing Budget Cuts as Expected Income Doesn't Materialise

Lower than expected domain name registrations are forcing ICANN to make significant budgetary cuts, CEO and President Göran Marby explained in his recent post on the ICANN Blog. In the first quarter of 2018 ICANN’s income was $1 million lower than expected and income for the year is expected to remain flat compared to 2017. Marby says ICANN is forecasting lower funding for 2019 compared to the approved 2018 budget.

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U.N. freedom of speech expert concerned about net neutrality (Reuters)

The U.N.’s freedom of speech expert said on Wednesday he was concerned about the ramifications of a decision in the United States to roll back net neutrality, since it could lead to small and independent voices being drowned out on the web.

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The future of connectivity: Enabling the Internet of Things (McKinsey)

With new connectivity technologies unlocking opportunities along the IoT value chain, companies must create detailed plans to harness their potential.

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20 December 2017

High-speed broadband to be legal right for UK homes and businesses (The Guardian)

British homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has announced, dismissing calls from the network provider BT that it should be a voluntary rather than legal obligation on providers.

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Uber Is a Taxi Service, the E.C.J. Says, in Major Setback to Firm (New York Times)

Uber lost a major legal battle on Wednesday when the European Union’s highest court declared that the ride-hailing app must comply with tough rules governing traditional taxi associations, a significant setback for a company already grappling with a string of scandals.

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Google's most searched health-related questions in 2017 (The Independent)

Once upon a time, your first port of call for health-related queries would’ve been a doting family member, or a wise old friend.

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