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31 August 2017

Internet Behaviors and Attitudes Project (Internet Innovation Alliance)

In June of 2017, IIA commissioned CivicScience to conduct an objective, large-scale study of U.S. consumers and their online behaviors, means of Internet and email access, and Internet service expectations.

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The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera (New York Times)

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

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Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses (BBC News)

A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses.

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Groups rush to file last minute net neutrality comments (The Hill)

Trade associations, advocacy groups and corporations all rushed to make their voices heard on the last day to file comments on net neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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Restoring Internet Freedom - IIA Reply Comments to the FCC (Internet Innovation Alliance)

New IIA National Survey Reaffirms FCC Assumptions on Consumer Internet Use that Support Restoration of Broadband Classification as an Information Service. National survey by nonpartisan pollster confirms consumers’ actual use of the internet, supports why broadband access should not be classified as a Title II service.

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30 August 2017

Unsurprisingly, Only a Few Actually Know Much About the Internet

There’s an important need for widespread internet education among internet users of all ages and backgrounds following the findings of a survey to test U.S. consumer knowledge and awareness of the internet by the Public Internet Registry, operator of .org among other gTLDs.

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Alphabet's Google acts to comply with EU antitrust order (Reuters)

Google has submitted details of how it plans to stop favouring its shopping service to comply with a European Union antitrust order, EU regulators said on Tuesday.

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'Cortana, Open Alexa,' Amazon Says. And Microsoft Agrees. (New York Times)

In an unusual partnership, Amazon and Microsoft are working together to extend the abilities of their voice-controlled digital assistants.

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29 August 2017

SWITCH Deletes 5,000 Online Shops in .CH

If the price is too good to be true, well, it’s almost certain the be a fraud. But there are plenty of online shoppers who are only too willing to let the temptation of a bargain tempt them. And they often end up with counterfeit goods. And it’s a problem that many TLD managers take seriously. After all, they have a reputation to protect, for themselves and their customers with legitimate businesses using their domain names.

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End the policy pingpong, cement net neutrality into US law (The Hill)

Like any reality show that hinges on ginning up new drama for its captivated viewers, the debate over net neutrality, now more than a decade old, is fueled by manufactured conflict.

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Google error disrupts corporate Japan's web traffic (BBC News)

Google has admitted that wide-spread connectivity issues in Japan were the result of a mistake by the tech giant.

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25 August 2017

Jon Snow: Facebook a threat to democracy (BBC News)

Facebook should do more to tackle the spread of "cancerous" fake news, and help fund original journalism, newsreader Jon Snow has said.

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Google Begins Biggest Crackdown on Extremist YouTube Videos (Bloomberg)

Starting on Thursday, Google will police YouTube like it never has before, adding warnings and disabling advertising on videos that the company determines crosses its new threshold for offensive content.

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Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn't prepared for its effect on my kids. (Washington Post)

When my youngest child was born in 2002, the flip phone was still the coolest piece of tech you could get. Now I’m told that all three of my children are part of what demographers are calling iGen.

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24 August 2017

Blockchains - Disruption and the Future of the Legal Profession (Microsoft)

Blockchain technology has been utilised for almost a decade and has propelled the cryptocurrency Bitcoin into ubiquity after its creation in 2008. However, even after all this time, we have barely scratched the surface of what blockchain technology is capable of bringing to the digital age. The colossal success of Bitcoin has led to a technological race to find the most lucrative and efficient ways of utilising blockchain technology in various industries. The legal profession is perfectly poised to reap the benefits of blockchain both as an integrator and as an advisor on the murky legal issues that will no doubt arise.

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The dilemma of the dark web: protecting neo-Nazis and dissidents alike (The Guardian)

The neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer finally crossed a line following the killing of a civil rights activist at a white supremacist rally it helped organise in Charlottesville, Virginia: a blogpost attacking victim Heather Heyer lead to it being chased from the web, first by technology companies who steadily refused to provide service, then by hackers who tried to crash the site.

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.TOP Is Now The Tops Among New gTLDs

The .top new gTLD has for the first time become the largest of all new gTLDs by registration numbers following a huge loss of registration numbers by .xyz, with 1.4 million not renewed on 23 August alone, according to The latest figures have .top at 3.277 million with .xyz at 3.063 million.

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23 August 2017

ccTLDs Show Slight Growth As New and Legacy gTLDs Decline: CENTR DomainWire

The global market share for ccTLDs has shown a slight growth in the second quarter of 2017, while legacy and new gTLDs have dropped back, largely due to declines in domains under management for .net, .org and .xyz, according to the latest CENTR DomainWire report.

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Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency (New York Times)

Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.

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UK considers internet ombudsman to deal with abuse complaints (The Guardian)

Ministers in the UK are considering creating an internet ombudsman to deal with complaints about hate crimes and are pressing ahead with proposals for a levy on social media companies to help pay for the policing of online offences.

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Australia's NBN rollout has failed. Here's how we fix it (ABC News)

Telecommunications infrastructure — or the internet — is the backbone of the knowledge economy and critical to shaping smart cities.

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Blake Irving To Retire As GoDaddy CEO With Scott Wagner to Succeed

It’s the world’s largest domain name registrar and cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. It has nearly 17 million customers worldwide, over 71 million domain names under management and over 6,000 employees around the world. And it’s CEO of the last 4.5 years, Blake Irving, has announced he will be stepping down and retiring at the end of 2017, days short of what would have been his fifth anniversary.

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22 August 2017

The Guardian view on censoring the internet: necessary, but not easy: Editorial (The Guardian)

Among the more absurd things ever said about the internet was that the network “interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it”. The epigram was half true, but the half that was false gets more important every year.

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To Sue Founder of Daily Stormer, a Neo-Nazi Site, First He Must Be Found (New York Times)

For the past five months, a group of litigants has been trying to hold Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, to account for some of his actions. It has not been easy.

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How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature (New York Times)

White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began. The ‘‘Unite the Right’’ Facebook page, which had been used to organize the rally in Charlottesville, was removed the day before the event was scheduled, forcing planners to disperse to other platforms to organize. And then, in the hours and days after a participant drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others, internet companies undertook a collective purge.

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