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09 January 2017

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’ (The Observer)

Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University. His specialities include competition, copyright and telecommunications law. So far, so conventional. But Wu is an unconventional academic. For one thing, he ran for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governorship of New York (and won 40% of the popular vote, though not the primary election). For another, he served for a time in the office of New York's attorney general, specialising in issues involving technology, consumer protection and ensuring fair competition among online companies. "If I have a life mission," he said once, "it is to fight bullies. I like standing up for the little guy and I think that's what the state attorney general's office does."

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France thwarts 24,000 cyber-attacks against defence targets (BBC News)

France says it was the subject of 24,000 cyber-attacks against defence targets last year.

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Russia Requires Apple and Google to Remove LinkedIn From Local App Stores (New York Times)

Smartphone users in Russia can no longer download the LinkedIn app on iPhone or Android devices, following a similar move in China to block The New York Times app on iPhones.

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08 January 2017

Indonesia blocks 800,000 websites (Jakarta Post)

The Indonesian government has blocked 800,000 websites as of December last year, mostly websites containing pornographic material or gambling sites, an official said on Saturday.

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Moral panic over fake news hides the real enemy – the digital giants by Evgeny Morozov (The Observer)

Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian referendum.

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05 January 2017

It's begun: Internet providers are pushing to repeal Obama-era privacy rules (Washington Post)

Some of the nation's biggest Internet providers are asking the government to roll back a landmark set of privacy regulations it approved last fall -- kicking off an effort by the industry and its allies to dismantle key Internet policies of the Obama years.

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Alibaba cracks down on counterfeiters on their platform (BBC News)

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has sued two vendors for selling counterfeit goods, weeks after being blacklisted by a US industry watchdog.

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Australia's data retention laws: Experts warn against opening up metadata to civil cases as telcos renew bid to change laws (ABC News)

Private phone and internet metadata collected under the Government's data retention scheme could be used in divorce cases or to combat internet piracy, law experts have warned, as the telecommunications industry launches a fresh push to change the laws.

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Children in England sign over digital rights 'regularly and unknowingly' (The Guardian)

Children are being left to fend for themselves in the digital world, regularly signing over rights to their private messages and pictures unknowingly and with scant advice from parents or schools, according to England's children's commissioner.

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Michele Neylon Appointed Chair Elect Of i2Coalition

Blacknight CEO and domain name industry stalwart Michele Neylon has been appointed Chair Elect of the i2Coalition Board of Directors. Neylon's position as Chair Elect became effective on 1 January and he will assume his role as Chair in January 2018. Until that time, Neylon will work with the current Board Chair David Snead.

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Tech Giants Seem Invincible. That Worries Lawmakers. (New York Times)

In the technology industry, the sharks have never long been safe from the minnows. Over much of the last 40 years, the biggest players in tech -- from IBM to Hewlett-Packard to Cisco to Yahoo -- were eventually outmaneuvered by start-ups that came out of nowhere.

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04 January 2017

ICANN Warns Against Scam Emails Purporting To Represent Them

ICANN is warning of fraudulent phishing emails where criminals use ICANN's branding and logos, or those of a registry or registrar or other business partner.

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03 January 2017

France Lets Workers Turn Off, Tune Out and Live Life (New York Times)

If the world does not envy the French enough already for their generous vacations, universal health care and fine food and wine, the arrival of 2017 brings this: a newly created "right to disconnect."

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02 January 2017

.SHOP And .SITE Get Chinese Government Approval

Following the Chinese government approval to allow .xyz, .club and .vip domain names to be hosted in China, two more new gTLDs have gained approval - .shop and .site. Currently .site has 602,000 registrations and .shop 112,000 making then the 8th and 27th largest by registration numbers.

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Google Removed Over 900 Million ‘Pirate’ Links in 2016 (TorrentFreak)

Google removed over 900 million pirate site URLs from its search results in 2016. The staggering number is an increase of nearly 100% compared to the year before. While Google has taken some steps to make pirate sites less visible, it continues to disagree with rightsholders on how to move forward.

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What U.S. Tech Giants Face in Europe in 2017 (New York Times)

For American tech behemoths like Google and Facebook, Europe can be both a blessing and a curse.

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Donald Trump is technology's befuddled (but dangerous) grandfather (The Guardian)

The president-elect has repeatedly proven that an understanding of the complex problems presented by technology eludes him, but that hasn't stopped him tweeting about it. The consequences could be dire

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Android everywhere: If it has a screen, it will probably run Android soon (Ars Technica)

As the most popular OS on Earth, Android finds itself on a lot of different form factors. Sure, there are smartphones in countless different flavors, and Google has expanded the OS to cover tablets, watches, and TVs. But there's way more to the Android world than that.

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01 January 2017

How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar (New York Times)

The government scouted a wide range of civilian programmers in recent years, even criminals, while expanding its cyberwarfare abilities.

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30 December 2016

Russia could disconnect itself from global Internet during a crisis, Putin adviser says (Washington Post)

An adviser to Russian president Vladimir Putin has said the country could be "disconnected" from the global Internet if needed.

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28 December 2016

Advertising's Moral Struggle: Is Online Reach Worth the Hurt? (New York Times)

Advertising on the internet has never been easier. Data and automation increasingly allow companies large and small to reach millions of people every month, and to tailor ads to specific groups based on their browsing habits or demographics.

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27 December 2016

How the internet is failing to drive economic development where promised by Nicolas Friederici, Researcher, Digital Economies, University of Oxford (The Conversation)

With almost half the world's population now online, attempts to spread the internet continue unabated. The likes of Facebook and Google offer data services for "free", while satellites, drones, and balloons are used to cover those places that traditional technologies have not been able to reach.

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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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