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16 May 2018
Europe's Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess (New York Times)
There is a growing realization that our data is under attack. From breaches at Equifax to Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of the profile information of more than 87 million Facebook users, it seems as if none of our personal data is safe. And more and more about us is being captured, stored and processed by smart devices like thermostats, baby monitors, WiFi-connected streetlights and traffic sensors.
As Europe implements a sweeping new data privacy law, Ireland is in the middle of a standoff between regulators and tech companies.
15 May 2018
Growing number of children groomed to film own sexual abuse (The Guardian)
Children are being coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse from their own homes, researchers have found.
Stay safe online: a guide for parents and children by Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet International (Internet Watch Foundation)
The release of the Internet Watch Foundation’s new online live-streaming research, titled Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse may have concerned some parents.
The UN body focussing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime.
14 May 2018
The German ccTLD registry DENIC is to split its non-member business areas from its core business of running the .de registry, the organisation announced last Friday. The change is happening because its non-member complementary business does not comply with its statutory Cooperative assignment - the management and operation of the .de TLD.
Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can't. (New York Times)
Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant.
And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet (New York Times)
For years, Ev Williams was saddled with doubts. As a co-founder of Blogger and Twitter and, more recently, as the chief executive of the digital publishing platform Medium, Mr. Williams transformed the way millions of people publish and consume information online.
11 May 2018
Globally ccTLDs make up 44% of all domain names under management, a figure that has changed little in recent years, but within Europe the figure is 59% according to the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q1/2018 published Friday. The difference would largely be explained by .com’s dominance in the United States.
10 May 2018
[update: .app registrations have surged past 168,000 according to the latest nTLDstats figures] Google’s .app has caught the imagination of registrants with close to 125,000 registrations after 2 days of general availability. It is likely it already had the largest number of registrations prior to GA, around 17,000, and it’s initial GA launch is likely the largest of any of the new gTLDs.
Today, the World Wide Web turns 29. This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross the tipping point when more than half of the world’s population will be online.
09 May 2018
EU's GDPR has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web. There’s one problem: many of the regulators who will police it say they aren’t ready yet.
From 'pretty please' mode to Digital Wellbeing, Google unveils tech with a responsible message (Washington Post)
Google’s annual developer conference is normally a relentlessly positive cheerleading session to excite developers to create products for the company and its Android operating system. But this year, there is a hint of a more serious tone as the company discusses creating technology that is not simply innovative, but responsible.
08 May 2018
Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn.
Even Privacy Advocates Are Tracking You Online (Bloomberg)
The primary purpose of Californians for Consumer Privacy, an advocacy group formed by San Francisco real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart, is to push for a ballot initiative adding restrictions on companies that profit from the collection of personal data. Last week, it gave state officials a petition with over 600,000 signatures, which should be enough to get it in front of voters in November.
Microsoft Tries a New Role: Moral Leader (New York Times)
Facebook and Google are under the microscope for the ways their technologies can spread misinformation, while Amazon’s growing market power is a regular target of President Trump. And Apple pioneered the modern smartphone, a device increasingly seen as too addicting.
At Google, 'responsibility' upstages new technology (Washington Post)
Google on Tuesday plans to wade into the debate over whether technology - and the time spent on devices - is harmful to people’s health, criticism that it has dodged more than Apple and Facebook.
07 May 2018
What Europe's Tough New Data Law Means for You, and the Internet (New York Times)
In a couple of weeks, Europe will introduce some of the toughest online privacy rules in the world. The changes are aimed at giving internet users more control over what’s collected and shared about them, and they punish companies that don’t comply.
06 May 2018
Who Strikes Fear Into Silicon Valley? Margrethe Vestager, Europe's Antitrust Enforcer (New York Times)
At first blush, Margrethe Vestager’s decision to investigate Apple’s planned acquisition of the music-identification app Shazam seems fairly minor, at least by her standards. As Europe’s competition commissioner, Ms. Vestager is known for aggressively pursuing big cases against Silicon Valley giants, and the Shazam deal is a smallish one, by most estimates valued at far less than $1 billion.
04 May 2018
Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan told Facebook Inc on Thursday that it should consider establishing a special team to respond more quickly to threats of sectarian violence in countries such as Myanmar that are at high risk.
Twitter has warned its 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal network.
03 May 2018
DDoS Attacks Increase in Volume and Duration in Q1 2018 (Security Intelligence)
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack events are on the rise in the first quarter of 2018. That’s the word from a recent Kaspersky Lab study, which found “a significant increase in both the total number and duration of DDoS attacks against Q4 2017.”
02 May 2018
Google’s .app new gTLD is readying itself for General Availability next week as it goes through an Early Access Program that started Monday. The .app TLD has been specifically for apps and app developers, with added security to help showcase apps to the world – it’s the first TLD to have enforced HTTPS.
Mark Zuckerberg Has a Message: Facebook Will Keep Building (New York Times)
Mark Zuckerberg has faced scandal after scandal in recent months. On Tuesday, he indicated he was ready to move on and continue Facebook’s march of taking over people’s online lives.