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10 May 2017

China to further tighten its internet controls (Reuters)

China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge on Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

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EU to tackle complaints over unfair trading practices by tech companies (Reuters)

The European Union executive is planning a law to target unfair practices by leading online players such as Apple and Google that smaller European competitors say is an abuse of their market positions.

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How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful (New York Times)

Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few clicks.’s method of instant unsubscribing from newsletters and junk mail was “trusted by millions of happy users,” the site said, among them the “Scandal” actor Joshua Malina, who tweeted in 2014: “Your inbox will sing!” Plus, it was free. When a privacy policy popped up, I swatted away the legalese and tapped “continue.”

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Australian Computer Society launches 'cyber guide' to help businesses tackle the $US500B global cybersecurity threat (Australian Computer Society)

The ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, has launched Cybersecurity: Threats, Challenges, Opportunities – a strategic guide to assist Australian businesses to understand and combat Australia's biggest economic threat – cybercrime.

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09 May 2017

FCC says it was victim of cyberattack after John Oliver show (The Hill)

The Federal Communications Commission is claiming its website was hit by a cyberattack late Sunday night.

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What can the UN do if your country cuts the internet? (Al Jazeera)

It has been almost a year since internet access was declared a human right, yet infringements continue.

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Sexting to blame for nearly 1,500 Australian children convicted for child exploitation (The Guardian)

Nearly 1,500 children have been found guilty of child exploitation material offences in Queensland in the past decade, prompting police to create guidelines on how to handle teenagers’ sexting.

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Facebook must delete hate postings, Austria court rules (BBC News)

A court in Austria has ordered that Facebook must remove postings seen as hate speech, in a ruling that is set to have international implications.

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Mapping the Digital Frontiers of Trade and Intellectual Property (Global Commission on Internet Governance)

One of the most powerful and consequential intersections between the multi-trillion-dollar digital economy and Internet governance revolves around intellectual property (IP). The digitization of major industries — music, movies, games, journalism — has created unprecedented IP challenges. It is technologically simple, and cheap, to copy and distribute products that used to necessitate the purchase of a physical medium. The Internet is also used to sell counterfeit products, creating new challenges for patent and trademark holders.

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Will .TOP Usurp .XYZ As Largest New gTLD As Total New gTLD Registrations Drop 1.6 Million in 3 Weeks

They gained 3.2 million registrations in a few days, jumping from 2.893 million registrations on 30 May 2016 to 6.122 million on 3 June on the back of a discounted promotion, but is the .xyz new gTLD now paying the price as those domain names come up for renewal?

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08 May 2017

One in five has experienced image based abuse, Australian research finds (ABC News)

Has someone shared a naked selfie of you without your permission? If you answered yes to that question, then you're not alone.

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Foxtel launches new round of piracy site blocking applications in Australian Federal Court (ABC News)

Foxtel has launched another case in the Federal Court to have the piracy streaming websites Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series and Project Free TV blocked in Australia.

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07 May 2017

Cyber-insecurity is a gift for hackers, but it's our own governments that create it by Evgeny Morozov (The Observer)

The political legitimacy of democratic capitalism, that unlikely political formation that has brought us the end of history and now presents itself as the only bulwark against rightwing extremism, rests on a clear distribution of functions between governments and corporations. The former take on the role of regulating the latter in order to protect the customers from the occasional harmful effects of the otherwise beneficial business activity.

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06 May 2017

Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities (New York Times)

Uber is the subject of a United States Department of Justice inquiry over a program that it used to deceive regulators who were trying to shut down its ride-hailing service.

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Pew study experts: Artificial intelligence threatens the future of capitalism (VentureBeat)

A Pew Research Foundation study examining the future of work and job training found a belief among some experts that artificial intelligence and automation threaten not just millions of jobs, but also the future of capitalism.

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05 May 2017

How to Protect Your Privacy as More Apps Harvest Your Data (New York Times)

In the real world, your personal life is a private space. But in tech, your personal data is a ripe resource for businesses to harvest in their own interests.

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In French Elections, Alt-Right Messages and Memes Don't Translate (New York Times)

The digital call to arms came shortly after the first round of the French presidential election.

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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads (Bloomberg)

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he’d decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company. “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” he said. “That sucks.”

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auDA Consults On Registry Role After Decision Made As Accountability and Transparency Questions Linger

The .au policy and regulatory body announced Friday it would be undertaking a consultation process headed by Dr Bruce Tonkin who has joined auDA as the Registry Transformation Project Lead. However the consultation process goes against previous recommendations from industry groups that it should operate the registry itself. Further, auDA’s constitution says Advisory Panels will be used to develop policy recommendations, but the decision to operate the registry has come about before any consultation.

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04 May 2017

List of top 50 websites visited by Australians shows they want 'shorter, not longer' (ABC News)

What sites do you visit regularly? A new list shows Australians are keen for a bargain, have an unsurprising interest in real estate, and mainly find their news on social media.

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Facebook Scrambles to Police Content Amid Rapid Growth; Hires 3,000 Moderators (New York Times)

As a business, Facebook is more successful than ever. On Wednesday afternoon, it reported another quarter of huge growth, with nearly 2 billion people actively using the service and revenue up 49 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago.

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Facebook nears two billion monthly users (BBC News)

Facebook's profits have jumped in the first three months of the year, as the social network closes in on two billion users, according to its latest results.

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China announces tighter regulations for online news (BBC News)

The Chinese government has issued new regulations tightening its control over online news content.

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03 May 2017

DDoS Attacks Can Cost Businesses Up to $2.5M Per Attack, Report Says (Threat Post)

The time to respond and mitigate DDoS attacks can be costly for companies, and some businesses can lose roughly $2.5 million on average per attack, a research report released today said.

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The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics (The Atlantic)

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible. Not who actually coded the malware, or who unleashed it on an essential piece of the internet’s infrastructure—instead, I wanted to know if anybody could be held legally responsible. Could the unsecure devices’ manufacturers be liable for the damage their products?

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