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29 July 2014
The Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union have issued a sharp rebuke of large-scale surveillance programs carried out by the United States government, saying in a joint report that such practices are hindering journalists.
The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally.
If there's a depressing slogan for the early era of the commercial internet, it's this: "Privacy is dead - get over it."
Mandatory Australian data retention is a rort (Business Spectator)
Federal Attorney-General George Brandis is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos would be forced to keep information (metadata) about customers' phone and online activities for up to two years, for access by law enforcement agencies.
Chinese regulators target Microsoft, over possible antitrust concerns (Washington Post)
Chinese regulators have visited several Microsoft offices in China, in relation to an apparent antitrust investigation.
Australian efforts against the trade in online child sexual abuse material have been significantly strengthened with the finalisation of formal agreements between the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the police forces of Queensland and Victoria.
28 July 2014
As the close of the priority phase draws near, the most popular .london domains applied for have been announced.
5G in London by 2020, pledges Mayor Johnson (Daily Telegraph [UK])
Smartphone owners will be able to download films to their mobiles in less than a second by 2020 as part of a roll-out that will start in London, Boris Johnson will pledge this week.
Online privacy and law enforcement: Why Microsoft is resisting an official demand to hand over data (The Economist)
Lawyers for Microsoft and the American government are due to face each other in a court in New York on July 31st. The two sides have been arguing for months about a warrant, served on Microsoft in December, which requires the company to hand over e-mails stored at data centres in Ireland. Microsoft has already challenged the warrant once, but the judge who issued it upheld it.
Russia's interior ministry has offered up to 3.9m roubles (£65,000) for research on identifying the users of the anonymous browsing network Tor, raising questions of online freedom amid a broader crackdown on the Russian internet.
Google already has vast troves of data -- from consumer habits, to Streetview maps, to music preferences, and of course an elaborate search engine -- and proven adept at not only storing and sifting through it, but putting that data to work.
Australian internet surveillance scheme costs could soar (Australian Financial Review)
The potential cost to consumers of implementing the government's proposed new internet surveillance system is soaring, as a leading provider warns it could stretch to over $100 million.
Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".
27 July 2014
Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords - Cambridge scientist plans to develop device that would store electronic details and keep them secure (The Observer)
You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure.
26 Questions EU Regulators Want Google to Answer (Wall Street Journal)
European Union privacy watchdogs grilled Google Inc. and other search engines for two hours on Thursday on how they are implementing the bloc's new "right to be forgotten" online-and then gave them homework to do by next week, too.
European regulators have not yet decided whether to try to force search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" in the region.
How spy agencies keep their 'toys' from law enforcement (Washington Post)
A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at his trial.
Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement (Washington Post)
Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities say they are increasingly struggling to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant messaging and other online communications that lack the technical means to be intercepted.
Twitch: what is it, and why has Google bought it for $1bn? (The Guardian)
Google has reportedly closed a $1bn deal to acquire gaming video streaming site Twitch.
Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is vital that all data on the network should be treated equally by ISPs, and why it is essential that those who provide the pipes connecting us to the network should have no influence on the content that flows through those pipes.
26 July 2014
Internet search engines such as Google should not be left in charge of "censoring history", the Wikipedia founder has said, after the US firm revealed it had approved half of more than 90,000 "right to be forgotten" requests.
One of Australia's key laws governing surveillance - the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) (TIA) Act of 1979 - is desperately in need of an overhaul. It's a dinosaur from the days of the fixed line telephone and the fax machine.
Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.
25 July 2014
Father of the internet Vint Cerf narrates this video on one of his three "kids", the internet. The video gives a history of internet governance, starting with the work Cerf and Bob Kahn did when it was a small Defence Department project and that Jon Postel managed the directory that translated names and IP numbers.
Registrations of new .com and .net domain names increased by 420,000 net during the second quarter, meaning there were 128.9 million active domain names across both TLDs, an increase of 3.7 percent, Verisign Registry Services reported in their results for the second quarter of 2014. This compares to a 4.9 percent increase for the same period 12 months ago.