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20 March 2019

Vladimir Putin signs sweeping Internet-censorship bills (ars technica)

President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on the Russian Internet Monday, signing two censorship bills into law. One bans "fake news" while the other makes it illegal to insult public officials.

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Fewer than 200 people watched the New Zealand massacre live. A hateful group helped it reach millions (Washington Post)

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after a user first reported it as troubling, 29 minutes after the stream began.

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19 March 2019

Another Year, Another WIPO Announcement of Record Cybersquatting Claims But Disputed Domain Names Plummet

Another year has passed since the last WIPO news release of claims of a record year of cybersquatting cases. Which is true in a way, but, as WIPO adds more TLDs most years for which it arbitrates cybersquatting disputes the number of domain names registered around the grows every year (up 3.7% in 2018 according to the latest CENTRstats). And even while cases were up, the number of domain names disputed has plummeted to 5,655 from 6,370.

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Domain-based Digital Identity ID4me And DENIC ID Launching at CloudFest 2019

Several domain name registries are looking to grow their markets and find new uses for domain names amid what is for many a market that hasn’t grown significantly in many ccTLDs in recent years as markets approach saturation. One such registry is DENIC, the German (.de) country code top level domain manager, who is one of the developers of ID4me, and their own DENIC ID which is based on ID4me. Both are to be launched at CloudFest next week in Rust, Germany.

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Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand ISPs/Australian telcos block websites with footage of attack (Reseller News)

New Zealand internet service providers are working together to block any websites with footage of the Christchurch massacre.

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Tech giants will have to be regulated in future: EU's Timmermans (Reuters)

The European Union and authorities around the world will have to regulate big technology and social media companies at some stage to protect citizens, the deputy head of the European Commission said on Monday.

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Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, British MPs say (The Guardian)

Social media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.

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How social media's business model helped the New Zealand massacre go viral (Washington Post)

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday’s slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph — however appalling — of human ingenuity over computerized systems designed to block troubling images of violence and hate.

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17 March 2019

Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage (BBC News)

A gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. As he did so, he filmed the entire crime and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.

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16 March 2019

Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is a Reminder of the Internet's Fragility (New York Times)

Facebook said on Thursday that it had repaired a technical error that led to long lapses in service at its various properties, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

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A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet (New York Times)

Before entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of one of the deadliest mass murders in the country’s history, a gunman paused to endorse a YouTube star in a video that appeared to capture the shooting.

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The New Zealand shooting shows how YouTube and Facebook spread hate and violent images - yet again (Washington Post)

Friday’s slaughter in two New Zealand mosques played out as a dystopian reality show delivered by some of America’s biggest technology companies. YouTube, Facebook, Reddit and Twitter all had roles in publicizing the violence and, by extension, the hate-filled ideology behind it.

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Domain Growth Slows To Lowest Ever Recorded: CENTR

There are around 348 million domain names under management around the world and in the year to the end of January 2019, growth slowed to its lowest ever year-on-year rate of 3.7% according to the latest CENTRstats report.

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15 March 2019

ICANN Approves Auction of O.COM, But Verisign Will Only Get Registry Fee

The ICANN Board approved Verisign’s request to release the domain name via an auction at ICANN 64 held in Kobe, Japan, last week, but on the condition that the .com and .net registry is only able to recoup the standard registry fee (currently $7.85), with the remaining proceeds going to charitable cause. The release could prove to be a precedent for releasing the remaining 22 single character .com domains.

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14 March 2019

There are now four competing visions of the internet. How should they be governed? (World Economic Forum)

On the fringe of the 2019 World Economic Forum gathering at Davos, trade ministers from 75 members of the World Trade Organisation, between them responsible for 90% of global trade, issued a joint statement on the governance of electronic commerce. The Americans were with them in spirit, although (thanks to a government shutdown) they didn’t turn up.

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Facebook's Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation (New York Times)

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.

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Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the world wide web: 'We can get the web we want' (The Guardian)

Thirty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee, then a fellow at the physics research laboratory Cern on the French-Swiss border, sent his boss a document labelled Information Management: A Proposal. The memo suggested a system with which physicists at the centre could share “general information about accelerators and experiments”.

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UK Chancellor to make fresh attempt to curb power of tech giants (The Guardian)

A fresh bid to curb the market power of US tech giants will be signalled by Philip Hammond on Wednesday when he welcomes the findings of an independent review calling for government action to ensure companies including Google, Facebook and Apple face stiffer competition.

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Neustar Wins Awards For Marketing .CO To Australians

Neustar has won 2 awards for a marketing campaign they ran in Australia to promote .co at the Summit International Awards – a ‘Platinum’ prize in Marketing Effectiveness and an ‘Innovator’ prize in the Emerging Media Award.

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12 March 2019

Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future' (BBC News)

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC.

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Russians protest against online 'iron curtain' controls as Vladimir Putin considers tougher internet restrictions (ABC News)

Russian internet users and the media have warned of a new online "iron curtain" brought about by tough new controls critics say will stifle dissent.

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How the Internet Travels Across Oceans (New York Times)

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data zips from New York to Sydney, from Hong Kong to London, in the time it takes you to read this word.

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10 March 2019

How TikTok Is Rewriting the World: TikTok will change the way your social media works - even if you're avoiding it. (New York Times)

Hello, person who is, statistically speaking, a human adult aged approximately “millennial” to “boomer.” The analytics suggest a high likelihood that you’re aware there is an app named TikTok, and a similarly high likelihood that you’re not totally sure what it’s all about. Maybe you asked someone younger in your life, and they tried to explain and possibly failed. Or maybe you’ve heard that this new, extraordinarily popular video app is “a refreshing outlier in the social media universe” that’s “genuinely fun to use.” Maybe you even tried it, but bounced straight out, confused and sapped.

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Mobile Connectivity in Emerging Economies (Pew Research Centre)

Publics see mobile phones and social media bringing certain benefits to them and their societies. But these views are paired with widespread concerns about their impact on children

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Elizabeth Warren Proposes Breaking Up Tech Giants Like Amazon and Facebook (New York Times)

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is bidding to be the policy pacesetter in the Democratic presidential primary, championed another expansive idea on Friday evening in front of a crowd of thousands in Queens: a regulatory plan aimed at breaking up some of America’s largest tech companies, including Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook.

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