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22 August 2014
The launch of dozens of new gTLDs has seen a range of business plans and aims. And one that is quite unique is dotHIV, which has the launch of its General Availability on Tuesday 26 August at 14:00 UTC. Every .hiv domain name registered and every .hiv website visited will see a part of the registration fee going towards raising awareness and funds for projects around the world working to prevent the transmission of HIV and end AIDS.
Some US and UK cyberspies are deliberately undermining their workmates' "dark web" surveillance efforts, according to the leading developer of software used to access hidden parts of the internet.
The case for a social media standard on sensitive content (Washington Post)
The tragic, public airing of James Foley's murder at the hands of the Islamic State is raising sensitive questions about the role that social media companies play in disseminating news online. Was Twitter right to block the gruesome video showing Foley's death? Is there a legitimate news justification for distributing the video, or is it enough simply to talk about it in the abstract?
Diaspora social network cannot stop IS posts (BBC News)
The team behind a social network being used by Islamic State (IS) militants has admitted it cannot prevent the spread of extremist material.
21 August 2014
On Tuesday, militants from Islamic State (Isis) released a propaganda video depicting the beheading of a kneeling man dressed in an orange jumpsuit, believed to be James Wright Foley, an American photojournalist.
Tablets fall out of favour in NSW classrooms (Sydney Morning Herald)
Once hailed as the poster child of digital interactive learning, tablets are falling increasingly out of favour in NSW schools after being found to be less practical than laptops.
Canada's electronic spy agency should tighten up its procedures for handling the private calls and emails it intercepts, and clarify how it expects the United States and other allies to use such material, a government watchdog said on Wednesday.
Google Asked to Remove 1 Million Pirate Links Per Day (TorrentFreak)
For the first time ever Google is now processing an average of one million removal requests per day. The new record follows an upward trend with copyright holders reporting more and more allegedly infringing search results in an effort to deter piracy.
20 August 2014
For all of its history, the Internet has enjoyed the fruits of an openness principle: the idea that anyone can reach any site online and that information and data should be freely exchangeable. Applications such as YouTube and Skype have been introduced without the need to seek permission of any Internet service provider or government. Nearly 3 billion users enjoy myriad mobile apps and other Internet-based services thanks to the open standards, common interfaces, and rich connectivity that permissionless innovation has delivered.
Internet pornography is having a damaging impact on young people's views about sex and puts pressure on girls to look and act a certain way, according to a poll of 500 British teenagers.
Google has removed a total of 12 BBC News stories from some search results since controversial EU "right to be forgotten" laws came into force in May.
Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds (The Guardian)
A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.
19 August 2014
Following some recent activities, ICANN has sought to outline their responsibilities when it comes to its role and responsibilities to online pharmacies.
Australian Google snippets ruling welcome (The Australian)
... The most significant was a finding that Google could not be treated as a publisher of automatically generated search results about which it had no notice. The potential liability of search engines for automatically generated search results has been a live question for some time.
18 August 2014
CIA security luminary: 'Right to be forgotten is not enough' (The Guardian)
The EU's so-called "right to be forgotten" laws have not gone far enough to protect citizens' privacy, according to Dan Geer, one of the world's best-known security experts.
17 August 2014
The internet is broken. You can blame sharks. And Netflix (The Guardian)
Bad news: The internet ran out of space on Tuesday. Worse news: Sharks are eating what is left.
Kim Dotcom: from playboy entrepreneur to political firebrand (The Observer)
He was the flamboyant founder of the popular Megaupload site. But when the US got New Zealand police to arrest him on charges of internet piracy, Kim Dotcom began a remarkable fightback
The generosity of Facebook, Microsoft et al in the wake of the Heartbleed bug only highlights the degree to which the giants of Silicon Valley are willing to shirk their responsibilities
16 August 2014
Google wraps its trans-Pacific fiber cables in Kevlar to prevent against shark attacks (Network World)
Google wraps its underwater fiber cables in Kevlar material, at least in part to protect against shark attacks, an official with the company said recently.
U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas (Washington Post)
... His contact, Martin J. Muench, turned out to be a former developer of computer security tools who had long since turned to the darkest side of their profession. Gamma Group, the British conglomerate for which Muench was a managing director, built and sold systems to break into computers, seize control clandestinely, and then copy files, listen to Skype calls, record every keystroke and switch on Web cameras and microphones at will.
Never judge a phone by its cover. This chunky, black box was in fact the world's first 'smartphone'.
British intelligence agency GCHQ used port scanning as part of the "Hacienda" program to find vulnerable systems it and other agencies could compromise across at least 27 countries, German news site Heise Online has revealed.
The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality (Huffington Post)
In early June, on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver featured a segment on net neutrality -- the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat all web traffic equally in terms of speed and access. The segment catapulted the issue into mainstream news outlets and emboldened everyday internet users to put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to incorporate net-neutrality principles into its current regulatory proposal, "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet."
15 August 2014
Why BitTorrent is selling itself like potato chips (Washington Post)
BitTorrent -- perhaps best known in the tech world for providing the Internet plumbing for Pirate Bay, a notorious site frequently used to illegally share copyrighted material -- is now making a play for the mainstream.
Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases (New York Times)
The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn't winning. And unless social networks, media sites and governments come up with some innovative way of defeating online troublemakers, the digital world will never be free of the trolls' collective sway.