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26 June 2019

Regulators Have Doubts About Facebook Cryptocurrency. So Do Its Partners. (New York Times)

One of the biggest selling points of Facebook’s ambitious plans for its new cryptocurrency, Libra, was that the social media company had 27 partners, including prominent outfits like Visa, Mastercard and Uber, helping out on the project.

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In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts (Reuters)

In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday.

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25 June 2019

DomainTools Appeals To Seek To Continue Flouting .NZ Whois Terms of Use

Lawyers for DomainTools and .NZ’s Domain Name Commission (DNCL) slugged it out for another round in the US courts recently as DomainTools appealed a preliminary injunction that prevented them from creating a shadow database of .nz registrant data. The case is likely to have wide ranging implications on registrant data collected by top-level domain registries and how that data can be used by third parties such as DomainTools. It’s believed the DNCL is the only TLD registry to initiate proceedings against a company like DomainTools since the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018.

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How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want (New York Times)

When potential customers visit the online resale store ThredUp, messages on the screen regularly tell them just how much other users of the site are saving.

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If Facebook or Google create their own currency, they can control our lives (The Guardian)

Dystopian fiction – from Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange to Russell T Davies’s spectacular recent BBC1 series Years and Years – is usually intended to take elements of the present and then imagine a future in which they have become inescapable, so as to warn us of what might already be in our midst.

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24 June 2019

auDA Announces Updates on Second Level Registrations

Second level .au registrations are coming later this year and last week auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, announced the cut-off dates determining which priority category an existing third level .au domain name is assigned to.

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Internet of Things Technology Will Connect Highways, Street Lights, and Vehicles (IEEE)

As more and more intelligent cars and autonomous vehicles hit the road, some engineers are thinking about what can be done to smarten up the streets on which they travel.

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23 June 2019

To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law (New York Times)

When Americans fear the future, they turn to antitrust action. It happened in the 1890s, when the United States was rapidly moving from a farming economy to an industrialized one. It happened again in the late 1940s, when nuclear war seemed imminent. And it is happening now, as big technology companies work on artificial intelligence that threatens to create a world where human beings are eternal losers.

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Americans 60 and older are spending more time in front of their screens than a decade ago (Pew Research Center)

For older Americans, leisure time looks different today than it did a decade agoThe amount of time that Americans ages 60 and older spend on their TVs, computers, tablets or other electronic devices has risen almost half an hour per day over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, even as screen time among younger people has more or less held steady.

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Libra cryptocurrency: dare you trust Facebook with your money? (The Observer)

We’ve known for ages that somewhere in the bowels of Facebook people were beavering away designing a cryptocurrency. Various names were bandied about, including GlobalCoin and Facebook Coin. The latter led some people to conclude that it must be a joke. I mean to say, who would trust Facebook, of Cambridge Analytica fame, with their money?

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U.S. Carried Out Cyberattacks on Iran (New York Times)

United States Cyber Command on Thursday conducted online attacks against an Iranian intelligence group that American officials believe helped plan the attacks against oil tankers in recent weeks, according to people briefed on the operation.

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Facebook's plan to break the global financial system by Evgeny Morozov (The Guardian)

What should we make of Facebook’s sudden foray into the world of digital money? Just as regulators were beginning to wake up from their self-induced coma to discover that Facebook has grown too fast and too big for its own good, the company has decided to redouble its unbending commitment to “moving fast and breaking things”. The good old days when Facebook was merely breaking privacy and elections are now gone – and we’ll surely miss them. But how could they compete with the chance of breaking – once and for all – the global financial system?

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Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests (The Guardian)

Facebook usage has plummeted over the last year, according to data seen by the Guardian, though the company says usage by other measures continues to grow.

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21 June 2019

30 years since Australia first connected to the internet, we've come a long way (The Conversation)

When Australia joined the global internet on June 23, 1989 – via a connection made by the University of Melbourne – it was mostly used by computer scientists. Three decades later, more than 86% of Australian households are connected to the internet.

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20 June 2019

Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want? (New York Times)

As the office chat start-up prepares to go public, some of us are still figuring out how available we want to be — and whether it’s O.K. to ping the C.E.O.

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Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to (Reuters)

Shareholder activists on Wednesday urged Google parent Alphabet Inc to break itself up before regulators force the world’s biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces.

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19 June 2019

auDA And Out. More Chaos and Confusion As auDA’s Chair Abandons Ship.

In a hastily put together announcement, auDA have announced their Chair Chris Leptos resigned on 18 June. It’s an announcement that doesn’t do any more than check the required boxes thanking him for his service.

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Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance (The Guardian)

Facebook has announced a digital currency called Libra that will allow its billions of users to make financial transactions across the globe, in a move that could potentially shake up the world’s banking system.

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Voice.com Sells for Mammoth $30 Million

Block.one, a publisher of software blockchain technologies, has splurged a mammoth $30 million on the voice.com domain name in a sale brokered by GoDaddy. The domain name’s new owner says its new home will be for their Voice, a blockchain-based social media application designed with users of the platform in mind.

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18 June 2019

Advertisers, agencies and social media combine to tackle online threat (Reuters)

Sixteen of the world’s biggest advertisers have joined together to push platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to do more to tackle dangerous and fake content online.

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New gTLD Registrations Lowest Since October 2018 And Down 4 Million Since April 2017 Peak

Total numbers of new gTLD registrations have slid to their lowest number since October 2018 and the decline seems set to continue. In October 2018, according to nTLDstats, registrations were on the rise and peaked at just under 26.592 million in mid-December 2018. Since then, with a few peaks and troughs, registrations have been slowly declining to today when they are around 25.487 million, just as they were 8 months ago.

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17 June 2019

Internet blackouts: The rise of government-imposed shutdowns (Al Jazeera)

Sudan's internet blackout has gained global attention, but it is not unique. Shutdowns are on the rise around the world.

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Google CEO says he wants to reach the next billion users, but has no plans to relaunch in China (CNN)

Google was met with outrage last year when it was reported that the company may have been looking to get back into the search engine business in China. The company previously left China in protest over its strict censorship policies — which have only grown more strict.

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The Four Visions Shaping the Way We Use the Internet: An interview with the University of Southampton's Wendy Hall and Kieron O'Hara (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

In 2017, reflecting on his original proposal for the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee wrote in The Guardian that he imagined the internet as “an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries.”

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16 June 2019

Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019 (Pew Research Center)

7% of Americans now go online mostly using a smartphone, and these devices are increasingly cited as a reason for not having a high-speed internet connection at home

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