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10 February 2016

Concerned by cyber threat, Obama seeks big increase in funding (Reuters)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought a surge in funding to counter cyber security threats, as his top intelligence official warned Congress that computer attacks were among the most imminent security challenges facing the United States.

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09 February 2016

India blocks Zuckerberg's free net app (BBC News)

India's telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service app as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality.

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Rise in UK first-date rape claims linked to online dating (BBC News)

The number of people reporting being raped on their first date with someone they met on a dating app has risen six-fold in five years, figures show.

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French data privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook (Reuters)

The French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users' web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop some transfers of personal data to the United States.

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Swedish Technology Executive Named ICANN President and CEO

Göran Marby, an experienced business executive and government leader from Sweden has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN. He will commence in May 2016.

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08 February 2016

New gTLD Registrations Pass 12 Million, .XYZ and Donuts Pass 2 Million

The total number of domain names registered across all of the new gTLDs continues to grow strongly with the 12 millionth registration happening around 4 February according to And the .xyz gTLD accounts for around one in six, or 2.099 million, of these.

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07 February 2016

We need a social media with heart that gives us time to think by Will Hutton (The Observer)

On average, we check our smartphones 200 times a day - for emails, alerts, tweets or text messages. That's before using any one of our phone's multiple applications. It is a degree of connectivity to one another, and the world beyond, that is unparalleled. And it's difficult to imagine life without it - to be so connected is to have access to instant knowledge, instant exchange, instant laughter and anger.

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06 February 2016

Twitter suspends 125,000 'terrorism' accounts (BBC News)

Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts".

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ICANN Announces June Panama Meeting To Be Relocated Due To Zika Virus

ICANN announced yesterday that their 56th public meeting that was to be held in Panama City, scheduled to be held in June 2016, will be moved to another location due to the severity of the Zika Virus outbreak in the Latin America region.

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05 February 2016

Reds Under the Beds! Ted Cruz Afraid of Fadi Chehadé Going to China!

China is not a beacon of free speech and its World Internet Conference isn't either. It is, according to Time Magazine "one of the world's most restrictive -- girded by a complex system of self-censorship, outright filtering and blocking of major Western tech companies." But it is also very well attended with the December 2015 conference "expected to draw participants from 120 nations and regions."

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This robot keyboard will catapult Microsoft into the artificial intelligence race (Washington Post)

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical -- save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or tweet.

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Europe's top court mulls legality of hyperlinks to copyrighted content (Ars Technica)

Europe's highest court is considering whether every hyperlink in a Web page should be checked for potentially linking to material that infringes copyright, before it can be used. Such a legal requirement would place an unreasonable burden on anyone who uses hyperlinks, thereby destroying the Web we know and love.

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Blocking all offensive websites is impossible, says Pakistan Telecommunication Auhtority (Express Tribune)

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has finally admitted that it is virtually impossible to block all offensive websites as hundreds of sites emerge every day and even if blocked these may be accessed through proxy sites.

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04 February 2016

ICANN Controversially Rejects .GAY Community Application Again

ICANN has rejected the community application for .gay by dotgay LLC again because it wasn't deemed to be community enough. The application has been through the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) and reconsideration processes twice.

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Melbourne man used dark web to advise paedophiles on kidnap, rape and torture, court hears (ABC News)

A Melbourne man described by the FBI as one of the world's worst paedophiles encouraged a Russian man to kidnap, rape, torture and murder a five-year-old girl, the Victorian County Court has heard.

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European Privacy Regulators Want Details on ‘Safe Harbor’ Data Deal (New York Times)

Europe's national privacy agencies demanded more details on Wednesday about whether the European Union's new data transfer agreement with the United States would adequately protect individuals' personal information.

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03 February 2016

AusRegistry: Latest Behind The Dot Examines .AU Security And Global Cyber Threats

With internet security becoming an ever growing threat and ever more important issue, the latest issue of the quarterly Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain from AusRegistry examines these issues with a focus on .au.

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US Pharmacy Association Extends List of Not Recommended Websites, Pushes Use of .PHARMACY

The US National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) issued a report this week discussing the continued need to fight against illegal online drug sellers, as they contribute to the America's prescription opioid epidemic.

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The massive new privacy deal between U.S. and Europe, explained (Washington Post)

U.S. and European regulators have agreed to a tentative deal, officials say, that would allow thousands of U.S. companies to continue moving the personal information of ordinary Europeans across the Atlantic. The new "E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield" deal will replace the original "Safe Harbor" pact -- an agreement was struck down by Europe's top court about three months ago, sending regulators on both sides scrambling to fashion a new arrangement that could withstand a legal challenge.

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Google to divert extremist searches to anti-radicalisation websites (The Guardian)

Users of Google who put extremist-related entries into the search engine are to be directed towards anti-radicalisation links under a pilot programme, MPs have been told by an executive for the company. The initiative, aimed at countering the online influence of groups such as Islamic State, is running alongside another pilot scheme designed to make videos posted by extremists easier to identify.

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02 February 2016

Google overtakes Apple as world's most valuable listed company (The Guardian)

Google has become the world's most valuable listed company after announcing that its global revenues rose 13% to $75bn (£52bn) last year, and the group's tax rate fell to just 17%.

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WhatsApp reaches a billion monthly users (BBC News)

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is now used by a billion people every month, Facebook has reported.

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01 February 2016

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center (New York Times)

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centers may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry's most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill.

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New Technologies Give Government Ample Means to Track Suspects, Study Finds (New York Times)

For more than two years the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies have warned that encrypted communications are creating a "going dark" crisis that will keep them from tracking terrorists and kidnappers.

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How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics (The Observer)

Facebook, Google, Amazon and other internet behemoths are involved in a form of technological innovation that is acting as a "wrecking ball", the president of the European parliament declared in Brussels this week.

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