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18 November 2019

Iran Blocks Nearly All Internet Access (New York Times)

Iran imposed an almost complete nationwide internet blackout on Sunday one of its most draconian attempts to cut off Iranians from each other and the rest of the world as widespread anti-government unrest roiled the streets of Tehran and other cities for a third day.

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Finding That Elusive .AT Domain Just Got Easier With nic.at's Domainfinder

Finding that elusive domain name can be difficult for even the most adept of us, so a few registries have developed services to make suggestions for when your first choice isn’t available. The latest of those is nic.at who has launched Domainfinder, developed in-house by their research and development team.

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17 November 2019

Firefox's fight for the future of the web (The Observer)

Why do you choose the browser you use? Maybe you think it loads pages more quickly. Maybe it’s made by the same firm as your device and you think it’s more compatible in some way. You prefer the graphics, perhaps, or it just happened to be pre-installed on your machine. Maybe you’re not even aware that there’s a choice.

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Holiday Shoppers Beware: 100K Malicious Sites Found Posing as Well-Known Retailers (ThreatPost)

As the holiday season looms, cybercrooks are going after shoppers with more than 100,000 lookalike domains mimicking legitimate retailers.

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Chinese Internet users are fascinated by a mysterious Web browser promising legal access to banned sites. They're also very skeptical. (Washington Post)

Many international social media websites are banned in China, and using special software called a virtual private network to access them can sometimes lead to jail time.

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Will 5G Be Bad for Our Health? (IEEE)

IEEE antenna and telecommunications experts address concerns over radio frequency exposure

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16 November 2019

Europeans, Get Your .EU Domains All In Greek!

Domain names entirely in Greek script are now available from the .eu registry, EURid, with the launch this week of .ευ.

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We're Stuck With the Tech Giants. But They're Stuck With Each Other. (New York Times)

Any suggestion that Big Tech has had a rough time must contend with this fact: Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, spent the past decade growing much faster than the rest of the economy.

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China's Internet Is Flowering. And It Might Be Our Future. (New York Times)

The HeyTea shop in the Chaoyang district of Beijing is an expression of svelte minimalism, its LED lettering and black tiles giving off a vaguely retro vibe. On a recent weekend, one of the last truly warm days of early fall, the location was full of upmarket customers — families with strollers, Gen Z-ers in knockoff Supreme streetwear — enjoying the popular cheese tea. On the front facade, right by the door, an illustration of a hand holding a phone displayed a two-dimensional bar code, or QR code. “Scan the code to avoid lines,” a sign read.

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Online Cesspool Got You Down? You Can Clean It Up, for a Price (New York Times)

A decade ago, an internet video start-up called Hulu boldly declared an end to the era of paid TV. The company announced that users would be able to watch their favorite shows over the internet, “anytime, anywhere, for free.”

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Pope tells tech companies they are responsible for child safety (Reuters)

Pope Francis said on Thursday that technology company executives and investors must be held accountable if they put profit before the protection of children, including from easy access to pornography on the web.

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15 November 2019

The Real Fight for the Future of 5G: Who Will Patrol the Borders of a New Network? (Foreign Affairs)

In late October, Germany and China began commercial-scale rollouts of 5G, the wireless technology infrastructure that is transforming the way the world computes. Machines and people will still talk to each other over the borderless network we call the Internet. But with 5G, a new networking infrastructure is emerging, dependent on the Internet but distinct from it and subject to much more government and private control.

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14 November 2019

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide If Adding .COM Makes A Protected Trademark

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to decide if adding “.com” to a generic term can make it trademarkable. The case involves the online hotel reservation site Booking.com who was prevented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from trademarking the site’s name as it was too generic to deserve legal protection, reports Reuters.

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Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months (Associated Press)

Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.

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PIR Eyeing Growth Opportunities Following Ethos Capital Takeover

Public Interest Registry and the Internet Society announced Wednesday that they had agreed for PIR, the .org registry, to be taken over by Ethos Capital, an investment firm, based in the United States.

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13 November 2019

Microsoft tops list of the most 'just' US corporations (Al Jazeera)

With capitalism widely under fire in the United States for its contributions to widening wealth inequality and a deepening climate crisis, many Americans have called for major structural change.

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Far right 'use Russian-style propaganda to spread misinformation' (The Guardian)

Misinformation techniques first deployed by Russian agents are now more commonly used in Britain by the far right, as well as by politicians to convince their own voters, an audience in Oxford has been told.

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12 November 2019

A.I. Systems Echo Biases They're Fed, Putting Scientists on Guard (New York Times)

Researchers say computer systems are learning from lots and lots of digitized books and news articles that could bake old attitudes into new technology.

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Where 8channers Went After 8chan (Slate)

The notorious troll board is back online with a new name—but its racist users didn’t just find new homes. They found new ways to gather.

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Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators (Associated Press)

Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to a study released Wednesday.

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Explosive Allegations Made Against Directors Of Wasteful Spending As auDA Gets Second Choice Chair

It was supposed to be a new beginning. But on the day when a new auDA Board, including a new Chair, was announced, it appears there are still recriminations from those in the past with explosive allegations of what could at worst amount to corruption by outgoing directors. Not only that, the new Chair was second choice, with the first choice as Chair overruled due to what can be best described as a personality conflict.

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11 November 2019

Business Slow On The Uptake In Securing Their Domain Names With Registry Locks

The option of reducing the risk of domain names being hijacked by cybercriminals by signing up to a Registry Lock has been available through many top-level domains for several years now, but the uptake among brands, to which they are mostly aimed, has been very slow. This is the subject of a recent blog post from SIDN, the manager for the Netherlands ccTLD .nl, who note that only 150 of the 5.8 million .nl domain names are secured with .nl Control, SIDN’s name for their Registry Lock.

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ICANN Announces First Meeting Location For 2022, Third For San Juan

ICANN announced at their public meeting last week in Montreal that the first meeting of 2022, ICANN73, will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from 5 to 10 March. It will be the third meeting to be held in San Juan with previous meetings held in June 2007 (ICANN29) and March 2018 (ICANN61).

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Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way (New York Times)

Though platforms bar child sexual abuse imagery on the web, criminals are exploiting gaps. Victims are caught in a living nightmare, confronting images again and again.

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09 November 2019

China kicks off work on 6G research, state media say (Reuters)

China has officially started researching sixth-generation telecoms technology, state media reported on Thursday, a move it described as aiming to promote the latest wireless innovation.

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