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24 April 2019
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is to spearhead a push to combat violent extremism and terrorism on social media in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, saying the gunman did not have “a right to livestream the murder of 50 people”.
After the Bust, Are Bitcoins More Like Tulip Mania (New York Times)
When you talk to tech industry insiders about where Bitcoin is heading, two vastly different comparisons are inevitable: the tulip bulb and the internet.
The Privacy Project (New York Times)
Companies and governments are gaining new powers to follow people across the internet and around the world, and even to peer into their genomes. The benefits of such advances have been apparent for years; the costs — in anonymity, even autonomy — are now becoming clearer. The boundaries of privacy are in dispute, and its future is in doubt. Citizens, politicians and business leaders are asking if societies are making the wisest tradeoffs. The Times is embarking on this monthslong project to explore the technology and where it’s taking us, and to convene debate about how it can best help realize human potential.
22 April 2019
Call for online disability access standards for computers from Equal Opportunity Commission (ABC News)
There's nothing special about using the internet. Millions of us do it every day. But how would your life change if you couldn't see a screen?
Sri Lanka's social media blackout reflects sense that online dangers outweigh benefits (The Guardian)
The Sri Lankan government’s decision to block all social media sites in the wake of Sunday’s deadly attacks is emblematic of just how much US-based technology companies’ failure to rein in misinformation, extremism and incitement to violence has come to outweigh the claimed benefits of social media.
21 April 2019
Cybercriminals are using increasingly devious scams to con internet users into revealing precious online information. Yet millions of people have saved fraudsters the bother of deploying trickery and temptation by picking bizarrely simple passwords that feature on a new hotlist of online security howlers.
20 April 2019
Federal investigation of Facebook could hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable on privacy, sources say (Washington Post)
Federal regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling its users’ personal information have set their sights on the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new, heightened oversight of his leadership.
18 April 2019
Switzerland will introduce a monitoring system to assuage concerns about the potential health impact of 5G mobile frequency emissions and smooth the cutting-edge technology's rollout, the government said on Wednesday.
17 April 2019
New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission is seeking feedback on their first independent review with a view to making the organisation even better and fit for purpose for the years ahead. The review found the organisation has been effective in its oversight of the .nz domain name industry.
Registrations of .eu domain names in the United Kingdom plummeted in 2018, dropping over 76,000 to 240,887 from 317,286 at the end of 2017, the latest annual report from EURid reveals, as Brexit fears cause British registrants to drop their .eu domain names.
Tiktok: India bans video sharing app (The Guardian)
The Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.
Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules (Associated Press)
The European Union has approved a copyright overhaul that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies.
Following international condemnation, in particular from the Internet Commerce Association, auDA has quickly backtracked on changes it was planning that would have banned domain investors from being part of .au.
15 April 2019
WSIS Action Lines on tech for good are considered key UN framework for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (International Telecommunication Union)
Ministerial Round Table at 10th World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, 8-12 April 2019, emphasized the importance of the WSIS Action Lines – on which many national digital agendas were built – as a key United Nations framework for progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Round Table participants also highlighted the need for sharing of scarce resources, as well as strengthening collaboration to build confidence and security in the use of technology for good and digital skills so more people can benefit.
14 April 2019
Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (New York Times)
The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent.
13 April 2019
'A monopoly on information': Russia closes grip on internet (Associated Press)
Russian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship.
The internet is an ethereal concept. The language we use to describe it contributes to that etherealness: we speak of servers being in “the cloud,” as though they were weightless in heaven, and most if not all of our internet access happens wirelessly. Indeed, for most Americans, the internet has little physicality at all anymore: it is probable that you’re reading this article via the miracle of a wireless signal, either wi-fi or cell.
11 April 2019
New Zealand called to follow Australia's lead after Facebook slammed as 'morally bankrupt' (ABC News)
New Zealand's official privacy watchdog has described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Europe needs to decide on a digital tax and should lead the way if there is insufficient consensus globally, the EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, said on Monday.
Britain Proposes Broad New Powers to Regulate Internet Content (New York Times)
Britain proposed sweeping new government powers to regulate the internet to combat the spread of violent and extremist content, false information and harmful material aimed at children. The proposal, announced on Monday, would be one of the world’s most aggressive actions to rein in the most corrosive online content.
Net Neutrality Vote Passes House, Fulfilling Promise by Democrats (New York Times)
The House passed legislation on Wednesday that would guarantee broadband internet users equal access to online content, in a crucial step toward bringing back so-called net neutrality regulations overturned at the start of the Trump administration.
Policy changes proposed an auDA Panel have been slammed by the Internet Commerce Association who have said they should ‘embrace domain investing’, “the Panel has found solutions in search of a problem” and it “has not engaged in evidence-based policy making” and that the Panel has “created equally or more unclear policies which are impossible and costly to effectively enforce.”
The .blog new gTLD hit the 200,000 registrations mark on 1 April with the registry, Knock Knock Whois There, announcing the milestone last week along with a renewal rate of almost 73%.
The number of DNSSEC-signed .ch domain names has jumped by 80% in the 12 months from January 2018, from around 45,000 to 81,000, and 8-fold from the 10,000 at the beginning of 2017.
The UK government has issued yet another guidance on what British registrants of .eu domain names should do if Britain ends up leaving the European Union. The guidance notes “EURid has confirmed that it has placed on hold any plans regarding domain names registered to individuals and undertakings in the UK and Gibraltar, whilst it awaits instructions from the European Commission.”