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11 December 2018

Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source (Pew Internet)

More Americans get news often from social media than print newspapersSocial media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.

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Is Screen Time Bad for Kids' Brains? (New York Times)

A generation ago, parents worried about the effects of TV; before that, it was radio. Now, the concern is “screen time,” a catchall term for the amount of time that children, especially preteens and teenagers, spend interacting with TVs, computers, smartphones, digital pads, and video games. This age group draws particular attention because screen immersion rises sharply during adolescence, and because brain development accelerates then, too, as neural networks are pruned and consolidated in the transition to adulthood.

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Two years after #Pizzagate showed the dangers of hateful conspiracies, they're still rampant on YouTube (Washington Post)

A year after YouTube’s chief executive promised to curb “problematic” videos, it continues to harbor and even recommend hateful, conspiratorial videos, allowing racists, anti-Semites and proponents of other extremist views to use the platform as an online library for spreading their ideas.

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Pew: 37% of technologists don't think AI will improve lives by 2030 (Venture Beat)

About 37 percent of technologists believe that most people won’t be better off in the next 10 years as a result of advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies. That’s according to a Pew Center Research survey of more than 979 developers, business executives, and policy leaders, the results of which were published today to coincide with a presentation at the Our People-Centered Digital Future conference in San Jose, California.

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Turns Out, Willy-Nilly Blocking of URLs Doesn't Stop Film Piracy (Gizmodo)

The most expensive film ever made in India is out around the globe, and its producers are very serious about shutting down piracy of the film. So serious that they were able to obtain a court order forcing local internet providers to block 12,564 domain names—many of which aren’t even registered. It appears this brute-force approach to piracy didn’t even work.

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High-Level Cybersecurity Meeting Warns of Dire Effects of Cyberattacks on Prosperity, Innovation and Global Collaboration (World Economic Forum)

Cyberattacks are increasing in volume and sophistication, affecting an ever-greater number of people and institutions. Through artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and other new technologies, the threat surface and vulnerability are growing, spinning out in new threat areas facing citizens, consumers, companies and countries. To fight increasing cybercrime, the global community needs to overcome three major challenges: lack of trust, lack of cooperation and a lack of adequate skills.

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Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret (New York Times)

Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.

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Australian watchdog wants a regulator for dominant Google, Facebook (Reuters)

We need new laws to monitor and curb the power wielded by Google, Facebook and other powerful digital platforms, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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Australia's war on encryption: the sweeping new powers rushed into law: Australia has made itself a global guinea pig in testing a regime to crack encrypted communication (The Guardian)

In the hit US TV series The Wire police are initially baffled when the criminal suspects they are investigating begin to communicate through photographic messages of clock faces.

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The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it (The Register)

If ever there was doubt that 2018 is the year of fear, it was confirmed by a panel discussion involving the two men that are credited with inventing the internet and the world wide web.

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10 December 2018

'Outlandish' encryption laws leave Australian tech industry angry and confused (ABC News)

The Australian technology industry is "incredulous to fuming mad" after the Government's controversial encryption bill passed the Senate.

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09 December 2018

Europeans Anywhere Able To Register .EU Domains From 2019

Citizens of the European Union no matter where they reside in the world will be able to register .eu domain names in 2019, according to new rules announced on 5 December following an agreement by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission.

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ITU releases 2018 global and regional ICT estimates: For the first time, more than half of the world's population is using the Internet (International Telecommunication Union)

​​​​​​​​​ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), estimates that at the end of 2018, 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, will be using the Internet.

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07 December 2018

As Global Domain Name Registrations Slowly Rise, .NET Slides and New gTLDs Growing: Verisign

Globally domain name registrations grew to approximately 342.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 2.6 million, or 0.8%, compared to the second quarter of 2018, according to Verisign's latest Domain Name Industry Brief. In the 12 months to the end of the third quarter registrations grew by approximately 11.7 million, or 3.5%.

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Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law (New York Times)

The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications.

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Will China's Investments Reshape Africa's Internet? (China Digital Times)

At the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, delegations from fifty-three African countries gathered in Beijing, where the Chinese government pledged to support African countries in building smart cities; enhancing the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) in safeguarding public security, counter-terrorism, and fighting crime; and expanding African countries’ efforts to uphold information security. These activities can sound uncontroversial, even commendable; but what implications do they hold for democratic freedom on the African continent?

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Huawei faces catastrophe in the technology cold war (The Guardian)

The arrest in Canada of the chief financial officer of the Chinese mobile network and handset tech firm Huawei marks a new stage in a technological cold war between western spy agencies and Beijing. This development could be catastrophic for Huawei: according to reports, the US suspects it broke sanctions by selling telecoms equipment to Iran. If that is proven, the response could exclude Huawei from many of the world’s most valuable markets.

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The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s (New York Times)

Choices that Congress made decades ago allowed tech giants to become as powerful as they are.

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Tumblr Fans Abandon Ship as Tumblr Bans Porn (New York Times)

Pornographic content, which had a large female viewer base on the site, will no longer be allowed.

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06 December 2018

Chief censor set to reveal all about Kiwi teens' harmful porn habits (Stuff)

Pornography is shaping children's attitudes towards sex and leading to increased child on child assault, research reveals.

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Cuba offers 3G mobile internet access to citizens (BBC News)

Cuba's population is to be offered internet access via a 3G mobile network from later this week.

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Who will protect us from digital deception? Not tech companies (The Guardian)

Technology companies have not found an adequate solution to the problem of digital deception – they must be regulated

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Facebook allegedly offered advertisers special access to users' data and activities, according to documents released by British lawmakers (Washington Post)

A trove of emails and internal documents released by a British lawmaker on Wednesday illustrate how Facebook rose to dominance years ago by using people’s data as a bargaining chip, undermining the social media giant’s claim that changes to its business practices were motivated by a desire to protect people’s privacy.

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Australia poised to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data (Reuters)

Australia’s parliament is poised on Thursday to pass laws requiring tech firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities.

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Protecting our digital heritage in the age of cyber threats (The Conversation)

One of the key functions of the government is to collect and archive national records. This includes everything from property records and registers of births, deaths and taxes, to Parliamentary proceedings, and even the ABC’s digital library of Australian news and entertainment.

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