64% of Americans say social media have a mostly negative effect on the way things are going in the U.S. today

About two-thirds of Americans (64%) say social media have a mostly negative effect on the way things are going in the country today, according to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted July 13-19, 2020. Just one-in-ten Americans say social media sites have a mostly positive effect on the way things are going, and one-quarter say these platforms have a neither positive nor negative effect.

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VIDEO: CENTR explains the role of the DNS in tackling illegal content online

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CENTR have published an informative video explaining the role of the domain name system (DNS) in tackling illegal content online. Explaining the reasoning for the video, CENTR says due to increased legislative interest in this topic, the need for comprehensive educational material outlining the role and technical capabilities of the DNS, ccTLDs and their role in the internet ecosystem is greater than ever.

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Freedom House Report: Global Internet Freedom Declines in Shadow of Pandemic

[news release] Governments around the world have used the COVID-19 pandemic as cover to expand online surveillance and data collection, censor critical speech, and build new technological systems of social control, according to Freedom on the Net 2020, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of internet freedom, released today by Freedom House.

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If You’re Attending ICANN69, ICANN Ombuds Wants “Mutual Respect”

Attendees at the upcoming virtual ICANN69 meeting (Community Days, 13-15 October | Plenary Week, 19–22 October) have been requested by the ICANN Ombuds Herb Waye to observe the Expected Standards of Behaviour and the Community Anti-Harassment Policy.

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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Microsoft and a team of companies and law enforcement groups have disabled — at least temporarily — one of the world’s largest hacking operations, an effort run by Russian-speaking cybercriminals that officials feared could disrupt the presidential election in three weeks.

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