Internet Use/New Technologies

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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16 November 2019

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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14 November 2019

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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13 November 2019

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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03 November 2019

Vint Cerf's top moments from 50 years of the Internet Google blog

Before there was the Internet, there was a packet. The “sending of the packet” was actually the first step toward the invention of the Internet as we know it, and it happened 50 years ago today. On that day, we established the first connection between two computers—from UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute—on the ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet.

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01 November 2019

Internet50 - Looking Toward the Future UCLA Samueli

A packed Royce Hall on the UCLA campus Tuesday saw dozens of tech pioneers, business leaders and activists share the stage to examine the history and current state of the internet, and offer ideas on how it can improve.

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30 October 2019

Australia Proposes Face Scans for Watching Online Pornography New York Times

The Australian government has proposed using a facial recognition system it is developing to verify that people who seek to watch pornography online are of legal age.

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Internet 'father' Vint Cerf on future challenges ahead for the web BBC News

As the Internet marks 50 years, its co-founder Vint Cerf, tells BBC Click of his concerns for the future and challenges ahead for the web.

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Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life Pew Internet

Fifty years after the first computer network was connected, most experts say digital life will mostly change humans’ existence for the better over the next 50 years. However, they warn this will happen only if people embrace reforms allowing better cooperation, security, basic rights and economic fairness

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24 October 2019

Google claims 'quantum supremacy' for computer BBC News

Google says an advanced computer has achieved "quantum supremacy" for the first time, surpassing the performance of conventional devices.

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22 October 2019

Creators of internet talk censorship, misinformation online GW Hatchet

Some of the internet’s original architects spoke about tackling disinformation online at the Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday.

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16 October 2019

And 'Lo!' - How the internet was born BBC News

In the 1960s, Bob Taylor worked at the heart of the Pentagon in Washington DC. He was on the third floor, near the US defence secretary and the boss of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa).

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08 October 2019

America's Risky Approach to Artificial Intelligence by Tim Wu New York Times

The brilliant 2014 science fiction novel “The Three-Body Problem,” by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin, depicts the fate of civilizations as almost entirely dependent on winning grand races to scientific milestones. Someone in China’s leadership must have read that book, for Beijing has made winning the race to artificial intelligence a national obsession, devoting billions of dollars to the cause and setting 2030 as the target year for world dominance. Not to be outdone, President Vladimir Putin of Russia recently declared that whoever masters A.I. “will become the ruler of the world.”

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01 October 2019

Brits' internet use peaks at 21:00 on Wednesdays, ONS says BBC News

Peak time for being on the internet in Britain is 21:00 on Wednesdays, the Office for National Statistics suggests.

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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers new Wi-Fi era Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 certification program from Wi-Fi Alliance is now available and delivers the best user experience with devices based on IEEE 802.11ax. The certification program brings new features and capabilities that enable substantially greater overall Wi-Fi network performance in challenging environments with many connected devices such as stadiums, airports, and industrial parks. With adoption of the latest Wi-Fi generation increasing, product vendors and service providers can trust Wi-Fi CERTIFIED will distinguish Wi-Fi 6 products and networks that meet the highest standards for security and interoperability. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 provides significant capacity, performance, and latency improvements to the entire Wi-Fi ecosystem, while ensuring products across vendors to work well together to deliver greater innovation and opportunity.

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29 September 2019

Why much of the internet is closed off to blind people BBC News

As our everyday world moves increasingly online, the digital landscape presents new challenges for ensuring accessibility for the blind. A recent court challenge against Domino's pizza may be a watershed case guiding the rights of disabled people on the internet.

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Global internet growth stalls and focus shifts to ‘meaningful universal connectivity’ to drive global development International Telecommunication Union

Traditional ap​proaches to driving internet network roll-out and uptake are failing to reach the remaining half of the global population still lacking online access, according to a new report issued in New York today by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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27 September 2019

India has second-largest population of monthly active internet users: report Live Mint

Internet adoption in India is picking up faster than we had imagined. India had 451 million monthly active internet users as on 31 March 2019, which is second only to China’s 800 million user base, claims a new report ‘India Internet 2019’ by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) in collaboration with Nielsen Holdings.

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Google: 21 Facts you probably didn't know about the search engine BBC News

Google turns 21 on Friday 27 September! The popular search engine is used by people right across the world and it's become a really important part of the internet for many.

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26 September 2019

Google says it's achieved 'quantum supremacy'. What does this actually mean? ABC News

Google says one of its quantum computers has been able to solve a problem that would be practically impossible to do on a conventional computer, becoming the first to achieve so-called "quantum supremacy".

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22 September 2019

Internet access is a basic right: Kerala High Court Deccan Chronicle

The Kerala High Court ruled on Thursday that the right to access Internet using mobile phone is a fundamental right under the Constitution. Justice P.V. Asha, in a landmark judgment, also said it was part of the right to privacy and the right to education.

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18 September 2019

Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism New York Times

Facebook unveiled a series of changes on Tuesday to limit hate speech and extremism on its site, as scrutiny is rising on how the social network may be radicalizing people.

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