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23 October 2018
Cybersecurity and Fake News to Dominate List of Concerns at Internet Governance Forum (United Nations)
Facing growing concerns that the Internet is being used as a vehicle to sow division and discord around the world, more than 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, technology, and civil society will gather in Paris 12-14 November, 2018 at the annual Internet Governance Forum, to look at a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust.”
22 October 2018
Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age (Associated Press)
Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
21 October 2018
This week, NTIA recognizes International Digital Inclusion Week. Digital inclusion is more than a social program giving people access to computing and information technology; it is now an economic imperative in every community. The availability of robust Internet access is integral to a community’s ability to thrive socially and economically. Better connected towns, cities and states attract technology-based investment, encourage more innovation, streamline supply chains, and broaden opportunities for individuals and businesses. Local leaders at all levels find that broadband planning and investments reap benefits across the economy in education, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, tourism, and daily quality of life.
New study quantifies the positive impact of broadband, digital transformation and the interplay of ICT regulation on national economies (International Telecommunication Union)
A new study published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), analyses in detail the positive economic impact of broadband, digitization and effective ICT regulation on national economies.
19 October 2018
Australia lawyers' group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights (Associated Press)
The president of Australia’s top lawyers’ group has told a parliamentary inquiry that proposed cybersecurity laws to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by extremists and other criminals would significantly limit individuals’ privacy and freedom.
The growth of internet access around the world has slowed dramatically, according to new data, suggesting the digital revolution will remain a distant dream for billions of the poorest and most isolated people on the planet.
Life at the bottom of the global league of internet access (The Guardian)
Somalia is not a place for web addicts. Even in the capital, Mogadishu, coverage is patchy, expensive and unpredictable. Things are slightly better in the north, but further afield, and anywhere the al-Shabaab militant group holds sway, there is no internet at all.
The federal government will target search engines as it expands a crackdown on internet piracy, making it harder for Australians to illegally download free movies and music.
Facebook is promoting a new “war room” as a part of its solution to election interference, unveiling a team of specialists working to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda.Facebook is promoting a new “war room” as a part of its solution to election interference, unveiling a team of specialists working to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda.
18 October 2018
AI promises considerable economic benefits, even as it disrupts the world of work. These three priorities will help achieve good outcomes.
17 October 2018
The NTIA, which is now obligated by law to provide a semi-annual report to Congress on ICANN policies and whether or not the NTIA supported these changes, has provided its first report for the 6 months to the end of September. The report focusses on efforts to deal with the EU’s GDPR.
Donuts, through its Ruby Glen subsidiary that was used to apply for the .web new gTLD string, has lost an appeal to the US Court of Appeal against ICANN in the ongoing .web dispute over who gets to run it.
Facebook's former security chief warns of tech's 'negative impacts' - and has a plan to help solve them (Washington Post)
For two years, Alex Stamos was the Facebook executive tasked with defending the company’s systems against Russian interference and other critical threats.
New Zealanders are the most likely people in the world to have experienced a tech support scam, according to a new study from Microsoft.
Left-leaning organizations are dominating political ads on Facebook and Twitter while rightwing advertisers are outspending liberal groups on Google, according to new research.
12 October 2018
Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages (Washington Post)
Facebook said it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with politically-tinged garbage links and clickbait just weeks ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.
Brett Kavanaugh, recently mired in several allegations of sexual assault from his younger self-confessed beer-drinking days, has found a website using his name set up as a resource for sexual assault survivors. The website uses the domain name BrettKavanaugh.com.
11 October 2018
As the auction for the .kids string commences in a duel between Amazon and the DotKids Foundation Limited, a project of DotAsia (Google, which had applied for .kid, was to be involved but has withdrawn their application), ICANN is now seeking community input into how to spend the millions its gained from auctions to resolve contention between new gTLD strings. After costs, this total now stands at over $233 million.
10 October 2018
Microsoft welcomes scrutiny of tech industry that has roiled its competition this year, says CEO Nadella. Easy for him to say. (Washington Post)
Software companies should welcome the harsh spotlight that’s been put on the technology industry this year, Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, said in an interview at the company’s 500-acre campus here.
Regulators are set to exercise their new powers by handing out fines and even temporary bans on companies that breach a new EU privacy law, with the first round of sanctions expected by the end of the year, the bloc’s privacy chief said.
Alphabet unit Google on Tuesday challenged a record €4.34-billion ($5 billion) fine imposed by European Union antitrust regulators three months ago for using its popular Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals.
The true cost of cyberbullying to NZ: $444m each year (New Zealand Herald)
The cost of cyberbulling in New Zealand is costing individuals, communities and support organisations $444 million a year, a new report reveals.
09 October 2018
The internet could be fuelling a rise in new conditions such as cyberchondria and cyberhoarding, experts have warned.
Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google , after user data was left exposed.
UN report: Technologies can help lives but boost inequality (Associated Press)
New technologies from artificial intelligence to gene editing hold immense potential to improve people’s live — but can also drive greater inequality and social dislocation, according to a U.N. report launched Monday.