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30 May 2019

Malware-ridden laptop artwork sold for $1.3m (BBC News)

A laptop packed with six types of dangerous malware has been sold for $1.3m (£1.03m) in an online auction.

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29 May 2019

US Navy wants 350 billion social media posts (BBC News)

The US Navy is seeking to create an archive of at least 350 billion social media posts from around the world, in order to study how people talk online.

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26 May 2019

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc (New York Times)

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

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auDA Quietly Shelves Registry Ambitions After Blowing $200K; Now Seeking To Avoid Government Oversight

Last week a couple of domain names relating to auDA’s grand ambition to become the registry for Australia’s ccTLD, in addition to its ongoing role of policy and regulatory body, slipped off the radar when the domain names related to its proposed rebrand quietly appeared on the expiring domains drop list, and then were locked by the registry. Though they did allow the commercial to drop, and this was acquired privately.

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Facebook plans to launch 'GlobalCoin' cryptocurrency in 2020 (The Guardian)

Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries.

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Twitter Co-Founder Says More Diverse Team Might've Spotted Abuse (Bloomberg)

Twitter co-founder Ev Williams said Wednesday that the social network might have been quicker to recognize and address the potential for abuse and harassment on its platform if the company’s leadership had been more diverse.

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Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled (BBC News)

Facebook has published its latest "enforcement report", which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019.

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23 May 2019

Siri and Alexa Fuel Sexism, U.N. Finds (New York Times)

Why do most virtual assistants that are powered by artificial intelligence — like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa system — by default have female names, female voices and often a submissive or even flirtatious style?

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The internet is dividing, and the choice boils down to China or the West (ABC News)

The internet is dividing, and countries and companies will soon be forced to make a stark decision about their online futures: whether to choose the Western approach or a model shaped by the Chinese Communist Party.

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Yet to show its teeth, landmark EU privacy law already a global standard (Reuters)

A landmark European privacy law is making waves worldwide a year after it came into force, fundamentally changing the way data are handled as Facebook, Apple and Google face increasingly frequent complaints.

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Google faces Irish inquiry over possible breach of privacy laws (The Guardian)

The Irish data protection commission has opened an investigation into Google over suspected infringements of European Union privacy rules.

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22 May 2019

Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe' (The Guardian)

A web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.

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.EU Registrations Continue To Drop Due To Brexit Fears

The number of .eu and .ею domain name registrations have continued to fall as the likelihood of Brexit draws nearer as most UK registrants will lose their eligibility. In the year to the end of March the number of .eu and .ею domain names registered to UK registrants declined 134,661 while total registrations dropped 162,390.

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CentralNic Global Expansion Continues As It Acquires Australian Reseller TPP Wholesale

The UK-based CentralNic Group has announced it’s entered a conditional agreement to acquire the Sydney-based TPP Wholesale, the leading platform for resellers of domain names and hosting in Australasia for A$24m from ARQ Group, formerly Melbourne IT.

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Is 'Digital Addiction' a Real Threat to Kids? (New York Times)

Think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like heroin, experts say.

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GDPR's first anniversary: A year of progress in privacy protection by Julie Brill - Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft (Microsoft)

May 25 marks one year since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation officially went into effect. GDPR is a groundbreaking privacy framework that empowers residents of the EU to control their personal information so they can use digital technologies to engage freely and safely with each other and with the world.

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How Trump's Huawei Ban Threatens to Throttle Global 5G Rollout (Bloomberg)

Huawei Technologies Co. looked like it would survive a U.S. campaign to persuade its allies to block the supplier from their new mobile networks. Now, President Donald Trump’s move to put the company on an export blacklist threatens to shake the entire telecom industry.

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Taming the Apex Predators of Tech: To rein in monopolies, maybe we need to rethink what a monopoly is. (New York Times)

In a tech galaxy that now seems far, far away, everyone was terrified of Bill Gates. He was the Apex Predator of Tech.

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21 May 2019

Global Domain Growth Hits Record Low: CENTR

Growth among the 1,484 top-level domains around the world has dropped to a record low of 3.4% according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report, but still reached an estimated 351 million domain names.

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NZ’s DNC Enters 4th MoU With PNG To Cooperate and Share Knowledge

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commissioner has been sharing its expertise both in New Zealand and among a couple of Pacific countries, signing 4 Memorandums of Understanding, the latest announced this week with Papua New Guinea’s ccTLD manager.

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Huawei's Android loss: How it affects you (BBC News)

The restrictions being placed on Huawei's access to the Android operating system will cast a long shadow over Tuesday's launch of the Chinese company's latest handsets.

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20 May 2019

German finance minister expects OECD deal on digital tax in 2020 (Reuters)

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Friday he expected the OECD will agree a minimum level of taxation for digital companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook by mid-2020.

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After 7 Years, ICANN Board Approves Amazon's .AMAZON Application

ICANN has moved a step closer to delegating the .amazon top-level domain to Amazon, the online ecommerce company, after 7 years of negotiations with South American governments, who have been lobbying against the approval, saying “seven years is sufficient time for the parties to reach a reasonable resolution, and in the interest of continued fairness of all parties, it is now time to move forward.”

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19 May 2019

The WhatsApp spyware story tells us that nothing is secure (The Observer)

When Edward Snowden broke cover in the summer of 2013 and a team of Guardian journalists met up with him in his Hong Kong hotel, he insisted not only that they switch off their mobile phones but also that they put the devices into a fridge. This precaution suggested that Snowden had some special insight into the hacking powers of the NSA, specifically that the agency had developed techniques for covertly taking over a mobile phone and using it as a tracking and recording device. To anyone familiar with the capabilities of agencies such as the NSA or GCHQ, this seemed plausible. And in fact, some years later, such capabilities were explicitly deemed necessary and permissible (as “equipment interference”) in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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18 May 2019

The Man Behind San Francisco's Facial Recognition Ban Is Working on More. Way More. (New York Times)

As San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors prepared to vote Tuesday on an ordinance forbidding city agencies to use facial recognition technology, some proponents of the measure were uncertain if they had the necessary support. Two of the legislators who were for it had called in sick.

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