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04 September 2018

Facebook definition of terrorism helps states mute dissent: U.N. expert (Reuters)

A U.N. human rights expert urged Facebook on Monday to narrow its “sweeping” definition of terrorism to stop governments arbitrarily blocking legitimate opposition groups and dissenting voices.

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Big tech's double trouble: political heat from Trump and the left may signal reckoning ahead (The Guardian)

Trump and Russia may have dominated the political discourse all summer, but last week the attention turned again to America’s internet technology giants. They had enjoyed a few months out of the spotlight following grueling congressional hearings in Washington late last year, after evidence emerged of Russia’s use of social media fake accounts to try to influence voters in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Google at 20: how a search engine became a literal extension of our mind (The Conversation)

We are losing our minds to Google. After 20 years, Google’s products have become integrated into our everyday lives, altering the very structure of our cognitive architecture, and our minds have expanded out into cyberspace as a consequence. This is not science fiction, but an implication of what’s known as the “extended mind thesis”, a widely accepted view in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience.

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03 September 2018

Malala Yousafzai calls for technology to help bridge the education divide (CIO)

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, cites the role of technology in her global campaign to promote education for girls.

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01 September 2018

Unwitting Mobile Internet Users Victims of IDN Homograph-Based Phishing Campaign

Unwitting mobile internet users are becoming the victims of an ongoing internationalised domain name homograph-based phishing campaign. The suspected phishing websites purport to be those of commercial airline carriers, including Delta, RyanAir and EasyJet, and are offering free tickets, but, instead, appear to subject the user to a bait-and-switch scam according to research from Farsight Security.

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29 August 2018

ThreatList: Ransomware Attacks Down, Fileless Malware Up in 2018 (Threat Post)

The first half of 2018 saw an uptick in fileless malware attacks and a downturn in ransomware attacks, for now.

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Google VP of news: don't blame us for all the media's problems (ABC News)

The vice-president of news at the technology giant, Mr Gingras emphasised his employer's interest in supporting a healthy media environment in a briefing with journalists on Tuesday.

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28 August 2018

US Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms (New York Times)

Technology companies have taken plenty of hits on privacy this year. In May, Europe began enforcing a sweeping new law that lets people request their online data and restricts how businesses obtain and handle the information.

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Microsoft Embraces Role as Anti-Hacking Enforcer (Bloomberg)

As U.S. elections loom, Microsoft is emerging as a leading foe of Russian hacking and meddling in the democratic process, setting it apart from some of its biggest tech counterparts, including Facebook and Twitter, which have been playing catch-up since 2016 in the fight against foreign interference.

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26 August 2018

Call for action to end children's 'battery-hen existence' in summer holidays (The Observer)

Urgent action is needed to stop children leading a “battery hen existence” during the summer holidays that is damaging their mental health, contributing to violence and ensuring they return to school in worse health than when they left, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

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Unpicking the cyber-crime economy (BBC News)

Turning virtual cash into real money without being caught is a big problem for successful cyber-criminals.

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Tech firms step up to confront online threats. But some ask, what about the White House? (Washington Post)

Technology giants increasingly are casting themselves as defenders of online integrity as American democracy, yet again, comes under attack. A recent string of revelations from companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Google about foreign hacking and disinformation amount to a public answer to charges that the technology industry should have done more to thwart Russia’s online attacks in 2016.

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24 August 2018

CENTRstats Finds A Few Less Million Domain Names Than Verisign

CENTR released their latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report this week, reporting the global TLD market grew 2.0% in the 12 months to the end of June to around 337 million domain names, which compared to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief which found that there were around 339.8 million domain names, an increase of 2.4% in the same 12 months. The CENTR report found over half (54%) of all domain names registered in Europe were for the local ccTLD.

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Survey: Teens cutting back on mobile screen, social media time (Marketing Land)

According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, teens are cutting back on mobile phone and social media usage. Parents, not so much. The study finds that those between 13 and 17 are consciously trying to reduce their screen time.

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Google deletes accounts with ties to Iran on YouTube and other sites (Washington Post)

Google announced Thursday that it deleted 58 accounts with ties to Iran on its video platform YouTube and its other sites, the latest sign that foreign agents from around the world increasingly seek to spread disinformation on a broad array of popular websites.

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Insight: Europe's new data law upends global online advertising (Reuters)

Europe’s new data privacy law has put a small army of tech firms that track people online in jeopardy and is strengthening the hand of giants such as Google and Facebook in the $200 billion global digital advertising industry.

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ThreatList: $1.1M is Lost to Cybercrime Every Minute of Every Day (Threat Post)

Every 60 seconds, $1.1 million is lost to cyberattacks. That staggering stat comes to us by way of RiskIQ, which compiled proprietary and third-party research to crunch numbers around malicious activity. The resulting report, the appropriately named “Evil Internet Minute,” paints a stark picture of the cost of cybercrime.

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23 August 2018

Kids are glued to their screens - but parents are in no position to criticize (The Guardian)

Parents lament their teenagers’ noses being constantly buried in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen habits, according to a new report.

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Digital wealth: How to have the final say about your online assets when you die (Australian Financial Review)

"Digital wealth" constitutes a far greater proportion of our estates than many realise, with our personal and business lives becoming increasingly digitalised and online.

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Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet's Misinformation Problem? (New York Times)

In theory, Facebook’s announcement on Tuesday that it had discovered and shut down a wide-ranging Iranian misinformation campaign should make you feel better.

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Europe Worries as Facebook Fights Manipulation (New York Times)

The picture was just like many of the other Facebook posts criticizing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union: a fake commemorative stamp showing a person preparing to shoot himself in the foot.

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Google Tried to Change China. China May End Up Changing Google. (New York Times)

Ever since its founding 20 years ago in a Silicon Valley garage, Google has proudly and often ostentatiously held itself up as the architect of a new model for corporate virtue.

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Can tech giants work together against their common enemies? (New Zealand Herald)

Facebook, Twitter and Google routinely squabble for users, engineers and advertising money. Yet it makes sense for these tech giants to work together on security threats, elections meddling and other common ills.

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Thursday briefing: 'Tax Facebook to pay for BBC' (The Guardian)

Jeremy Corbyn would tax the likes of Facebook, Google and Netflix to subsidise the BBC licence fee. “A few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires control huge swathes of our public space and debate,” the Labour leader is expected to tell the Edinburgh TV festival today.

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22 August 2018

Study links Facebook use to violence against refugees in Germany (The Hill)

A new study by researchers at the University of Warwick is linking the use of Facebook to incidents of violence against refugees.

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