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17 May 2019
EURid is reminding registrants of .eu domain names that have Cyrillic character domain names will be deleted on 31 May following a 3 year phase out period that was announced in May 2016. Cyrillic characters will remain able to be registered in the Cyrillic .eu, .ею.
The operator of the .blog top-level domain has announced they’re switching registry providers – from Nominet to CentralNic.
Public Interest Registry has announced the members of the Public Interest Registry Advisory Council, a newly formed group that now combines the membership and duties of the formerly separate .ORG and .NGO Advisory Councils.
15 May 2019
In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia was signed, ending 30 years of war across Europe and bringing about the sovereignty of states. The rights of states to control and defend their own territory became the core foundation of our global political order, and it has remained unchallenged since.
Why Russia Wants to Break the Internet (Moscow Times)
It finally happened, at the beginning of May president Vladimir Putin signed a bill that seeks to establish Russia’s “internet sovereignty.”
The UK lawyer whose phone was targeted by spyware that exploits a WhatsApp vulnerability said it appeared to be a desperate attempt by someone to covertly find out the details of his human rights work.
Google opens German center to improve data privacy (Associated Press)
Google opened a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials as tech companies’ face growing scrutiny of their data collection practices.
Facebook Takes Step to Police Content on Its Live Service (New York Times)
When 51 people were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, the suspect, an Australian man, broadcast the attack live on Facebook. The video spread across the internet.
14 May 2019
Tens of thousands of individuals accessing the most harmful categories of child abuse images through the dark web are in part fuelling the “truly staggering” level of serious and organised crime in the UK.
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) reported this week of their defeat of an elaborate multi-year scheme to defraud the Internet community of approximately 735,000 IPv4 addresses. Winning the case meant the return of all the addresses and stopped the defrauding party from continuing their scheme.
Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.
13 May 2019
It’s a not too uncommon scenario for the ccTLDs of developed countries. Growth has stagnated or declined and total registrations among some is starting to decline as markets mature and even reach a level of saturation. Germany’s .de is one, and during 2018 registrations in the ccTLD that was the world’s largest for many years declined, albeit slightly, for the first time since it was launched in 1986.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand will attempt this week to use the terrorist attack that killed 51 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch mosques in March to demand that the biggest internet platforms do more to stamp out violent and extremist content.
RT America, a network known for sowing disinformation, has a new alarm: the coming ‘5G Apocalypse.’
12 May 2019
Leading Western industrial powers will for the first time jointly simulate a major cross-border cybersecurity attack on the financial sector next month, French officials said on Friday.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg hailed France’s efforts to regulate hateful content online as a model for the European Union after meeting President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday.
Social media boycott 'may be only way to protect children' (The Guardian)
A public boycott of social media may be the only way to force companies to protect children from abuse, the country’s leading child protection police officer has said.
It's not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative by Evgeny Morozov (The Guardian)
As Facebook all but pleads guilty to a severe form of data addiction, confessing its digital sins and promising to reinvent itself as a privacy-worshiping denizen of the global village, the foundations of Big Tech’s cultural hegemony appear to be crumbling. Most surprisingly, it’s in the United States, Silicon Valley’s home territory, where they seem to be the weakest.
Can Facebook Remain One Step Ahead of Regulators? (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
Facebook is engaged in a dance with regulators, moving back and forth on the idea of inevitable regulation while remaining vague on specifics and taking careful steps to limit what regulators can do.
10 May 2019
Singapore’s parliament on Wednesday passed an anti-fake news bill that has been criticised by rights groups, journalists and tech firms over fears it could be used to clamp down on freedom of speech.
It's Time to Break Up Facebook by Chris Hughes (New York Times)
The last time I saw Mark Zuckerberg was in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. We met at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., office and drove to his house, in a quiet, leafy neighborhood. We spent an hour or two together while his toddler daughter cruised around. We talked politics mostly, a little about Facebook, a bit about our families. When the shadows grew long, I had to head out. I hugged his wife, Priscilla, and said goodbye to Mark.
08 May 2019
The number of domain names associated with child sexual abuse imagery is increasing, according to the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation 2018 Annual Report. In 2018 the IWF found 3,899 domain names with 105,047 URLs were used to host such content, a 3% increase on 2017’s 3,791, while the total number of domain name registrations across the globe have increased 4.9%.
General Availability for the .inc new gTLD commenced Tuesday, and despite the steep prices has ended up with a more successful Sunrise period than most others. Registrations are currently sitting at 316 according to nTLDstats with over 270 registered in more than 20 countries during Sunrise according to .inc.
Google's Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good (New York Times)
Google products are designed to be helpful. They take the friction out of daily life (for example, by showing you the fastest route home at the end of a long day) and give you back time to spend on things you actually want to do. We feel privileged that billions of people trust products like Search, Chrome, Maps and Android to help them every day.
Google Says It Has Found Religion on Privacy (New York Times)
Google, the company that may know the most about our digital lives, is now preaching the gospel of privacy.