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05 February 2019

New gTLDs Account for 51% of Domains Considered Security Threats, But Only 12% of Total gTLD Registrations

Security threats in all gTLDs are roughly split 50/50 between new gTLDs and legacy gTLDs, however new gTLDs only account for 12% of domain names registered across all generic top level domains according to the first monthly report published by ICANN that provides statistics and insight into security threats to gTLDs.

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Chorus kicking off NZ ultra-ultra-ultrafast broadband trial (New Zealand Herald)

Chorus says it will trial super-fast broadband for 30 lucky households from mid-March.

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China's Online Censorship Stifles Trade, Too by Tim Wu (New York Times)

As China and the United States engage in high-level negotiations over a possible trade deal, it’s puzzling to see what’s been left off the table: the Chinese internet market. China blocks or hinders nearly every important foreign competitor online, including Google, Facebook, Wikipedia in Chinese, Pinterest, Line (the major Japanese messaging company), Reddit and The New York Times. Even Peppa Pig, a British cartoon character and internet video sensation, has been censored on and off; an editorial in the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper once warned that she could “destroy children’s youth.”

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04 February 2019

New .EU and .ЕЮ Registrations Continue to Grow, But Total Registrations Drop

There were 171,667 new .eu and .ею domain name registrations in the fourth quarter of 2018, but despite this growth, total domains under management decreased from 3,747,879 as of 31 October to 3,684,750 at 31 December according to the Q4 2018 Progress Report released last week.

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03 February 2019

Locast, a Free App Streaming Network TV, Would Love to Get Sued (New York Times)

Want to watch the Super Bowl and other network TV for free? A start-up called Locast will let you, and (so far) the big broadcasters aren’t trying to stop it.

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Data Protection Day 2019 (Council of Europe)

On 28 January 2019, the 13th edition of Data Protection Day will be celebrated globally. It aims at raising awareness on the right to data protection. The Council of Europe, initiator of this important celebration, continues to play a leading role by encouraging and showcasing initiatives held on this occasion.

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Net Neutrality Repeal at Stake as Key Court Case Starts (New York Times)

A lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of rules meant to ensure internet users open access to all websites and services is one of several fronts in a broader battle.

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'It's been two quiet weeks': Tonga has internet restored after two weeks (New Zealand Herald)

Welcome back, Tonga! The Pacific Island nation's two-week spell of virtual cyber darkness has ended, with authorities announcing today that full internet services had been restored to the kingdom.

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02 February 2019

Russia's Playbook for Social Media Disinformation Has Gone Global (New York Times)

Twitter said on Thursday that countries including Bangladesh and Venezuela had been using social media to disseminate government talking points, while Facebook detailed a broad Iranian disinformation campaign that touched on everything from the conflict in Syria to conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Facebook and Twitter removed hundreds of accounts linked to Iran, Russia and Venezuela (The Guardian)

Facebook and Twitter both announced on Thursday they had taken down hundreds of accounts believed to have been part of coordinated influence operations from Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

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Philippines tops world internet usage index with an average 10 hours a day (The Guardian)

South-east Asia is one of the most internet-addicted regions on the planet, with the Philippines topping the global list with an average 10 hours and 2 minutes of screen time every day.

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Bitcoin, GDPR, Chinese Economy, New gTLDs: Giuseppe Graziano Discusses From An Investors' Perspective

The domain name investor side of the industry is the focus of today’s Domain Pulse Q&A where Giuseppe Graziano gives his views on the year just gone, the year ahead, GDPR and the relevance of domain names. On 2018, Graziano says the EU’s GDPR had less impact than expected, but overall for investors its impact was slightly negative, while bitcoin is starting to impact on investors. For Graziano’s GGRG, 2018 was a “transition year” with some high value transactions. Looking ahead, a slowdown in the Chinese economy might bring some challenges and a likely consolidation of investors. On new gTLDs, Graziano says they’ve achieved their goal of “more options” but a result has also been “second tier domains have lost most of their value because end users have more options available”.

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01 February 2019

Today is DNS Flag Day and Globally Thousands of Domains Likely to Break

Today, 1 February, is being billed as DNS Flag Day, a day when there will be a global change to Domain Name System (DNS) software. It’s likely to see thousands of websites around the world, along with their email addresses and other services, go kaput. For example, InternetNZ predicts 508 .nz domain names could break, although this is significantly down on the 8,349 they predicted would break 6 months ago.

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.IE New Registrations Jump 29% in 2018 on Back of Eligibility Liberalisation and Brexit Uncertainty

Ireland’s ccTLD had their best year ever in 2018 following relaxing eligibility rules for registering .ie domain names in March according to their latest .ie Domain Profile Report, and follows their previous best year ever in 2017. The report also notes registrations from Great Britain are increasing, most likely as a result of Brexit.

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31 January 2019

New research shows NZ's true thoughts about the Internet (InternetNZ)

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that 92% of New Zealanders are concerned about young children accessing inappropriate content on the Internet.

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Facebook users continue to grow despite privacy scandals (BBC News)

Facebook users have continued to rise despite a series of data privacy scandals and criticism over its attempt to stem toxic content.

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30 January 2019

EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news (Associated Press)

European Union authorities warned leading tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.

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29 January 2019

Study links high levels of screen time to slower child development (The Guardian)

A study has linked high levels of screen time with delayed development in children, reigniting the row over the extent to which parents should limit how long their offspring spend with electronic devices.

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New research explains how YouTube taps into kids' interests (Ofcom)

Children’s online time has settled at just over two hours per day, as a new study by Ofcom uncovers the reasons young people are drawn to video services such as Netflix and YouTube.

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Ofcom research highlights differing experiences of communications services (Ofcom)

There are distinct differences in how certain groups of people use and experience communications services, revealed in Ofcom’s latest Access and Inclusion research report published today.

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Halal Internet? Islamic Browser Promises Better Web Experience (Bloomberg)

A Malaysian startup is betting that there’s plenty of pent-up demand for a new browser that’s compliant with Islamic values, at a time of mounting concerns over privacy, bias and online abuse over the internet.

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27 January 2019

UK Health secretary tells social media firms to protect children after girl's death (The Guardian)

Social media companies are facing renewed demands from the government to protect children from harmful online content, amid growing concerns over suicide and self-harm among teenagers.

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YouTube Moves to Make Conspiracy Videos Harder to Find (New York Times)

Whether it is a video claiming the earth is flat or the moon landing was faked, conspiracy theories are not hard to find on Google’s YouTube. But in a significant policy change, YouTube said on Friday that it planned to stop recommending them.

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OECD Digital Economy Papers (OECD)

The OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) undertakes a wide range of activities to better understand how information and communication technologies (ICTs) contribute to sustainable economic growth and social well-being.

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Facebook to integrate Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp (The Guardian)

Facebook is reportedly considering a merger of its three messaging platforms – WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger – allowing users to send messages between the networks for the first time.

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