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04 November 2018

Days after synagogue massacre, online hate is thriving (Associated Press)

A website popular with racists that was used by the man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was shut down within hours of the slaughter, but it hardly mattered: Anti-Semites and racists who hang out in such havens just moved to other online forums.

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Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale (BBC News)

Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts.

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Social media's misinformation battle: No winners, so far (Associated Press)

Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they’re making some headway, although they’re still a very long way from winning the war.

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How Facebook and Twitter are rushing to stop voter suppression online for the midterm elections (Washington Post)

Facebook and Twitter aren’t just trying to drive people to the polls — they’re racing to fight back bad actors who seek to deter their users from voting.

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Study of Cellphone Risks Finds 'Some Evidence' of Link to Cancer, at Least in Male Rats (New York Times)

For decades, health experts have struggled to determine whether or not cellphones can cause cancer. On Thursday, a federal agency released the final results of what experts call the world’s largest and most costly experiment to look into the question. The study originated in the Clinton administration, cost $30 million and involved some 3,000 rodents.

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Internet Freedom Declines Again, with 'Polarized Echo Chambers' Aiding Censorship Efforts (Internet Society)

The amount of freedom on the global Internet has declined for the eighth straight year, with a group of countries moving toward “digital authoritarianism,” according to a new report from Freedom House.

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02 November 2018

Trump Administration Abandons Obama-Era Price Controls in Verisign's .COM Registry Agreement

Despite a campaign from some in the domain name industry led by the Internet Commerce Association, the NTIA and Verisign announced Thursday they had agreed to extend and modify the Cooperative Agreement with steep registry fees to be expected. “These modifications”, the NTIA says, “are in line with policy priorities of the Trump Administration.”

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01 November 2018

Tech giants may have to be broken up, says Tim Berners-Lee (The Guardian)

Tech giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, Tim Berners-Lee has said.

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European tech leaders warn against EU digital services tax; US attacks UK plan (Associated Press)

Technology company chiefs have warned that a digital services tax proposed by the European Union would hinder innovation and hurt economic growth.

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India wants ability to trace WhatsApp messages to stop violence (The Hill)

The Indian government is pressing WhatsApp to give it the locations and identities of people using the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app to spread fake information that has led to violence.

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31 October 2018

The Internet Will Be the Death of Us: It casts rogue grievances as legitimate obsessions and gives prejudices the shimmer of ideals. (New York Times)

Nora Ephron once wrote a brilliant essay about the trajectory of her and many other people’s infatuations with email, from the thrill of discovering this speedy new way of keeping in touch to the hell of not being able to turn it off.

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Facebook loses a million European users in three months (The Independent)

Facebook has lost a million daily and monthly active users in the last three months, the company's latest financial results have revealed.

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Facebook's Vision for the Future: Less News Feed, More Stories (New York Times)

When Facebook told Wall Street in July that its business would slow down, it had few answers for how it planned to change that trajectory. On Tuesday, the social network came back with some responses.

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30 October 2018

Gab Offline and Forced To Find New Registrar

Gab, the fringe right wing version of Twitter, has been forced offline after several technology companies including their domain name registrar, GoDaddy, abandoned them. The move quickly followed reports that Robert Bowers, who allegedly shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, frequented the social media service posting anti-Semitic rants and conspiracies.

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AP Explains: Gab, where Pittsburgh shooting suspect ranted (Associated Press)

A social media service believed to be used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect to post hateful rants advertises itself as a haven for free speech.

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On Social Media, No Answers for Hate (New York Times)

On Monday, a search on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, produced a torrent of anti-Semitic images and videos uploaded in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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Your Kid's Apps Are Crammed With Ads (New York Times)

In a new study of the most downloaded apps for children ages 5 and younger, researchers found advertising in almost all of them.

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New Phishing Scheme Exploits Public Interest Around Hurricane Michael to Steal Email Credentials (Security Intelligence)

A recent phishing scheme exploited public interest around natural disasters to steal victims’ email credentials.

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British treasury chief proposes 'digital services tax' on tech giants (Washington Post)

The head of Britain’s treasury has proposed a new tax targeting tech giants such as Google, Facebook and, in what he described as a necessary evolution of the corporate tax system in the digital age.

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29 October 2018

Social media 'aids oppressors', says Saudi rights campaigner (The Observer)

One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent exiled activists has quit Twitter and Facebook, saying that the social media giants have become tools for oppressive governments and trolls to harass and silence campaigners.

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28 October 2018

If your toothbrush calls you, it might not be for dental hygiene: the importance of securing the Internet of Things (Europol/ENISA)

Our world is hyper-connected now. Current estimates are that there are around 10 billion electronic devices with access to the internet and that number will have at least doubled by 2020. In addition to the many advantages and opportunities, the emerging ability of connected devices to impact the physical world has also created a new set of vulnerabilities and possibilities of exploitation by criminals. To address these vulnerabilities, tackle them effectively and to fully realise the great potential that it offers, ENISA and Europol have brought together 300 experts from the private sector, security community, law enforcement, the European Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) community and academia for a two-day conference in The Hague.

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Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors (Associated Press)

Google has unveiled a tool meant to help fight press censorship around the world, testing it first in Venezuela, where journalists say they're battling a government bent on burying online stories that expose corruption and human rights abuses.

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Civil rights groups call for tech companies to crack down on hate speech (The Hill)

A group of civil rights organizations is pushing technology companies to create policies to more effectively address hate speech and extremist groups.

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27 October 2018

Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2018 (Europol)

Foreword by Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol: It is my pleasure to introduce the 2018 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), not only as it is the fifth anniversary edition of the report, but also my first as the Executive Director of Europol.

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25 October 2018

'Twisted' fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster (The Guardian)

A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral.

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