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16 June 2019

Survey: Cyber Criminals, Social Media, Lack of Security Increasingly Fuelling Internet Distrust (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

In a new survey of internet users around the globe, social media companies emerged as the leading source of user distrust in the internet — surpassed only by cyber criminals — with 75% of those surveyed who distrust the internet citing Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms as contributing to their lack of trust.

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15 June 2019

Russia Sought to Use Social Media to Influence E.U. Vote, Report Finds (New York Times)

A misinformation campaign by groups linked to Russia tried to depress turnout in last month’s parliamentary elections, a European Commission review said.

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Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative (New York Times)

A handful of companies already dominate the market for digital assistants. The implications for consumer privacy are a serious concern, researchers say.

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More Than 25% Of U.S. Adults Almost Always Online: Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends Report (Forbes)

Mary Meeker just delivered her highly anticipated annual “Internet Trends” presentation on the state of the Web.

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EU campaigns to raise data privacy rights awareness as survey shows gap (Reuters)

Less than a third of Europeans are aware of all their rights under last year’s General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union said on Thursday as it launched a campaign to encourage more of them to only share data they want to.

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Deepfake videos could 'spark' violent social unrest (BBC News)

Deepfake technology could spark "violent outbreaks", an expert warns.

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When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed (New York Times)

After posts on the social network contributed to Myanmar’s genocide of Rohingya Muslims, Facebook vowed to fix the problem. Then the vitriol moved to India.

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12 June 2019

Who will pay for trusted news? (BBC News)

Here is the good news about journalism - more people are worried about misinformation and so are turning to more reputable sources of information. But here's the bad news - they seem no more inclined to pay for good journalism.

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House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media (New York Times)

A congressional investigation into the power of big tech companies began on Tuesday with bipartisan concern from lawmakers that the government’s lax oversight of the industry may be doing more harm than good.

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Ericsson Mobility Report: 5G uptake even faster than expected (Ericsson)

Rapid early momentum and enthusiasm for 5G has led Ericsson to forecast an extra 400 million enhanced mobile broadband subscriptions globally by the end of 2024. The June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions – up from 1.5 billion forecasted in the November 2018 edition – an increase of almost 27 percent.

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11 June 2019

UN makes 'declaration of digital interdependence', with release of tech report (United Nations)

The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, says a new tech report, “the Age of Digital Interdependence”, released on Monday by the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, almost a year after the Panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres.

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They Just Won't Die: Dark Web Drug Sellers Resist Police Crackdowns (New York Times)

The notorious Silk Road site was shut down in 2013. Others have followed. But the online trafficking of illegal narcotics hasn’t abated.

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10 June 2019

How the pursuit of leisure drives internet use: Movies, not grain prices, are bringing the poor world online (The Economist)

The chief of Madhogarh, a picturesque village nestled beneath a 17th-century fortified palace in the heart of Rajasthan, came to Indra Sharma three years ago to ask if she would attend a workshop. “Something about the internet,” Ms Sharma, a 40-year-old child-care worker, recalls. She had no particular interest in this internet thing. But she liked the idea of learning something new, so she went along. She and a handful of women from nearby villages were all given a smartphone and some basic lessons in how to use it.

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The Making of a YouTube Radical (New York Times)

Caleb Cain was a college dropout looking for direction. He turned to YouTube, where he was pulled into a world filled with conspiracy theories, misogyny and racism.

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Cyber-thieves turn to 'invisible net' to set up attacks (BBC News)

Cyber-thieves are creating an "invisible internet" to stop police spying on cyber-crime deals being done on the dark net, research suggests.

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G-20 Ministers Agree to Redouble Efforts to Tax Tech Behemoths (Bloomberg)

Finance Ministers from Group of 20 nations agreed they need to find a common method to tax technology giants, whose digital business models have grown exponentially faster than systems to tax them.

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China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban (New York Times)

The Chinese government this past week summoned major tech companies including Microsoft and Dell from the United States and Samsung of South Korea, to warn that they could face dire consequences if they cooperate with the Trump administration’s ban on sales of key American technology to Chinese companies, according to people familiar with the meetings.

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07 June 2019

ccTLDs Account For Two-Thirds Of All European Domains While At Least Half New gTLDs Loss Making: Afnic Report

ccTLD domain names account for over half of the domain names registered around the world, except in North America where that figure falls to 5%, according to The Global Domain Name Market in 2018 report, released by Afnic, the .fr registry. Within Europe, ccTLDs account for 64%, Latin America and the Caribbean 59%, Asia-Pacific 57% and Africa 55%.

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Big Tech Is Armed and Waiting to Repel U.S. Antitrust Onslaught (Bloomberg)

Investors were caught off guard by the sudden U.S. assault on technology giants this week, but behind the scenes, the industry’s biggest companies have been preparing for this moment of reckoning for months.

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Making Big Tech companies share data could do more good than breaking them up (MIT Technology Review)

Internet governance expert Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says a breakup wouldn’t fix the real problem: companies like Google have too much data, and nobody else stands a chance.

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Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet (Wired)

For years, countries have spoken in vague terms about creating domestic internets that could be isolated from the world at will. Now we’re seeing some begin to execute that vision. Last month Iran announced that its "national information network"—essentially a domestic internet—is 80 percent complete. Earlier this year, Russia launched a major initiative to build a domestic Russian internet, purportedly to defend against cybersecurity threats—though also a likely expansion on the Kremlin’s desire to control the flow of information within its borders.

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06 June 2019

YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views (New York Times)

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

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Is 'Big Tech' too big? A look at growing antitrust scrutiny (Associated Press)

Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup?

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05 June 2019

On YouTube's Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles (New York Times)

The site’s automated recommendation system, at times drawing on home movies of unwitting families, created a vast video catalog of prepubescent children.

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Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In (New York Times)

The federal government is stepping up its scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies, leaving them vulnerable to new rules and federal lawsuits. Regulators are divvying up antitrust oversight of the Silicon Valley giants and lawmakers are investigating whether they have stifled competition and hurt consumers.

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