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05 August 2019

After White Terrorism Act in El Paso, Cloudflare Terminates 8chan's Hate

It wasn’t the first time a white terrorist had committed a massacre, nor the first time the terrorist had posted their intentions on 8chan, but Cloudflare has decided they’ve had enough and announced Monday they were terminating 8chan as a customer. As a result 8chan disappeared overnight Sunday with the New York Times reports the site went dark about 03:00 Eastern time after Cloudflare’s services were withdrawn around midnight and at the time of writing was still down.

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8chan Is a Megaphone for Gunmen. 'Shut the Site Down,' Says Its Creator. (New York Times)

Fredrick Brennan was getting ready for church at his home in the Philippines when the news of a mass shooting in El Paso arrived. His response was immediate and instinctive.

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The Trauma of Revenge Porn: We should call it 'cyberrape,' not free speech. (New York Times)

It was April 2008 when I took my first prescription anxiety pill. It helped calm the fear I felt whenever I spotted my ex-boyfriend driving behind me on my way home from work.

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02 August 2019

A lawmaker wants to end 'social media addiction' by killing features that enable mindless scrolling (Washington Post)

The youngest senator in Congress, and one of its toughest crusaders against Big Tech, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to curb social media addiction by regulating the techniques that prolong engagement on the platforms.

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01 August 2019

auDA Rudderless As CEO "Resignation" Follows Chair's Walk Out

Tuesday’s sudden departure of the auDA CEO comes during a protracted period of turmoil at the .au policy and regulatory body and leaves nobody at the .au policy and regulatory body in positions to make key decisions on policy, marketing or spending, and with the introduction of second level registrations looming in the fourth quarter of 2019, the new rules still haven’t been announced.

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Army fights fake news with propagandists and hackers in one unit (The Guardian)

Computer hackers and propaganda specialists working in the British army are to be placed in a single division, as part of a reorganisation designed to reflect a belief that the boundary between peace and war has become increasingly blurred.

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31 July 2019

Calls for backdoor access to WhatsApp as Five Eyes nations meet (The Guardian)

British, American and other intelligence agencies from English-speaking countries have concluded a two-day meeting in London amid calls for spies and police officers to be given special, backdoor access to WhatsApp and other encrypted communications.

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30 July 2019

auDA and Out: Controversial auDA CEO Gone

Late Tuesday an announcement many were expecting in recent days came with auDA CEO Cameron Boardman announcing his resignation.

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The internet is rotting - let's embrace it by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, University of Oxford (The Conversation)

I have just taken an entire website and gigabytes of data offline. It covered a highly successful series of conferences on the data economy. It brought together thought leaders and key decision-makers from around the world for annual retreats – over a decade ago. And now it is gone.

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Will Europe scare off Silicon Valley? Asta Gudrun Helgadottir asks how long Google and Facebook will tolerate EU regulation (Chatham House)

Regulation of the internet has been a tendentious issue for some time. In recent years, the European Union has taken the lead in creating consumer-oriented rules to control digital businesses through a framework based on European values.

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Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses (New York Times)

The airy three-story rental house on the outskirts of Havana would seem to have all the luxury attributes a cosmopolitan tourist might want: elegant appliances, high-end artwork, a rooftop plunge pool and ocean views.

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29 July 2019

.RU Increases Registration Fee in 2018 and Domainers Bolt

Registrations in Russia’s ccTLD dropped by 351,130 in 2018, or 6.5%, primarily due to an increase in the registration fee on 1 July which led to domain investors, described as those registrants with portfolios of more than 100 domain names, according to the Russian Domain Space 2018: Outcomes and Development Prospects report released in July.

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28 July 2019

Trump vows to retaliate against French digital tax (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump promised on Friday to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.

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26 July 2019

Verisign Quarterly Results Continue Show 4.3% Increase in .COM/.NET Registrations In 12 Months

Verisign released their results for the second quarter of 2019 which showed a continuing growth in registration numbers for their 2 big top-level domains – .com and .net (combined). For the quarter combined registrations for .com and .net grew 4.3% from the end of the second quarter of 2018, and a net increase of 1.34 million. While Verisign don’t break out registration numbers for each TLD, going by figures in the company’s Domain Name Industry Brief, the growth would have been in .com and there would have been a decline in .net.

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Instagram Is Great for Models. It's Also Good for Predators. (New York Times)

The photographer Marcus Hyde was a rising star: a favorite of Kim Kardashian West, responsible for a Fendi social media campaign, with a million Instagram followers. But this week, multiple women said he had used his growing profile on social media to engage in inappropriate behavior, including soliciting nude photographs from models in exchange for shooting them.

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Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up. (New York Times)

Chris Hughes used to huddle with Mark Zuckerberg in a Harvard dorm room building Facebook from scratch. Now, he’s huddling with regulators to explain why Facebook needs to be broken up.

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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data (New York Times)

The market for our digital data can seem like a lopsided bargain. We all create valuable data points with every tap on a screen or keystroke — clicks, searches, likes, posts, purchases and more. We hand it over willingly for free services. But the biggest economic windfall goes to the tech giants like Google and Facebook. Their corporate wealth is built on harvesting and commercializing the information supplied by the online multitudes.

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Facebook and Google face tighter rules in Australia as ACCC releases report (The Guardian)

Facebook and Google face new regulation of their advertising products and the algorithm that determines what appears in users’ news feeds and in search results.

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25 July 2019

763 Complaints in 2018, Or 0.0063% Of .UK Domains: Nominet

Nominet’s annual report on the number of disputes over .uk domain names brought before their “award-winning Dispute Resolution Service” shows there were 763 complaints in 2018, which represented just 0.0063% of the 11,999,151 domain names on the register (as of 31 December 2018).

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How Arab governments use cyber laws to shut down activism: Critical Arab voices are being silenced on Twitter, and laws across the Middle East are created to further this cause. (Al Jazeera)

For human rights activists, journalists, dissidents and free speech campaigners, social media has long been a double-edged sword, representing both the positive and harmful aspects of open communication on the internet.

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Young people in UK abandon TV news 'almost entirely' (The Guardian)

Young people in Britain have almost entirely abandoned television news broadcasts, according to Ofcom, while half of the country now gets its news from social media.

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Facebook Agrees to Extensive New Oversight as Part of $5 Billion Settlement (New York Times)

Facebook was ordered on Wednesday to create new layers of oversight for its collection and handling of users’ data by the Federal Trade Commission, as the agency detailed a privacy settlement with the social network that became a referendum on how aggressive American regulators would be against big tech companies.

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Facebook Antitrust Inquiry Shows Big Tech's Freewheeling Era Is Past (New York Times)

Facebook came under siege on multiple fronts on Wednesday, agreeing to new layers of oversight and two fines to settle privacy and disclosure violations, even as it acknowledged that it was under investigation from the Federal Trade Commission for antitrust concerns.

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24 July 2019

'Anonymised' data can never be totally anonymous, says study (The Guardian)

“Anonymised” data lies at the core of everything from modern medical research to personalised recommendations and modern AI techniques. Unfortunately, according to a paper, successfully anonymising data is practically impossible for any complex dataset.

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Facebook deceived users about the way it used phone numbers, facial recognition, FTC to allege in complaint (Washington Post)

The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users about its handling of their phone numbers as part of a wide-ranging complaint that accompanies a settlement ending the government’s privacy probe, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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