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01 December 2019

China due to introduce face scans for mobile users (BBC)

People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millions of internet users.

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DENIC Enables Newly Registered .DE Domains Within 5 Minutes

With an “optimised technical procedure”, newly registered .de domain names are now live within 5 minutes from registration DENIC has announced. The changes also apply to changes to domain name registrant data.

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Internet and Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019 (European Commission)

The Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network released their first-ever Global Status Report in Berlin on 27 November 2019.

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Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges (European Commission)

The Commission has published today the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017. The use of mobile data while travelling in the EU has increased tenfold compared to the year before roam-like-at-home, with a peak of 12 times higher use of mobile data abroad during the holiday period.

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30 November 2019

Internet Governance Forum: We must act now to tackle the threats of cyberspace (United Nations)

Global efforts need to be stepped up to address an increase in cross-border cyberattacks, hate speech and security breaches, according to the more than 6,000 delegates that took part in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that concluded today in Berlin.

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29 November 2019

Pirate IPTV Services Generate Nearly €1 Billion Per Year, EU Study Shows (TorrentFreak)

New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that, in the EU, pirate IPTV services generate close to a billion euros in annual revenue. Illegal IPTV services are most popular in the Netherlands and Sweden, while UK subscribers bring in the most money.

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When done right, internet use among children can increase learning opportunities and build digital skills (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Blanket restrictions on children’s internet use prevent them from taking advantage of critical learning and skills development opportunities, according to a new report, launched today at the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin.

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Verisign Wants You To Know All About Roll, Roll, Roll Your Root, The KSK Rollover One

Verisign has made available their paper analysing the KSK Root Rollover last year. Titled Roll, Roll, Roll Your Root: A Comprehensive Analysis of the First Ever DNSSEC Root KSK Rollover, it provides an in-depth analysis of events occurring before, during and after the 2018 KSK rollover from multiple perspectives, to include that of root operators, resolver operators and end users.

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27 November 2019

Shopping And Electronics Number One Targets For Suspicious Domain Names: ZeroFOX

Scammers are getting ready for the holiday season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up in the next week, and Christmas shopping starting in earnest. And there are websites and social media accounts hoping to take advantage of internet users and holiday shoppers that are seeking a bargain, or just looking for their desired products online. And research by ZeroFOX has found online shopping and electronics are the number one targets for suspicious domain names.

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Shop safe New Zealand by Brent Carey, NZ Domain Name Commissioner

Today [Monday] InternetNZ is launching our #ShopSafeNZ campaign hoping to raise awareness about safer online shopping experiences for Kiwis. We’ll be campaigning in the lead up to the holiday season and retail sales from 25 November – 1 January 2020.

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Pointless emails: they're not just irritating - they have a massive carbon footprint (The Guardian)

More than 64m unnecessary emails are sent in Britain every day. Along with clogging up our inboxes they are also damaging the environment

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A 17-year-old posted to TikTok about China’s detention camps. She was locked out of her account (New York Times)

Feroza Aziz started her TikTok video like a typical makeup tutorial, telling viewers she would show them how to get long eyelashes. Then the 17-year-old stopped abruptly, calling instead on viewers to start researching the harrowing conditions facing Muslims in China’s detention camps.

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In the face of increasing digital divides and cyberattacks, UN Chief calls for transforming the Internet as a powerful force for good (United Nations)

Calling for collective responsibility to face the challenges of nefarious use of digital technology, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the fourteenth Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany, that the growing frequency and severity of cyber-attacks are undermining trust and encouraging States to adopt offensive postures for the hostile use of cyberspace.

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26 November 2019

They Think It’s All Over. It Is Now. RIPE Allocates Final IPv4 Addresses.

Yesterday it happened. The RIPE NCC ran out of IPv4 addresses. It’s been anticipated for some time and on 25 November 2019, RIPE made their final /22 IPv4 allocation from the last remaining addresses in their available pool.

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Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web: calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity (The Guardian)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”.

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I Invented the World Wide Web. Here's How We Can Fix It. by Tim Berners-Lee (New York Times)

My parents were mathematicians. My mother helped code one of the first stored-program computers — the Manchester Mark 1. They taught me that when you program a computer, what you can do is limited only by your imagination. That excitement for experimentation and change helped me build the World Wide Web.

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25 November 2019

PIR Addresses Concerns Over Conflicts And Registry Fee Rises Following Takeover

The announcement in mid-November that Ethos Capital, a private equity company, had bought Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society has caused some outrage from sections of the internet community over possible conflicts of interest and concerns the registry fee for .org domain names could rise significantly. To address these concerns Public Interest Registry put out a statement over the weekend addressing some frequently asked questions about the transaction with responses that they believe should provide additional clarity.

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EURid Wins Domains Award At 18th eco://awards For Domain Registration Abuse Prevention System

EURid has won the “Domains” award at the 18th eco://awards for their Domain Name Registration Abuse Prevention System it was announced Thursday. The system prevents abuse through machine learning, identifying whether a newly registered domain name is likely to be used abusively. And the day before, EURid was handing out their own awards at the .eu Gala Awards.

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Nominet Suspends 0.22% Of All .UK Domains For Criminal Activity In 12 Months

Nominet suspended 28,937 .uk domain names between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2019, a small reduction year on year a – down from 32,813 in the previous year. This represents around 0.22% of the more than 13 million .uk domains currently registered.

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Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the 'Deepfake' Future (New York Times)

Several months ago, Google hired dozens of actors to sit at a table, stand in a hallway and walk down a street while talking into a video camera.

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Mobile Divides in Emerging Economies (Pew Internet)

Some still do not have mobile phones, and even phone owners struggle with connectivity and costs; they also face security issues

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How Iran Turned Off the Internet: Cutting off internet access isn't as easy as flipping a switch. (Slate)

Ten years ago, a Senate bill proposed by Sens. John Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe spurred considerable controversy. The bill, which never even came up for a vote, would have made it possible for the U.S. government to build an “internet kill switch” that would allow it to shut off the internet in the event of an emergency. The proposal drew significant criticism, and U.S. politicians backed off relatively quickly, but in other countries around the world, the kill switch model was—and is—very real, as Iran’s government has just demonstrated. On Nov. 16, amid widespread political protest, most of the country was cut off from the global internet. After five days of isolation, the government announced Thursday that access would be “gradually restored.”

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24 November 2019

Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation (Wired)

Without the inspiration and innovation of two disabled individuals, the digital world likely wouldn’t be what it is today. Yet that same world so summarily excludes disabled individuals today that we’re eliminating the very people we will need to solve the web’s future problems.

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Global 5G deal poses significant threat to weather forecast accuracy, experts warn (Washington Post)

A long-awaited international deal governing how the world’s technology companies should roll out 5G technology poses serious risks to weather forecast accuracy, according to data from federal agencies and the World Meteorological Organization.

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Why Everyone Is Angry at Facebook Over Its Political Ads Policy (New York Times)

After Google announced restrictions on political advertising this week, campaign strategists in Washington quickly turned their attention to a different company: Facebook.

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