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08 October 2019

U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators (New York Times)

The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock in America’s tech-friendly regulations around the world even as they are being newly questioned at home.

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07 October 2019

You could soon be a victim of cybercrime - here's how to try to stop that happening (ABC News)

Every 10 minutes, cybercriminals are preying on Australian businesses and individuals, leaving some people tens of thousands of dollars worse off.

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04 October 2019

Egypt Is Using Apps to Track and Target Its Citizens, Report Says (New York Times)

A series of sophisticated cyberattacks targeting Egyptian journalists, academics, lawyers, opposition politicians and human rights activists has been traced to Egyptian government offices, a cybersecurity firm has found.

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Facebook Can Be Forced to Delete Content Worldwide, E.U.'s Top Court Rules (New York Times)

Europe’s top court said on Thursday that individual countries can order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos not only in their own countries but elsewhere, in a ruling that extends the reach of the region’s internet-related laws beyond its own borders.

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US, UK and Australia urge Facebook to create backdoor access to encrypted messages (The Guardian)

The United States, United Kingdom and Australia plan to pressure Facebook to create a backdoor into its encrypted messaging apps that would allow governments to access the content of private communications, according to an open letter from top government officials to Mark Zuckerberg obtained by the Guardian.

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GDPR-compliant companies outperforming peers across a wide range of metrics (Marketing Land)

According to a new report from Capgemini research, compliance with the EU’s GDPR has yielded a range of significant and perhaps unanticipated benefits, from increased consumer trust to better customer engagement and revenue growth. Overall, the researcher says that “[GDPR] compliant organizations have outperformed non-compliant [companies] by an average of 20%.”

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03 October 2019

Europeans Around The World Can Register .EU Domains From 19 October

In what the .eu registry EURid is saying is the “biggest change yet” for the European ccTLD, citizens of European Union countries no matter where they live in the world will become eligible to register their very own .eu domain names from 19 October.

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ICANN Community Values Age Diversity, But Cost Major Barrier To Participation

Age diversity is beneficial to the ICANN community according to the results of a recent Age Diversity and Participation Survey conducted by ICANN whose results were released Tuesday.

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ICANN: Register Now to Participate in the 4th Eastern European DNS Forum

ICANN Tuesday announced that the fourth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place from 11-12 October 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia, co-organized with the .am/.հայ Registry, ISOC.AM.

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Facebook Encryption Eyed in Fight Against Online Child Sex Abuse (New York Times)

An explosion in reports of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet is prompting the authorities to step up pressure on technology companies over their use of encryption — and Facebook, which flags by far the largest amount of the material, is drawing outsize attention.

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A European Strategy to deliver a Better Internet for our Children (EU Digital Single Market)

Today, children in Europe are going online on different devices even younger than few years ago. They start using the Internet before being able to read or write. Internet use has become more mobile and personalized. At the same time, many young children say there are not enough good things for them to do online. There is no doubt that in today's environment children need the skills and tools for using the Internet safely and responsibly.

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Privacy group says tech giants not delivering on political ads pledges (Reuters)

Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s Google have failed to provide adequate transparency for global users around political advertising on their services, a privacy advocacy group said on Tuesday.

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02 October 2019

Nominet Increasing .UK Registry By 4%

The registry fee for .uk domain names is increasing 15p, or 4%, to £3.90 from 13 January 2020, Nominet announced Tuesday.

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Inside a massive cyber ANU hack that risks compromising future leaders around the globe (ABC News)

Without anyone clicking on a link, a massive cyber attack of unprecedented sophistication gained access to private information of potentially high-ranking officials across the globe.

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Congress and Trump Agreed They Want a National Privacy Law. It Is Nowhere in Sight. (New York Times)

A rare thing emerged in Washington early this year: agreement. Republicans and Democrats in Congress, as well as the Trump White House, all said they wanted a new federal law to protect people’s online privacy. Numerous tech companies urged them on.

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Top EU court rules web sites must have 'active consent' to store cookies (The Hill)

The top European Union court has determined that to store internet users' cookies, website operators need to receive "active consent."

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Zuckerberg promised to 'fight' efforts by Sen. Warren to break up Facebook in leaked comments (Washington Post)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told employees that the company was ready to “go to the mat and … fight” if Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, follows through on her vow to try to break up major technology firms, according to a leaked recording of his remarks published Tuesday.

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01 October 2019

Brits' internet use peaks at 21:00 on Wednesdays, ONS says (BBC News)

Peak time for being on the internet in Britain is 21:00 on Wednesdays, the Office for National Statistics suggests.

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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers new Wi-Fi era (Wi-Fi Alliance)

The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 certification program from Wi-Fi Alliance is now available and delivers the best user experience with devices based on IEEE 802.11ax. The certification program brings new features and capabilities that enable substantially greater overall Wi-Fi network performance in challenging environments with many connected devices such as stadiums, airports, and industrial parks. With adoption of the latest Wi-Fi generation increasing, product vendors and service providers can trust Wi-Fi CERTIFIED will distinguish Wi-Fi 6 products and networks that meet the highest standards for security and interoperability. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 provides significant capacity, performance, and latency improvements to the entire Wi-Fi ecosystem, while ensuring products across vendors to work well together to deliver greater innovation and opportunity.

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29 September 2019

Why much of the internet is closed off to blind people (BBC News)

As our everyday world moves increasingly online, the digital landscape presents new challenges for ensuring accessibility for the blind. A recent court challenge against Domino's pizza may be a watershed case guiding the rights of disabled people on the internet.

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The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? (New York Times)

Online predators create and share the illegal material, which is increasingly cloaked by technology. Tech companies, the government and the authorities are no match.

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Piracy will Surge if More Legal Streaming Services Launch, Research Shows (TorrentFreak)

A new survey conducted by Broadband Genie shows that piracy will surge if content is spread out across more streaming subscription services. In part due to increasing costs, the number of UK streaming subscribers who "pirate" on the side is set to double.

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New study shows economic impact of broadband on least-developed, landlocked and small island nations (International Telecommunication Union)

Least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS)’ constitute 91 of the world’s most vulnerable nations. Some of them lag significantly behind in terms of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Global internet growth stalls and focus shifts to ‘meaningful universal connectivity’ to drive global development (International Telecommunication Union)

Traditional ap​proaches to driving internet network roll-out and uptake are failing to reach the remaining half of the global population still lacking online access, according to a new report issued in New York today by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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27 September 2019

Google makes deepfakes to fight deepfakes (BBC News)

Google has released a database of 3,000 deepfakes - videos that use artificial intelligence to alter faces or to make people say things they never did.

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