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04 October 2018

Why your online data isn't safe: An interview with Berkman Klein Center Executive Director Urs Gasser (Harvard Law Today)

Until recently, the presumptive targets for massive data theft were considered to be companies that lacked sophisticated cybersecurity or didn’t take the issue seriously enough.

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Internet providers are joining Trump's DOJ in suing California over net neutrality (Washington Post)

Internet providers have sued the state of California in an effort to block its new net neutrality law from going into effect, adding momentum to a high-stakes legal fight over the future of the Internet.

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Australia's surveillance laws could damage internet security globally, overseas critics say (ABC News)

Australia's new technology surveillance laws are drawing increasing scrutiny from international privacy groups and technology companies.

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03 October 2018

Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk (New York Times)

When Mark Zuckerberg introduced an online tool called Facebook Connect in 2008, he hailed it as a kind of digital passport to the rest of the internet. In just a few clicks, users would be able to log in to other apps and sites with their Facebook passwords.

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Experts worry 5G could widen digital divide in cities (The Hill)

The rollout of 5G high-speed wireless networks are expected to usher in an era of super-fast internet speeds, but many experts worry that the new technology will only leave poor urban communities further behind.

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Tech giants allied against proposed Australia law seeking encrypted data (Reuters)

Four global tech giants - Facebook, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon - will oppose an Australian law that would require them to provide access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities, an industry lobby group said on Wednesday.

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02 October 2018

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee works to liberate personal data (BBC News)

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has created a technology he says will give people more control over their data.

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The most dangerous celebrity online is revealed (Associated Press)

Ruby Rose has played some dangerous characters, like an inmate in “Orange Is the New Black” and a scientist battling a prehistoric shark in “The Meg.” But the actress herself is now officially dangerous.

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01 October 2018

US justice department sues California over new net neutrality law (The Guardian)

The US justice department has sued the state of California, just hours after the state’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed legislation to restore internet protections known as net neutrality.

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30 September 2018

Obama to companies: Engage govts to avoid the Facebook fate (Associated Press)

Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged private businesses Thursday to come out of “isolation” and to engage more with governments when developing new products and services to avoid problems like those challenging Facebook.

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UK Government orders chief medical officer to draw up guidelines on social media time limits (The Independent)

Britain's chief medical officer has been instructed by health secretary Matt Hancock to draw up official guidelines on time limits for social media use.

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Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development advances efforts to connect the world's nearly four billion "other half" (International Telecommunication Union)

Broadband technology is critical to connecting the 3.8 billion people around the globe who still do not have access to the Internet—the world's “other half." This is according to more than 60 participants from United Nations agencies, governments and the broadband industry, who came together in New York City today at the annual fall meeting of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The global group of key influencers and decision-makers met parallel to the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations also taking place in New York City.

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EU lawmakers push for cybersecurity, data audit of Facebook (Associated Press)

European Union lawmakers appear set this month to demand audits of Facebook by Europe’s cybersecurity agency and data protection authority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Push for Greater Control Over the Internet Coming Back Around (Internet Society)

A group of countries will likely try to resurrect old battles on international control of Internet in the coming months, during upcoming meetings related to Internet Governance, some experts say.

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28 September 2018

Limiting children's screen time linked to better cognition (BBC News)

Limiting children's recreational screen use has been linked with improved cognition.

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27 September 2018

Austria's Internet Celebrating Combined 80th Birthday

Austria’s internet is celebrating a combined number of birthdays in 2018, all adding up to an 80th birthday celebration: 10 years of, 20 years of Stopline, 20 years of and 30 years of .at!

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26 September 2018

IDNs On The Decline in 2017: IDN World Report

The estimated number of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) declined by around 14% in 2017, with the biggest decline due to a change in policy by the Vietnamese ccTLD manager, which led to a drop in their second level IDNs from nearly 1 million to just over 5,000. Excluding the impact of Viet Nam, there was a drop of approximately 6% during 2017 with numbers declining to 5.1 million from 5.4m. The decline compares to a growth of 28% from 2015 to 2016 and 9% from 2014 to 2015.

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Google at 20: how two 'obnoxious' students changed the internet (The Guardian)

It is two decades since Larry Page and Sergey Brin moved their fledgling startup out of their dorms. With threats to its power growing, how long can the company dominate?

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Google overhauls search to show more pictures, videos and context (Washington Post)

Google has unveiled a host of updates to its search product, designed to make visual information more useful as pictures and video become more central to the Internet experience.

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UK newspaper industry demands levy on tech firms (The Guardian)

The British newspaper industry’s trade body has said the government should force social media sites such as Facebook and Google to pay an annual financial levy to fund journalism, and set up a regulator that would force them to take legal responsibility for all the content on their platforms.

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How Instagram Rose Into a Cultural Powerhouse (New York Times)

When Justin Bieber posted on Instagram for the first time in July 2011, he did not enthrall his army of fans with a shirtless selfie or a meticulously planned photo shoot.

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Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse. (Washington Post)

Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for advertising illegal drugs. The company has pledged a crackdown in recent weeks, but it is struggling to keep pace with its own algorithms and systems, which serve up an array of personalized drug-related content aimed directly at people who show an interest in buying substances illicitly.

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Censorship could be just as common in an open internet as a closed one (Quartz)

The internet is often known as our “digital public square.” But like any shared space, it is never neutral: It must have politics. As we stand at a crossroads of contention around internet governance, these politics are being called into question and reshaped.

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Inside the private Justice Department meeting that could lead to new investigations of Facebook, Google and other tech giants (Washington Post)

A meeting of the country’s top federal and state law enforcement officials on Tuesday could presage sweeping new investigations of Amazon, Facebook, Google and their tech industry peers, stemming from lingering frustrations that these companies are too big, fail to safeguard users' private data and don’t cooperate with legal demands.

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24 September 2018

Average Briton spends 26 days a year watching on-demand TV (The Guardian)

UK adults spend an average of 12 hours a week watching on-demand TV, around eight times longer than they spend exercising, a survey has found.

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