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11 April 2019

Number of DNSSEC-Signed .CH Domains Jumps 8-Fold in 2 Years

The number of DNSSEC-signed .ch domain names has jumped by 80% in the 12 months from January 2018, from around 45,000 to 81,000, and 8-fold from the 10,000 at the beginning of 2017.

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UK Government Advises British .EU Registrants to Plan For No Deal Brexit

The UK government has issued yet another guidance on what British registrants of .eu domain names should do if Britain ends up leaving the European Union. The guidance notes “EURid has confirmed that it has placed on hold any plans regarding domain names registered to individuals and undertakings in the UK and Gibraltar, whilst it awaits instructions from the European Commission.”

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08 April 2019

The Emerging Internet of Things: Opportunities and Challenges for Privacy and Security (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

One of the most dynamic and exciting developments in information and communications technology is the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). Although networking technologies have become increasingly ubiquitous over the past two decades, until recently they have largely been restricted to connecting traditional end-user devices, such as mainframes, desktop and laptop computers, and, more recently, smartphones and tablets.

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The Cyber Security Battlefield: AI Technology Offers Both Opportunities and Threats (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is truly a revolutionary feat of computer science, set to become a core component of all modern software over the coming years and decades. This presents a threat but also an opportunity. AI will be deployed to augment both defensive and offensive cyber operations. Additionally, new means of cyber attack will be invented to take advantage of the particular weaknesses of AI technology. Finally, the importance of data will be amplified by AI’s appetite for large amounts of training data, redefining how we must think about data protection. Prudent governance at the global level will be essential to ensure that this era-defining technology will bring about broadly shared safety and prosperity.

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Does Anyone Collect Old Emails? (New York Times)

We used to hold on to letters, tickets and playbills to remind us of the past. But those things are rapidly disappearing.

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Poll: Americans give social media a clear thumbs-down: A sizable majority say social media does more to divide the country than unite it, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. (NBC News)

The American public holds negative views of social-media giants like Facebook and Twitter, with sizable majorities saying these sites do more to divide the country than unite it and spread falsehoods rather than news, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

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05 April 2019

Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics (Reuters)

EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday.

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Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, leaked UK plan reveals (The Guardian)

Social media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, leaked plans for a long-awaited government crackdown obtained by the Guardian reveal.

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Online harms UK white paper: could regulation kill innovation? (The Guardian)

It’s rare to describe a government white paper as “trendy”, but among the small community of people who think deeply about how to rein in the the power of big tech, that’s exactly how these proposals will be seen.

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Australia Passes Law to Punish Social Media Companies for Violent Posts (New York Times)

Australia passed sweeping legislation Thursday that threatens huge fines for social media companies and jail for their executives if they fail to rapidly remove “abhorrent violent material” from their platforms.

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Amazon plans to launch over 3,000 satellites to offer broadband internet (Reuters)

Amazon.com Inc on Thursday confirmed its plan to build a network of over 3,000 satellites through “Project Kuiper” to provide high speed internet.

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04 April 2019

US Government Reiterates Opposition to Changes to WHOIS Resulting From EU's GDPR

The US government continues to be opposed to changes to Whois that they believe will have little benefit for consumer privacy and major benefits for cyber-criminals. The comments were made, again, in a speech by the the NTIA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, David J. Redl, at a FDA Online Opioid Summit in Washington, D.C. on 2 April.

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Neustar, PIR, Verisign Join NTIA In Battle Against Illegal Opioid Distribution

The FDA and NTIA are working with other key entities that have a role in the registration of domain names, including Verisign, which oversees .com, and Public Interest Registry, which manages .org, on a framework focused on reducing the availability of opioids illegally offered for sale online.

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TikTok is popular, but Chinese apps still have a lot to learn about global markets (The Conversation)

If Twitter is the revolutionary version of blogging, TikTok might be the revolutionary version of YouTube. Both Twitter and TikTok encourage their users to post shorter, more fragmented content than their precursors.

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Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. user data is still showing up in places it shouldn’t.

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Australian laws targeting terror videos on Facebook and YouTube are 'rushed' and 'knee-jerk', say lawyers and tech industry (ABC News)

Australia's proposed new social media laws have been heavily criticised by lawyers and the start-up industry, as well as by technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter, who say they were not meaningfully consulted.

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03 April 2019

Kiwis lose $33M in 2018 - new approach needed in the fight against online scams (Netsafe)

Online safety organisation Netsafe says that Kiwis reported losing more to online scams and fraud in 2018 than any other year in its 20-year history, with losses tripling from 2017.

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01 April 2019

Following Christchurch Terrorist Attack, DNC Questions What They’d Have Done If It Was A .NZ Domain Used For Livestreaming Instead of Facebook

Following last month’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey has questioned what they would have done if it was a .nz domain name linked to streaming objectionable material and not a platform like Facebook.

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31 March 2019

Global law enforcement action against vendors and buyers on the dark web (Europol)

Law enforcement from Europe, Canada and the United States joined forces early 2019 to target vendors and buyers of illegal goods on dark web marketplaces. During the course of this operation, international law enforcement agencies made 61 arrests and shut down 50 dark web accounts used for illegal activity. Law enforcement executed 65 search warrants, seizing 299,5 kg of drugs, 51 firearms, and over €6,2 million (almost €4 million in cryptocurrency, €2,2 million in cash, and €35 000 in gold). They also conducted 122 interviews.

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Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let's start in these four areas. by Mark Zuckerberg (Washington Post)

Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks. These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone.

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Global Domain Registrations Closing in on 350 Million: Verisign

There were approximately 348.7 million domain names registered across all TLDs at the end of 2018, an increase of approximately 6.3 million, or 1.8%, compared to the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. For the year registrations grew by approximately 16.3 million, or 4.9%.

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30 March 2019

The Growing Threat of Online-Bred Right-Wing Extremism (Der Spiegel)

The gunman who killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand is being celebrated by right-wing extremists around the world, including in Germany. It is a sign of how the internet has forged a new kind of terrorist threat, and an increasingly emboldened network of radicals.

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Cuba, Google move to improve island's connectivity (Associated Press)

Cuba and Google signed a deal Thursday moving the island one step closer to having a state-of-the-art connection to the modern internet.

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CentralNic Group Gains 680,000 Domain Names From Failed AlpNames

The domain name portfolio of failed discount registrar AlpNames is to be bulk transferred to 3 CentralNic subsidiaries. AlpNames, which had a history of being a home to spammers and scammers, went offline about a month ago and had its registrar accreditation rescinded by ICANN on 15 March.

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29 March 2019

auDA Policy Reform Moves Slower Than Snails With Direct Registrations and Domaining Ban Incrementally Closer

In a pace that even snails would outrun, auDA has announced the next steps in their “public consultation for policy reform” that includes allowing direct registrations, or registrations at the second level. Following the Names Policy Panel recommendations in December 2015 and accepted by the board in April 2016, auDA have announced yet another round of consultations.

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