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14 March 2020

IBM wants to make computers fluent in human (CNN)

IBM is commercializing a new technology that makes it easier for computers to understand human communication.

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12 March 2020

ICANN's Open Data Platform Now Live

ICANN Thursday announced the launch of the Open Data Platform. This effort is part of ICANN‘s Open Data Program (ODP) operationalized by the Office of the Chief Operations Officer. The goal of the Open Data Program is to provide the ICANN community with access to ICANN publicly available data.

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Facebook, Instagram overuse linked to loneliness, contributing to global epidemic (ABC News)

While social media has given us easy access to connect online with anyone in the world instantly, replacing face-to-face contact with virtual relationships could be making us more lonely.

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Internet 'is not working for women and girls', says Berners-Lee (The Guardian)

Women and girls face a “growing crisis” of online harms, with sexual harassment, threatening messages and discrimination making the web an unsafe place to be, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

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EU plans 'right to repair' rules for phones and tablets (The Guardian)

Manufacturers of phones, tablets and laptops will face legal obligations to make their products easier to repair and reuse, under a far-reaching recycling plan from the European Union executive.

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There Were 362.3 Million Domain Names At End 2019 As ccTLDs Drop 4.2m In Quarter Following .TW Crash: Verisign

Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief shows that 2019 closed with 362.3 million domain name registrations across all TLDs, an increase of 2.4 million domain name registrations, or 0.7 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2019 and 13.5 million, or 3.9 percent, year over year.

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11 March 2020

auDA Donates $42,000 To Australia's Bushfire-Affected Communities Following February Promotion

Following the announcement in January that auDA would donate $1 for every .au domain name created in February to help the recovery of Australian communities affected by the recent bushfires, they have announced they will be donating A$41,712 (US$25,665) to the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund.

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Microsoft and Partners Disrupt World’s Largest Online Criminal Network That Used 6 Million Domains In 25 Months

Microsoft and partners across 35 countries announced this week that through coordinated legal and technical steps they have disrupted one of the world’s most prolific botnets, called Necurs, which has infected more than nine million computers globally and in 25 months had used six million unique domains in various ccTLDs and gTLDs.

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A Botnet Is Taken Down in an Operation by Microsoft, Not the Government (New York Times)

Microsoft organized 35 nations on Tuesday to take down one of the world’s largest botnets — malware that secretly seizes control of millions of computers around the globe. It was an unusual disruption of an internet criminal group, because it was carried out by a company, not a government.

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10 March 2020

Facebook Wants Namecheap To Reveal Who's Registering Infringing Domains

Last week Facebook announced it had filed a lawsuit in Arizona against domain name registrar Namecheap as well as its proxy service, Whoisguard, for registering domain names that aim to deceive people by pretending to be affiliated with Facebook apps. These domain names from Facebook’s perspective can trick people into believing they are legitimate and are often used for phishing, fraud and scams.

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Commonwealth launches guide to tackle election cybersecurity threat (The Commonwealth)

Technology brings both benefit and risk to elections – but there are solutions that can defend the process from cybersecurity threats. This is the message from a Commonwealth best practice guide to cybersecurity in elections, launched today [6 March].

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Facebook sued by Australian information watchdog over Cambridge Analytica-linked data breach (The Guardian)

Australia’s information commissioner is suing Facebook over allegedly breaching the privacy of over 300,000 Australians caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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08 March 2020

African women have less access to the Internet than African men do. That's a problem. (Washington Post)

Today is International Women’s Day, an occasion to celebrate progress toward gender equity and assess the road still ahead. According to the United Nations, equal access to the Internet and other information and communications technologies is a key gender equality goal. That’s because it offers women an avenue through which they can claim rights and act on social, economic and political opportunities — whether starting businesses, getting education, finding jobs, obtaining health care, finding banking and other financial services, or joining in a wide variety of activities.

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Cybercriminals Continuing To Exploit Coronavirus With Malicious Domains: Check Point

Since January 2020, based on an updated Check Point Threat Intelligence report, “there have been over 4,000 coronavirus-related domains registered globally. Out of these websites, 3% were found to be malicious and an additional 5% are suspicious. Coronavirus- related domains are 50% more likely to be malicious than other domains registered at the same period, and also higher than recent seasonal themes such as Valentine’s day.”

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06 March 2020

It's time for a Greta Thunberg for technology (Euractiv)

Digitalisation has produced new challenges ranging from cybersecurity vulnerabilities and disinformation to gaming addiction and cyberbullying. Younger generations offer unique insights into these challenges but find themselves on the margins of EU policy debates.

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Bernie Sanders vs. Joe Biden: Where They Stand on Tech Issues (Bloomberg)

In the U.S., Super Tuesday established two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. If things continue the way they’re going, the Democratic party will be left with a choice between Joe Biden, who has alternately criticized and praised the tech industry, and Bernie Sanders, who incites near-panic within some Silicon Valley circles.

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U.S. to Hold Tech Firms Accountable for Spread of Child Sex Abuse Imagery (Washington Post)

Legislation announced on Thursday aimed at curbing the spread of online child sexual abuse imagery would take the extraordinary step of removing legal protections for tech companies that fail to police the illegal content. A separate, international initiative that was also announced takes a softer approach, getting the industry to voluntarily embrace standards for combating the material.

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.PL Another TLD Facing Challenges Finding Growth

Earlier this week I wrote how .nz was one of several TLDs facing challenges in finding new growth. This declining growth and often declining registrations have led to budgetary pressures increasing due to registries being required to do more, such as combatting internet-related harm, privacy, cybersecurity, compliance checks, customer service difficulties between registrants and registrars and more. And this week, the Polish registry operator .pl domain Registry released a report showing how total registrations in the ccTLD had declined in the third quarter of 2019.

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Radix Revenue Grows By A Quarter In 2019, Net Profit By Half

Radix, operator of 10 new gTLDs with 5.8 million domains under management, the second largest DUM of all new gTLD registries, grossed over $21 million in revenue in 2019, which was up by a quarter (26%) on 2018, while net profit grew by over half (54%) with the fourth quarter of 2019 Radix’s strongest quarter ever.

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European Commission Gives EURid Vote Of Confidence In Its Operation Of .EU

.eu “continues to function in an effective way, facilitating access to the Digital Single Market in a secure and trustworthy way and allowing Europeans to display their European identity online,” according to a report by the European Commission into the “implementation, functioning and effectiveness” of .eu from April 2017 to April 2019.

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05 March 2020

Freedom in the World 2020: A Leaderless Struggle for Democracy (Freedom House)

Democracy and pluralism are under assault. Dictators are toiling to stamp out the last vestiges of domestic dissent and spread their harmful influence to new corners of the world. At the same time, many freely elected leaders are dramatically narrowing their concerns to a blinkered interpretation of the national interest. In fact, such leaders—including the chief executives of the United States and India, the world’s two largest democracies—are increasingly willing to break down institutional safeguards and disregard the rights of critics and minorities as they pursue their populist agendas.

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04 March 2020

.CL's Poblete To Replace Disspain on ICANN Board

ICANN’s ccNSO Council has nominated Patricio Poblete as an ICANN Director to replace Chris Disspain to take Board Seat 11. Disspain will complete his maximum possible 9-year term (3 three-year terms is the maximum for each director) at ICANN69 scheduled for Hamburg in October.

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Congress, Justice Department take aim at tech, hoping to halt spread of child sexual exploitation online (Washington Post)

U.S. regulators are preparing to take fresh aim at Facebook, Google and other tech giants this week, unveiling new efforts to combat online content that harms or abuses children — and hold Silicon Valley responsible for its spread.

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Could Russia's 'Sovereign Internet' go international? (Global Voices)

Friends and foes of internet freedom are watching Russia closely.

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02 March 2020

How health officials and social media are teaming up to fight the coronavirus 'infodemic' (CNN)

As health officials in a growing number of countries fight to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, they're also working to stem a secondary issue that the World Health Organization is calling an "infodemic."

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