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03 June 2019
Google and Amazon Are at the Center of a Storm Brewing Over Big Tech (New York Times)
Google and Amazon have thrived as American regulators largely kept their distance. That may be changing.
02 June 2019
Amazon could face heightened antitrust scrutiny under a new agreement between U.S. regulators (Washington Post)
Antitrust regulators have divvied up oversight of Amazon and Google, putting Amazon under the watch of the Federal Trade Commission and Google under the Justice Department.
01 June 2019
The Justice Department has taken early steps toward opening a federal antitrust investigation into Google, according to three people familiar with the matter, marking a new chapter in the tech giant’s troubles with regulators around the world who contend the company is too large and threatens rivals and consumers.
Criminals learning how to commit card fraud from dark web (The Guardian)
Card fraud is evolving, with amateur fraudsters able to “enrol” in online “classes” where they can learn how to use stolen card details to buy smaller-value items. That’s the claim from a UK tech firm, which says a new breed of opportunistic fraudster is learning how to commit crime via online tutorials and guides available on the so-called “dark web”.
31 May 2019
Domain name registrations continue to grow around the world, growing by 18.0 million or 5.4% in the year to the end of March 2019 and 3.1 million or 0.9% for the quarter, taking total domain name registrations to 351.8 million across all top-level domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign released Thursday.
A new study has shown there is significant disparity between online web searches on mobile versus desktop devices.
There’s plenty of dysfunction at auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, but one thing they’ve been pushing ahead with is second level .au registrations. At the auDA board meeting on 20 May, 3 years and one month after the Board originally approved second level registrations, the Board agreed to push ahead with their implementation, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2019.
30 May 2019
A GCHQ proposal that would enable eavesdropping on encrypted chat services has been condemned as a “serious threat” to digital security and human rights.
British people are increasingly fearful of the risks posed by the internet, prompting greater support for more regulation following recent headlines about the theft of personal data and abusive online behaviour.
Malware-ridden laptop artwork sold for $1.3m (BBC News)
A laptop packed with six types of dangerous malware has been sold for $1.3m (£1.03m) in an online auction.
29 May 2019
US Navy wants 350 billion social media posts (BBC News)
The US Navy is seeking to create an archive of at least 350 billion social media posts from around the world, in order to study how people talk online.
26 May 2019
In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc (New York Times)
For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.
auDA Quietly Shelves Registry Ambitions After Blowing $200K; Now Seeking To Avoid Government Oversight
Last week a couple of domain names relating to auDA’s grand ambition to become the registry for Australia’s ccTLD, in addition to its ongoing role of policy and regulatory body, slipped off the radar when the domain names related to its proposed rebrand quietly appeared on the expiring domains drop list, and then were locked by the registry. Though they did allow the commercial auhq.com.au to drop, and this was acquired privately.
Facebook plans to launch 'GlobalCoin' cryptocurrency in 2020 (The Guardian)
Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries.
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams said Wednesday that the social network might have been quicker to recognize and address the potential for abuse and harassment on its platform if the company’s leadership had been more diverse.
Facebook has published its latest "enforcement report", which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019.
23 May 2019
Siri and Alexa Fuel Sexism, U.N. Finds (New York Times)
Why do most virtual assistants that are powered by artificial intelligence — like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa system — by default have female names, female voices and often a submissive or even flirtatious style?
The internet is dividing, and countries and companies will soon be forced to make a stark decision about their online futures: whether to choose the Western approach or a model shaped by the Chinese Communist Party.
A landmark European privacy law is making waves worldwide a year after it came into force, fundamentally changing the way data are handled as Facebook, Apple and Google face increasingly frequent complaints.
The Irish data protection commission has opened an investigation into Google over suspected infringements of European Union privacy rules.
22 May 2019
A web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.
The number of .eu and .ею domain name registrations have continued to fall as the likelihood of Brexit draws nearer as most UK registrants will lose their eligibility. In the year to the end of March the number of .eu and .ею domain names registered to UK registrants declined 134,661 while total registrations dropped 162,390.
The UK-based CentralNic Group has announced it’s entered a conditional agreement to acquire the Sydney-based TPP Wholesale, the leading platform for resellers of domain names and hosting in Australasia for A$24m from ARQ Group, formerly Melbourne IT.
Is 'Digital Addiction' a Real Threat to Kids? (New York Times)
Think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like heroin, experts say.
GDPR's first anniversary: A year of progress in privacy protection by Julie Brill - Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft (Microsoft)
May 25 marks one year since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation officially went into effect. GDPR is a groundbreaking privacy framework that empowers residents of the EU to control their personal information so they can use digital technologies to engage freely and safely with each other and with the world.