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28 March 2019
When Facebook revealed last week that it had stored millions of people’s account passwords in an insecure format, it underlined the importance of a security setting that many of us neglect to use: two-factor authentication.
What do major copyright changes mean for internet freedom? (The Guardian)
The European parliament approved the largest, and most contentious, overhaul of copyright legislation in two decades on Monday. When the directive comes into effect, it will be the biggest change to internet regulation since GDPR.
27 March 2019
Nominet Advises Three Month Countdown Begins For Third-level .UK Registrants To Opt For Second Level Equivalent
The five year ‘Right of Registration’ reservation period for third-level .uk registrants ends on 25 June meaning that if .uk registrants prior to 28 October 2013 haven’t chosen to take up the option of their second level domain by 25 June, then the domain name will become generally available to the public.
How to Govern a Digitally Networked World by Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fadi Chehadé (Project Syndicate)
Because the Internet is a network of networks, its governing structures should be, too. The world needs a digital co-governance order that engages public, civic, and private leaders on the basis of three principles of participation.
Media companies whose business models have been upended by the internet have long complained about Google and other online platforms profiting from their content without compensating them adequately.
24 March 2019
As the Web Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary, What Should Its Future Be? (The IEEE's Institute)
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the most influential technology of our time. Its evolution and impact have been phenomenal, and its growth continues unabated. Within a mere 30 years, the Web has irrevocably revolutionized the world and our lives, ushering in the Information Age. It has become indispensable, and it has impacted almost every aspect of our activities and almost all industries. But no one anticipated it.
Devin Nunes sued an obscure Twitter account. Now 'Devin Nunes' Cow' has more followers than the congressman. (Washington Post)
A fake cow that is the target of a lawsuit by a congressman is having its moment. The Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ cow,” which professes to be “hanging out on the dairy in Iowa looking for the lil’ treasonous cowpoke,” has more than 550,000 followers as of Thursday morning, a dramatic increase from the 1,000 or so before Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the cow account (@DevinCow), Twitter, and two other users of defamation.
A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments (New York Times)
Sophisticated surveillance, once the domain of world powers, is increasingly available on the private market. Smaller countries are seizing on the tools — sometimes for darker purposes.
23 March 2019
Today we have a guest post from Nicole Murdoch from Australian law firm Eaglegate Lawyers who writes of the importance of protecting your domain name. Murdoch writes “the first and primary rule must be to never ever let the Domain Name that corresponds to the name everyone knows you by, or which corresponds to your Trade Mark drop.”
22 March 2019
In New Zealand, Spreading the Mosque Shooting Video Is a Crime (New York Times)
A lone white supremacist is the suspect in the Christchurch mosque killings. But under New Zealand law, many others could face charges for spreading or perhaps even possessing all or part of the 17-minute Facebook Live video streamed by the killer as he methodically shot the victims.
Facebook says it left 'hundreds of millions' of users' passwords stored in plain text (Washington Post)
Facebook on Thursday said that it had left “hundreds of millions” of users’ passwords exposed in plain text, potentially visible to the company’s employees, marking another major privacy and security headache for a tech giant already under fire for mishandling people’s personal information.
Google Fined $1.7 Billion by E.U. for Unfair Advertising Rules (New York Times)
European authorities on Wednesday fined Google 1.5 billion euros for antitrust violations in the online advertising market, continuing its efforts to rein in the world’s biggest technology companies.
20 March 2019
Vladimir Putin signs sweeping Internet-censorship bills (ars technica)
President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on the Russian Internet Monday, signing two censorship bills into law. One bans "fake news" while the other makes it illegal to insult public officials.
Fewer than 200 people watched the New Zealand massacre live. A hateful group helped it reach millions (Washington Post)
As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after a user first reported it as troubling, 29 minutes after the stream began.
19 March 2019
Another Year, Another WIPO Announcement of Record Cybersquatting Claims But Disputed Domain Names Plummet
Another year has passed since the last WIPO news release of claims of a record year of cybersquatting cases. Which is true in a way, but, as WIPO adds more TLDs most years for which it arbitrates cybersquatting disputes the number of domain names registered around the grows every year (up 3.7% in 2018 according to the latest CENTRstats). And even while cases were up, the number of domain names disputed has plummeted to 5,655 from 6,370.
Several domain name registries are looking to grow their markets and find new uses for domain names amid what is for many a market that hasn’t grown significantly in many ccTLDs in recent years as markets approach saturation. One such registry is DENIC, the German (.de) country code top level domain manager, who is one of the developers of ID4me, and their own DENIC ID which is based on ID4me. Both are to be launched at CloudFest next week in Rust, Germany.
Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand ISPs/Australian telcos block websites with footage of attack (Reseller News)
New Zealand internet service providers are working together to block any websites with footage of the Christchurch massacre.
The European Union and authorities around the world will have to regulate big technology and social media companies at some stage to protect citizens, the deputy head of the European Commission said on Monday.
Social media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.
The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday’s slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph — however appalling — of human ingenuity over computerized systems designed to block troubling images of violence and hate.
17 March 2019
A gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. As he did so, he filmed the entire crime and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.
16 March 2019
Facebook said on Thursday that it had repaired a technical error that led to long lapses in service at its various properties, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet (New York Times)
Before entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of one of the deadliest mass murders in the country’s history, a gunman paused to endorse a YouTube star in a video that appeared to capture the shooting.
The New Zealand shooting shows how YouTube and Facebook spread hate and violent images - yet again (Washington Post)
Friday’s slaughter in two New Zealand mosques played out as a dystopian reality show delivered by some of America’s biggest technology companies. YouTube, Facebook, Reddit and Twitter all had roles in publicizing the violence and, by extension, the hate-filled ideology behind it.
There are around 348 million domain names under management around the world and in the year to the end of January 2019, growth slowed to its lowest ever year-on-year rate of 3.7% according to the latest CENTRstats report.