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23 September 2018

Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two - and one part will be led by China (CSNBC)

Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China.

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E.U. justice commissioner quits Facebook, describing her experience as 'channel of dirt' (Washington Post)

The European Commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality shut down her Facebook account, describing her experience on the social network as a “channel of dirt.”

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Smart Policies for Harnessing AI (OECD)

The global reach of AI requires a global approach. The OECD is engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on AI with its member countries and beyond, representatives of business, the technical community, labour and civil society and other international organisations. A key outcome of these discussions is the creation of an OECD expert group on artificial intelligence.

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Pirate Sites Not Major Malware Risk After (Forbes)

Copyright-infringing websites and streaming services aren't a major source of malware, a new EU report has concluded.

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Internet regulator considered for UK (BBC News)

The UK government is considering "all options", including a regulator, as part of new legislation governing the internet.

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ICANN Approves Plans To Change DNS's Cryptographic Keys For First Time

After 2 delays, ICANN is now set to change of the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) - the Internet's address book - on 11 October. During a 16 September meeting in Belgium, the ICANN Board passed a resolution, with a minority dissent, directing to proceed with plans to change or "roll" the key for the DNS root. It will mark the first time the key has been changed since it was first put in use in 2010.

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20 September 2018

IEDR Report Highlights Barriers to Irish SMEs Getting Online

IE Domain Registry’s SME Digital Health Index, published this week, found 2 of the biggest barriers to SMEs doing more online are a lack of time (with 24% reporting as a barrier) and a lack of the technical skills (11%) perceived as necessary to build a website, integrate e-commerce, or make use of productivity or analytics software. A quarter (25%) say that they are ‘doing all they can’ online—even though only 3 in 10 SMEs can take sales orders through their website.

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INTERPOL-Europol conference calls for global response to cybercrime (Europol)

Cyber experts from law enforcement, the private sector and academia have gathered in Singapore this week to devise strategies for promoting the global cybersecurity agenda.

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15 ways you could be the next victim of cybercrime (Europol)

Cybercriminals are adopting creative new techniques to target their victims at an unprecedented pace and are constantly seeking methods to avoid law enforcement detection. To stay ahead of them, law enforcement should target cybercriminals offering “off-the-shelf” cyber-attack services or products to make it more difficult for low-level cybercriminals to carry out high-level attacks.

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19 September 2018

Almost half of UK internet users 'harmed' online (BBC News)

Almost half of internet users in the UK have suffered "harm" online, suggests research.

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18 September 2018

German Courts Rebuff ICANN For Fourth Time Over WHOIS/GDPR Data Collection

ICANN has suffered another setback in its desire to continue to collect and make public domain name registrant contact details following an appeal to a German High Court who ruled against ICANN's plea to reconsider the Court's own earlier decision following the introduction of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation earlier this year.

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PIR: Worldwide Philanthropic Giving Trends from Largest Online Survey of Individual Donors

Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain, and Nonprofit Tech for Good today [17 Sept] revealed the results of the second annual “Global Trends in Giving Report.” The report analyzes global giving through cultural, technological and geographical filters to understand how and why donors worldwide are giving to and engaging with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), nonprofits and charities.

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Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable? (The Guardian)

For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling?

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Sweden to End Twitter Experiment Letting Ordinary People Be Nation's Voice (New York Times)

It was a radical experiment in free speech, even for Sweden: Give ordinary and not-so-ordinary people the chance to be, more or less, the official voice of a nation. After seven years of Twitter posts on topics as varied as manga comics, ugly sweaters and the dangers of prescription drugs, Sweden is calling it quits.

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Access Now calls on 22 major tech companies to account for their human rights practices (Access Now)

Every day, we entrust more of our personal information to tech companies — whether it’s our internet service provider, mobile phone network, email client, social media platforms, or app maker. We depend on these companies for the services we need to work, learn, and play. And in turn, they carry an important responsibility to make sure their business practices respect our human rights.

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Ofcom to push for regulation of social networks (The Guardian)

Tech companies such as Facebook and Google could be regulated in the same way as the mobile phone and broadband industry, the head of media regulator Ofcom was expected to say on Tuesday.

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A Woman's Place Is in the Digital Revolution (Project Syndicate)

Women’s access to the Internet and mobile phones is about 85% of the level for men, on average, and a total of 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries are unconnected. Closing these gaps would enable women to seize opportunities in the industries that are shaping our collective future, benefiting all.

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16 September 2018

Wanted in the digital monopoly age - powers to curb the hold of online giants (The Observer)

One of the paradoxical things about digital technology is that while in theory it fosters competition, in practice it leads to winner-takes-all outcomes. The reasons for this are complex – they include zero marginal costs, powerful network effects, power-law distributions and technological lock-in – and need not detain us here. But we are all too familiar with the winners: Google in search; Apple’s IoS and Google’s Android in mobile operating systems; Facebook in social networking; YouTube in video; Microsoft in office software; Amazon in online retailing.

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Facebook's Crackdown on Misinformation Might Actually Be Working (Slate)

Facebook’s efforts to reduce misinformation in its news feed since the 2016 election have opened the company to all manner of criticism, including allegations of political bias from both left and right. But a new study from researchers at Stanford University, New York University, and Microsoft Research suggests they might actually be working—at least, to some extent.

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More and more governments now benchmark broadband status in their national plans, says new global report (International Telecommunication Union)

A new report issued today by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development shows that a growing number of governments now benchmark the status of broadband in their national broadband plans. This year, the report shows for the first time that at least 15 countries now have strategies in place for promoting the safe use of Artificial Intelligence.

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14 September 2018

Cyber attacks cost German industry almost $50 billion: study (Reuters)

Two thirds of Germany’s manufacturers have been hit by cyber-crime attacks, costing industry in Europe’s largest economy some €43 billion ($50 billion), according to a survey published by Germany’s IT sector association on Thursday.

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Facebook ramps up effort to combat fake images, video (Washington Post)

Facebook said Thursday it would expand its efforts to scan photos and videos uploaded to the social network for evidence that they've been manipulated, as lawmakers sound new alarms that foreign adversaries might try to spread misinformation through fake visual content.

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Use of "7 Dirty Words" Now Allowed in .US

After intervention from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Harvard University Cyberlaw Clinic, it’s now possible to register .us domain names with the “seven dirty words”.

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.NZ Wins Preliminary Injunction Against DomainTools to Keep Registrant Data Private

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission this week won a motion for preliminary injunction in a US court [pdf] to prevent DomainTools from accessing .nz’s Whois details and downloading the information into their own database.

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13 September 2018

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data (New York Times)

Before Kim Slingerland downloaded the Fun Kid Racing app for her then-5-year-old son, Shane, she checked to make sure it was in the family section of the Google Play store and rated as age-appropriate. The game, which lets children race cartoon cars with animal drivers, has been downloaded millions of times.

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