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22 November 2019

IG Radar: DENIC Information Platform Explains Internet Governance Processes

For the first time in the IGF history, Germany will be hosting the Annual Meeting of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum this year. Under the overarching theme ‘One World. One Net. One Vision.’ several thousand delegates of governments and international organisations will come together from all parts of the world with international representatives from the private sector, academia, the technical sector and civil society. From 25 to 29 November they will conduct the IGF’s 14th annual dialogue about rules, values and standards for the Internet of the presence and the future on an equal footing in the German capital of Berlin.

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Iran net outage first to effectively isolate a whole nation (Associated Press)

Internet connectivity is trickling back in Iran after the government shut down access to the rest of the world for more than four days in response to unrest apparently triggered by a gasoline price hike.

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White nationalists are openly operating on Facebook. The company won't act (The Guardian)

Guardian analysis finds VDare and Red Ice TV among several outlets that are still on the platform despite Facebook’s promised ban

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21 November 2019

When Things Go Wrong for Blind Users on Facebook, They Go Really Wrong (Slate)

Last December, Tasha Chemel agreed to participate in a Facebook study. A professional academic coach at a college, Chemel had been blogging about Facebook’s problems with accessibility for blind people like her and complained directly to the company. She was used to not hearing back. But this time a Facebook envoy had humbly reached out, admitting “that Facebook is not as accessible as it should be, and the frustration with accessibility gaps you and others share with us is understandable.”

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Google and Facebook's data collection models are a threat to human rights, Amnesty International says (ABC News)

The data-collection business model fuelling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International has said in a report.

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Iran's internet blackout reaches four-day mark (BBC)

A country of 80 million people - and practically no way to get online. Iran's internet shutdown has lasted for four days now, sparking international concern.

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Big Tech's Toughest Opponent Says She's Just Getting Started (New York Times)

Margrethe Vestager won praise for her oversight of the tech industry. Now, with more authority from the European Union, she envisions a more aggressive agenda.

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American Big Tech Will Not Protect You (Brown Political Review)

For the first 15 years of the 21st century, Democrats and Big Tech seemed to get along. There was something exciting and progressive about the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos that made them distinct from the Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdoch. They wanted to make the world more connected and to liberate us all from the bounds of society’s echo chambers. Big Tech capitalized on America’s naivety.

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20 November 2019

What Is End-to-End Encryption? Another Bull's-Eye on Big Tech (New York Times)

After years of on-and-off debate over nearly snoop-proof security, the industry is girding for new pressure from law enforcement around the world.

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The Richard Dimbleby Lecture: Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The World Wide Web - A Mid-Course Correction (BBC)

Jonathan Dimbleby introduces this year's lecture from London's Design Museum, with engineer and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee talking about his aspirations for the future of the world wide web, which he invented in 1989.

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.icu Just Rocketed To Number One On The New gTLD Charts

It was about 14 November when .icu rocketed to number on the new gTLD charts, soaring past the previous number one, .top. .icu had been on a charge in the previous week, soaring almost three-quarters of a million (724,000) domains under management from 8 to 14 November. Today registrations in .icu stand at 3.815 million while .top is around 3.735 million, according to nTLDstats.com.

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ccTLDs Can Now Participate in ICANN's Domain Abuse Activity Reporting System

ICANN announced Tuesday that country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators will now be able to actively participate in the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) system.

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19 November 2019

Arcep Warns French Internet Players To Urgently Step Up IPv6 Adoption

Arcep has warned French internet players that with the supply of IPv4 addresses set to run out by the end of 2019 and “it has therefore become urgent, for the sake of competition and innovation, that all internet players switch over to IPv6” with “slowness of progress … especially significant amongst web hosting companies.”

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The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change. (New York Times)

Every three decades, or roughly once a generation, Hollywood experiences a seismic shift. The transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s. The rise of broadcast television in the 1950s. The raucous “I Want My MTV” cable boom of the 1980s.

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.CO Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, is currently underway and .CO has launched an annual worldwide campaign to support GEW and the creators, innovators and entrepreneurs who hustle hard every day to bring their big ideas and dreams to life.

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Chorus’ Hyperfibre set to redefine ‘fast’ for broadband in New Zealand (Chorus)

A new era of broadband speed is planned, with Chorus today unveiling Hyperfibre - its next generation of fibre technology. Using a XGS-PON fibre solution, Hyperfibre is set to dramatically increase capacity and unlocks the ability to deliver exponential speeds on the Chorus fibre network of up to 10 Gbps.

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Czechs to impose 7% tax on global internet giants (Associated Press)

The Czech government has approved a plan to adopt a tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.

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18 November 2019

Iran Blocks Nearly All Internet Access (New York Times)

Iran imposed an almost complete nationwide internet blackout on Sunday one of its most draconian attempts to cut off Iranians from each other and the rest of the world as widespread anti-government unrest roiled the streets of Tehran and other cities for a third day.

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Finding That Elusive .AT Domain Just Got Easier With nic.at's Domainfinder

Finding that elusive domain name can be difficult for even the most adept of us, so a few registries have developed services to make suggestions for when your first choice isn’t available. The latest of those is nic.at who has launched Domainfinder, developed in-house by their research and development team.

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17 November 2019

Firefox's fight for the future of the web (The Observer)

Why do you choose the browser you use? Maybe you think it loads pages more quickly. Maybe it’s made by the same firm as your device and you think it’s more compatible in some way. You prefer the graphics, perhaps, or it just happened to be pre-installed on your machine. Maybe you’re not even aware that there’s a choice.

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Holiday Shoppers Beware: 100K Malicious Sites Found Posing as Well-Known Retailers (ThreatPost)

As the holiday season looms, cybercrooks are going after shoppers with more than 100,000 lookalike domains mimicking legitimate retailers.

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Chinese Internet users are fascinated by a mysterious Web browser promising legal access to banned sites. They're also very skeptical. (Washington Post)

Many international social media websites are banned in China, and using special software called a virtual private network to access them can sometimes lead to jail time.

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Will 5G Be Bad for Our Health? (IEEE)

IEEE antenna and telecommunications experts address concerns over radio frequency exposure

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16 November 2019

Europeans, Get Your .EU Domains All In Greek!

Domain names entirely in Greek script are now available from the .eu registry, EURid, with the launch this week of .ευ.

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We're Stuck With the Tech Giants. But They're Stuck With Each Other. (New York Times)

Any suggestion that Big Tech has had a rough time must contend with this fact: Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, spent the past decade growing much faster than the rest of the economy.

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