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14 July 2019

Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face (New York Times)

Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a vast ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology.

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13 July 2019

.GR Hijacked By Sea Turtles

After several months of activity, the actors behind the “Sea Turtle” DNS hijacking campaign are not slowing down, according to a blog post on Cisco’s Talos Intelligence blog post this week. And one of their targets appears to have been the Greek ccTLD .gr.

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12 July 2019

Why search is no longer all about Google (BBC News)

Once upon a time, Google was the beginning and end of life online.

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Trump Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Right-Wing Social Media Trolls (New York Times)

Trolling on the internet was once a thankless pastime. Make edgy jokes on the right message board, get your sarcastic memes noticed by the right people, and you might score some retweets and Reddit upvotes, but that was about the extent of it.

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As Nations Look to Tax Tech Firms, U.S. Scrambles to Broker a Deal (Washington Post)

For most of the 21st century, wealthy nations have engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxes, cutting rates in an effort to poach business activity across borders. Very quickly, that script has flipped.

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11 July 2019

As Afnic Takes On .MUSEUM Registry, Prices Set To Drop

In 2018 Afnic, best known as the registry operator for France’s ccTLD .fr, was designated by the Paris-based International Council of Museums (ICOM) as the backend registry provider for .museum. There are changes happening as a result of the change, not least being to increase .museum’s use and adoption, thus supporting the digital transformation of museums.

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Here's how we can use tech to boost climate action (International Telecommunication Union)

Today, we are facing not one but two deep transformations. The first one, driven by the emergence of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things, 5G and others, is transforming our economies and our lives at warp speed and scale.

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ITU launches latest 'ICT Regulatory Tracker' to help inform key policy decisions (International Telecommunication Union)

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) now underpin nearly every sector of the economy, boosting growth and improving lives at a pace and scale not seen before.

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Z.UK In Most Demand As Nominet Releases Over 41,000 Second Level .UK Domains

Following the launch of second level .uk registrations where existing third level registrants had 5 years to claim their corresponding .uk domain name, over 1.8 million out of over 10 million failed to claim their domain name. The unclaimed domain names are being released on a first come, first served basis in daily batches. In the first week’s batches, 41,459 domain names were claimed and registered.

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US launches inquiry into French plan to tax tech giants (BBC News)

US President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation into France's planned tax on tech giants - a move that could result in retaliatory tariffs.

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Trump's 'Social Media Summit': All the President's Memes (New York Times)

Trolling on the internet was once a thankless pastime. Make edgy jokes on the right message board, get your sarcastic memes noticed by the right people, and you might score some retweets and Reddit upvotes, but that was about the extent of it.

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How are governments staying safe? ITU releases its third Global Cybersecurity Index. (International Telecommunication Union)

More than half the world is now online for the first time ever. This is a significant step towards a more inclusive digital economy. But as information and communication technologies (ICTs) become stitched into the fabric of our daily work and lives, the exponential increase in personal, business and government data flowing across the internet and between devices is exposing us to an ever-widening range of cyber threats.

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10 July 2019

The Great Race to Rule Streaming TV (New York Times)

In their rush to match Netflix, competitors like HBO, Hulu and Amazon are ordering a slew of content — ushering out the age of “prestige TV” and ushering in an age of anything goes.

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Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules (New York Times)

The decision may have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to officials’ accounts in the social-media era.

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Twitter bans religious insults calling groups rats or maggots (BBC News)

Twitter is updating its hate-speech rules to ban posts that liken religious groups to rats, viruses or maggots, among other dehumanising terms.

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06 July 2019

Letting the Internet Regulate Itself Was a Good Idea - in the 1990s: It's time for lawmakers to step back in, carefully. (New York Times)

Tech regulation may be the only thing on which a polarized Capitol Hill can agree. “We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, and perhaps we will,” President Trump recently declared. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, has made the breakup of tech companies a central plank of her campaign. Even Silicon Valley-friendly contenders like Pete Buttigieg have called for curbs on the industry’s power.

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Facebook says private groups are its future. Some are hubs for misinformation and hate. (Washington Post)

For more than two years, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has touted membership in private, “meaningful” communities as central to the future of the social network.

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French lawmakers approve 3% tax on online giants (Associated Press)

France’s lower house of parliament approved Thursday a small, pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — and the French government hopes other countries will follow suit.

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France moves to make companies block hate speech online (Associated Press)

French lawmakers have approved a measure that is intended to force search engines and social networks to take hate speech off the internet.

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As New Zealand Fights Online Hate, the Internet's Darkest Corners Resist (New York Times)

A video game that uses footage of the Christchurch massacre to put Muslims in a gunman’s cross hairs. Memes featuring the face and weapons of the man charged in that New Zealand attack. Messages on online forums that glorify him as St. Tarrant — patron saint of the far right.

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04 July 2019

Local Languages Dominate Country Code and Geo TLDs: CENTR Study

English may be the world’s lingua franca, online and offline, but when it comes to content on websites using European country code and geographic top-level domains, local languages as would be expected dominate. But the proportion of content in English and the local language varies markedly across the TLDs. And when it comes to endangered languages, as defined by UNESCO, web content is even rarer online than offline.

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'Fingerprinting' to Track Us Online Is on the Rise. Here's What to Do. (New York Times)

Advertisers are increasingly turning to an invisible method that pulls together information about your device to pinpoint your identity.

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It's not that we've failed to rein in Facebook and Google. We've not even tried (The Guardian)

In a BBC interview last week, Facebook’s vice-president, Nick Clegg, surprised viewers by calling for new “rules of the road” on privacy, data collection and other company practices that have attracted heavy criticism during the past year. “It’s not for private companies … to come up with those rules,” he insisted. “It is for democratic politicians in the democratic world to do so.”

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03 July 2019

MMX To Launch Domain Name Trademark Protection Service For Their Adult gTLDs

MMX is to launch a new blocking service that will allow trademark holders to better protect their naming rights across the four adult-themed generic top-level domains (gTLDs) they acquired in 2018 through its acquisition of ICM Registry. The new service is set to be formally unveiled to the corporate registrar channel on 15 July.

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Cloudflare Outage Causes Grief For Some Of The World's Biggest Websites For About 30 Minutes

Cloudflare, one of the world’s largest cloud network platforms, experienced an outage for around 30 minutes yesterday that led to websites for some of the world’s biggest companies going down and visitors receiving 502 errors which caused by a massive spike in CPU utilisation on their network. Cloudflare claim to provide services to over 16,000,000 “internet properties”.

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