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12 September 2019

Host Violent Content? In Australia, You Could Go to Jail (New York Times)

Australia has held itself up as a model for cracking down on violent extremist material online since the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand. But the limits to its approach have become clear.

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11 September 2019

California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy (New York Times)

California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure.

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E.U.'s New Digital Czar: 'Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet' (New York Times)

For five years, Margrethe Vestager was the scourge of Silicon Valley, levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming consumers.

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10 September 2019

ICANN Board Changes Sees Europeans To Hold Chair and CEO Positions

Maarten Botterman has been selected as the next Chair of the ICANN Board, the current Chair Cherine Chalaby announced in a post on the ICANN blog Monday, while León Felipe Sánchez Ambia has been selected Vice Chair. It means both the CEO and President, the Swedish Göran Marby, and Chair will be citizens of the European Union.

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50 U.S. states and territories announce broad antitrust investigation of Google (Washington Post)

Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web.

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09 September 2019

.BRAND Domains Grow 10% In 6 Months To Over 17,000: Neustar

There were 17,188 .brand domain names with 11,663 being used, both up 10%, according to the latest .brands Industry Report from Neustar covering the 6 months to 30 June. And over 4 in 10 of these domain names are registered in Germany.

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Apple accused of worker violations in Chinese factories by labor rights group (Washington Post)

A report released Sunday by China Labor Watch, a nonprofit advocacy group, accused Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn of a litany of labor violations, including withholding bonus payments, rolling back safety training and employing more temporary workers than China’s laws allow.

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Think your iPhone is safe from hackers? That's what they want you to think… (The Observer)

Whenever there’s something that some people value, there will be a marketplace for it. A few years ago, I spent a fascinating hour with a detective exploring the online marketplaces that exist in the so-called “dark web” (shorthand for the parts of the web you can only get to with a Tor browser and some useful addresses). The marketplaces we were interested in were ones in which stolen credit card details and other confidential data are traded.

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Australians being stopped from watching live-streamed murders and terror attacks (ABC News)

New powers introduced after the Christchurch terror attack are being used by Australian esafety authorities to remove abhorrent violent material online, including live-streamed murders.

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08 September 2019

Facebook, Microsoft Challenge Industry to Detect, Prevent 'Deepfakes' (ThreatPost)

Facebook, Microsoft and a number of universities have joined forces to sponsor a contest promoting research and development to combat deepfakes, or videos altered through artificial intelligence (AI) to mislead viewers.

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The Post's View: More governments are shutting down the Internet. The harm is far-reaching. (Washington Post)

What’s a repressive government to do when the Internet gives protesters new ways to speak up? That’s easy: shut the whole thing down.

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Google receives demand for documents from Justice Dept., acknowledging federal antitrust scrutiny (Washington Post)

Google said Friday that the Justice Department has requested records related to its prior antitrust investigations, marking the tech giant’s first major acknowledgment that it’s a subject of a federal competition probe.

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How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided the Big Tech Backlash (New York Times)

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are targets of government investigations and public outrage, facing accusations that they abuse their power in various ways, from exploiting personal information to stifling rivals.

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"Father of the internet" Vint Cerf says we need to be less naive if we're going to fix it (Quartz)

Four decades ago, when Bob Kahn and I were creating the TCP/IP networking protocol for the internet, we did not know that we were laying the tracks for what would become the digital superhighway that powers everything in society from modern business to interpersonal relationships.

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To build trust, we could treat cybersecurity as a public good (International Telecommunication Union)

Soon your fridge will be able to buy your food on Amazon, having noticed what you liked on Facebook and Instagram.

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New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act (New York Times)

There is a major force uniting America’s fiercely partisan politicians: big technology companies. Democrats and Republicans at the federal and state levels are coming together to scrutinize the power of the Silicon Valley giants and, potentially, to rein them in.

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06 September 2019

Hackers Hit Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey in a 'SIM Swap.' You're at Risk, Too (New York Times)

When hackers took over the Twitter account of Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, last week, they used an increasingly common and hard-to-stop technique that can give them complete access to a wide array of the most sensitive digital accounts, including social media, email and financial accounts.

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There are now 1.71 billion websites, but most of them are zombies (Mashable)

Considering that the World Wide Web, as we old-timers used to call it, started with about 10 websites back in 1992, it's fair to say the web has seen explosive growth.

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As Global TLD Growth Slides, 100 Of Top 300 TLDs Contract: CENTR

The heady days of double-digit percentage growth in the domain name industry appear to be over forever as the industry matures and in many markets registrations reach what appears to be saturation levels. The latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2019 reflects these trends, although there are still areas of significant growth with .com continuing to show considerable growth along with African ccTLDs, although these are coming off a low base.

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05 September 2019

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children's Privacy on YouTube (New York Times)

Google agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $170 million fine and make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from children and used it to profit by targeting them with ads.

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An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft (Washington Post)

Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive’s speech and dupe his subordinate into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a secret account, the company’s insurer said, in a remarkable case that some researchers are calling one of the world’s first publicly reported artificial-intelligence heists.

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04 September 2019

.NYC Brings Back Best of Boroughs Competition For 2019

The best websites using a .nyc domain name stand to win a $5,000 cash prize, among other goodies, in the 2019 Best of Boroughs competition.

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03 September 2019

Life in an Internet Shutdown: Crossing Borders for Email and Contraband SIM Cards (New York Times)

... Internet shutdowns have become one of the defining tools of government repression in the 21st century — not just in Zimbabwe, but in a growing number of countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, that are seeking to quash dissent.

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02 September 2019

CentralNic Half Yearly Results See Organic Growth of 6%

CentralNic released their half yearly results for January to June Monday reporting both revenues and Adjusted EBITDA have tripled year-on-year, driven by a combination of growth through acquisition and underlying organic growth of around 6%.

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30 August 2019

Global Domain Name Count Surpasses 350 Million Mark: Verisign

The number of domain names registered around the world passed 350 million in the second quarter of 2019, totalling 354.7 million as of 30 June, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. During the quarter there was an increase of 2.9 million domain name registrations, or 0.8%, compared to the first quarter of 2019. Domain name registrations have grown by 14.9 million, or 4.4%, year over year and are up 74.7 million, or 26.7%, in 5 years.

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