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13 November 2018

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid U.S.-China Spat (Bloomberg)

Western bigwigs were a no-show at China’s biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation’s technology industry were only too happy to plug their unique vision for the global internet.

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Facebook will let French regulators study its efforts to fight hate speech (Washington Post)

Facebook will open its doors for French regulators to study its approach to combating hate speech online, marking the latest attempt by governments around the world to figure out new ways to thwart toxic, derogatory content from spreading on social media.

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Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data (New York Times)

Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.

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Germany opens door to deal on EU digital tax at December meeting (Reuters)

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he favours getting a binding deal on a European Union digital tax at a meeting of EU finance ministers in December, and that he supports the French model for the move.

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11 November 2018

EU cybersecurity organisations agree on 2019 roadmap (Europol/ENISA)

On 6 November 2018, following a meeting at working level, the four Principals of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Defence Agency (EDA), Europol and the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU Institutions, Agencies and Bodies (CERT-EU), met at CERT-EU's premises.

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.ONLINE Becomes 5th New gTLD To Pass 1 Million Registrations, and Radix's First

Three years and 3 months after entering general availability, Radix’s .online has become their first new gTLD to hit the one million registrations mark, and the fifth overall. Today there are 1.012 million .online registrations according to nTLDStats, 604,00 of which are parked, the highest proportion of the top 5 new gTLDs by registration numbers.

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Internet Governance Forum Set to Explore Harnessing New Technologies for Broader Prosperity, 12-14 November (United Nations)

More than 3,000 participants — including high-level Government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and Internet policy experts — will gather in Paris, France, from 12-14 November to discuss international cooperation on such issues as “fake news”, the spread of disinformation, cybersecurity and privacy, big data, the Internet of Things, and their effects on society.

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09 November 2018

Sundar Pichai of Google: 'Technology Doesn't Solve Humanity's Problems' (New York Times)

Growing up in India, he slept on the floor of a house without a refrigerator. Today, the chief executive is steering Google through the most turbulent period in its history.

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Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall (Bloomberg)

If you’re planning on moving to China anytime soon, here’s a piece of advice: Get yourself a WeChat account. Open up the “super app,” as it’s known in China, and you can do almost anything: Pay your cab fare, order from a five-star restaurant, buy fruit from a street vendor, or even give alms to a panhandler—they often wear QR codes slung around their necks. It’s possible to spend long stretches in China without so much as touching a banknote.

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At China's Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges (New York Times)

Every year at the World Internet Conference, held since 2014 in the photogenic canal town of Wuzhen near Shanghai, companies and government officials have convened to send a message: China is a high-tech force to be reckoned with.

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OECD: Bridging the digital gender divide (OECD)

While digital technologies offer leapfrog opportunities and help empower women, gender-based digital exclusion remains widespread and has many causes. The report Bridging the Digital Divide: Include, Upskill, Innovate is an effort by the OECD, working with the G20, that aims to provide policy directions for consideration by all governments. It analyses a range of drivers at the root of the digital gender divide in order to draw attention to critical areas for policy action.

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ICANN Reaffirms gTLD Registration Data Temporary Specification in Defiance of German Courts

Although ICANN isn’t technically American, there’s a growing difference of opinion between Europe and “America” over how to deal with the collection of domain name registrant’s registration, or Whois, data. Despite going down 4-0 to German courts in a dispute where EPAG is refusing to abide by ICANN’s requirement to collect registration data, ICANN has continued to insist registrars and registries collect the data they require for gTLDs.

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08 November 2018

Over Half European Domain Names Are ccTLDs, But .COM Has Higher Visibility

Globally domain name registrations have grown 2.0% in the 12 months to the end of June, the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2018 reports, but growth rates vary markedly among top level domains. For example, in the 12 months .com grew 5.2% while their Verisign stablemate .net declined 6.0%.

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China's Xi calls for global cooperation to create 'fairer' internet (Reuters)

China’s President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for greater global cooperation in developing the internet and make it more “fair and equitable”, as Beijing seeks to bolster its global role in shaping the web.

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Children's screen time has little effect on sleep, says study (BBC News)

The amount of time children spend on devices has little effect on how long they sleep, a study from Oxford University suggests.

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Samsung folding smartphone revealed to developers (BBC News)

It described its Infinity Flex Display as "the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow" and said it intended to start production within months.

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New report amplifies voices of Kiwis experiencing digital exclusion (InternetNZ)

The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation and InternetNZ today published a research paper, Out of the Maze, to provide a platform for the voices of Kiwis experiencing digital exclusion.

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07 November 2018

Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web from abuse (The Guardian)

Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global campaign to save the web from the destructive effects of abuse and discrimination, political manipulation, and other threats that plague the online world.

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EU stumbles in plan to levy 3% digital tax on major firms (The Guardian)

A European Union plan to tax Google, Facebook and other internet firms risks failure after a handful of member states announced their opposition.

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04 November 2018

Days after synagogue massacre, online hate is thriving (Associated Press)

A website popular with racists that was used by the man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was shut down within hours of the slaughter, but it hardly mattered: Anti-Semites and racists who hang out in such havens just moved to other online forums.

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Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale (BBC News)

Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts.

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Social media's misinformation battle: No winners, so far (Associated Press)

Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they’re making some headway, although they’re still a very long way from winning the war.

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How Facebook and Twitter are rushing to stop voter suppression online for the midterm elections (Washington Post)

Facebook and Twitter aren’t just trying to drive people to the polls — they’re racing to fight back bad actors who seek to deter their users from voting.

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Study of Cellphone Risks Finds 'Some Evidence' of Link to Cancer, at Least in Male Rats (New York Times)

For decades, health experts have struggled to determine whether or not cellphones can cause cancer. On Thursday, a federal agency released the final results of what experts call the world’s largest and most costly experiment to look into the question. The study originated in the Clinton administration, cost $30 million and involved some 3,000 rodents.

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Internet Freedom Declines Again, with 'Polarized Echo Chambers' Aiding Censorship Efforts (Internet Society)

The amount of freedom on the global Internet has declined for the eighth straight year, with a group of countries moving toward “digital authoritarianism,” according to a new report from Freedom House.

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