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11 December 2019

Bizarre Plot Sees Man Jailed For Plotting Domain Name Theft At Gunpoint

An American man has been sentenced to 14 years in jail after being convicted of having his cousin try to hijack a domain name from another man at gunpoint, reports Associated Press. Rossi Lorathio Adams II from Cedar rapids, Iowa, aged 27, was sentenced to the federal prison term following his conviction in April of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence. Adams also must pay restitution and court fees.

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US Bipartisan Bill Targets Online Spread of Child Sex Abuse Material (New York Times)

Legislation was introduced on Tuesday that would hold tech companies more responsible for an explosion in online child sexual abuse material and give law enforcement agencies more opportunity to gather evidence of crimes.

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10 December 2019

World's Largest New gTLD Backend Registry CentralNic Makes DNS Service Available To All TLD Registries

CentralNic Registry Solutions has announced it is making its DNS service available to all top-level domain operators.

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New gTLD Registrations Top 30 Million For First Time

The number of new gTLD registrations topped the 30 million registrations mark for the first time last week on the back of a surging .icu which has grown from 200,000 to 4.1 million in just 12 months and is set to enter the top 10 top-level domains overall in the next few days, passing Brazil’s ccTLD, .br while .brands dominate the total number of new gTLDs delegated by ICANN with around 56% of all new gTLDs.

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This Man May Be Big Tech's Biggest Threat (New York Times)

At a hearing this summer about the rising power of the country’s biggest tech companies, Representative David Cicilline zeroed in on Amazon. Unhappy with a response from one of the company’s top lawyers, he delivered a biting retort.

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09 December 2019

EURid's Award Winning Domain Abuse Prevention System Launches

Last month it won eco’s Domains award and this month it launched. EURid’s abuse prevention mechanism that detects possible malicious .eu registrations officially launched on 4 December.

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Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for online abuse of children in Philippines (The Guardian)

Australian paedophiles are paying as little as A$15 for children to perform sexual acts online while being filmed in the Philippines, according to the head of the Australian federal police team in Manila.

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Fake 'Likes' Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say (New York Times)

Despite Big Tech’s attempts to combat manipulation, companies that sell clicks, likes and followers on social media are easy to find.

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Video Games and Online Chats Are 'Hunting Grounds' for Sexual Predators (New York Times)

Criminals are making virtual connections with children through gaming and social media platforms. One popular site warns visitors, “Please be careful.”

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Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study finds (ars technica)

It's no secret that every major social media platform is chock-full of bad actors, fake accounts, and bots. The big companies continually pledge to do a better job weeding out organized networks of fake accounts, but a new report confirms what many of us have long suspected: they're pretty terrible at doing so.

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The Price of Recycling Old Laptops: Toxic Fumes in Thailand's Lungs (New York Times)

The e-waste industry is booming in Southeast Asia, frightening residents worried for their health. Despite a ban on imports, Thailand is a center of the business.

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06 December 2019

Following Supreme Court Decision, NIC Chile Receives Several Requests For .CL Registrant Data

Following a decision in October where the Chilean Supreme Court forced Chile’s ccTLD manager NIC Chile to release limited domain name registrant information, there have been 4 requests, and one subsequently withdrawn.

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Chilean Supreme Court Orders NIC Chile To Release Domain Registrant Data, But Plaintiff Withdraws Request After Registrant Outcry: UPDATED

In late October the Supreme Court of Santiago rule in favour of a freedom of information (FOI) request demanding a listing of .cl domain names and their renewal dates. However on Friday the University of Chile advised the lawyer had withdrawn his request.

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05 December 2019

How Google's Founders Slowly Stepped Away From Their Company (New York Times)

Larry Page and Sergey Brin became billionaires thanks to the success of Google. But toward the end, they appeared happy to let someone else run it.

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SpaceX plans to launch thousands of satellites: Is this the end of dark skies? (ABC News)

The night sky may feel vast, but it's about to get very crowded up there for scientists peering into distant galaxies. Elon Musk's SpaceX is one of several companies that intend to launch vast constellations of small satellites into low-Earth orbit.

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04 December 2019

Congress Is Finally Tackling Privacy! Now Let's Do Cybersecurity. (Slate)

Cybercrime will carry a global price tag of $6 trillion by 2021, according to a Cybersecurity Ventures annual report. The National Security Agency warns that cybercriminals are “becoming more sophisticated and capable every day in their ability to use the Internet for nefarious purposes.” Yet many companies fail to take basic precautions, such as deleting expired accounts. Still, the United States lacks a comprehensive set of laws to protect information and critical systems from hackers. And meaningful, comprehensive cybersecurity legislation isn’t on the immediate congressional radar.

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03 December 2019

Life Inside the DMZ? Scary, but There's 5G and a Great School (New York Times)

For decades, a village of 188 people has enjoyed perks that few others in South Korea have, with its men exempted from mandatory military service and its 46 households getting special tax cuts.

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Tenth Iteration Of Operation In Our Sites Sees Over 30,000 Domains Seized

A joint European-United States operation has seen 30,506 domain names seized that distributed counterfeit and pirated items over the internet during the tenth iteration of Operation In Our Sites (IOS X). The counterfeit and pirated items distributed included counterfeit pharmaceuticals and pirated movies, illegal television streaming, music, software, electronics and other bogus products.

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02 December 2019

.PL Domain Market Plateaus As Registration Growth Hard To Find

It’s an issue that many ccTLDs in Europe and other developed markets throughout the world have encountered: new registrations are plateauing, and total registrations are either stable or slightly dropping. And Poland’s .pl is no different.

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01 December 2019

China due to introduce face scans for mobile users (BBC)

People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millions of internet users.

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DENIC Enables Newly Registered .DE Domains Within 5 Minutes

With an “optimised technical procedure”, newly registered .de domain names are now live within 5 minutes from registration DENIC has announced. The changes also apply to changes to domain name registrant data.

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Internet and Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019 (European Commission)

The Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network released their first-ever Global Status Report in Berlin on 27 November 2019.

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Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges (European Commission)

The Commission has published today the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017. The use of mobile data while travelling in the EU has increased tenfold compared to the year before roam-like-at-home, with a peak of 12 times higher use of mobile data abroad during the holiday period.

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30 November 2019

Internet Governance Forum: We must act now to tackle the threats of cyberspace (United Nations)

Global efforts need to be stepped up to address an increase in cross-border cyberattacks, hate speech and security breaches, according to the more than 6,000 delegates that took part in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that concluded today in Berlin.

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29 November 2019

Pirate IPTV Services Generate Nearly €1 Billion Per Year, EU Study Shows (TorrentFreak)

New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that, in the EU, pirate IPTV services generate close to a billion euros in annual revenue. Illegal IPTV services are most popular in the Netherlands and Sweden, while UK subscribers bring in the most money.

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