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10 January 2019
Google’s battle against French proponents of a worldwide “right to be forgotten” enters a decisive phase at the European Union’s top court on Thursday, in a case that highlights the growing tensions between privacy, freedom of speech and state censorship.
Afilias’ Roland LaPlante Reviews 2018 and Looks to 2019, Successes and Challenges, GDPR, New gTLDs and Fears for the Open Internet
Today Domain Pulse has Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Afilias participate in our Q&A series looking back on 2018, forward to 2019 and his views on GDPR, how new gTLDs are performing and how relevant are domain names today. He also expresses concerns as to how the entire “ecosystem is grappling with the intersection of government desire for control (protection) and the historically open internet.”
09 January 2019
In the second of our series asking industry figures and companies to comment on their highlights and lowlights of 2018, looking ahead to 2019, the EU’s GDPR as well as the future of domain names, Katrin Ohlmer, CEO and founder of DOTZON GmbH, gives her views.
08 January 2019
Nominet have published an analysis of the world’s ccTLDs in 2018 which has found Kuwait’s ccTLD was the fastest growing, 8 African ccTLDs saw growth of over 100% and their own .uk showing the second fastest growth of the top 10 ccTLDs.
07 January 2019
Facebook's burnt-out moderators are proof that it is broken (The Observer)
Way back in the 1950s, a pioneering British cybernetician, W Ross Ashby, proposed a fundamental law of dynamic systems. In his book An Introduction to Cybernetics, he formulated his law of requisite variety, which defines “the minimum number of states necessary for a controller to control a system of a given number of states”. In plain English, it boils down to this: for a system to be viable, it has to be able to absorb or cope with the complexity of its environment. And there are basically only two ways of achieving viability in those terms: either the system manages to control (or reduce) the variety of its environment, or it has to increase its internal capacity (its “variety”) to match what is being thrown at it from the environment.
Chris Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that invests in crypto and other technologies. Prior to being an investor, he founded the tech companies SiteAdvisor and Hunch.
Paving the Way for Self-Driving Cars (Harvard Law)
A few years ago, when tech companies like Uber and Airbnb spread across the nation and beyond, they introduced rapid and irreversible changes in how people travel. As the firms’ simple apps rocketed their platforms to popularity, the local policymakers responsible for ensuring that corporations contribute to the public good were left far behind, playing catch-up.
Netflix and chill no more - streaming is getting complicated (Associated Press)
Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now. Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix’s dominance.
Hackers Leak Details of German Lawmakers, Except Those on Far Right (New York Times)
After hackers, later determined to be working for Russia, broke into Parliament’s main computer network three years ago, the government vowed to fortify its cybersecurity. The authorities schooled lawmakers about changing passwords, using two-step identification and other measures to protect online data.
The 50-year-old software engineer was tapping away at his computer in November when state security officials filed into his office on mainland China.
Apple and China's problems show that today's titans may not rule the world tomorrow by Will Hutton (The Observer)
Our mental geography is bounded by what has gone before. What has happened in the recently remembered past is most likely to continue. Inflection points, when trends decisively change, are more infrequent than the many instances when things go on as they have done.
06 January 2019
Domain Pulse is asking domain name companies and industry figures to give us their highlights and lowlights of 2018, what they’re thinking will be happening in 2019 as well as their view on the EU’s GDPR, the future of domain names and how Brexit is impacting them. The first cab off the rank is EURid, manager of the .eu top level domain.
04 January 2019
The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the UK's entire entertainment market, according to a new report.
Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media (The Guardian)
Girls’ much-higher rate of depression than boys is closely linked to the greater time they spend on social media, and online bullying and poor sleep are the main culprits for their low mood, new research reveals.
Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019 (and What's Overhyped) (New York Times)
Imagine a future where you are never truly alone. Even when your spouse is on a business trip or your children are away at summer camp, you will always have someone (or something) to talk to. In the morning, you could ask the microwave to heat up a bowl of oatmeal. In your car, you could tell your stereo to put on some ’90s music. And when you walk into the office, you could ask your smartphone, “What’s on my calendar today?”
03 January 2019
American scientist Larry Roberts who helped design and build the forerunner of the internet has died aged 81.
Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his social media company is intending to establish an independent oversight group to help aid the struggling social media company in addressing the growing tension between free speech and censorship. In the article he wrote, Zuckerberg noted, "As I've thought about these content issues, I've increasingly come to believe that Facebook should not make so many important decisions about free expression and safety on our own."
Facebook and WhatsApp have the worst track record when it comes to cases of online harassment and misuse of data in Pakistan, according to a report released by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) on Wednesday.
No more paperwork: Estonia edges toward digital government (Associated Press)
In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop.
Fake-porn videos are being weaponized to harass and humiliate women: 'Everybody is a potential target' (Washington Post)
"Deepfake" creators target both celebrities and everyday women with photos taken from the Web. Even Scarlett Johansson says she's powerless to fight them.
Securing New Devices (US-CERT)
During the holidays, internet-connected devices also known as Internet of Things (IoT) are often popular gifts—such as smart TVs, watches, toys, phones, and tablets. This technology provides a level of convenience to our lives, but it requires that we share more information than ever. The security of this information, and the security of these devices, is not always guaranteed.
Censoring China's Internet, for Stability and Profit (New York Times)
Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble.
In High-Tech Cities, No More Potholes, but What About Privacy? (New York Times)
An algorithm predicts where potholes will emerge so road crews can resurface streets before cracks appear. Dog houses outfitted with cameras and temperature controls provide people a place to leave pets while they’re on a date or at yoga. And on Main Street, if a driver parks too long, a sensor alerts the police and a ticket is issued.
02 January 2019
Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent.
01 January 2019
Dressed in the traditional Vietnamese long gown known as "ao dai", dissident artist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi holds up a banner in a silent protest amid the roar of traffic in the capital's Old Quarter.