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03 November 2019

WhatsApp 'hack' is serious rights violation, say alleged victims (The Guardian)

More than a dozen pro-democracy activists, journalists and academics have spoken out after WhatsApp privately warned them they had allegedly been the victims of cyber-attacks designed to secretly infiltrate their mobile phones.

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Kremlin takes on sweeping internet connection powers (Financial Times)

The Kremlin has assumed sweeping new powers over internet connections in Russia, raising concerns from activists that they could be used to stifle dissent or shut the country off from the global web.

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Ten Ways the C-Suite Can Protect their Company against Cyberattack (World Economic Forum)

Cyberattacks are one of the top 10 global risks of highest concern in the next decade, with an estimated price tag of $90 trillion if cybersecurity efforts do not keep pace with technological change. While there is abundant guidance in the cybersecurity community, the application of prescribed action continues to fall short of what is required to ensure effective defence against cyberattacks. The challenges created by accelerating technological innovation have reached new levels of complexity and scale – today responsibility for cybersecurity in organizations is no longer one Chief Security Officer’s job, it involves everyone.

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Vint Cerf's top moments from 50 years of the Internet (Google blog)

Before there was the Internet, there was a packet. The “sending of the packet” was actually the first step toward the invention of the Internet as we know it, and it happened 50 years ago today. On that day, we established the first connection between two computers—from UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute—on the ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet.

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02 November 2019

Leonard Kleinrock On The First Message 50 Years Ago

Three months after the first human set foot on the moon 50 years ago the first simple message between two computers was sent. And it set the foundations to everything that deals with electronic communications, including the domain name system. In a post on the ICANN blog, Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, UCLA, tells the behind the scenes story of what happened leading up to that special day in the development of one of the greatest communication tools humankind has ever developed.

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Neustar Publishes Safer Domains: DNS Security and Resilience

Neustar is one of the world’s leading companies when it comes to domain names. Providers of security services that protects brands around the world, providing ads and providing backend registry services to over 220 top-level domains. So that they’ve got detailed knowledge on the scale and frequency of threats on domain names and DNS infrastructure, is no surprise.

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01 November 2019

Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp - sources (Reuters)

Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation.

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Internet50 - Looking Toward the Future (UCLA Samueli)

A packed Royce Hall on the UCLA campus Tuesday saw dozens of tech pioneers, business leaders and activists share the stage to examine the history and current state of the internet, and offer ideas on how it can improve.

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31 October 2019

Who owns the content on social media? (University of NSW)

Know your rights and stay on top of evolving terms of service when using social media, says Professor Kathy Bowrey from UNSW Law.

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Australia's ACCC is suing Google over tracking users. Here's why it matters (The Conversation)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced it is suing Google for misleading consumers about its collection and use of personal location data.

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Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Jack Dorsey Says (New York Times)

Twitter said on Wednesday that it would ban all political ads, putting a spotlight on the power and veracity of online advertising and ramping up pressure on Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to reverse his hands-off stance.

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30 October 2019

Australia Proposes Face Scans for Watching Online Pornography (New York Times)

The Australian government has proposed using a facial recognition system it is developing to verify that people who seek to watch pornography online are of legal age.

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Why passwords don't work, and what will replace them (BBC News)

... Identity theft is at an all-time high in the UK. The UK's fraud prevention service CIFAS recorded 190,000 cases in the past year, as our increasingly digitised lives make it easier than ever for fraudsters to get their hands on our personal information.

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Trump Opponents Make Fun With .GOP Domains

The .gop top-level domain is meant to be for Republicans. “GOP” stands for “grand old party” which America’s Republicans are commonly known. But it seems there’s no restrictions, or they're not enforced, on who can register .gop domain names, and Trump opponents are having fun registering domains such as putins.gop according to a report in The Daily Beast.

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WIPO Commemorates 20 Years of Dispute Resolution

The 20th anniversary of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) was commemorated last week with a conference held at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva.

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Schedule and Pre-ICANN66 Policy Report Now Available

ICANN has published both the full schedule and Pre-ICANN66 Policy Report for the upcoming ICANN66 meeting next week to be held in Montréal, Canada.

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ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY19

ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) this week published their Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Audited Financial Statements, accompanied by unqualified audit reports from BDO LLP, the independent auditors.

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Internet 'father' Vint Cerf on future challenges ahead for the web (BBC News)

As the Internet marks 50 years, its co-founder Vint Cerf, tells BBC Click of his concerns for the future and challenges ahead for the web.

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Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life (Pew Internet)

Fifty years after the first computer network was connected, most experts say digital life will mostly change humans’ existence for the better over the next 50 years. However, they warn this will happen only if people embrace reforms allowing better cooperation, security, basic rights and economic fairness

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EU disputes Facebook's claims of progress against fake accounts (The Guardian)

Facebook and other major social media platforms have been accused by the European commission of giving a misleading picture of their efforts to remove fake accounts spreading politically motivated disinformation.

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Google sued by the Australia's ACCC over alleged misuse of personal data (ABC News)

Tech giant Google has been hauled into the Federal Court by regulators over allegations it has been misleading consumers about the personal location data it collects, keeps and uses.

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The fight to keep the internet free and open for everyone (BBC News)

Connecting the world is seen as a humanitarian mission for some technology evangelists – but ensuring a free and open web is a harder problem to solve.

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Dissent Erupts at Facebook Over Hands-Off Stance on Political Ads (New York Times)

In an open letter, the social network’s employees said letting politicians post false claims in ads was “a threat” to the company.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter urged to do more to combat fake news in EU (Reuters)

Facebook, Google and Twitter must do more to tackle fake news or face regulatory action, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

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26 October 2019

The Shifting Definition of Platform Governance In advance of the next meeting of the International Grand Committee, Robert Gorwa asks: what exactly is platform governance? (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

In the past few years, several catchwords have emerged to describe the technology policy issues surrounding the intersection of user-generated content, online intermediaries for that content, and the host of legal and political frameworks that shape the relationships between them. Policy makers and journalists working in the area have had to sift through a host of similar-sounding concepts often used interchangeably — three common ones being platform governance, platform responsibility and platform regulation.

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