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02 November 2018

Trump Administration Abandons Obama-Era Price Controls in Verisign's .COM Registry Agreement

Despite a campaign from some in the domain name industry led by the Internet Commerce Association, the NTIA and Verisign announced Thursday they had agreed to extend and modify the Cooperative Agreement with steep registry fees to be expected. “These modifications”, the NTIA says, “are in line with policy priorities of the Trump Administration.”

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01 November 2018

Tech giants may have to be broken up, says Tim Berners-Lee (The Guardian)

Tech giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, Tim Berners-Lee has said.

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European tech leaders warn against EU digital services tax; US attacks UK plan (Associated Press)

Technology company chiefs have warned that a digital services tax proposed by the European Union would hinder innovation and hurt economic growth.

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India wants ability to trace WhatsApp messages to stop violence (The Hill)

The Indian government is pressing WhatsApp to give it the locations and identities of people using the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app to spread fake information that has led to violence.

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31 October 2018

The Internet Will Be the Death of Us: It casts rogue grievances as legitimate obsessions and gives prejudices the shimmer of ideals. (New York Times)

Nora Ephron once wrote a brilliant essay about the trajectory of her and many other people’s infatuations with email, from the thrill of discovering this speedy new way of keeping in touch to the hell of not being able to turn it off.

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Facebook loses a million European users in three months (The Independent)

Facebook has lost a million daily and monthly active users in the last three months, the company's latest financial results have revealed.

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Facebook's Vision for the Future: Less News Feed, More Stories (New York Times)

When Facebook told Wall Street in July that its business would slow down, it had few answers for how it planned to change that trajectory. On Tuesday, the social network came back with some responses.

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30 October 2018

Gab Offline and Forced To Find New Registrar

Gab, the fringe right wing version of Twitter, has been forced offline after several technology companies including their domain name registrar, GoDaddy, abandoned them. The move quickly followed reports that Robert Bowers, who allegedly shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, frequented the social media service posting anti-Semitic rants and conspiracies.

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AP Explains: Gab, where Pittsburgh shooting suspect ranted (Associated Press)

A social media service believed to be used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect to post hateful rants advertises itself as a haven for free speech.

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On Social Media, No Answers for Hate (New York Times)

On Monday, a search on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, produced a torrent of anti-Semitic images and videos uploaded in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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Your Kid's Apps Are Crammed With Ads (New York Times)

In a new study of the most downloaded apps for children ages 5 and younger, researchers found advertising in almost all of them.

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New Phishing Scheme Exploits Public Interest Around Hurricane Michael to Steal Email Credentials (Security Intelligence)

A recent phishing scheme exploited public interest around natural disasters to steal victims’ email credentials.

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British treasury chief proposes 'digital services tax' on tech giants (Washington Post)

The head of Britain’s treasury has proposed a new tax targeting tech giants such as Google, Facebook and, in what he described as a necessary evolution of the corporate tax system in the digital age.

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29 October 2018

Social media 'aids oppressors', says Saudi rights campaigner (The Observer)

One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent exiled activists has quit Twitter and Facebook, saying that the social media giants have become tools for oppressive governments and trolls to harass and silence campaigners.

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28 October 2018

If your toothbrush calls you, it might not be for dental hygiene: the importance of securing the Internet of Things (Europol/ENISA)

Our world is hyper-connected now. Current estimates are that there are around 10 billion electronic devices with access to the internet and that number will have at least doubled by 2020. In addition to the many advantages and opportunities, the emerging ability of connected devices to impact the physical world has also created a new set of vulnerabilities and possibilities of exploitation by criminals. To address these vulnerabilities, tackle them effectively and to fully realise the great potential that it offers, ENISA and Europol have brought together 300 experts from the private sector, security community, law enforcement, the European Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) community and academia for a two-day conference in The Hague.

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Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors (Associated Press)

Google has unveiled a tool meant to help fight press censorship around the world, testing it first in Venezuela, where journalists say they're battling a government bent on burying online stories that expose corruption and human rights abuses.

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Civil rights groups call for tech companies to crack down on hate speech (The Hill)

A group of civil rights organizations is pushing technology companies to create policies to more effectively address hate speech and extremist groups.

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27 October 2018

Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2018 (Europol)

Foreword by Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol: It is my pleasure to introduce the 2018 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), not only as it is the fifth anniversary edition of the report, but also my first as the Executive Director of Europol.

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25 October 2018

'Twisted' fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster (The Guardian)

A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral.

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The Problem With Fixing WhatsApp? Human Nature Might Get in the Way (New York Times)

Should the world worry about WhatsApp? Has it become a virulent new force in global misinformation and political trickery?

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24 October 2018

The Danger and Opportunity in 5G Connectivity and IoT (ThreatPost)

The advent of 5G presents an opportunity for us to think the exploding number of IoT devices and how we securely connect to the digital world.

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American leadership on this United Nations body will connect the world by David J. Redl, assistant secretary for communications and information at the United States Department of Commerce and chief of the NTIA (The Hill)

Global communications technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid pace, creating a more connected world, and new opportunities for economic growth. The United States plans to continue leading the world by fostering technological advances at home and participating in the international bodies involved in the communications governance issues of the past, present, and future.

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23 October 2018

Cybersecurity and Fake News to Dominate List of Concerns at Internet Governance Forum (United Nations)

Facing growing concerns that the Internet is being used as a vehicle to sow division and discord around the world, more than 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, technology, and civil society will gather in Paris 12-14 November, 2018 at the annual Internet Governance Forum, to look at a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust.”

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22 October 2018

Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age (Associated Press)

Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

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21 October 2018

Five Digital Inclusion Trends in the United States (NTIA)

This week, NTIA recognizes International Digital Inclusion Week. Digital inclusion is more than a social program giving people access to computing and information technology; it is now an economic imperative in every community. The availability of robust Internet access is integral to a community’s ability to thrive socially and economically. Better connected towns, cities and states attract technology-based investment, encourage more innovation, streamline supply chains, and broaden opportunities for individuals and businesses. Local leaders at all levels find that broadband planning and investments reap benefits across the economy in education, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, tourism, and daily quality of life.

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