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12 May 2019
Social media boycott 'may be only way to protect children' (The Guardian)
A public boycott of social media may be the only way to force companies to protect children from abuse, the country’s leading child protection police officer has said.
It's not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative by Evgeny Morozov (The Guardian)
As Facebook all but pleads guilty to a severe form of data addiction, confessing its digital sins and promising to reinvent itself as a privacy-worshiping denizen of the global village, the foundations of Big Tech’s cultural hegemony appear to be crumbling. Most surprisingly, it’s in the United States, Silicon Valley’s home territory, where they seem to be the weakest.
Can Facebook Remain One Step Ahead of Regulators? (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
Facebook is engaged in a dance with regulators, moving back and forth on the idea of inevitable regulation while remaining vague on specifics and taking careful steps to limit what regulators can do.
10 May 2019
Singapore’s parliament on Wednesday passed an anti-fake news bill that has been criticised by rights groups, journalists and tech firms over fears it could be used to clamp down on freedom of speech.
It's Time to Break Up Facebook by Chris Hughes (New York Times)
The last time I saw Mark Zuckerberg was in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. We met at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., office and drove to his house, in a quiet, leafy neighborhood. We spent an hour or two together while his toddler daughter cruised around. We talked politics mostly, a little about Facebook, a bit about our families. When the shadows grew long, I had to head out. I hugged his wife, Priscilla, and said goodbye to Mark.
08 May 2019
The number of domain names associated with child sexual abuse imagery is increasing, according to the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation 2018 Annual Report. In 2018 the IWF found 3,899 domain names with 105,047 URLs were used to host such content, a 3% increase on 2017’s 3,791, while the total number of domain name registrations across the globe have increased 4.9%.
General Availability for the .inc new gTLD commenced Tuesday, and despite the steep prices has ended up with a more successful Sunrise period than most others. Registrations are currently sitting at 316 according to nTLDstats with over 270 registered in more than 20 countries during Sunrise according to .inc.
Google's Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good (New York Times)
Google products are designed to be helpful. They take the friction out of daily life (for example, by showing you the fastest route home at the end of a long day) and give you back time to spend on things you actually want to do. We feel privileged that billions of people trust products like Search, Chrome, Maps and Android to help them every day.
Google Says It Has Found Religion on Privacy (New York Times)
Google, the company that may know the most about our digital lives, is now preaching the gospel of privacy.
07 May 2019
Europe Is Reining In Tech Giants. But Some Say It's Going Too Far. (New York Times)
In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded antiterrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law.
Political pressure builds for FTC to punish Facebook with more than a 'bargain' fine (Washington Post)
Two top Senate lawmakers on Monday expressed frustration with a federal probe into Facebook’s privacy practices, urging the government to move more swiftly and consider imposing tough punishments that target the company’s top executives.
Alphabet Inc’s Google is set to roll out a dashboard-like function in its Chrome browser to offer users more control in fending off tracking cookies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.
How the U.K. Won't Keep Porn Away From Teens (New York Times)
Complying with a new law, the largest online porn company has set itself up to be the youth gatekeeper of British smut. What could go wrong?
Time spent on social media has only a “trivial” impact on life satisfaction among adolescents, say researchers.
06 May 2019
The introduction of 5G mobile phone networks could seriously affect weather forecasters’ ability to predict major storms.
Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big (New York Times)
The F.T.C. chairman seems to have the votes to approve a settlement. One of the biggest issues has been whether to hold Mark Zuckerberg liable for future violations.
Russia tightens grip on its national net (BBC News)
Russia has formally adopted a law that gives its government more control over its domestic internet.
05 May 2019
In some countries, many use the internet without realizing it (Pew Research Center)
What is the internet? And who is an internet user? The questions may seem straightforward, but more than a decade of research in the United States and abroad suggests that some people who use the internet may not be aware that they’re doing so. Results from recent Pew Research Center surveys in the U.S. and 11 emerging economies show that confusion about what the internet is stems from two different – but related – sources.
Double blow to dark web marketplaces (Europol)
The German Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt) shut down the Wall Street Market, under the authority of the German Public Prosecutor’s office. They were supported by the Dutch National Police (Politie), Europol, Eurojust and various US government agencies (Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, US Postal Inspection Service, and the US Department of Justice). The Silkkitie (known as the Valhalla Marketplace) and its contents was also seized by Finnish Customs (Tulli) in close cooperation with the French National Police (La Police Nationale Française).
03 May 2019
Britons trust social media platforms less than any other major nation and favour stronger regulation of Silicon Valley’s technology companies, according to a survey of 23 countries.
After years of wavering about how to handle the extreme voices populating its platform, Facebook on Thursday evicted seven of its most controversial users — many of whom are conservatives — immediately inflaming the debate about the power and accountability of large technology companies.
It’s never going to be one of the biggest sellers, but sales aren’t the best way to measure of the success of a top-level domain anyway. And .inc is not aiming at the mass market. Rather it’s aimed at businesses, at incorporated companies. And for those who spend the 2 or 3 thousand dollars to register a .inc domain, or even more if you register before General Availability starts, there are member benefits that can easily make up the substantial outlay.
02 May 2019
The Federal Trade Commission is negotiating a settlement with Facebook that would create new positions at the company focused on strengthening its privacy practices, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
5 Questions for 'The Father of the Internet': Vinton G. Cerf (University of Virginia)
The “father of the internet” is coming to the University of Virginia on Wednesday. ... We spoke with Cerf before the event to learn more about how he sees the future of the internet and what he is focused on now, decades after he helped create it.
Sri Lanka's President Lifts Ban on Social Media (New York Times)
Sri Lanka’s president on Tuesday called for the “immediate” lifting of a temporary ban on several social media networks, a clampdown that had been intended to prevent the spread of misinformation after devastating suicide bombings on Easter.