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27 January 2020

The Kremlin is notorious for global meddling online. But controlling cyberspace at home has been trickier. (Washington Post)

On a stretch of Norway’s Arctic border known for its views of the Northern Lights is the small town of Kirkenes. Its population is under 4,000, and the local online newspaper has a staff of just two.

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26 January 2020

Twitter Tells Facial Recognition Trailblazer to Stop Using Site's Photos (New York Times)

A mysterious company that has licensed its powerful facial recognition technology to hundreds of law enforcement agencies is facing attacks from Capitol Hill and from at least one Silicon Valley giant.

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The Decline of Media Diversity - and How We Can Save It (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

In the rush to regulate dominant social media platforms, fundamental rights are being overlooked. As Pierre François Docquir and Maria Luisa Stasi write, there is still time to salvage media diversity, but policy makers will need a toolbox of solutions.

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23 January 2020

Google CEO eyes major opportunity in healthcare, says will protect privacy (Reuters)

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc and its Google subsidiary, said on Wednesday that healthcare offers the biggest potential over the next five to 10 years for using artificial intelligence to improve outcomes, and vowed that the technology giant will heed privacy concerns.

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22 January 2020

France poised to drop plan to tax tech giants amid signs of US deal (The Guardian)

France is poised to announce on Wednesday that it is dropping its go-it-alone plan to tax big US tech companies in exchange for Washington’s agreement to press ahead with attempts to find a multilateral solution.

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So far, under California's new privacy law, firms are disclosing too little data - or far too (Washington Post)

A new consumer privacy law in California was supposed to push companies toward greater transparency around the reams of data they collect every day. But weeks after the landmark law went into effect, the early results are not yet bringing consumers much clarity.

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New 'transformational' code to protect British children's privacy online (BBC)

Social media sites, online games and streaming services used by children will have to abide by a new privacy code set by the UK's data watchdog.

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Glenn Greenwald: Brazil accuses journalist of cyber-crimes (BBC)

Brazilian authorities are seeking to bring charges against Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who published Edward Snowden's intelligence agency leaks.

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auDA Reaches Out To Bushfire Affected Registrants and Communities

auDA announced this week 2 initiatives in response to the bushfire infernos ravaging Australia. The first is allowing registrants an extra 2 months to renew existing .au domain names and the second is A$1 from every new registration in February is to go to a charity helping those impacted by the bushfires.

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21 January 2020

Google boss Sundar Pichai calls for AI regulation (BBC)

The head of Google and parent company Alphabet has called for artificial intelligence to be regulated.

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EU industry chief: EU ready to act on digital tax, if OECD fails (Reuters)

European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton said on Monday that if discussions at the OECD level on taxation for digital companies such as Amazon or Google do not bear fruit, the European Union will take action.

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19 January 2020

The big differences between 4G and 5G (CNN)

The development of ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, was made possible by 4G. With 5G, ridesharing cars could one day navigate themselves — no human driver required.

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The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It; EU considers ban of up to five years (New York Times)

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.

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Panicking About Your Kids' Phones? New Research Says Don't (New York Times)

A growing number of academics are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.

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18 January 2020

Vietnam's battalions of 'cyber-armies' silencing online dissent (Al Jazeera)

'Force 47', thought to be 10,000-strong, seen as government's online enforcers as new cybercrime law takes effect.

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17 January 2020

Microsoft makes 'carbon negative' pledge (BBC)

Microsoft has pledged to remove "all of the carbon" from the environment that it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975.

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Want Your Personal Data? Hand Over More Please (New York Times)

A new California privacy law gives consumers the right to see and delete their data. But getting access often requires giving up more personal details.

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15 January 2020

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says (New York Times)

Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report that examined some of the world’s most downloaded Android apps.

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A New UN Cybercrime Treaty? The Way Forward for Supporters of an Open, Free and Secure Internet (Council on Foreign Relations)

Last month, governments gathered at the United Nations to vote on a Russian-led resolution on cybercrime that could result in irreversible consequences for how countries deal with and cooperate in cybercrime investigations. While the resolution was strongly opposed by a number of major Western powers and human rights groups, it managed to pass in a final vote on December 27, 2019. With this passage, supporters of an open, free, and secure model of the internet—championed for years by the United States, Europe, and other like-minded states—should now change their global engagement strategy on cybercrime and develop more inclusive approaches and clearer narratives to bring more countries to their side.

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France's digital minister says tax on big tech is just the start (The Guardian)

France will go ahead with its controversial new tax on the profits of large technology firms such as Google and Facebook despite US threats to retaliate, as the government vows that it is just the start of a crucial rethink of the regulation of tech monopolies.

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India Lost at Least A$1.88 billion to Internet Shutdowns Last Year (Bloomberg)

India lost more than A$1.93 billion to internet restrictions in 2019 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government pushed ahead with his party’s Hindu nationalist agenda, raising tensions and sparking nationwide protests.

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Use of .BRANDS and Efforts To Thwart Domain Name Abuse Industry Highlights For DOTZON's Katrin Ohlmer

Criminal activities continue to be an issue and challenge for the domain name industry, and it’s one of the main issues addressed in today’s Q&A with Katrin Ohlmer, CEO and founder of DOTZON GmbH. Ohlmer cites it as a highlight and lowlight – a highlight because the industry is attempting to tackle domain name abuse and a lowlight with phishing, malware, botnets and pharming being threats to consumers putting the whole industry in a bad light and seemingly not interested in fixing the issue. Ohlmer also sees the growth in usage of .brand new gTLDs as another highlight while she says the whole domain industry could improve in terms of customer experience and customer-centric marketing and communications.

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14 January 2020

auDA Announces New CEO As They Look To End Over 3 Years Of Turmoil

After more than 3 years of turmoil, auDA has put the last piece of the jigsaw in place for their new management and board. Today it was announced the new CEO would be Rosemary Sinclair AM. In the last 6 months there has been a new board announced, a new Chair and now the CEO. Sinclair, who will commence with auDA in March, was a former board member between 2009 and 2011.

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10 January 2020

.GAY Launching Sunrise For Trademark Holders In February

The .gay top-level domain will be launching their Sunrise launch phases for trademark holders commencing February, running for 3 months to 6 May, the registry Top Level Design has announced.

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.PS Added One Character Domains As Premiums On 6 January

Palestine’s ccTLD manager added one-character .ps domain names to their premium list and made them available for registration on 6 January. They joined all 2- and 3-character domains on their premium list, as well as some generic strings, with registry prices ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for the first year’s registration and $100 to $500 for renewals. Actual registrations will likely be higher when registrar and reseller fees are added.

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