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02 May 2019

Smart devices may have to carry labels showing how secure they are (The Guardian)

Smart TVs and other internet-connected household devices will be made to carry labels setting out how secure they are, under proposals being put forward by the government.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg announces privacy overhaul: 'We don't have the strongest reputation' (The Guardian)

Even Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t keep a straight face. The Facebook founder and chief executive repeatedly broke out in laughter as he announced a product roadmap for his company’s new “privacy-focused social platform” at its annual developer conference, F8, in San Jose on Tuesday.

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Airbnb should be seen as a digital service provider, ECJ advised (The Guardian)

Airbnb has taken a step closer to avoiding onerous national regulations after an adviser to the European court of justice said the company should be regarded as a digital service provider.

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U.S. lawmakers struggle to draft online privacy bill (Reuters)

U.S. lawmakers drafting a bill to create rules governing online privacy hope to have a discussion draft complete by late May with a Senate committee vote during the summer and are intensifying efforts, but disputes are likely to push that timetable back, according to sources knowledgeable about the matter.

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01 May 2019

Radix’s Karn Jajoo Discusses GDPR Benefits, How New gTLDs Are Looking Good and Radix’s Impressive Growth

In the latest Domain Pulse Q&A, we talk to Karn Jajoo, Head of Premium Portfolio at Radix, the registry behind successful new domain extensions such as .TECH, .STORE, .ONLINE, .SPACE and .SITE. Radix is one of the world’s largest nTLD portfolio registries with over 4M domains under management. Jajoo discusses Radix’s impressive growth in 2018, the positive impact of the EU’s GDPR has been it’s spawned privacy discussions in developing countries with local data privacy laws, how registries should be deploying a long-term strategy now and keep away from the practice of trying to sell as many names as possible and instead focus on sustainable growth and usage and that the wider industry is developing products to support. Not unsurprisingly, Jajoo is excited about the prospects for the new generic top-level domains.

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27 April 2019

Sizing Up U.S. Twitter Users (Pew Research Center)

U.S. adult Twitter users are younger and more likely to be Democrats than the general public. Most users rarely tweet, but the most prolific 10% create 80% of tweets from adult U.S. users

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26 April 2019

Dark web blamed for rise in drugs sent by post from Netherlands (The Guardian)

The rise of the dark web has led to a huge increase in the amount of illegal drugs being sent from the Netherlands, one of the world’s largest drug producers, via letters and packages in the post.

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Canada accuses Facebook of breaking privacy laws, promises to take the company to court (Washington Post)

Canadian regulators on Thursday found that Facebook committed “serious” breaches of local laws over its mishandling of users' personal information, announcing they would take the company to court to force it to change its privacy practices.

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Tiananmen Square protests and China's fight for internet control (Al Jazeera)

Since President Xi took power in 2012, China has launched an unprecedented crackdown on online freedom.

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Regulators Around the World are Circling Facebook (New York Times)

Regulators on four continents are preparing for a long-awaited showdown with Facebook, after years of disinterest and half-steps.

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25 April 2019

New Zealand and France to Seek Pact Blocking Extreme Online Content (New York Times)

New Zealand’s prime minister said on Wednesday that she would meet with French leaders next month in hopes of forging an agreement between governments and technology companies aimed at eliminating violent extremist content on the internet.

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Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues (New York Times)

Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies.

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24 April 2019

'No right to livestream murder': Ardern leads push against online terror content (The Guardian)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is to spearhead a push to combat violent extremism and terrorism on social media in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, saying the gunman did not have “a right to livestream the murder of 50 people”.

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After the Bust, Are Bitcoins More Like Tulip Mania (New York Times)

When you talk to tech industry insiders about where Bitcoin is heading, two vastly different comparisons are inevitable: the tulip bulb and the internet.

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The Privacy Project (New York Times)

Companies and governments are gaining new powers to follow people across the internet and around the world, and even to peer into their genomes. The benefits of such advances have been apparent for years; the costs — in anonymity, even autonomy — are now becoming clearer. The boundaries of privacy are in dispute, and its future is in doubt. Citizens, politicians and business leaders are asking if societies are making the wisest tradeoffs. The Times is embarking on this monthslong project to explore the technology and where it’s taking us, and to convene debate about how it can best help realize human potential.

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22 April 2019

Call for online disability access standards for computers from Equal Opportunity Commission (ABC News)

There's nothing special about using the internet. Millions of us do it every day. But how would your life change if you couldn't see a screen?

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Sri Lanka's social media blackout reflects sense that online dangers outweigh benefits (The Guardian)

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to block all social media sites in the wake of Sunday’s deadly attacks is emblematic of just how much US-based technology companies’ failure to rein in misinformation, extremism and incitement to violence has come to outweigh the claimed benefits of social media.

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21 April 2019

Cybercrime for dummies: cracking internet passwords is as easy as 123456 (The Observer)

Cybercriminals are using increasingly devious scams to con internet users into revealing precious online information. Yet millions of people have saved fraudsters the bother of deploying trickery and temptation by picking bizarrely simple passwords that feature on a new hotlist of online security howlers.

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20 April 2019

Federal investigation of Facebook could hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable on privacy, sources say (Washington Post)

Federal regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling its users’ personal information have set their sights on the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new, heightened oversight of his leadership.

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18 April 2019

Switzerland to monitor potential health risks posed by 5G networks (Reuters)

Switzerland will introduce a monitoring system to assuage concerns about the potential health impact of 5G mobile frequency emissions and smooth the cutting-edge technology's rollout, the government said on Wednesday.

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17 April 2019

Have Your Say On Making .NZ Even Better

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission is seeking feedback on their first independent review with a view to making the organisation even better and fit for purpose for the years ahead. The review found the organisation has been effective in its oversight of the .nz domain name industry.

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EURid Annual Report Shows .EU Down AS UK Registrations Plummet Pre-Brexit, But DNSSEC Up

Registrations of .eu domain names in the United Kingdom plummeted in 2018, dropping over 76,000 to 240,887 from 317,286 at the end of 2017, the latest annual report from EURid reveals, as Brexit fears cause British registrants to drop their .eu domain names.

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Tiktok: India bans video sharing app (The Guardian)

The Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.

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Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules (Associated Press)

The European Union has approved a copyright overhaul that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies.

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auDA Backtracks on Policy Changes That Would Have Banned Domaining

Following international condemnation, in particular from the Internet Commerce Association, auDA has quickly backtracked on changes it was planning that would have banned domain investors from being part of .au.

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