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13 August 2019

How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power (New York Times)

Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the breakup of big tech companies like Facebook. Regulators have opened investigations into Facebook’s power in social networking. Even one of Facebook’s own founders has laid out a case for why the company needs to be split up.

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The Phony Patriots of Silicon Valley: Top tech companies are rallying around the flag. How opportunistic of them. (New York Times)

Not long ago, many leading technologists considered themselves too lofty and idealistic to concern themselves with the petty affairs of government. John Perry Barlow, a lion of the early internet, addressed his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” to the “governments of the industrial world,” saying that for him and his fellow netizens, these creaky institutions had “no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.”

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Here's how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back (The Conversation)

Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we deal with Google, Facebook, and other businesses.

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Neustar Says Hello.vu As It's Appointed Registry For Vanuatu's ccTLD

Neustar has been appointed as registry operator for Vanuatu’s ccTLD, .vu, by the Office of the Vanuatu Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) following a competitive tender process. Adding .vu to Neustar’s growing stable of TLDs follows their appointment to run India’s ccTLD earlier this year.

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12 August 2019

Is Nationalism Threatening the Future of the Internet? by Wolfgang Kleinwächter (Brink News)

Will new “digital nationalism“ lead to internet fragmentation? The short answer is: probably. The longer answer is a bit more complex.

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11 August 2019

Facebook facial recognition lawsuit can proceed, says US court (Reuters)

A US federal appeals court has rejected Facebook’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit alleging it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent using facial recognition technology.

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The Lawless Way to Disable 8chan: The decision to disable an infamous message board fell to Matthew Prince, an internet executive who is deeply uncomfortable with his own power. (The Atlantic)

Two years ago, Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, saw this controversy coming and begged not to be put in this position. Then and now, his company—which helps provide some of the basic plumbing of the internet—found itself at the center of the battle over which speech should and should not be easily available online. The more fundamental question is who gets to make these decisions, and it’s being answered by default, in the absence of any legal norms. Who are the deciders? This week, at least, companies like Prince’s are.

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New Zealand telco bans 8chan as chief censor calls it racist killers' 'platform of choice' (The Guardian)

One of New Zealand’s largest telecommunications providers, Spark, has banned the far-right site 8chan after the country’s chief censor offered his backing for any internet service provider who did so in the wake of the El Paso mass shooting.

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08 August 2019

EURid Signs Up For nic.at's RcodeZero DNS Anycast

EURid’s top level domains – .eu, the Cyrillic ею, and soon the Greek .ευ – are now using nic.at’s Anycast service RcodeZero DNS following extensive testing in recent months. The Austrian ccTLD manager’s Anycast service will ensure that the 3.6 million domain names under the 3 TLDs are more reliable, have shorter response times and are more secure. There are now at least 15 TLDs and over 13 million domain names using nic.at’s RcodeZero DNS.

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Public Interest Registry Appoints Laurie Tarpey as Chief Financial Officer

Today, Public Interest Registry (PIR) announced the hiring of Laurie Tarpey as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With extensive experience leading finance operations for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Laurie will expand the expertise of PIR’s executive team and play an integral role in the measured growth of the .ORG domain.

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Rwanda Looks To Boost Awareness And Adoption Of .RW

The Rwandan government is aiming to boost the digital footprint of the east-central African country of 12.2 million people, the Ministry of ICT and Innovation in partnership with RICTA Rwanda announced. The programme includes a campaign to increase awareness and adoption of .rw as the preferred ccTLD for business and people in the country. The campaign is to last 3 months and is called Nahisemo.rw (in English “Nahisemo.rw” means “I choose.rw”).

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On Day CentralNic Completes Hexonet Deal, Announces Another Registrar Acquisition

On the day when CentralNic announced it had completed its acquisition of the German/Canadian Hexonet Group, it announced it was acquiring another registrar, this time the privately-owned New Zealand Ideegeo Group which operates the retail registrar iwantmyname.

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Free speech and privacy on the wane across the world (The Guardian)

Nearly half the world’s people are living in countries where their freedom of speech and right to privacy are being eroded, researchers have found.

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How to Force 8Chan, Reddit and Others to Clean Up: We can change safe harbor laws to hold social media platforms accountable. (New York Times)

In the hours after the El Paso shooting last weekend, Fredrick Brennan, the founder of the online message board 8chan — the site that had hosted the racist manifestoes of the men responsible for the El Paso, Christchurch and Poway synagogue shootings — called for the site to be shut down. In an interview with The Times, he said, “It’s a complete negative to everybody except the users that are there. And you know what? It’s a negative to them, too. They just don’t realize it.”

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Evolution of the internet: Celebrating 50 years since Arpanet (Network World)

Arpanet carried its first message on October 29, 1969, laying the foundation for today’s networked world. Fifty years later, more than 4 billion people have internet access, and the number of devices connected to IP networks is more than double the global population. Here’s a look at some key milestones in the history of the internet and projections for its future growth.

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06 August 2019

EURid Gearing Up For 2019 .eu Web Awards

The nomination and voting period for the 2019 .eu Web Awards is now closed and EURid is gearing up to announce the finalists on 3 September.

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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech (New York Times)

When the most consequential law governing speech on the internet was created in 1996, Google.com didn’t exist and Mark Zuckerberg was 11 years old.

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05 August 2019

After White Terrorism Act in El Paso, Cloudflare Terminates 8chan's Hate

It wasn’t the first time a white terrorist had committed a massacre, nor the first time the terrorist had posted their intentions on 8chan, but Cloudflare has decided they’ve had enough and announced Monday they were terminating 8chan as a customer. As a result 8chan disappeared overnight Sunday with the New York Times reports the site went dark about 03:00 Eastern time after Cloudflare’s services were withdrawn around midnight and at the time of writing was still down.

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8chan Is a Megaphone for Gunmen. 'Shut the Site Down,' Says Its Creator. (New York Times)

Fredrick Brennan was getting ready for church at his home in the Philippines when the news of a mass shooting in El Paso arrived. His response was immediate and instinctive.

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The Trauma of Revenge Porn: We should call it 'cyberrape,' not free speech. (New York Times)

It was April 2008 when I took my first prescription anxiety pill. It helped calm the fear I felt whenever I spotted my ex-boyfriend driving behind me on my way home from work.

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02 August 2019

A lawmaker wants to end 'social media addiction' by killing features that enable mindless scrolling (Washington Post)

The youngest senator in Congress, and one of its toughest crusaders against Big Tech, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to curb social media addiction by regulating the techniques that prolong engagement on the platforms.

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01 August 2019

auDA Rudderless As CEO "Resignation" Follows Chair's Walk Out

Tuesday’s sudden departure of the auDA CEO comes during a protracted period of turmoil at the .au policy and regulatory body and leaves nobody at the .au policy and regulatory body in positions to make key decisions on policy, marketing or spending, and with the introduction of second level registrations looming in the fourth quarter of 2019, the new rules still haven’t been announced.

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Army fights fake news with propagandists and hackers in one unit (The Guardian)

Computer hackers and propaganda specialists working in the British army are to be placed in a single division, as part of a reorganisation designed to reflect a belief that the boundary between peace and war has become increasingly blurred.

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31 July 2019

Calls for backdoor access to WhatsApp as Five Eyes nations meet (The Guardian)

British, American and other intelligence agencies from English-speaking countries have concluded a two-day meeting in London amid calls for spies and police officers to be given special, backdoor access to WhatsApp and other encrypted communications.

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30 July 2019

auDA and Out: Controversial auDA CEO Gone

Late Tuesday an announcement many were expecting in recent days came with auDA CEO Cameron Boardman announcing his resignation.

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