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01 January 2019

5G Is Coming This Year. Here's What You Need to Know. (New York Times)

In 2019, a big technology shift will finally begin. It’s a once-in-a-decade upgrade to our wireless systems that will start reaching mobile phone users in a matter of months.

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31 December 2018

Facebook Data Scandals Stoke Criticism That a Privacy Watchdog Too Rarely Bites (New York Times)

Last spring, soon after Facebook acknowledged that the data of tens of millions of its users had improperly been obtained by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a top enforcement official at the Federal Trade Commission drafted a memo about the prospect of disciplining the social network.

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Fake-porn videos are being weaponized to harass and humiliate women: 'Everybody is a potential target' (Washington Post)

“Deepfake” creators are making disturbingly realistic, computer-generated videos with photos taken from the Web, and ordinary women are suffering the damage.

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30 December 2018

Apple and Google can help power the switch to renewable energy (Wired)

In 2010, Apple fired up a truly giant data centre located in some open fields near the rural town of Maiden in North Carolina. Apple chose the site because land was inexpensive, the state provided tasty tax breaks and energy from nearby coal plants was cheap. But coal was key. As one of the world’s largest data centres, the iDataCenter required enough energy to power a small city. And the local utility, Duke Energy, had lots of excess capacity.

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28 December 2018

Folding screens and 5G: what's coming in smartphones in 2019? (The Guardian)

From the launch of 5G to phones with large folding screens, more cameras and fingerprint scanners under the screens, 2019 looks set to transform the smartphone in more ways than one.

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Inside Facebook's Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech (New York Times)

Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users. But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.

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27 December 2018

Our Cellphones Aren't Safe: Security flaws threaten our privacy and bank accounts. So why aren't we fixing them? by Cooper Quintin, senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (New York Times)

America’s cellular network is as vital to society as the highway system and power grids. Vulnerabilities in the mobile phone infrastructure threaten not only personal privacy and security, but also the country’s. According to intelligence reports, spies are eavesdropping on President Trump’s cellphone conversations and using fake cellular towers in Washington to intercept phone calls. Cellular communication infrastructure, the system at the heart of modern communication, commerce and governance, is woefully insecure. And we are doing nothing to fix it.

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24 December 2018

Why the F.T.C. Is Taking a New Look at Facebook Privacy (New York Times)

In 2011, Facebook agreed to settle charges that it had deceived consumers on privacy. But new problems have resurfaced old concerns.

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Google Foes Get Chance to Pick Holes in $2.7 Billion EU Appeal (Bloomberg)

Some of Google’s oldest foes have been given the chance to take a swipe at the U.S. giant’s appeal of a $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine for choking competition for shopping-search services.

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23 December 2018

McAfee Report Examines Cybercriminal Underground (McAfee Labs)

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: December 2018 , examining activity in the cybercriminal underground and the evolution of cyber threats in Q3 2018. McAfee Labs saw an average of 480 new threats per minute and a sharp increase in malware targeting IoT devices. The ripple effect of the 2017 takedowns of Hansa and AlphaBay dark web markets continued as entrepreneurial cybercriminals took new measures to evade law enforcement.

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Google's Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us (The Guardian)

We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies.

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2018 was the year of 5G hype. The 5G reality is yet to come. (Washington Post)

When T-Mobile’s chief executive went before Senate lawmakers this year to make the case for his company’s merger with Sprint, he argued the deal could help preserve U.S. dominance in high-tech wireless networks for smartphones and other devices.

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20 December 2018

The War-Torn Web: A once-unified online world has broken into new warring states. (Foreign Policy)

The global internet continues to fragment. Governments, in particular, are using their influence to shape the ways that digital companies, markets, and rights connect us online. This new form of realpolitik, which we call “digitalpolitik,” is an emerging tactical playbook for how governments use their political, regulatory, military, and commercial powers to project influence in global, digital markets.

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A Digital World for All: Include, Upskill, Innovate to Bridge the Digital Gender Divide (OECD)

The world is going digital. Across the globe, half of all people, some 3.5 billion people, have reliable, regular access to the Internet, and are using this opportunity to engage in a range of on-line activities. From searching for information, to engaging in e-commerce, to online government services, to social media, more and more people are integrating the digital world into their own.

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Digital transformation must focus on women and girls (Policy Options Politiques)

If we are to close the digital gender divide, policy-makers need to develop policies to foster women’s and girls’ full participation in the digital economy.

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19 December 2018

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants (New York Times)

For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

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Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Withheld Russia Data, Reports Say (New York Times)

When lawmakers asked YouTube, a unit of Google, to provide information about Russian manipulation efforts, it did not disclose how many people watched the videos on its site that were created by Russian trolls.

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North Korea, Fearing K-Pop and Porn, Warns Against Smartphones' Influence (New York Times)

K-pop. Cheating on exams. Even pornography. North Korea on Tuesday warned against the disruptive influence it said smartphones could have on its isolated population, as the devices have begun to expose young people in particular to information and trends from the outside world.

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France, Not Waiting for European Union, to Tax U.S. Tech Firms as '19 Starts (New York Times)

With the so-called Yellow Vest movement forcing concessions that have widened the country’s budget shortfall, the French government is accelerating a plan to place hefty taxes on American technology giants that have long maneuvered to keep their bills low while reaping huge sums of money.

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Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban (ars technica)

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute.

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99.8% of New Zealanders set to access the Internet (InternetNZ)

InternetNZ applauds the Government's announcements of additional rural broadband and mobile coverage across New Zealand, taking coverage to 99.8% of the population over the next four years.

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17 December 2018

Last Week For Comments on Proposed ICANN GDPR-Compliant Whois Policy

It’s the last week for comments on ICANN’s proposals on how it deals with registration data collected for generic top level domains and become permanently compatible with the EU’s GDPR.

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.IR Registrations Hit One Million Mark

Registrations of second level .ir domain names passed the one million mark in recent days statistics from the registry IRNIC show.

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16 December 2018

Facebook Says Bug Opened Access to Private Photos (New York Times)

Facebook announced on Friday that it had discovered a bug that allowed outsiders access to private photos, potentially affecting some 6.8 million people who use the service.

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Our Shared Digital Future Building an Inclusive, Trustworthy and Sustainable Digital Society (World Economic Forum)

Our Shared Digital Futures is a publication shaped by leaders from business, government, academia and civil society who collectively acknowledge the need for shared goals and coordinated action to shape an inclusive, sustainable, digital future.

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