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19 June 2019
In a hastily put together announcement, auDA have announced their Chair Chris Leptos resigned on 18 June. It’s an announcement that doesn’t do any more than check the required boxes thanking him for his service.
Facebook has announced a digital currency called Libra that will allow its billions of users to make financial transactions across the globe, in a move that could potentially shake up the world’s banking system.
Block.one, a publisher of software blockchain technologies, has splurged a mammoth $30 million on the voice.com domain name in a sale brokered by GoDaddy. The domain name’s new owner says its new home will be for their Voice, a blockchain-based social media application designed with users of the platform in mind.
18 June 2019
Sixteen of the world’s biggest advertisers have joined together to push platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to do more to tackle dangerous and fake content online.
Total numbers of new gTLD registrations have slid to their lowest number since October 2018 and the decline seems set to continue. In October 2018, according to nTLDstats, registrations were on the rise and peaked at just under 26.592 million in mid-December 2018. Since then, with a few peaks and troughs, registrations have been slowly declining to today when they are around 25.487 million, just as they were 8 months ago.
17 June 2019
Sudan's internet blackout has gained global attention, but it is not unique. Shutdowns are on the rise around the world.
Google CEO says he wants to reach the next billion users, but has no plans to relaunch in China (CNN)
Google was met with outrage last year when it was reported that the company may have been looking to get back into the search engine business in China. The company previously left China in protest over its strict censorship policies — which have only grown more strict.
The Four Visions Shaping the Way We Use the Internet: An interview with the University of Southampton's Wendy Hall and Kieron O'Hara (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
In 2017, reflecting on his original proposal for the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee wrote in The Guardian that he imagined the internet as “an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries.”
16 June 2019
Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019 (Pew Research Center)
7% of Americans now go online mostly using a smartphone, and these devices are increasingly cited as a reason for not having a high-speed internet connection at home
Survey: Cyber Criminals, Social Media, Lack of Security Increasingly Fuelling Internet Distrust (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
In a new survey of internet users around the globe, social media companies emerged as the leading source of user distrust in the internet — surpassed only by cyber criminals — with 75% of those surveyed who distrust the internet citing Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms as contributing to their lack of trust.
15 June 2019
A misinformation campaign by groups linked to Russia tried to depress turnout in last month’s parliamentary elections, a European Commission review said.
A handful of companies already dominate the market for digital assistants. The implications for consumer privacy are a serious concern, researchers say.
More Than 25% Of U.S. Adults Almost Always Online: Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends Report (Forbes)
Mary Meeker just delivered her highly anticipated annual “Internet Trends” presentation on the state of the Web.
Less than a third of Europeans are aware of all their rights under last year’s General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union said on Thursday as it launched a campaign to encourage more of them to only share data they want to.
Deepfake technology could spark "violent outbreaks", an expert warns.
When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed (New York Times)
After posts on the social network contributed to Myanmar’s genocide of Rohingya Muslims, Facebook vowed to fix the problem. Then the vitriol moved to India.
12 June 2019
Who will pay for trusted news? (BBC News)
Here is the good news about journalism - more people are worried about misinformation and so are turning to more reputable sources of information. But here's the bad news - they seem no more inclined to pay for good journalism.
House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media (New York Times)
A congressional investigation into the power of big tech companies began on Tuesday with bipartisan concern from lawmakers that the government’s lax oversight of the industry may be doing more harm than good.
Rapid early momentum and enthusiasm for 5G has led Ericsson to forecast an extra 400 million enhanced mobile broadband subscriptions globally by the end of 2024. The June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions – up from 1.5 billion forecasted in the November 2018 edition – an increase of almost 27 percent.
11 June 2019
The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, says a new tech report, “the Age of Digital Interdependence”, released on Monday by the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, almost a year after the Panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres.
They Just Won't Die: Dark Web Drug Sellers Resist Police Crackdowns (New York Times)
The notorious Silk Road site was shut down in 2013. Others have followed. But the online trafficking of illegal narcotics hasn’t abated.
10 June 2019
How the pursuit of leisure drives internet use: Movies, not grain prices, are bringing the poor world online (The Economist)
The chief of Madhogarh, a picturesque village nestled beneath a 17th-century fortified palace in the heart of Rajasthan, came to Indra Sharma three years ago to ask if she would attend a workshop. “Something about the internet,” Ms Sharma, a 40-year-old child-care worker, recalls. She had no particular interest in this internet thing. But she liked the idea of learning something new, so she went along. She and a handful of women from nearby villages were all given a smartphone and some basic lessons in how to use it.
The Making of a YouTube Radical (New York Times)
Caleb Cain was a college dropout looking for direction. He turned to YouTube, where he was pulled into a world filled with conspiracy theories, misogyny and racism.
Cyber-thieves are creating an "invisible internet" to stop police spying on cyber-crime deals being done on the dark net, research suggests.
Finance Ministers from Group of 20 nations agreed they need to find a common method to tax technology giants, whose digital business models have grown exponentially faster than systems to tax them.