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21 August 2018
In March of this year, the European Commission created guidelines and recommendations for the removal of “illegal content” (primarily terrorist propaganda) from websites within Europe. At the time, the rules were voluntary; now the EC is going to impose fines if publishers and tech companies fail to comply.
Around the world, not just in the United States, there has been a lot of evidence of the Russian government’s involvement, directly or indirectly, in elections. This week, Microsoft announced their Digital Crimes Unit successfully executed a court order to disrupt and transfer control of 6 domain names created by a group widely associated with the Russian government and known as Strontium, or alternatively Fancy Bear or APT28.
20 August 2018
Ireland’s ccTLD hit the quarter million domain name registrations mark last week as .ie has been on a mini boom since a relaxation in eligibility rules in March. Today there are 254,400 .ie domain names registered, and 34,000 have been registered this year.
The peak body representing tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon has blasted a Coalition bill that would force them to assist law enforcement agencies in decrypting private communications.
19 August 2018
How risky is the Internet? Researchers say 42% (Kaspersky)
When you visit a website, you can open your computer to a lot more danger than you might think. All sites load their own content, some load ads served by an ad network, some load content served by other sites, and some load services hosted by other sites. Often, you’re receiving a pretty motley assortment of visible and invisible code.
Google refused an order to release huge amounts of data. Will other companies bow under pressure? (Washington Post)
It was a case that gave a new meaning to the phrase “Google search.” Earlier this year, a federal judge signed a search warrant for a windfall of private information to help find the robber responsible for a string of crimes in southern Maine.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a new law that tightens controls over the internet.
17 August 2018
.NET Slide Continues As New gTLDs Rebound and Total Domain Registrations Close on 340 Million: Verisign DNIB
The number of domain names registered around the world closed in on the 340 million mark at the end of the second quarter, 2018, according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief, as .net registrations continued to slide and new gTLDs rebounded.
16 August 2018
Protesters Accuse Russia of Entrapping Young Critics Online (New York Times)
Hundreds of demonstrators walked through downtown Moscow on Wednesday to protest against a growing number of arrests of young Russians on extremism charges for material shared or stored on social media sites.
15 August 2018
There are currently around 335 million domain names registered around the world, but many domain names are deleted or expired and some are re-registered. So DomainTools has announced they’ve seen their 1 billionth unique domain name in the 17 years they’ve existed. But how many domain names that have come and gone, nobody knows.
Cuba’s government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island’s more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service.
14 August 2018
I dream of a world where I can use the full c-word in a published sentence. Just now, I typed it out for size. It felt good. Real good.
Inside Twitter's Struggle Over What Gets Banned (New York Times)
With his arms folded, Jack Dorsey paced back and forth in a conference room at Twitter’s headquarters on Friday afternoon.
Facebook Banned Infowars. Now What? (New York Times)
Late on Sunday, after returning to his hotel room on a trip away from home, Mark Zuckerberg made a decision he had hoped to avoid.
Why some computer viruses refuse to die (BBC News)
There are zombies on the internet - odd, undead lumps of code that roam endlessly seeking and finding fresh victims to infect that help keep the whole ugly horde staggering on, and on.
Alex Jones and the Bigger Questions of Internet Governance (CATO Institute)
Last week Facebook, Google, and Apple removed videos and podcasts by the prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms (Twitter did not). Their actions may have prompted increased downloads of Jones’ Infowars app. Many people are debating these actions, and rightly so. But I want to look at the governance issues related to the Alex Jones imbroglio.
Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities.
11 August 2018
Hate speech crackdown spreads to behind-the-scenes tech (New York Times)
The tech industry’s crackdown on content from right-wing users spread this week from social media platforms to behind-the-scenes companies that do not typically take on free speech issues, a sign of heightened aggressiveness ahead of a planned far-right gathering this weekend inspired by the riots in Charlottesville.
Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.
Have you ever had your personal information leaked on the internet? Maybe it was something you purchased online from a website, only to find out that the company was hacked months later? If the answer is “yes”, you probably want to know whether the breach was reported and dealt with.
Warning over satellite security bugs (BBC News)
Satellite systems used on aircraft, ships and by the military contain bugs that could let hackers take control of them, a security researcher has warned.
09 August 2018
The Internet Trolls Have Won. Sorry, There's Not Much You Can Do. (New York Times)
This column is going to be a bit unusual. Typically, I write about a broad tech problem and offer some solutions. But this week, I’ve stumbled into a topic that many agree has no easy fix: online comments.
08 August 2018
Internet use inBritain has risen to record levels but there is a worrying lack of awareness around security, figures show.
The ratio of legal to illegal activity in Bitcoin has flipped, according to Lilita Infante at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.