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26 October 2019

Hazards of the Information Superhighway by Vinton G. Cerf (Communications of the ACM)

In the 1990s, U.S. Vice President Al Gore characterized the Internet as an "Information Superhighway." This metaphor has some utility as we try to understand emerging properties of the global Internet. More recently, an old friend, Judith Estrin, touted the importance of friction in the online environment. She had two things in mind, I believe. The first is that friction slows things down and sometimes that is exactly what is needed to give time to think about the content found on the Internet, especially in social media. Friction also keeps you on the road and not spinning off at every turn. As reports of the deliberate injection of misinformation and disinformation into the Internet continue to escalate, my attention has been drawn to efforts to counter this trend. I went back and re-read the May 2019 report about the Finnish response to information pollution,a which has garnered attention from other countries and organizations concerned about this phenomenon.

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25 October 2019

ICANN Enters Final Negotiations On WHOIS Replacement After EU's GDPR Rendered It Obsolete

It took the European Union 4 years of preparation and debate to develop the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and it was finally approved by the EU Parliament in April 2016, then came into being in May 2018. But it’s taken ICANN to this week to get to the stage to enter final negotiations with its constituencies on the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), a replacement to WHOIS, that was in effect rendered obsolete and not compliant when the GDPR came into being for those registrars selling gTLD domain names and gTLD registries with operations within the EU.

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Jay Daley Selected As First Permanent IETF Executive Director

Jay Daley has joined the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as their first permanent Executive Director, the organisation announced Thursday.

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Russia's Domestic Internet Is a Threat to the Global Internet (Slate)

Over the past year, the Russian government has spoken at length about the establishment of a domestic internet. The idea, according to lawmakers and those in the Kremlin, is to have an internet that can be tightly controlled by the state—and potentially disconnected from the global net entirely.

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24 October 2019

.NZ Looks To Outsourcing Backend Registry

InternetNZ has begun a process of replacing their backend registry, a process they describe as updating “the technology at the heart of the .nz domain name space.”

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EURid Forced To Enact Another Delay For UK .EU Registrants Due To Another Brexit Delay

Chaos is reigning not just in Britain over their attempts to enact legislation for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, but also for businesses who work across both the UK and other EU countries. And one of these is EURid who have had to delay once again their plans for enforcing rules which would see British registrants of .eu domain names mostly become ineligible to hold their domain names the day after Brexit is enacted.

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Xi: Internet a joint global responsibility (Wuzhen World Internet Conference)

As the internet celebrates its 50th year, President Xi Jinping is encouraging countries to promote global governance in cyberspace and strive to build a community with a shared future.

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Google claims 'quantum supremacy' for computer (BBC News)

Google says an advanced computer has achieved "quantum supremacy" for the first time, surpassing the performance of conventional devices.

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China trumpets tech power at 6th World Internet Conference, signalling a 'digital arms race' (ABC News)

At the turn of the millennium, former US president Bill Clinton declared that China's effort to censor the internet was akin to "nailing jello to the wall".

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22 October 2019

How is the mobile revolution transforming India? (BBC News)

There are 450 million smartphone users in India - the second-highest number globally, behind only China.

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Creators of internet talk censorship, misinformation online (GW Hatchet)

Some of the internet’s original architects spoke about tackling disinformation online at the Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday.

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19 October 2019

Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won't Police Political Speech (New York Times)

In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less — as his company has been assailed for allowing lies and falsehoods to appear.

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Internet restrictions would only exacerbate Hong Kong's problems (Al Jazeera)

On October 4, after four months of increasingly violent protests, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, invoked a colonial-era law allowing her to make "any regulations whatsoever" during a time of public danger.

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17 October 2019

Dark web child abuse: Hundreds arrested across 38 countries (BBC News)

More than 300 people have been arrested following the take-down of one of the world's "largest dark web child porn marketplaces", investigators said.

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'Sextortion botnet spreads 30,000 emails an hour' (BBC News)

A large-scale “sextortion” campaign is making use of a network of more than 450,000 hijacked computers to send aggressive emails, researchers have warned.

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Let's have an honest conversation about Huawei by Milton Mueller (Internet Governance blog)

On May 29, I attended an AEI event on “International economics and securing next-generation 5G wireless networks,” with Ambassador Robert Strayer, who heads the US State Department’s CIP team. But the focus of the talk was not really on 5G security, international trade or 5G development. In fact, there was no constructive agenda at all. The talk was an extended attack on China and the Chinese-based telecommunications vendor Huawei – another episode in an ongoing U.S. government campaign to shut Huawei and other Chinese firms out of the U.S. market, and to convince every other country in the world to do the same.

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'Digital welfare state': big tech allowed to target and surveil the poor, UN is warned (The Guardian)

Nations around the world are “stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia” in which artificial intelligence and other technologies are used to target, surveil and punish the poorest people, the United Nations’ monitor on poverty has warned.

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Europe's Margrethe Vestager Takes a Rare Step Toward Big Tech (New York Times)

European authorities took an even more aggressive approach than usual to regulating the technology industry Wednesday when they applied a rarely used rule, ordering a company to halt a potentially anticompetitive practice while an investigation is underway.

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16 October 2019

And 'Lo!' - How the internet was born (BBC News)

In the 1960s, Bob Taylor worked at the heart of the Pentagon in Washington DC. He was on the third floor, near the US defence secretary and the boss of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa).

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Targeted Ransomware Attacks Show No Signs of Abating (Dark Reading)

There's little sign that cybercriminals are about to let up on ransomware attacks anytime soon. If anything, they appear to be honing their tactics for even more dangerous and disruptive attacks on enterprise organizations over the short term.

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Sodinokibi Ransomware: Where Attackers' Money Goes (Dark Reading)

Ransomware generates massive profits for its operators. How much do they make, and how do their spend their illicit earnings? Newly published research on Sodinokibi ransomware sheds some light on this.

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EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2019 CENTR Awards

The 2019 CENTR Awards were held last week and EURid, the .eu registry, emerged as winner of the 2019 Registry of the Year award, 2 years after they first won the award in 2017. The awards coincided with CENTR’s 20th anniversary celebrations and saw winners from a number of European registries.

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Another TLD coup for nic.at's RcodeZero DNS

nic.at’s RcodeZero DNS service has just started supplying Anycast technology to the Polish domain extension .pl. This means that nic.at infrastructure provides supplementary hosting and security to the seventh biggest ccTLD in the EU with over 2.5 million domains. According DNSperf statistics, RcodeZero DNS is one of the fastest anycast providers worldwide.

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Afnic Updates .FR Registry Lock

Afnic have announced changes to the Registry Lock for .fr that are intended to speed up adoption of the service.

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Neustar And .US To Hold Virtual Town Hall On 24 October

Neustar and the usTLD Stakeholder Council will hold a virtual .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall Meeting on Thursday October 24, 2019 at 11:00 EDT. The Town Hall will provide an opportunity for the community to hear from the .US team on the 2019 developments and for community discussions on how to build and grow the .US domain to meet the demands of the future.

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