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30 September 2018

Obama to companies: Engage govts to avoid the Facebook fate (Associated Press)

Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged private businesses Thursday to come out of “isolation” and to engage more with governments when developing new products and services to avoid problems like those challenging Facebook.

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UK Government orders chief medical officer to draw up guidelines on social media time limits (The Independent)

Britain's chief medical officer has been instructed by health secretary Matt Hancock to draw up official guidelines on time limits for social media use.

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Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development advances efforts to connect the world's nearly four billion "other half" (International Telecommunication Union)

Broadband technology is critical to connecting the 3.8 billion people around the globe who still do not have access to the Internet—the world's “other half." This is according to more than 60 participants from United Nations agencies, governments and the broadband industry, who came together in New York City today at the annual fall meeting of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The global group of key influencers and decision-makers met parallel to the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations also taking place in New York City.

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EU lawmakers push for cybersecurity, data audit of Facebook (Associated Press)

European Union lawmakers appear set this month to demand audits of Facebook by Europe’s cybersecurity agency and data protection authority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Push for Greater Control Over the Internet Coming Back Around (Internet Society)

A group of countries will likely try to resurrect old battles on international control of Internet in the coming months, during upcoming meetings related to Internet Governance, some experts say.

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28 September 2018

Limiting children's screen time linked to better cognition (BBC News)

Limiting children's recreational screen use has been linked with improved cognition.

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27 September 2018

Austria's Internet Celebrating Combined 80th Birthday

Austria’s internet is celebrating a combined number of birthdays in 2018, all adding up to an 80th birthday celebration: 10 years of CERT.at, 20 years of Stopline, 20 years of nic.at and 30 years of .at!

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26 September 2018

IDNs On The Decline in 2017: IDN World Report

The estimated number of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) declined by around 14% in 2017, with the biggest decline due to a change in policy by the Vietnamese ccTLD manager, which led to a drop in their second level IDNs from nearly 1 million to just over 5,000. Excluding the impact of Viet Nam, there was a drop of approximately 6% during 2017 with numbers declining to 5.1 million from 5.4m. The decline compares to a growth of 28% from 2015 to 2016 and 9% from 2014 to 2015.

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Google at 20: how two 'obnoxious' students changed the internet (The Guardian)

It is two decades since Larry Page and Sergey Brin moved their fledgling startup out of their dorms. With threats to its power growing, how long can the company dominate?

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Google overhauls search to show more pictures, videos and context (Washington Post)

Google has unveiled a host of updates to its search product, designed to make visual information more useful as pictures and video become more central to the Internet experience.

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UK newspaper industry demands levy on tech firms (The Guardian)

The British newspaper industry’s trade body has said the government should force social media sites such as Facebook and Google to pay an annual financial levy to fund journalism, and set up a regulator that would force them to take legal responsibility for all the content on their platforms.

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How Instagram Rose Into a Cultural Powerhouse (New York Times)

When Justin Bieber posted on Instagram for the first time in July 2011, he did not enthrall his army of fans with a shirtless selfie or a meticulously planned photo shoot.

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Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse. (Washington Post)

Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for advertising illegal drugs. The company has pledged a crackdown in recent weeks, but it is struggling to keep pace with its own algorithms and systems, which serve up an array of personalized drug-related content aimed directly at people who show an interest in buying substances illicitly.

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Censorship could be just as common in an open internet as a closed one (Quartz)

The internet is often known as our “digital public square.” But like any shared space, it is never neutral: It must have politics. As we stand at a crossroads of contention around internet governance, these politics are being called into question and reshaped.

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Inside the private Justice Department meeting that could lead to new investigations of Facebook, Google and other tech giants (Washington Post)

A meeting of the country’s top federal and state law enforcement officials on Tuesday could presage sweeping new investigations of Amazon, Facebook, Google and their tech industry peers, stemming from lingering frustrations that these companies are too big, fail to safeguard users' private data and don’t cooperate with legal demands.

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24 September 2018

Average Briton spends 26 days a year watching on-demand TV (The Guardian)

UK adults spend an average of 12 hours a week watching on-demand TV, around eight times longer than they spend exercising, a survey has found.

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23 September 2018

Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two - and one part will be led by China (CSNBC)

Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China.

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E.U. justice commissioner quits Facebook, describing her experience as 'channel of dirt' (Washington Post)

The European Commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality shut down her Facebook account, describing her experience on the social network as a “channel of dirt.”

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Smart Policies for Harnessing AI (OECD)

The global reach of AI requires a global approach. The OECD is engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on AI with its member countries and beyond, representatives of business, the technical community, labour and civil society and other international organisations. A key outcome of these discussions is the creation of an OECD expert group on artificial intelligence.

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Pirate Sites Not Major Malware Risk After (Forbes)

Copyright-infringing websites and streaming services aren't a major source of malware, a new EU report has concluded.

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Internet regulator considered for UK (BBC News)

The UK government is considering "all options", including a regulator, as part of new legislation governing the internet.

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ICANN Approves Plans To Change DNS's Cryptographic Keys For First Time

After 2 delays, ICANN is now set to change of the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) - the Internet's address book - on 11 October. During a 16 September meeting in Belgium, the ICANN Board passed a resolution, with a minority dissent, directing to proceed with plans to change or "roll" the key for the DNS root. It will mark the first time the key has been changed since it was first put in use in 2010.

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20 September 2018

IEDR Report Highlights Barriers to Irish SMEs Getting Online

IE Domain Registry’s SME Digital Health Index, published this week, found 2 of the biggest barriers to SMEs doing more online are a lack of time (with 24% reporting as a barrier) and a lack of the technical skills (11%) perceived as necessary to build a website, integrate e-commerce, or make use of productivity or analytics software. A quarter (25%) say that they are ‘doing all they can’ online—even though only 3 in 10 SMEs can take sales orders through their website.

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INTERPOL-Europol conference calls for global response to cybercrime (Europol)

Cyber experts from law enforcement, the private sector and academia have gathered in Singapore this week to devise strategies for promoting the global cybersecurity agenda.

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15 ways you could be the next victim of cybercrime (Europol)

Cybercriminals are adopting creative new techniques to target their victims at an unprecedented pace and are constantly seeking methods to avoid law enforcement detection. To stay ahead of them, law enforcement should target cybercriminals offering “off-the-shelf” cyber-attack services or products to make it more difficult for low-level cybercriminals to carry out high-level attacks.

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