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12 November 2019

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators (Associated Press)

Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to a study released Wednesday.

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Explosive Allegations Made Against Directors Of Wasteful Spending As auDA Gets Second Choice Chair

It was supposed to be a new beginning. But on the day when a new auDA Board, including a new Chair, was announced, it appears there are still recriminations from those in the past with explosive allegations of what could at worst amount to corruption by outgoing directors. Not only that, the new Chair was second choice, with the first choice as Chair overruled due to what can be best described as a personality conflict.

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11 November 2019

Business Slow On The Uptake In Securing Their Domain Names With Registry Locks

The option of reducing the risk of domain names being hijacked by cybercriminals by signing up to a Registry Lock has been available through many top-level domains for several years now, but the uptake among brands, to which they are mostly aimed, has been very slow. This is the subject of a recent blog post from SIDN, the manager for the Netherlands ccTLD .nl, who note that only 150 of the 5.8 million .nl domain names are secured with .nl Control, SIDN’s name for their Registry Lock.

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ICANN Announces First Meeting Location For 2022, Third For San Juan

ICANN announced at their public meeting last week in Montreal that the first meeting of 2022, ICANN73, will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from 5 to 10 March. It will be the third meeting to be held in San Juan with previous meetings held in June 2007 (ICANN29) and March 2018 (ICANN61).

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Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way (New York Times)

Though platforms bar child sexual abuse imagery on the web, criminals are exploiting gaps. Victims are caught in a living nightmare, confronting images again and again.

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09 November 2019

China kicks off work on 6G research, state media say (Reuters)

China has officially started researching sixth-generation telecoms technology, state media reported on Thursday, a move it described as aiming to promote the latest wireless innovation.

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Why Spy on Twitter? For Saudi Arabia, It's the Town Square (New York Times)

In Saudi Arabia, where a relatively closed culture leaves citizens few public forums to discuss news and politics, Twitter has become a kind of town square, the place where citizens meet to swap information and debate the latest issues.

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Short-Lived Domains Play Major Part In Phishing Campaigns: Akamai

The latest Akamai State of the Internet report focuses on phishing and includes how short-lived domain names play their part. Phishing is a huge cost to brands large and small, and even individuals. Ever escalating defences against phishing are being met with ever escalating efforts by criminals with phishing having “evolved from being an email-based attack to one that now includes mobile devices and social media. This evolution is leveraging the world’s increasingly connected existence as a means of rapid propagation. This means that criminals now have more options when it comes to targeting their victims.”

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08 November 2019

Social media are a growing conduit for electoral manipulation and mass surveillance (Freedom House)

Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, tilting the technology toward digital authoritarianism. As a result of these trends, global internet freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year, according to Freedom on the Net 2019, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of internet freedom, released today by Freedom House.

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07 November 2019

Privacy protection essential to shield human rights, says Microsoft's Smith (Reuters)

Microsoft President Brad Smith said on Wednesday a “new wave” of data privacy protection and other security measures was needed to safeguard people’s rights at a time when “everything has gone digital”.

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05 November 2019

Brexit Uncertainty Continues To Hammer .EU

Registrations of .eu domain names dropped by just over 21,000 in the third quarter of 2019 according to EURid’s Q3 2019 Progress Report. Of those, registrations to British registrants declined by over 7,500 due to Brexit uncertainty.

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…from somewhere over the Rainbow

Jordan Carter and Brent Carey from .nz have organised a Rainbow Drinks event at this week’s ICANN public meeting in Montreal, Canada. Here they explain why – and what the term means.

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CIRA Announces 3 More ccTLD Partnerships With .NZ, .FI and .PL

In advance of the ICANN meeting currently underway in Montreal, Canada, the Canadian ccTLD registry CIRA announced 3 new partnerships with ccTLDs – with InternetNZ, Finland’s Traficom and Poland’s NASK. As ccTLDs find registration growth plateauing, although .ca is somewhat of an exception, there is a growth in some registries providing services to others with CIRA one of the leading providers.

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03 November 2019

This 'father of the internet' still isn’t completely sold on 5G (Fast Company)

Few living people know more about connectivity than Vint Cerf, who has long been celebrated as one of the fathers of the internet. The core Internet Protocol and Transmission Control Protocol frameworks he cowrote in the 1970s remain essential infrastructure on today’s net. So the latest round of 5G hype is just a bit less likely to wow him.

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WhatsApp 'hack' is serious rights violation, say alleged victims (The Guardian)

More than a dozen pro-democracy activists, journalists and academics have spoken out after WhatsApp privately warned them they had allegedly been the victims of cyber-attacks designed to secretly infiltrate their mobile phones.

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Kremlin takes on sweeping internet connection powers (Financial Times)

The Kremlin has assumed sweeping new powers over internet connections in Russia, raising concerns from activists that they could be used to stifle dissent or shut the country off from the global web.

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Ten Ways the C-Suite Can Protect their Company against Cyberattack (World Economic Forum)

Cyberattacks are one of the top 10 global risks of highest concern in the next decade, with an estimated price tag of $90 trillion if cybersecurity efforts do not keep pace with technological change. While there is abundant guidance in the cybersecurity community, the application of prescribed action continues to fall short of what is required to ensure effective defence against cyberattacks. The challenges created by accelerating technological innovation have reached new levels of complexity and scale – today responsibility for cybersecurity in organizations is no longer one Chief Security Officer’s job, it involves everyone.

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Vint Cerf's top moments from 50 years of the Internet (Google blog)

Before there was the Internet, there was a packet. The “sending of the packet” was actually the first step toward the invention of the Internet as we know it, and it happened 50 years ago today. On that day, we established the first connection between two computers—from UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute—on the ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet.

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02 November 2019

Leonard Kleinrock On The First Message 50 Years Ago

Three months after the first human set foot on the moon 50 years ago the first simple message between two computers was sent. And it set the foundations to everything that deals with electronic communications, including the domain name system. In a post on the ICANN blog, Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, UCLA, tells the behind the scenes story of what happened leading up to that special day in the development of one of the greatest communication tools humankind has ever developed.

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Neustar Publishes Safer Domains: DNS Security and Resilience

Neustar is one of the world’s leading companies when it comes to domain names. Providers of security services that protects brands around the world, providing ads and providing backend registry services to over 220 top-level domains. So that they’ve got detailed knowledge on the scale and frequency of threats on domain names and DNS infrastructure, is no surprise.

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01 November 2019

Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp - sources (Reuters)

Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation.

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Internet50 - Looking Toward the Future (UCLA Samueli)

A packed Royce Hall on the UCLA campus Tuesday saw dozens of tech pioneers, business leaders and activists share the stage to examine the history and current state of the internet, and offer ideas on how it can improve.

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31 October 2019

Who owns the content on social media? (University of NSW)

Know your rights and stay on top of evolving terms of service when using social media, says Professor Kathy Bowrey from UNSW Law.

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Australia's ACCC is suing Google over tracking users. Here's why it matters (The Conversation)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced it is suing Google for misleading consumers about its collection and use of personal location data.

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Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Jack Dorsey Says (New York Times)

Twitter said on Wednesday that it would ban all political ads, putting a spotlight on the power and veracity of online advertising and ramping up pressure on Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to reverse his hands-off stance.

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