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30 October 2019

Australia Proposes Face Scans for Watching Online Pornography (New York Times)

The Australian government has proposed using a facial recognition system it is developing to verify that people who seek to watch pornography online are of legal age.

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Why passwords don't work, and what will replace them (BBC News)

... Identity theft is at an all-time high in the UK. The UK's fraud prevention service CIFAS recorded 190,000 cases in the past year, as our increasingly digitised lives make it easier than ever for fraudsters to get their hands on our personal information.

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Trump Opponents Make Fun With .GOP Domains

The .gop top-level domain is meant to be for Republicans. “GOP” stands for “grand old party” which America’s Republicans are commonly known. But it seems there’s no restrictions, or they're not enforced, on who can register .gop domain names, and Trump opponents are having fun registering domains such as putins.gop according to a report in The Daily Beast.

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WIPO Commemorates 20 Years of Dispute Resolution

The 20th anniversary of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) was commemorated last week with a conference held at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva.

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Schedule and Pre-ICANN66 Policy Report Now Available

ICANN has published both the full schedule and Pre-ICANN66 Policy Report for the upcoming ICANN66 meeting next week to be held in Montréal, Canada.

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ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY19

ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) this week published their Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Audited Financial Statements, accompanied by unqualified audit reports from BDO LLP, the independent auditors.

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Internet 'father' Vint Cerf on future challenges ahead for the web (BBC News)

As the Internet marks 50 years, its co-founder Vint Cerf, tells BBC Click of his concerns for the future and challenges ahead for the web.

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Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life (Pew Internet)

Fifty years after the first computer network was connected, most experts say digital life will mostly change humans’ existence for the better over the next 50 years. However, they warn this will happen only if people embrace reforms allowing better cooperation, security, basic rights and economic fairness

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EU disputes Facebook's claims of progress against fake accounts (The Guardian)

Facebook and other major social media platforms have been accused by the European commission of giving a misleading picture of their efforts to remove fake accounts spreading politically motivated disinformation.

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Google sued by the Australia's ACCC over alleged misuse of personal data (ABC News)

Tech giant Google has been hauled into the Federal Court by regulators over allegations it has been misleading consumers about the personal location data it collects, keeps and uses.

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The fight to keep the internet free and open for everyone (BBC News)

Connecting the world is seen as a humanitarian mission for some technology evangelists – but ensuring a free and open web is a harder problem to solve.

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Dissent Erupts at Facebook Over Hands-Off Stance on Political Ads (New York Times)

In an open letter, the social network’s employees said letting politicians post false claims in ads was “a threat” to the company.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter urged to do more to combat fake news in EU (Reuters)

Facebook, Google and Twitter must do more to tackle fake news or face regulatory action, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

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26 October 2019

The Shifting Definition of Platform Governance In advance of the next meeting of the International Grand Committee, Robert Gorwa asks: what exactly is platform governance? (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

In the past few years, several catchwords have emerged to describe the technology policy issues surrounding the intersection of user-generated content, online intermediaries for that content, and the host of legal and political frameworks that shape the relationships between them. Policy makers and journalists working in the area have had to sift through a host of similar-sounding concepts often used interchangeably — three common ones being platform governance, platform responsibility and platform regulation.

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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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