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06 December 2018

Chief censor set to reveal all about Kiwi teens' harmful porn habits (Stuff)

Pornography is shaping children's attitudes towards sex and leading to increased child on child assault, research reveals.

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Cuba offers 3G mobile internet access to citizens (BBC News)

Cuba's population is to be offered internet access via a 3G mobile network from later this week.

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Who will protect us from digital deception? Not tech companies (The Guardian)

Technology companies have not found an adequate solution to the problem of digital deception – they must be regulated

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Facebook allegedly offered advertisers special access to users' data and activities, according to documents released by British lawmakers (Washington Post)

A trove of emails and internal documents released by a British lawmaker on Wednesday illustrate how Facebook rose to dominance years ago by using people’s data as a bargaining chip, undermining the social media giant’s claim that changes to its business practices were motivated by a desire to protect people’s privacy.

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Australia poised to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data (Reuters)

Australia’s parliament is poised on Thursday to pass laws requiring tech firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities.

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Protecting our digital heritage in the age of cyber threats (The Conversation)

One of the key functions of the government is to collect and archive national records. This includes everything from property records and registers of births, deaths and taxes, to Parliamentary proceedings, and even the ABC’s digital library of Australian news and entertainment.

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PIR Announces Jonathon Nevett As New CEO

Public Interest Registry has announced Jonathon Nevett will commence as their new CEO on 17 December, replacing Brian Cute who resigned in May. Nevett, a Donuts co-founder, himself recently stepped down from his role at Donuts as executive vice president of corporate affairs but remained for a short time as a close advisor to the company.

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05 December 2018

America's Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Microsoft Study Says (New York Times)

New research from Microsoft says that far fewer people have broadband internet access than government statistics have shown.

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Cisco Predicts More IP Traffic in the Next Five Years Than in the History of the Internet (Cisco)

The internet is made up of thousands of public and private networks around the world. And since it came to life in 1984, more than 4.7 zettabytes of IP traffic have flowed across it. That’s the same as all the movies ever made crossing global IP networks in less than a minute.

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04 December 2018

Applying artificial intelligence for social good (McKinsey)

AI is not a silver bullet, but it could help tackle some of the world’s most challenging social problems.

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Race Is On to Protect Data From Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead. (New York Times)

The world’s leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful than today’s computers.

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Too big to derail? Why breaking up Big Tech makes sense (Globe and Mail)

Tall poppies should beware the scythe, and you don’t get taller poppies than Mark Zuckerberg. A committee of legislators from nine countries last week threatened Facebook with regulation after Mr. Zuckerberg failed to attend a hearing in London.

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World watches as Australian regulator rules on Facebook and Google (The Guardian)

A titanic struggle is taking place between some of the world’s largest corporations. In one corner is Google and Facebook. In the other is News Corporation. It’s not alone. It stands with most of the established media companies which have watched with growing horror as their advertising revenues have migrated into the coffers of the digital behemoths.

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03 December 2018

Apple has always been a control freak. But is it guilty of abusing its monopoly power? (The Observer)

If a seven-year-old antitrust case finds Apple guilty of misusing its position in the apps market, the ramifications could be huge

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Encryption bill could have 'catastrophic' outcomes for Australian business, industry leaders warn (ABC News)

Members of the Australian technology industry have warned that the Government's encryption bill would devastate their reputation, triggering job losses and a reduction in exports.

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30 November 2018

Elon Musk's SpaceX wins FCC approval to put 7,000 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit (Washington Post)

Federal regulators are allowing entrepreneur Elon Musk to use an expanded range of wireless airwaves for his plan to deliver cheap, high-speed Internet access — from space.

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Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen? (New York Times)

Just a few years ago, Microsoft was seen as a lumbering has-been of the technology world. It was big and still quite profitable, but the company had lost its luster, failing or trailing in the markets of the future like mobile, search, online advertising and cloud computing. Its stock price languished, inching up 3 percent in the decade through the end of 2012.

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Is a 'Netflix effect' killing prestige films? (Washington Post)

Netflix may be great for independent-minded filmmakers. But it’s bad for a lot of the companies that produce independent films — and maybe the film business as a whole.

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28 November 2018

ICANN Extends New gTLD Auctions Proceeds Comment Period As Majority Support Global Awareness Fund

ICANN has extended the public comment period for the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group by 2 weeks to 11 December 2018. To date there are 21 comments with the vast majority supporting a proposal from the .CLUB operator to “earmark a portion – 15% of the total auction funds – to support an education campaign to promote Universal Awareness of the uses of the Domain Name System and all TLDs in general.”

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DNS Belgium To Begin Taking Fraudulent .BE Websites Offline Within 24 Hours

In its fight against fraudulent websites, DNS Belgium, in partnership with the FPS Economy, will begin suspending .be domain names that are used with fraudulent websites within one day of notification. It’s a move the .be ccTLD manager and the FPS Economy believes will help ensure consumers can trust .be websites.

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Why Cover Spent $825,000 Buying COVER.COM And Why It’s Not For All Start-Ups

Technology company and US-wide licensed insurance brokerage firm Cover recently spent $825,000 buying the domain name cover.com. The company has a number of apps that help customers get the most out of their insurance, the best possible customer experience, and the best rates and coverage. But it took discussions that went over a few months to decide if they would go for the domain name that, to them “just made sense”. In the insurance industry companies use “every permutation of the word, so why not own the word outright?”

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German Hate Speech Legislation Receives Mixed Review At German Internet Governance Forum (Intellectual Property Watch)

Germany’s controversial hate speech legislation is working well, a representative of the German Ministry of Justice said during a panel on 27 November at the German national Internet Governance Forum in Berlin.

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China's 'responsive' authoritarianism by Maria Repnikova (Washington Post)

China is often described as ruthless and dystopian. Escalating censorship, intensified propaganda and the social credit system present a threatening new mode of Internet governance to the West, one where the freewheeling World Wide Web seems “captured” by the Chinese Communist Party.

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From Airbnb to city bikes, the 'sharing economy' has been seized by big money by Evgeny Morozov (The Guardian)

Of all the ideologies spawned by Silicon Valley, that of techno-populism – the making of empty promises on the basis of seismic digital disruption – is the strangest. Promising a world of immediate and painless personal empowerment, techno-populism is ambiguous enough to unite big tech firms, startups, cryptocurrency aficionados and even some political parties.

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Computing faces an energy crunch unless new technologies are found (The Conversation)

There’s little doubt the information technology revolution has improved our lives. But unless we find a new form of electronic technology that uses less energy, computing will become limited by an “energy crunch” within decades.

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