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28 November 2018

Music Industry Asks US Govt. to Reconsider Website Blocking (TorrentFreak)

US companies have successfully lobbied and litigated extensively for pirate site blockades around the world. On their home turf, the issue was categorically avoided following the SOPA outrage several years ago. It now appears that this position is slowly beginning to change.

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Aussie Senate Dismisses Concerns and Approves New Tough Anti-Piracy Law (TorrentFreak)

The Senate's Environment and Communications Legislation Committee has given its seal of approval to tough new amendments to Australian copyright law. In its report, the Committee acknowledges widespread concern over the proposals but says that "adequate safeguards" will prevent "adverse consequences."

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What are tech companies doing about ethical use of data? Not much (The Conversation)

Our relationship with tech companies has changed significantly over the past 18 months. Ongoing data breaches, and the revelations surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have raised concerns about who owns our data, and how it is being used and shared.

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27 November 2018

Over 33,000 Domain Names Seized Selling Counterfeit Goods in Latest Operation In Our Sites

As part of an international operation, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3) seized 33,654 domain names distributing counterfeit and pirated items online. This takes the total to more than one million that have been seized in the past 12 months.

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NZ Works Towards A Safer, More Secure and Trusted .NZ

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission and Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) this week announced an agreement to work together to prevent and minimise behaviours threatening a safe, secure and trusted .nz online environment.

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Mobile faster than wi-fi in many countries (BBC News)

Download speeds across mobile networks are now faster than wi-fi in many countries, research suggests.

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Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock (Krebs On Security)

Maybe you were once advised to “look for the padlock” as a means of telling legitimate e-commerce sites from phishing or malware traps. Unfortunately, this has never been more useless advice. New research indicates that half of all phishing scams are now hosted on Web sites whose Internet address includes the padlock and begins with “https://”.

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26 November 2018

Populism and the internet - a toxic mix shaping the age of conspiracy theories (The Observer)

Conspiracy theories have generally had a bad press. They conjure up images of eccentrics in tinfoil hats who believe that aliens have landed and the government is hushing up the news. And maybe it’s statistically true that most conspiracy theories belong on the harmless fringe of the credibility spectrum.

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25 November 2018

How WhatsApp Leads Mobs to Murder in India (New York Times)

In India, false rumors about child kidnappers have gone viral on WhatsApp, prompting fearful mobs to kill two dozen innocent people since April.

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Google crackdown on secret 'dark adverts' in EU (The Guardian)

Google has launched a set of tools across Europe to help ensure political transparency in the run-up to the 2019 EU elections in an attempt to crack down on “dark adverts” online.

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22 November 2018

Facebook criticised for post promoting child bride auction (The Guardian)

Facebook has been criticised for failing to remove a viral post promoting an auction of a child bride in South Sudan, which eventually led to the payment of the largest dowry ever recorded in the civil war-torn country.

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European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google (Associated Press)

In the battle for online privacy, Google is a U.S. Goliath facing a handful of European Davids.

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Facebook's Secret Weapon for Fighting Election Interference: The Government (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. had one major victory in the midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay.

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Ahead of EU Vote, Google Unveils New Policy for Election Ads (Bloomberg)

Google said it will roll out new policies in Europe to provide more transparency around political ads, ahead of European Union elections in the spring.

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21 November 2018

Nominet Suspends 33,000 .UK Domains Following Law Enforcement Notifications

Almost 33,000 .uk domain names were suspended in the 12 months to the end of October 2018 following notification from the police or other law enforcement agencies that the domain name was being used for criminal activity.

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20 November 2018

Google-Temasek study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025 (Reuters)

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek Holdings showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online.

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Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations (Associated Press)

Facebook said it’s making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them.

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A Perfect Target for Cybercriminals: America's water supply is increasingly digitized, and increasingly vulnerable. (New York Times)

When hackers went after the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority last month, it was the second cyberattack on a North Carolina utility within a year. The hackers, who timed this attack for the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, caused “a catastrophic loss” by encrypting databases and locking out employees. Rather than pay a ransom to the hackers, the utility is rebuilding its information technology systems from scratch.

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How China Walled Off the Internet (New York Times)

Today, China has the world’s only internet companies that can match America’s in ambition and reach.

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19 November 2018

UK 'wholly' unprepared to stop devastating cyber-attack, MPs warn (The Guardian)

Ministers are failing to act with “a meaningful sense of purpose or urgency” in the face of a growing cyber threat to the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI), a parliamentary committee has warned.

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18 November 2018

'Facebook Cannot Be Trusted to Regulate Itself': By The Editorial Board (New York Times)

“Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself,” tweeted Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline on Wednesday night.

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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough (New York Times)

In a technology lab full of graduate students huddled over laptops, Prof. Marios Savvides flipped through photos on a computer screen searching for one full of people whose faces were barely recognizable to the human eye.

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16 November 2018

New and African TLDs Growing Strongest, TLDs in Americas Weakest: CENTR

Globally domain name registrations have grown 5.7% in the year to the end of October to 344 million, with growth highest among new gTLDs (7.1%) and African ccTLDs (6.2%), while growth is lowest in the Americas (1.4%), Europe (2.6%) and Asia (2.9%), according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report.

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Prince William criticises social media firms (BBC News)

The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of not being proactive enough about dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying.

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Facebook says it removed a flood of hate speech, terrorist propaganda and fake accounts from its site (Washington Post)

Facebook said Thursday it had removed more than a billion fake accounts and taken action against millions of posts, photos and other forms of content that violated its prohibition against hate speech, terrorist propaganda and child exploitation, the latest sign that the social-networking giant faces an onslaught of online abuse as it builds new tools to spot it.

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