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12 June 2019

Ericsson Mobility Report: 5G uptake even faster than expected (Ericsson)

Rapid early momentum and enthusiasm for 5G has led Ericsson to forecast an extra 400 million enhanced mobile broadband subscriptions globally by the end of 2024. The June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions – up from 1.5 billion forecasted in the November 2018 edition – an increase of almost 27 percent.

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11 June 2019

UN makes 'declaration of digital interdependence', with release of tech report (United Nations)

The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, says a new tech report, “the Age of Digital Interdependence”, released on Monday by the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, almost a year after the Panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres.

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They Just Won't Die: Dark Web Drug Sellers Resist Police Crackdowns (New York Times)

The notorious Silk Road site was shut down in 2013. Others have followed. But the online trafficking of illegal narcotics hasn’t abated.

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10 June 2019

How the pursuit of leisure drives internet use: Movies, not grain prices, are bringing the poor world online (The Economist)

The chief of Madhogarh, a picturesque village nestled beneath a 17th-century fortified palace in the heart of Rajasthan, came to Indra Sharma three years ago to ask if she would attend a workshop. “Something about the internet,” Ms Sharma, a 40-year-old child-care worker, recalls. She had no particular interest in this internet thing. But she liked the idea of learning something new, so she went along. She and a handful of women from nearby villages were all given a smartphone and some basic lessons in how to use it.

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The Making of a YouTube Radical (New York Times)

Caleb Cain was a college dropout looking for direction. He turned to YouTube, where he was pulled into a world filled with conspiracy theories, misogyny and racism.

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Cyber-thieves turn to 'invisible net' to set up attacks (BBC News)

Cyber-thieves are creating an "invisible internet" to stop police spying on cyber-crime deals being done on the dark net, research suggests.

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G-20 Ministers Agree to Redouble Efforts to Tax Tech Behemoths (Bloomberg)

Finance Ministers from Group of 20 nations agreed they need to find a common method to tax technology giants, whose digital business models have grown exponentially faster than systems to tax them.

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China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban (New York Times)

The Chinese government this past week summoned major tech companies including Microsoft and Dell from the United States and Samsung of South Korea, to warn that they could face dire consequences if they cooperate with the Trump administration’s ban on sales of key American technology to Chinese companies, according to people familiar with the meetings.

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07 June 2019

ccTLDs Account For Two-Thirds Of All European Domains While At Least Half New gTLDs Loss Making: Afnic Report

ccTLD domain names account for over half of the domain names registered around the world, except in North America where that figure falls to 5%, according to The Global Domain Name Market in 2018 report, released by Afnic, the .fr registry. Within Europe, ccTLDs account for 64%, Latin America and the Caribbean 59%, Asia-Pacific 57% and Africa 55%.

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Big Tech Is Armed and Waiting to Repel U.S. Antitrust Onslaught (Bloomberg)

Investors were caught off guard by the sudden U.S. assault on technology giants this week, but behind the scenes, the industry’s biggest companies have been preparing for this moment of reckoning for months.

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Making Big Tech companies share data could do more good than breaking them up (MIT Technology Review)

Internet governance expert Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says a breakup wouldn’t fix the real problem: companies like Google have too much data, and nobody else stands a chance.

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Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet (Wired)

For years, countries have spoken in vague terms about creating domestic internets that could be isolated from the world at will. Now we’re seeing some begin to execute that vision. Last month Iran announced that its "national information network"—essentially a domestic internet—is 80 percent complete. Earlier this year, Russia launched a major initiative to build a domestic Russian internet, purportedly to defend against cybersecurity threats—though also a likely expansion on the Kremlin’s desire to control the flow of information within its borders.

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06 June 2019

YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views (New York Times)

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

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Is 'Big Tech' too big? A look at growing antitrust scrutiny (Associated Press)

Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup?

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05 June 2019

On YouTube's Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles (New York Times)

The site’s automated recommendation system, at times drawing on home movies of unwitting families, created a vast video catalog of prepubescent children.

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Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In (New York Times)

The federal government is stepping up its scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies, leaving them vulnerable to new rules and federal lawsuits. Regulators are divvying up antitrust oversight of the Silicon Valley giants and lawmakers are investigating whether they have stifled competition and hurt consumers.

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03 June 2019

Google and Amazon Are at the Center of a Storm Brewing Over Big Tech (New York Times)

Google and Amazon have thrived as American regulators largely kept their distance. That may be changing.

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02 June 2019

Amazon could face heightened antitrust scrutiny under a new agreement between U.S. regulators (Washington Post)

Antitrust regulators have divvied up oversight of Amazon and Google, putting Amazon under the watch of the Federal Trade Commission and Google under the Justice Department.

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01 June 2019

The Justice Department is preparing a potential antitrust investigation of Google (Washington Post)

The Justice Department has taken early steps toward opening a federal antitrust investigation into Google, according to three people familiar with the matter, marking a new chapter in the tech giant’s troubles with regulators around the world who contend the company is too large and threatens rivals and consumers.

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Criminals learning how to commit card fraud from dark web (The Guardian)

Card fraud is evolving, with amateur fraudsters able to “enrol” in online “classes” where they can learn how to use stolen card details to buy smaller-value items. That’s the claim from a UK tech firm, which says a new breed of opportunistic fraudster is learning how to commit crime via online tutorials and guides available on the so-called “dark web”.

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31 May 2019

Global Domain Names Pass 350 Million in First Quarter: Verisign

Domain name registrations continue to grow around the world, growing by 18.0 million or 5.4% in the year to the end of March 2019 and 3.1 million or 0.9% for the quarter, taking total domain name registrations to 351.8 million across all top-level domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign released Thursday.

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Desktop and mobile searches vastly different, new study shows (Future Five)

A new study has shown there is significant disparity between online web searches on mobile versus desktop devices.

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auDA Announces Second Level .AU Domains Coming In Q4 2019

There’s plenty of dysfunction at auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, but one thing they’ve been pushing ahead with is second level .au registrations. At the auDA board meeting on 20 May, 3 years and one month after the Board originally approved second level registrations, the Board agreed to push ahead with their implementation, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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30 May 2019

Apple and WhatsApp condemn UK's GCHQ plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats (The Guardian)

A GCHQ proposal that would enable eavesdropping on encrypted chat services has been condemned as a “serious threat” to digital security and human rights.

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Britons increasingly fearful of internet risks, Ofcom research shows (The Guardian)

British people are increasingly fearful of the risks posed by the internet, prompting greater support for more regulation following recent headlines about the theft of personal data and abusive online behaviour.

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