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08 August 2018

Bitcoin Speculators, Not Drug Dealers, Dominate Crypto Use Now (Bloomberg)

The ratio of legal to illegal activity in Bitcoin has flipped, according to Lilita Infante at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Use of online pay-to-watch TV surges ahead in UK (BBC News)

The use of commercial video streaming services has surged ahead in Great Britain, according to official figures.

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German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark net (BBC News)

A woman who sold her son to paedophiles on the dark net has been jailed for 12 years and six months by a court in southern Germany.

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Gatekeepers or Censors? How Tech Manages Online Speech (New York Times)

Apple, Google and Facebook this week erased from their services many — but not all — videos, podcasts and posts from the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars site. And Twitter left Mr. Jones’s posts untouched.

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A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter (New York Times)

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020.

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07 August 2018

auDA's Last Elected Demand Class Director Fed Up and Resigns

The last director with any real connection to domain name registrants at the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, has finally succumbed to pressure and resigned today. The resignation of Tim Connell means the current management has now cleared out all dissenting independence in its policy making bodies. Given that auDA is so fond of quoting its Constitution, one wonders if they now actually have a quorum?* Connell was the sole remaining elected Demand Class Director.

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05 August 2018

ICANN Loses Another Round in Battle Over Whois and GDPR With EPAG

ICANN announced Friday they had lost another round in their battle to get EPAG, a subsidiary of Tucows, to enforce their “temporary specification” on the collection of domain name registrant data.

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Why artificial intelligence will have very human frailties (Australian Financial Review)

It's 2022 and Australia has its first artificial intelligence scandal. A freak storm has just hit Melbourne, and an algorithm designed to help emergency services deal with high volumes of requests for help has a stunning and unusual flaw – calls from men are shown to be getting attention faster than calls from women.

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Easier streaming services put dent in illegal downloading (BBC News)

Music piracy is falling out of favour as streaming services become more widespread, new figures show.

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There's ingenuity behind Apple's great success. But we must guard against its might (The Observer)

The more awesome our technological progress, the more our politicians take refuge in the familiar ideological categories of the 19th century. Last week, Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar corporation. It, like Amazon and Google hard on its heels, offers products and services that have transformed our lives. These companies’ financial and market powers are staggering. They are the new technopolists. But how are the great things they do to be curated and enhanced and how are the menaces to be contained?

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ITU launches ‘Network 2030’ initiative to support emerging technologies and innovation looking beyond 5G advances (International Telecommunication Union)

The International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), has launched a new research initiative to identify emerging and future ICT sector network demands, beyond 2030 and the advances expected of IMT-2020 (5G) systems. This work will be carried out by the newly established ITU Focus Group on Technologies for Network 2030, which is open to all interested parties.

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04 August 2018

Time constructs: Discursive temporality in the future Internet (First Monday)

Abstract: Critical theorists from Scott Lash to Trebor Scholz, software studies adherents such as Alex Galloway, sociologists including Manuel Castells, and science and technology studies (STS) theorist Judy Wajcman — among others — have pointed out that the mobility, speed, responsiveness, and increasingly real-time characteristics of computer and application interfaces have a great deal to do with the social, economic, and political structure of contemporary society.

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03 August 2018

Romanian .EU Registrations Boom While British Decline as Brexit Looms

Romanian domain name registrations in the .eu TLD surged 28.2% in the second quarter of 2018, according to the latest EURid Quarterly Update. And while there were 171,843 new registrations for the second quarter, total registrations dropped from 3,824,289 at the end of the first quarter to 3,790,450 at the end of the second, which EURid attributes some to their abusive domain name suspension efforts and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and .eu.

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.IE Registrations Surge on Back of Liberalised Eligibility With Calls To Reduce Registry Fee

Registrations for Ireland’s ccTLD, .ie, surged 39% for the year to the end of June, taking total registrations to 252,222 in a record-breaking first 6 months of 2018. As of 3 August there were 253,782 registrations. The surge came on the back of a liberalising of eligibility rules that came into effect on 21 March.

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India Considers Sweeping GDPR-Style Curbs for Online Data (Bloomberg)

A draft of a sweeping data privacy bill has been submitted to India’s government that, if enacted, will restrict the transfer and storage of information on more than 1 billion people by global technology corporations from Facebook Inc. to Google.

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Apple's $1 Trillion Milestone Reflects Rise of Powerful Megacompanies (New York Times)

... Apple’s new 13-figure valuation highlights how a group of enormous companies has come to dominate the United States economy. Today, a smaller cluster of American companies commands a larger share of total corporate profits than since at least the 1970s.

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02 August 2018

Fifth of Britons feel stressed if they can't access internet - Ofcom report (The Guardian)

The average Briton now checks a mobile phone every 12 minutes and is online for 24 hours a week, finds an Ofcom study revealing the extent to which people now rely on the internet.

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The moment when Facebook's removal of alleged Russian disinformation became a free-speech issue (Washington Post)

Left-leaning political activists accused Facebook of suppressing free speech when the social media giant removed an event listing this week that it said was part of a new disinformation campaign with ties to Russia.

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The poor and low skilled are being left behind in the NZ digital world (Stuff)

As the world moves online, those who can't afford internet access are being increasingly disadvantaged, experts say.

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01 August 2018

As auDA Cooks The Books With Hundreds of Foreign Members, They Stave Off Member Revolt

Hundreds of people from outside Australia have joined as members of auDA in recent weeks who have no demonstrated link to the future wellbeing of the .au policy and regulatory body. Apart that is from ensuring their employer will be able to direct them to vote as they see fit when required.

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If we fight cyberattacks alone, we're doomed to fail by Eugene Kaspersky (The Guardian)

The safety of our online lives has become increasingly important. Whether it be interference in elections, attacks by hostile forces, or online fraud, the security of the web feels fragile. Cybersecurity has reached a crossroads and we need to decide where it goes next. The outcome will touch each of us – will we pay more and yet still be less safe? Will we face higher insurance premiums and bank charges to cover the rising number of cyber-incidents? We stand in the middle of a storm – not just a geopolitical one, but a cyberpolitical one. It feels as if no one trusts anyone any more, and suspicion and confusion reign across our delicate cyberworld. Which way do we turn?

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Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference (BBC News)

Facebook says it has removed 32 accounts and pages believed to have been set up to influence the mid-term US elections in November.

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29 July 2018

Has Zuckerberg, like Frankenstein, lost control of the monster he created? (The Observer)

Who – or what – is Mark Zuckerberg? Obviously he’s the founder and CEO of Facebook, which is, in theory, a public company but is in fact his fiefdom, as a casual inspection of the company’s SEC filings confirms. They show that his ownership of the controlling shares means that he can do anything he likes, including selling the company against the wishes of all the other shareholders combined.

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28 July 2018

Time to break up Google and Facebook, says New York attorney general (Washington Post)

New York attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout promised Wednesday to “explore breaking up” Facebook and Google if she is elected, using state and federal antitrust laws.

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What Is a 'Shadow Ban,' and Is Twitter Doing It to Republican Accounts? (New York Times)

When President Trump accused Twitter of “shadow banning” Republicans in a tweet on Thursday morning, it was the latest salvo in a long-running debate over whether social media platforms suppress conservative users because of their political views.

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