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27 October 2016

What New Zealanders think about the Internet by Jordan Carter, Chief Executive of InternetNZ (InternetNZ)

In our activity plan for this year, we committed to commissioning research about Kiwi attitudes to the Internet. We reinforced this commitment when we signed an agreement with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in May about our role as the designated manager for .nz.

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DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say (The Guardian)

The cyber-attack that brought down much of America's internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.

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How private are your favourite messaging apps? (Amnesty)

We've ranked 11 companies that run the world's most popular messaging apps - including Skype, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger - on how well they're using encryption to protect your online privacy.

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Trust isn't easy: Drawing an agenda from Friday's DDoS Attack and the Internet of Things by Mr. Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer (Internet Society)

Last week, millions of infected devices directed Internet traffic to DNS service provider Dyn, resulting in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that took down major websites including Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, and more. In a recent blog post, security expert Bruce Schneier argued that "someone has been probing the defences of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet". This attack seems to be part of that trend.

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25 October 2016

U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount (Reuters)

Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable.

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Domain Pulse 2017 Conference Call For Papers

Domain Pulse, the conference for the largest annual German language domain name industry conference, has put out a call for papers for its 2017 get together to be held in Vienna, Austria, on 16 and 17 February.

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24 October 2016

Google and Facebook contribute zero economic value. That’s a big problem for trade. (Washington Post)

How much value do free online services contribute to the U.S. economy? Ask any user of Google, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, and the answer would most likely be, "A lot." But according to every statistic created by the U.S. government, the answer is actually zero.

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23 October 2016

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices (New York Times)

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs. Later, they were adopted for darker purposes, as authoritarian governments like China's used them to prevent challenges to power by keeping tabs on protesters and dissidents.

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22 October 2016

Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S. (New York Times)

Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet's infrastructure said it was under attack.

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20 October 2016

ICANN Study Maps Changes To Global Domain Market, But Misses Significant Legacy gTLD Declines

It's been 2.5 years since the first of the new gTLDs were launched and there have been some significant changes to the global domain name market since then, which have been outlined in a new report from ICANN called Phase II Assessment of the Competitive Effects Associated with the New gTLD Program.

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Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World (New York Times)

The vision of the so-called internet of things -- giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover -- has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast.

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19 October 2016

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 (Gartner)

Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2017. Analysts presented their findings during the sold-out Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which is taking place here through Thursday.

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18 October 2016

Verisign's Eight Tips To Finding That Elusive .COM Domain

Verisign being the .com registry obviously have it in their interests to promote .com, and as the number of .com registrations has climbed well past 127 million, it is increasingly difficult to get a good short domain name.

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Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots' (BBC News)

More than four times as many tweets were made by pro-Donald Trump bots in and around the first US presidential debate as the number made by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found.

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UK spy agencies broke privacy rules says tribunal (BBC News)

UK spy agencies broke privacy rules by collecting large amounts of UK citizens' data without adequate oversight, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled.

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12 October 2016

‘Self-Driving Cars’ Make It Into Verisign's Trending .NET Keywords For September

The September top ten trending keywords for domain names registered in the .com and .net top level domains is always worthy of a quick look. Sometimes they throw up keywords that correlate with newsworthy and popular events and anticipated trends. Sometimes there seems no reason!

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Australian woman fights to have harmless selfie removed from 'parasite' porn sites (ABC News)

A young woman who had her photo stolen off social media and used in porn websites is calling on regulators to crack down on an emerging practice known as "parasite" or "morph" porn.

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10 October 2016

Breitbart Survey On IANA Transition Shows Biased Polls Get The Result You Want

The ultra-right news website Breitbart recently conducted an opinion poll asking its equally right wing readers what they thought of the recent transition of the IANA functions from the oversight of the US government to a global multi-stakeholder group.

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auDA Deletes Over 1,000 Ineligible Domains Mostly From Chinese Registrants

The .au namespace is one of the more highly regulated ccTLDs and in effect, registrants need to be Australian businesses or organisations and they need to show a "close and substantial connection" to the domain they register. A recent audit by auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, of domains registered through one reseller found 1,025 registrations that were ineligible and subsequently deleted.

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Editorial: Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era (New York Times)

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama vowed to assert greater oversight of the massive surveillance apparatus built in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing that the United States needed to strike a better balance between privacy and security and that all intelligence programs should be lawful.

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08 October 2016

Data drought: Rural Australians find alternative ways to get online despite Sky Muster rollout (ABC News)

A grassroots internet revolution is underway in regional Australia, as small telecommunications companies and farmers try to help end the data drought.

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Yahoo email spying claims prompt warning from UN rights tsar (The Guardian)

Yahoo's alleged scanning of emails of hundreds of millions of users at the request of US intelligence raises serious human rights concerns, according to a United Nations advocate.

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07 October 2016

When Free Speech and German Law Collide on Facebook (Der Spiegel)

American authorities are fining companies like Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank billions of dollars for violating the law. In Germany, though, where Facebook is allowing mass violations of hate speech legislation, the government is letting the social media platform get away scot-free.

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05 October 2016

Vint Cerf: If I Recreated Internet, I’d Include IPv6 And Public Key Cryptography

Even the father of the internet would do things differently if he were creating the internet all over again. At a recent conference, Cerf said he would have started with 128-bit addresses from the start.

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Yahoo 'secretly scanned emails for US authorities' (BBC News)

Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report.

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