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29 July 2015

A Steady Percentage of Americans Still Do Not Go Online, Study Says (New York Times)

For the first 13 years of the decade, Americans embraced the Internet at a whirlwind pace. The percentage of Americans who use the Internet grew to 84 percent in 2013 from 52 percent at the turn of the century, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

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Paced by Facebook, Customer Satisfaction Up for Social-Media Sites (Wall Street Journal)

User satisfaction with social media websites is improving, paced by Facebook's success with its mobile app and advertising, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

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Cybercrime-as-a-service on the rise says Australian government report (Computerworld)

'Cybercrime as a service is likely' to increase as criminals continue to find it easier to purchase malware rather than developing their own, according to the first report of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

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German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms (Reuters)

Facebook may not prevent its users from using fake names, a German privacy watchdog said on Tuesday, in the latest privacy setback for the U.S. company in Europe.

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EU Privacy Watchdog Backs Strict Fines for Firms Abusing Data (Wall Street Journal)

Europe's data-protection watchdog is advising European Union lawmakers to slap strict fines on businesses violating new data-privacy rules that will tighten guidelines on how companies -- including U.S. firms operating in Europe -- manage their customers' data.

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Australian National University selected as Australian office for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (ABC News)

The Australian office for a major international consortium which oversees internet standards and guidelines will be established at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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Italian parliament drafts a declaration of Internet rights (Computerworld)

The Italian parliament wants to have its say in the creation of an international legal framework promoting freedom, equality and access to cyberspace for all, and on Tuesday it presented a Declaration of Internet Rights that it will bring to the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil in November.

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Spanish Government Claims Success in Internet Piracy Fight (TorrentFreak)

The Spanish government says it's making headway in its battle against online piracy. In a report issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the government claims that illegal downloads are down, with 247 sites responding positively to copyright complaints and 31 shutting down completely.

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28 July 2015

Facebook says there's money to be made bringing Internet to the developing world (Washington Post)

With turning one this week, Facebook's project to spread Internet access to the developing world isn't just getting older -- it's also targeting new telecommunications partners in hopes of connecting more people to the Web.

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27 July 2015

Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

What are the real trends in cybercrime? Recent media coverage has been rife with stories of large-scale data breaches, hacks and online financial crime. IT security firms publish yearly reports that generally show the security of cyberspace to be poor and often getting worse, but, as argued in this paper, the level of security in cyberspace is actually far better than the picture we're given. Currently, numbers on the occurrence of cybercrime are almost always depicted in either absolute numbers or year-over-year terms. To get a more accurate picture of the security of cyberspace, cybercrime statistics -- including mobile vulnerabilities, malicious web domains, zero-day exploits and web-based attacks, among others -- need to be expressed as a proportion of the growing size of the Internet.

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Why cracking down on hackers would be bad for innovation (Washington Post)

Every week seems to bring a new hacking story - the massive hacking attack on the U.S. government's databases and the attacks on the U.S. health care system are just two of the bigger stories -- so it's perhaps no surprise that the knee-jerk reaction is to take the fight directly to the hackers. By making the penalties tougher, by expanding the scope of federal anti-hacking statutes and making it easier to prosecute wrongdoers, it'll convince hackers that it's just not worth the risk, right?

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How security experts protect themselves online (Washington Post)

With news of a big hack almost every week, the Internet can be a scary place. So how's an Internet user supposed to stay safe?

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26 July 2015

Make Your Password Exponentially More Secure (Center for Democracy and Technology)

If you've used the internet, you've probably created a password. There's a lot of advice out there about creating passwords: use uppercase! use lowercase! Use numbers! Symbols! Don't use a dictionary word! Use many dictionary words in a passphrase! Don't write it down! Store it in a password manager! There is so much advice, and so much of it is conflicting, and often it comes without any explanation. In this blog post, I'll detail what a good password is (and why), give you some tools to help remember your password, and give a few other simple ways to help protect your account.

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25 July 2015

French surveillance law is constitutional, highest court says (Computerworld)

A surveillance law rushed through the French parliament in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris in January is constitutional, the country's highest court ruled late Thursday. The decision gives law enforcers and intelligence agencies the power to gather communications metadata -- who is communicating with whom, where, and when -- in real time, with few restrictions.

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The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, Until Hackers Cut Your Brakes (New York Times)

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.

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24 July 2015

Australia's ccTLD Reaches 3 Million Registrations

The Australian ccTLD, .au, has reached the three million registrations milestone today (24 July) putting it easily within the top ten ccTLDs.

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CIGI-Windsor Law IP law clinic offers model to protect early-stage innovations on global stage (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law are filling a crucial innovation gap in business services available to entrepreneurs in Canada by providing early-stage startups with access to pro bono intellectual property legal advice. The joint law clinic serves as a model to raise Canada's innovation profile on a global scale.

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Smartwatches open to cyberattack says HP (BBC News)

The best-selling smartwatches on the market all have security problems, according to US tech giant Hewlett-Packard.

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The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet (The Atlantic)

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but also something more serious: the number of hostile and threatening messages directed at the president.

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EU accuses Sky and Hollywood's big six of illegally 'geo-blocking' film access (The Guardian)

The European commission has accused Sky and six Hollywood studios of putting up anti-competitive barriers that restrict consumers from watching the films and TV shows of their choice. The commission, which has sweeping powers to stop anti-competitive practices, accuses Britain's biggest pay-TV broadcaster and major film-makers of creating bilateral agreements that mean consumers outside the UK and Ireland cannot get access to Sky's full range of programming.

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23 July 2015

Microsoft seeks revenge porn removal requests (BBC News)

Microsoft is inviting "revenge porn" victims to use an online form to help it restrict access to the images.

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22 July 2015

Google Reiterates New gTLDs Are Treated Same As "Old" gTLDs

New gTLDs and all other gTLDs are treated the same by Google's systems with keywords in a TLD not giving any advantage or disadvantage in search, according to a post from John Mueller, Google's Webmaster Trends Analyst.

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Australian digital users illegally download content regularly - survey (BBC News)

Nearly half of Australia's digital users illegally download movies, TV shows and music on a regular basis, a government survey has found.

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OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015 (OECD)

The digital economy now permeates countless aspects of the world economy, impacting sectors as varied as banking, retail, energy, transportation, education, publishing, media or health. Information and Communication Technologies are transforming the ways social interactions and personal relationships are conducted, with fixed, mobile and broadcast networks converging, and devices and objects increasingly connected to form the Internet of things.

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Scale of child abuse images online is 'shocking', says NSPCC (The Guardian)

Two people are being convicted of child abuse image crimes every day on average, two years after a government pledge to crack down on the offence, the NSPCC says.

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