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French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook's claws

French president Emmanuel Macron has insisted that new laws are needed to limit and protect online content and the internet itself. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, Macron made repeated calls for additional regulation, and complained about the "false alternative" of self- …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Nov 2018
Shouting match

It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling

Last week, amid some acrimony, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) formally adopted a new encryption standard for the internet naming systems. But far from the approval of RFC 8484, better known as DNS-over-HTTPS or DoH, putting the issue to bed, it has stirred up a hornet's nest of upset among internet engineers that …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Oct 2018
Someone spying on someone else

You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

Analysis Transport Layer Security underpins much of the modern internet. It is the foundation of secure connections to HTTPS websites, for one thing. However, it can harbor a sting in its tail for those concerned about staying anonymous online. Privacy advocates have long warned about the risks posed by various forms of web tracking. …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2018
Michelle Zatlyn and Jeff Immelt

Former General Electric boss explains how he got the internet wrong

In San Francisco this week, Cloudflare held its fourth Internet Summit to discuss the state of the industry, in keeping with the norms of navel gazing and self-fascination that afflicts Silicon Valley. The topics of concern recalled other events with the words "internet" and "summit" that have occurred over the past two …
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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

A job ad using the ubiquitous distracted boyfriend image, fodder for countless social media posts, has been declared sexist by Sweden's advertising ombudsman following a handful of complaints. The ad, posted on Facebook and Instagram, is based on Antonio Guillem's "distracted boyfriend" stock photo, formally referred to on …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Sep 2018
blood-covered woman

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

Updated A Facebook contractor hired to keep the social network free of beheadings, rape, torture and the like has sued the tech giant and its contracting firm, Pro Unlimited – for allegedly failing to protect workers from the psychological trauma arising from exposure to disturbing content. The complaint, filed on behalf of San …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Sep 2018

The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

Society is slowing souring on the internet, according to the latest research by Pew. While a majority of us still think that the global communications network has, on balance, been a positive thing, that number has slipped significantly in the past four years. Back in 2014, when Pew last asked roughly 2,000 adults across the …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2018
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So Brave: Browser biz sics Brit watchdogs on Google's info slurpage

Privacy-focused browser maker Brave has filed complaints with British and Irish data protection authorities seeking an end to the online sharing of protected data by advertising firms like Google. The complaints claim online behavioral ad targeting – which Google euphemizes as "personalized advertising" – gathers unnecessary …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Sep 2018
DNS interception

How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

Most people's DNS queries – by which browsers and other software resolve domain names into IP addresses – remain unprotected while flowing over the internet. And that's because, you may not be surprised to know, the proposed standards to safeguard DNS traffic – such as DNSSEC and DNS-over-HTTPS – have yet to be fully baked and …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Aug 2018

It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

An overhaul of a critical internet security protocol has been completed, with TLS 1.3 becoming an official standard late last week. Describing it as "a major revision designed for the modern Internet," the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) noted that the update contains "major improvements in the areas of security, …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2018
Hacker using phone

Crims hacked accounts, got phones, resold them – and the Feds reckon they've nabbed 'em

A dozen people have been indicted in America for allegedly fencing more than $1m in smartphones and other kit obtained via hacking and fraud. Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel Melendez, the Special Agent in charge of the New York Office of the US Immigration and Customs …

Saving the internet, fake news warts and all

Remember when the internet was a thing of beauty – connecting us to long-lost friends, the innocent pleasure of buying books using “e-commerce”, of sharing photos of cats? Since then we’ve seen the election of Donald Trump as US prez, Brexit, Cambridge Analytica, trolls and fake news. The internet has evolved into something …
Team Register, 26 Jul 2018
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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

In a victory for those supporting open access to technical specifications, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated injunctions [PDF] that prohibited Public.Resource.Org (PRO) from publishing copyrighted technical standards online. The appeals court reversed a partial grant of summary …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2018
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Don't panic about domain fronting, an SNI fix is getting hacked out

Over the weekend, at the IETF Hackathon in Montreal, Canada, software engineers from Apple, Cloudflare, Fastly and Mozilla made some progress toward closing a privacy gap affecting network communications. The programmers built an preliminary implementation of a privacy-oriented draft protocol called Encrypted Server Name …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2018

Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

University of Wisconsin-Madison boffins have warned submarine cable owners that their landing stations and onshore cables are at risk from rising sea levels. “So what? Submarine cables are meant to get wet!” you might say – yes, but the onshore infrastructure isn't protected against a soaking like a cable designed to exist at … outage map

Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?

Updated After a day without service, Comcast has suggested its business voice customers restart their modems if they're still having connectivity problems. The American comms giant has been trying to recover from a voice service outage that began on Wednesday morning and has affected customers in cities across the States. …
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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

A Texas appeals court last week ruled that the US state's Relationship Privacy Act, which prohibits the disclosure or promotion of intimate images without the consent of those depicted, is unconstitutional. Enacted in 2015, the Texas law was intended as a way to stop what's known as revenge porn, in which a person discloses …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Apr 2018
Kim Jong Un

Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

North Korea's very limited Internet has, for the second time in its brief history, obtained a redundant connection to the outside world. Dyn Research and North Korea specialists 38 North went public with the existence of the new link on October 1. Dyn's Doug Madory and 38 North's Martyn Williams spotted route announcements …

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