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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
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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
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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
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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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Bless their hearts: Democrats want $40bn to spruce up America's bumpkin broadband

The Democratic party has asked for an amazingly naive ambitious $40bn investment in broadband internet for broke low-income Americans out in the sticks. The completely useless minority party in US Congress on Thursday issued a waste of paper bold proposition [PDF] for the government to invest the 6,441 Abrams tanks $40bn of …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2017
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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

China's Internet administration has issued an edict that any platform that allows users to post comments must register their real-world identities first. The South China Morning Post spotted this note (in Chinese*) from the Cyberspace Administration of China, which imposes the requirement that users post comments under their …
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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

Special report In the last week of January, America's internet is going to get a long-awaited boost. More Americans than ever are going to have access to fast internet as well as a greater choice of providers. What's all the more amazing is that this improvement will come without requiring any extra investment by broadband providers and …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Aug 2017
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The Next Big Thing in Wi-Fi? Multiple access points in every home

Opinion Faultline suspects there is going to be a patents battle in Wi‑Fi mesh software. The reason this is important is because of a second suspicion: that operators around the world will move lock, stock and barrel to multiple Wi-Fi Access Points in each home, potentially doubling or even trebling the number of devices in next …
Faultline, 7 Aug 2017

Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming

The two most powerful women in Europe still have their eyes firmly on internet regulation. Fresh from her failure in the UK general election, still-prime minister Theresa May used her first public address announcing a new coalition government to stress that she will continue her self-declared "cracking down on the ideology of …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jun 2017

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