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Film executives slam Google as they hail new government cra…

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The Australian government are set to begin a crackdown on online piracy.In a new proposed law being put forward in Parliament today, search engines such as Google will no longer be able to promote illegal downloading sites.The tough law has been praised by Australian film industry executives, who label Google as 'evil as Big Tobacco'. In a new proposed law being put forward in Parliament today, search engines such as Google will no longer be able to promote illegal downloading sites, with film industry executives slamming the search engine 'as evil as Big Tobacco'Chief executive of Village Roadshow Graham Burke praised the proposal while slamming Google, saying the search engine giant are 'facilitating and enabling crime'.'We see good Google and bad Goog...
Mitch Fifield flags further government regulation of the in…

Mitch Fifield flags further government regulation of the in…

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The minister said his response would be guided by the need to ensure responsibility, respect and trust proliferated in the online world."Australians should be able to control their online footprints and their personal data. They should be able to have a degree of trust and confidence in online news sources," Mr Fifield said."But when these things don't happen, we will look at the range of options available to support them [Australians]."There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply.Communications Minister Mitch FifieldMr Fifield also flagged concerns about the dominance of particular market players and publishers such as Google and Facebook, stating: "There are few examples in history where the dominan...
More Government Websites Encrypt as Google Chrome Warns Use…

More Government Websites Encrypt as Google Chrome Warns Use…

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Google Chrome, the most widely used Internet browser, has officially started warning users that unencrypted Web pages are “not secure.” Among those “not secure,” as of Aug. 9: The front pages of the official government websites for 14 states and four of the nation’s 10 most populous cities. Encryption — most easily represented with an “HTTPS” rather than “HTTP” in front of a site’s Web address — is the practice of encoding data traveling between a website and its visitor so that any third parties who are a
Google search exposes sensitive government files leaked onl…

Google search exposes sensitive government files leaked onl…

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Hundreds of sensitive Cabinet Office and Home Office documents have been accidentally leaked online, prompting MPs to demand an inquiry into the “egregious errors”. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed internal Whitehall files on how to obtain security passes to government buildings and details of communications with MI5 and counter-terrorism officials have been accessible on Google for up to four years. MPs last night accused the Government of “gross ineptitude” and demanded an immediate inquiry into the “shambolic” trove of leaks.  Cyber security experts said the leaks were a “clear failure of common, basic security” and contained exactly what criminals look for when trying... Zoomd Trends
Facebook Memories Page, Government Blocking WhatsApp Calls,…

Facebook Memories Page, Government Blocking WhatsApp Calls,…

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In today’s internet daily, we bring you the latest from Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit, and Google. Scroll down and get yourself updated on the current tech affairs in a single read. Instagram announces Special Event on June 20th, Could Reveal Long-form Video Hub We had heard reports about Instagram, joining others such as Snapchat and YouTube, launching a new Long-form video hub for its users. Now, the company has sent out invites for a Special Event on the date June 20th. With the new Long-form Video hub, Instagram will allow content creators to upload 4K content that are longer than 60 seconds. It would host all these videos in a separate hub either within the Instagram app or it could launch another separate app. The videos would feature some sort of monetization so the cr
Iran Tightens Internet Censorship by Requiring Government A…

Iran Tightens Internet Censorship by Requiring Government A…

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After banning the widely used Telegram messaging app, the Iranian government is once again deepening its censorship and suppression of internet use in the country by forcing government agencies to use domestic, state-approved online search engines. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned that these search engines, which were produced with state funding or state approval, provide censored and/or false information, and in some cases spread malware. The internet and social media apps are heavily restricted and censored in Iran. Some 44 percent of the country’s 80-plus million people had access to the internet in 2016, according to the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As a result, Iranian state policies and technical initiatives have increasingly foc
Chinese hackers defy government warnings on Beijing Def Con

Chinese hackers defy government warnings on Beijing Def Con

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Yuan Yang in Beijing May 14, 2018 Print this page One of the world’s biggest American hacker conferences has attracted large numbers of people to its first China event, despite the government warning its citizens against sharing their tools with the international community.Over 1,300 people attended Def Con in Beijing last weekend despite the government ordering local hackers to abstain from some global hacking contests, as China seeks to tighten its control over technology and information.“China is the best place to take Def Con [out of the US] because in future there really will be two superpowers in internet security: the US and China,” said Jeff Moss, the conference’s founder. “Security problems are global problems and ne
Placing Election Ads on Google Will Require a Government ID

Placing Election Ads on Google Will Require a Government ID

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Photo: GettyIf you want to place a political advertisement through Google’s massive advertising network during the upcoming US elections, you’re going to have to show some ID first. The search giant announced new policies Friday that will require advertisers prove they are a US citizen or permanent resident when buying election ads.Under the new guidelines, Google will ask advertisers—be they individuals, organizations, or political action committies—to prove they are who they claim to be. It will also require the ads to include a clear disclosure of who is paying for it.The change comes after Google and other social media companies revealed their advertising platforms were abused by foreign actors, including the Russian government-backed troll farm Internet Research Agency, during the