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Last Week Online #66 – Internet effects of the war in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Zelensky utilises the impact of Social Media when he needs to fight Russia in a war no one wants. RT and Sputnik banned from broadcasting within the EU The European Union has banned state-owned Russian news outlets Russia Today and Sputnik from broadcasting within the EU. This was

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Last Week Online #65 – Mixed signals from Russia

Russia committed extensive cyberattacks against Ukraine and United States, while claiming to withdraw its military forces. State-backed Russian hackers behind two major cyber attacks According to newly declassified US intelligence, Russian government hackers have likely obtained access to Ukrainian military, energy, and other critical computer networks. The purpose of accessing

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Last Week Online #64 – Thiel leaves Meta's board to support Trump allies

In a world of TikTok, could Facebook become be the good guy, or is it too late? Meta's Oversight Board suggests stricter rules concerning doxxing On Tuesday, Meta's external advisory organisation issued new recommendations asking the company to bolster its policies that protect users against doxxing – sharing personal identifying details

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Last Week Online #63 – Products used to commit suicide recommended by Amazon algorithm

Platforms increasingly intervene in the content displayed online. But who should decide where we draw the line? Trigger warning: Suicide Amazon recommended products used to commit suicide, potentially hiding reviews warning about the danger A food preservative sold by Amazon and other e-commerce sites is used as a poison to

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Last Week Online #62 – How much is your face worth?

Is the value of your face more or less than the hassle of filing your taxes offline? Soon we will know. Hiding poor customer reviews can become an expensive habit On Tuesday, the United States Federal Trade Commission decided that the popular online retailer Fashion Nova would be required to

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Last Week Online #61 – We all worry about getting hacked

Since you already know that Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard, here are three other things from this week ... Athletes encouraged to use burner phones for the 2022 Olympics Multiple countries Olympic and Paralympic Committees tell athletes to leave their personal phones and computers at home for next month's Winter Olympics in

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Last Week Online #60 – I'm back! (and Google Analytics is illegal)

Hi there! I hope you are well and excited about 2022. I'm back with my weekly emails after a really long break. Google Analytics usage by Austrian website violates GDPR On Thursday, the Austrian Data Protection Authority ruled that an Austrian website violated the EU's privacy law (GDPR) because of

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Last Week Online #59 – Updated antivirus still software won't defeat Corvid-19

Google and Microsoft are trying to make lemonade from coronavirus outbreak. Corona forces people to work from home, Google and Microsoft are happily showing off their solutions Many of the tech companies are trying to get some easy points during Corona chaos. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are trying to make

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Last Week Online #58 – Is Internet a public space?

A as in Amazon or as in Anticompetitive practices? 5.3 million US union members formally requested the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon for anticompetitive practices. They say "Amazon is unique, not only in its current size and growth trajectory but in the breadth of its interests across markets

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Last Week Online #57 – President Trump just bought YouTube

Have you gotten any surprise visits in your WhatsApp groups lately? You can find and join private WhatsApp through a simple Google search Google is indexing invitations to group chats on WhatsApp. This practice makes invite links to both public, and private, group chats show up on Google with particular