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Russia to Launch ‘Fake News’ Database

Russia’s media regulation agency Roskomnadzor announced Wednesday that it will create a public database of “fake news,” using new authority granted to the agency by President Vladimir Putin with a controversial Internet law signed at the beginning of the month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting to discuss the Ukrainian peace process at the German federal Chancellery on October 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Putin Signs ‘Sovereign Internet’ Law, Expands Government Control

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law on Wednesday that paves the way for Russia to isolate its Internet from the rest of the world. The so-called “sovereign Internet” law is billed as a means of making the Russian Internet more “independent,” but independence will be in short supply as Putin’s authoritarian government tightens its grip on cyberspace.

A man looks at a computer monitor displaying the main page of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's election campaign website, Moscow, on January 12, 2012. In his manifesto for March 2012 presidential elections Putin vowed today to end repressive police behaviour in Russia but also warned that Moscow would retaliate …

UK Age-Based Porn Block Launches July 15

The U.K.’s mandatory age-verification system for online pornography requires proof-of-age via passports, driver’s licenses, or credit cards.

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Scientific American: ‘The Internet Knows You Better than Your Spouse Does’

In a Scientific American article, titled “The Internet Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Does,”  author Frank Luerweg revealed that an online test, which tracks users’ digital footprints to provide a detailed personality analysis, knew many of those tested better than their spouses.

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Microsoft Prez Tells Trump to Back ‘Digital Democracy Principles’ Despite NewsGuard Blacklist, China Collaboration

Microsoft President Brad Smith called on the Trump administration to support a set of so-called digital democracy principles “outlining acceptable behavior in cyberspace that’s been signed by more than 60 governments and more than 100 other organizations,” despite the company complying with strict Chinese censorship rules, and recently partnering with NewsGuard to create a news blacklist for its Edge mobile browser.

Microsoft to keep Pentagon bid amid ethics concerns

America Races China for the Future: 5G Technology Battle Goes Global

The United States and China are in a race to develop fifth-generation (5G) cellular wireless technology, which could determine who controls mobile telecommunications in the future, and experts and lawmakers warn the U.S. could lose unless the Trump administration does something fast.

People watch a screen showing information on 5G technology during the Mobile World Conference in Shanghai on June 27, 2018. (Photo by - / AFP) / China OUT (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Amazon to Provide Internet Connections from Space

Amazon has partnered with satellite company Iridium Communications on a project called CloudConnect to bring Internet connectivity to places in the world which currently lack connections.

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Minister Claims India Invented the Internet 3,000 Years Ago

Chief Minister Biplab Deb of Tripura state in India closed out his first month in office with a speech at a computerization workshop on Monday in which he claimed India invented the Internet about 3,000 years ago.

American internet and social media companies have launched a crackdown on neo-Nazi and white supremacist material on their sites, sparking warnings that the web's grand promise of free speech is on the rocks.