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Cloudflare outage knocks hundreds of websites offline

Hundreds of websites were knocked offline after an outage at web infrastructure service Cloudflare. Internet users and web monitoring service Down Detector reported that a number of sites, including messaging platform Discord, Shopify and others, were having issues on Tuesday morning. The National Rail Enquiries website also briefly went offline and may have been affected […]

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Work on AI algorithm could help create safe spaces from online abuse

A new algorithm being developed in a bid to tackle gender online abuse could help “drive positive social and cultural change”. The Scottish and UK Governments have both welcomed work being done by researchers at the National Robotarium, which involves Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. Researchers there are working on advanced “machine learning” […]

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FILE - The Google mobile phone icon, in Philadelphia, April 26, 2017. Big tech companies like Google and Facebook will have to comply with tough rules under a new digital watchdog aimed at giving consumers more choice online or face the threat of big fines. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Google strikes content deals with 300 European publishers

Google said it has struck licensing deals with 300 news publishers in Europe in its latest effort to comply with a recently introduced European Union copyright law. The tech giant signed the agreements with national, local and specialist news publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland and said discussions with many others […]

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UK Royal Society: Content removal alone will not halt internet misinformation

Removing harmful scientific misinformation from the internet is not a viable solution for eradicating the issue, a report by the Royal Society has warned. The UK’s national academy of science has said governments and online platforms must invest in fact-checking and improving digital literacy rather than censorship, which it warns could drive it to harder-to-address […]

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