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Iran cyberpolice arrest 24 over coronavirus rumours

Tehran - Iranian cyberpolice have arrested 24 people accused of online rumour-mongering about the spread of the coronavirus in the country, semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.

Independent media in the firing line in Cuba

Havana - Monica Baro's investigation into cases of lead poisoning in Havana won her a prestigious Latin American journalism award but few friends in the Cuban government, which views independent media outlets like hers with growing suspicion.

'If peace comes': Afghans dream of life after war

Kabul - With a partial truce under way Saturday and a deal between the US and the Taliban likely on the horizon, Afghans are daring to dream of the war ending and their country finally opening up.

Q&A: Private search creates a safer Internet, accessible for all Special

Organizations and consumers need to keep Internet safety top of their mind year round. One option is to use private Internet search functions, according to Robert Beens of Startpage. He explains how this is technologically possible.

Germany to tighten screws on online hate speech

Berlin - With the danger growing from far-right extremists and torrents of threats against politicians, Germany plans to toughen online speech laws and tighten the screws on social networks.

Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

Fpo - Singapore ordered the Facebook page of an anti-government website Saturday to warn readers it regularly posts falsehoods, the first time authorities have taken such action under a tough law against misinformation.

Will Facebook Dating swipe online lovebirds out of digital nest?

Paris - All's fair in electronic love and dating - or is it? The battle for hearts and minds of couples seeking their perfect match online has taken a new turn.

Barrage of mysterious bomb hoaxes plagues Moscow

Moscow - Moscovites are mystified by a flood of bomb hoaxes forcing the evacuation of courts, schools and malls while authorities appear unable to find the culprits even after months of disruption to public life.

For Safer Internet Day, businesses can do more for consumers Special

Safer Internet Day happens on February 11 each year. For the 2020 event there is a focus on what businesses can do to help keep customers safe. Cindy Provin of nCipher Security provides some advice for enterprises.

False virus cure claims infect the internet

Fpo - Gargle salt water, use herbal eyedrops, steam-clean a face mask -- false claims about how to combat a deadly coranavirus epidemic emerging out of China are flooding the internet.

Google says glitch sent people's videos to strangers

San Francisco - Google on Tuesday said that a software glitch resulted in some Photo app smartphone videos being given to the wrong people.Google was notifying those who may have been affected."We are very sorry this happened," Google said in reply to an AFP inquiry.

Duvivier a satirical troublemaker in Bolsonaro's Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - It's not easy to play a gay Jesus in Brazil under right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, as Gregorio Duvivier found out on Christmas Eve, when his comedy production studio in Rio was attacked by a mob with molotov cocktails.

Moonstruck: Japan billionaire cancels hunt for lunar love

Apo - A Japanese billionaire who launched a public search for a girlfriend willing to join him on a trip into space abruptly cancelled the hunt on Thursday, despite attracting nearly 30,000 applicants.

Project fear: Misinformation spreads China virus panic

Fpo - Misleading bat soup videos, vastly inflated death tolls, quack remedies and vaccine conspiracies -- a global deluge of misinformation is compounding public fears about China's new coronavirus and stoking racial stereotypes.

Anger mounts over government response at epidemic epicentre

Bejing - Chinese officials at the epicentre of a health crisis are coming under fire for incompetence and being ridiculed for not properly wearing protective masks as anger mounts over the handling of a deadly virus.

Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Fpo - Singapore on Wednesday denied claims by a Malaysian rights group that it used a brutal "coup de grace" to finish off botched executions and ordered Yahoo and other sites to correct reports of the matter.

CDC confirms 1st U.S. case of coronavirus with help from Internet

The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday.

Viral video reunites Bangladeshi with family after 48 years

Dhaka - An ailing Bangladeshi who went missing almost half a century ago has been reunited with his family after a video appeal on Facebook seeking help for his treatment went viral.

Pakistan says Facebook to help in fight against polio

Islamabad - Pakistan says Facebook will help the country in its fight against polio after authorities blamed anti-vaccine content posted last year on the social network site for a leap in the number of cases.

Turkey lifts ban on Wikipedia

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday lifted a ban on Wikipedia after almost three years. Turkey was the only country in the world apart from China to entirely block access to the online encyclopedia.

'LOL!': China's informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

Bejing - Chinese diplomacy has found a new voice on Twitter -- and it's not entirely diplomatic.

Unexpected scent has turned into a best-selling candle for Goop

In what is likely the Goopiest Goop product ever launched, Gwyneth Paltrow, has started selling candles that smell like her vagina - for $75. Not only did they sell out, but Twitter users had a fantastically funny response. Are you ready for a few laughs?

China's LGBTQ community praises ad depicting same-sex couple

Bejing - An advertisement appearing to feature a same-sex couple in China has been praised by the LGBTQ community for its rare portrayal of gay relationships in the tightly-censored country.

The world’s best cities for freelancers to stay connected

Staying connected has never been more important for freelancers, with access to the Internet and the rest of the world enabling freelancers to travel across the globe whilst working. But which destinations are the best to work remotely?

Burned tigers, rescued kangaroos: Australia bushfire disinformation

Sydney - Tiger burns in Australia's bushfires? It's a 2012 photo from Indonesia. Young girl rescues koala? Actually an artist's impression. Social media is packed with powerful images of Australia's bushfires -- but many are fake.

EU takes aim at ticket bots, data harvesters

Apo - EU countries will from Tuesday begin rolling out tougher laws against online operators who play fast and loose with consumers, including those harvesting personal data or deploying bots to snap up tickets.

Overload on train to Kashmir's internet oasis

Banihal - Every day the train to Kashmir's remote cyber oasis Banihal is packed as people travel for hours to get online in the disputed region where internet has been cut for five months.

Russia successfully tests an 'alternative Internet'

The Russian government has announced a successful test of an 'unplugged' Internet, which will act as an alternative to the global Internet and allow for certain features and functions to be isolated.

More industries to Adopt Alternative Web Data in 2020 Special

As 2019 comes to a close, Gary Read, CEO of Import.io, shares out his predictions, with Digital Journal, for 2020 regarding how industries and organizations will be utilizing alternative web data in 2020.

UN backs Russia on internet convention, alarming rights advocates

New York - The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.
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