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Coronavirus: Internet child abuse images ‘not being deleted’

Coronavirus: Internet child abuse images ‘not being deleted’

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Coronavirus has led to a "global slowdown" in the removal of internet child abuse images, say campaigners. The Internet Watch Foundation says tech firms have fewer staff to delete illegal material, making it easier for sexual predators to view and share.Almost 90% fewer suspicious web addresses, or URLs, have been deleted during the pandemic, says the charity.The warning comes as the IWF's annual report reveals Europe is the "hub" for child sexual abuse photos and videos.In 2019, 89% of URLs containing abuse material were found on computer servers based in Europe, compared with 79% in 2018.'Frightening jump'Servers in the Netherlands, which has a strong technological infrastructure and low costs, hosted the most illegal content discovered by IWF staff - ...
Coronavirus: ‘Avoid using microwave to get faster internet’

Coronavirus: ‘Avoid using microwave to get faster internet’

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People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as their wi-fi, media regulator Ofcom has said, as part of advice to help improve internet speeds.It comes as millions work remotely and rely on streaming services after the UK was told to "stay at home". This has put pressure on broadband providers, with BT's Openreach reporting a 20% surge in internet use.The government said reliable internet speeds were "crucial" as the UK battles the coronavirus.Ofcom's advice ranges from the seemingly obvious, like downloading films in advance rather than streaming them when someone else may be trying to make a video call, to the less expected."Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wi-fi signals?" Ofcom asks."So don't use the microwave when you're m...
YouTube and Netflix to reduce streaming quality to stop internet from breaking

YouTube and Netflix to reduce streaming quality to stop internet from breaking

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YouTube and Netflix have said they will reduce the streaming quality of videos to avoid straining the internet due to the unprecedented usage during the coronavirus pandemic.Millions of people are working from home across the European Union in order to tackle the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, which is now confirmed to have infected more than 244,000 people worldwide. "Streaming platforms, telecom operators and users... have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation," the EU's markets and services commissioner, Thierry Breton, said yesterday. In a statement, YouTube said it was complying with the commissioner's request for a month: "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in...
Coronavirus: Vodafone and TalkTalk report surge in internet use

Coronavirus: Vodafone and TalkTalk report surge in internet use

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Vodafone has said it is experiencing a 30% rise in internet traffic across its UK fixed-line and mobile networks.More people are working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, putting more demand on all networks.TalkTalk, another internet provider, said that its daytime network traffic had risen 20% since Monday.One EU official has suggested that online TV services should stream content in lower resolution to protect broadband infrastructure.On Wednesday evening, European Union commissioner Thierry Breton called on content providers to switch to standard definition feeds to prevent networks from being overloaded.But the internet providers have played down suggestions that they cannot cope.Extended hoursUse of remote-access technologies, webmai...
Russia ‘successfully tests’ its unplugged internet

Russia ‘successfully tests’ its unplugged internet

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Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.Details of what the test involved were vague but, according to the Ministry of Communications, ordinary users did not notice any changes.The results will now be presented to President Putin. Experts remain concerned about the trend for some countries to dismantle the internet."Sadly, the Russian direction of travel is just another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet," said Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey."Increasingly, authoritarian countries which want to control what citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done."It means people will not have acces...