Distractions, threats and reassurances in the COVID-19 era

Whether it is mullet-haired Joe Exotic and his antics in “Tiger King”, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo providing almost presidential daily press conferences or Bill Gates outlining what we are all up against during this global Covid-19 pandemic, various forms of distraction appear to be the norm. But assessing the threats and providing reassurance are the driving motives.

Increased cyber risks for video game publishers from record breaking usage

With the Covid-19 crisis escalating worldwide, the intense focus on this pandemic is affecting everyone’s attention span in unprecedented ways. Distraction by an unknown threat means people not only seek refuge in reliable information, but often pursue a sense of community and/or withdrawal online. Some of the websites that are seeing higher than normal traffic and activity are productivity tools, web applications, and entertainment sites.

Europe flexes its muscles over illegal content online

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The EC has ramped up pressure for “swift and proactive” action to tackle illegal content, including copyright infringement. It’s even set a one-hour target for taking down the most harmful content. Could platforms soon face a legally-enforced deadline for removing pirate content?

Newly-published recommendations sets out “operational measures” for combatting illegal content online.

Will landmark piracy case be a black cloud for CloudFlare?

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All eyes are on the California District Court – particularly pirates’. Judge George Wu’s interim ruling shows CloudFlare’s defence won’t be a simple open-and-shut case. It’s added suspense normally only reserved for Hollywood court room dramas – not real life. Why is this being touted as a landmark case and what does it mean?

The case: In 2016, adult publisher ALS filed a complaint against Cloudflare (a US CDN provider).