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September 6, 2018 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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'Google Wants to Kill the URL' by Lily Hay Newman

According to an article in WIRED by Lily Hay Newman, “From popularizing auto-updates to aggressively promoting HTTPS web encryption, the Chrome security team likes to grapple with big, conceptual problems. That reach and influence can be divisive, though, and as Chrome looks ahead … the team is mulling its most controversial initiative yet: fundamentally rethinking URLs across the web.”

She notes that “over time, URLs have gotten more and more difficult to read and understand. As web functionality has expanded, URLs have increasingly become unintelligible strings of gibberish combining components from third-parties or being masked by link shorteners and redirect schemes.” Cybercriminals can easily “exploit the confusion.”

Chrome staffers tell Newman that they’re “divided on the best solution to propose. And the group won't offer any examples at this point of the types of schemes they are considering.

“The focus right now, they say, is on identifying all the ways people use URLs to try to find an alternative that will enhance security and identity integrity on the web while also adding convenience for everyday tasks like sharing links on mobile devices.”

For more information, read the article.

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