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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W1Y20): UN to draft treaty on cybercrime; California’s new data privacy law; Brazil fines Facebook; Microsoft takes down 50 domains; 18 central banks on digital currencies; ECB announces EUROchain

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W1Y20): UN to draft treaty on cybercrime; California’s new data privacy law; Brazil fines Facebook; Microsoft takes down 50 domains; 18 central banks on digital currencies; ECB announces EUROchain


Weekly review


UN gives green light to draft treaty to combat cybercrime

« The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday that will start the process of drafting a new international treaty to combat cybercrime over objections from the European Union, the United States and other countries…”

Huawei gets a green light from India for 5G trials

« Huawei officially has a shot at helping the world’s second-largest internet market build its 5G network.

India will not exclude the embattled Chinese company from the country’s forthcoming 5G trials, a senior government official confirmed Monday….”

Vodafone Australia goes with Nokia for 5G build

« Vodafone Hutchison Australia has announced just prior to the new year that it will go with Nokia to supply 5G equipment….”


California Rings In The New Year With A New Data Privacy Law

“On Jan. 1, the toughest data privacy law in the U.S. goes into effect: the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA…”

Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million for improper sharing of user data

“Brazil’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday it fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million) for improperly sharing user data…”

Smart camera maker Wyze hit with customer data breach

“Wyze Labs, which makes smart cameras and connected home gadgets, has confirmed databases holding millions of customers’ information were exposed to the public…”

Wawa Faces Class-Action Lawsuit After Reporting Data Breach

“A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Wawa Stores in the wake of a massive financial data breach that was revealed by the company. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, brought several people who claim they were impacted by the breach…”

Data of Honda Owners in North America Exposed Online

“An Elasticsearch cluster containing information on Honda owners in North America was recently found to be accessible from the Internet without any authentication…”


Microsoft takes down 50 domains operated by North Korean hackers

« Microsoft announced today that it successfully took down 50 web domains previously used by a North Korean government-backed hacking group…”

Apple ‘hacker’ spared jail over iCloud blackmail

“A 22-year-old man has admitted trying to blackmail Apple by claiming he had access to millions of iCloud accounts.

Kerem Albayrak from north London threatened to wipe 319 million accounts unless Apple gave him iTunes gift cards worth $100,000 (£76,000)…”

U.S. Coast Guard Says Ryuk Ransomware Took Down Maritime Facility

“The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published a marine safety alert to inform of a Ryuk Ransomware attack that took down the entire corporate IT network of a Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facility…”

Ransomware Hits Maastricht University, All Systems Taken Down

“Maastricht University (UM) announced that almost all of its Windows systems have been encrypted by ransomware following a cyber-attack that took place on Monday, December 23…”

Special Olympics New York Hacked to Send Phishing Emails

“Special Olympics of New York, a nonprofit organization focused on competitive athletes with intellectual disabilities, had its email server hacked around this year’s Christmas holiday and later used to launch a phishing campaign against previous donors…”

Islamabad High Court warns employees of possible cyber attack

“The Islamabad High Court has warned its employees of a possible cyber attack launched worldwide to target machines running on Microsoft’s Windows operating systems…”

UAE Denies Developing Popular Mideast App as Spy Tool

“The United Arab Emirates on Saturday denied reports that a popular mobile application developed in the country was used for government spying…”

Nepal Arrests 122 Chinese Over Suspected Cyber Scam

“More than 100 Chinese nationals in Nepal on tourist visas have been detained over a suspected cyber scam, police said Wednesday, in the country’s largest ever crackdown involving foreigners…”


European Central Bank Announces New DLT Proof-Of-Concept Called EUROchain

« On December 17th, the European Central Bank published a new proof-of-concept project called EUROchain. The report published on the ECB’s website states, “That proof of concept boasts several novel features developed by the ESCB’s EUROchain research network (with the support of Accenture and R3) using distributed ledger technology (DLT)….”

World Bank seeks reforms in Nigeria’s digital economy

“A new report by the World Bank Group (WBG) has canvassed reforms in Nigeria’s digital economy, saying by leveraging Information communication technology (ICT), the country has the potential for economic diversification and job creation…”

South Korea Confirms No Income Tax on Crypto Profits

“The Ministry of Finance and Strategy in South Korea recently resolved the confusion regarding the taxation of profits made through crypto trading. According to the Ministry’s announcement, the current tax laws do not support the taxation of profits earned from cryptocurrencies…”

Singapore tax on overseas digital services beginning January 01

“Singapore consumers will be charged a goods and services tax (GST) on overseas digital services from January 1, 2020, expanding the tariff beyond locally procured products…”

French court clears social media tracking plan in tax crackdown

“France’s government can pursue plans to trawl social media to detect tax avoidance, its Constitutional Court ruled on Friday, although it introduced limitations on what information can be collected following a privacy outcry…”

Google to end ‘Double Irish, Dutch sandwich’ tax scheme

“Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL.O) will no longer use an intellectual property licensing scheme, known as the “Double Irish, Dutch sandwich”, which allowed it to delay paying U.S. taxes, 2018 tax filings show…”


Facebook’s Libra has failed in current form: Swiss president

“Facebook’s (FB.O) Libra project has failed in its current form and needs reworking to be approved, said the president of Switzerland where the cryptocurrency is seeking regulatory consent…”

At least 18 central banks are developing sovereign digital currencies

“The list of central banks developing sovereign digital currencies or Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC), as they are more commonly known, continues to grow….”

Crypto Firms Can Now Apply for a License in France

« France’s top financial regulator has published new rules regarding the licensing of digital asset service providers (DASPs) as well as guidelines for applying for the non-mandatory license and informing the AMF about internal cybersecurity practices…”


Japan : Fujisawa man fined ¥300,000 for using online hate speech against Kawasaki resident

« The Kawasaki Summary Court on Friday ordered a man to pay a fine of ¥300,000 for making derogatory and racist remarks against a Korean resident of Japan on Twitter…”

Facebook to open ‘war room’ for upcoming Taiwan presidential elections

« For the first time, social media giant Facebook will set up a ‘war room’ to counter misinformation and interference in in the upcoming Taiwan presidential election, January 11…”

U.S. chief justice warns of internet disinformation, urges civics education

« U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern on Tuesday about disinformation amplified by the internet and social media as he focused his year-end report on the weakening state of civics education in the United States…”

Taiwan’s citizens battle pro-China fake news campaigns as election nears

« Citizen groups in Taiwan are fighting a Russian-style influence and misinformation campaign that is believed to originate across the strait in mainland China with just weeks to go before it votes for its next president,..”


High-ranking NY schools official arrested after internet child sex sting in Neenah

« A New York man has been arrested in connection to an undercover internet child sex sting in Winnebago County.

Neenah Police say they arrested David Arnold Hay of Brooklyn, NY, at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee Monday…”


The Number Resource Organization (NRO) Issues Inspection Request to ICANN Concerning the .ORG Sale

« The Number Resource Organization (NRO), acting as the Address Supporting Organization (ASO), today announced it has submitted correspondence to ICANN regarding the Internet Society’s proposed transfer of ownership of PIR, the .org registry, to Ethos Capital…”


Russian competition watchdog opens investigation into

« Russia’s Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) has opened an investigation into hotel reservation website, the regulator said on Monday…” ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial intelligence programme detects breast cancer better than experts, study finds

n artificial intelligence programme has been developed which can detect breast cancer from mammograms better than experts, a study found.


Phone and internet contracts to be simplified across the EU

New rules are to simplify mobile phone and internet contract terms and price comparisons across the European Union.

The changes will come into effect in December of this year.


ICANN open public comment


IGF 2020 first Open Consultation and MAG meeting

The First IGF 2020 Open Consultations and MAG Meeting will be hosted at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 14 to 16 January 2020 (map of the venue).

Taking Stock of IGF 2019 and Call for Inputs for IGF 2020

All IGF stakeholders are invited to submit inputs to the IGF Secretariat to assist with the planning for the 2020 annual IGF meeting to be held in Poland. All inputs will be posted on the IGF website.

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