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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W20Y19)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W20Y19)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief : Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate violent extremism online ; G7 countries to simulate cross-border cyber attack; Ten people charged in software attacks; Huawei ready to sign new “no-spy agreement” with UK; Major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp detected; San Francisco bans facial recognition; California consumers privacy act; Devices connected reached 22.0 billion worldwide in 2018; Facebook cancel accounts for spreading disinformation…

This week, Extremism online, Cybercrime, Privacy online and content regulation make most of the headlines in Internet Governance

EXTREMISM ONLINE

Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate violent extremism online

« French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have led a group of world leaders, tech companies and organisations to adopt a pledge that seeks to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online to stop the internet being used as a tool for terrorists »… https://www.cio.co.nz/article/661682/nz-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-french-president-emmanuel-macron-tech-leaders-pledge-eliminate-violent-extremist-content-online/ https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/16-05-2019/the-christchurch-call-full-text/

« Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Twitter have come together to address terrorist and violent content on their platforms. They have signed the Christchurch Call to Action – a commitment by global governments and these tech corporations to eliminate hate speech online…” https://yourstory.com/2019/05/facebook-google-amazon-christchurch-call-hate-speech

However, « The White House said on Wednesday it supported the Christchurch Call’s aims but was “not in a position to join”, citing the need for freedom of speech…” https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48288353

CYBERCRIME

« Leading Western industrial powers will for the first time jointly simulate a major cross-border cyber security attack on the financial sector next month, French officials said on Friday…” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-france-cyber/g7-countries-to-simulate-cross-border-cyber-attack-next-month-france-idUSKCN1SG1KZ

« Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday…” https://www.theitem.com/stories/us-europe-bring-charges-in-global-malware-case,327478

« Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed…” https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48262681

CYBER GEOPOLITICS

“Huawei’s chairman has said the Chinese company would be prepared to sign a “no-spy agreement” with the British government to reassure politicians it has no intention of allowing its technology to be used for surveillance…” https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/14/huawei-founder-shut-down-china-eavesdrop?CMP=share_btn_tw

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

« San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies…” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/facial-recognition-ban-san-francisco.html

DATA PROTECTION

« California is embarking on a new era of privacy on the internet, and Xavier Becerra can’t stop thinking about the failed debut of Obamacare…” https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/14/california-consumer-privacy-act-could-change-the-internet-in-the-us.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/05/14/the-wider-implications-of-the-california-consumer-privacy-act/#74560233d95f

INTERNET OF THINGS

« The number of devices connected to the internet reached 22.0 billion worldwide at the end of 2018, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics…” https://iotbusinessnews.com/2019/05/16/04619-internet-of-things-now-numbers-22-billion-devices-but-where-is-the-revenue/

CONTENT REGULATION

« Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation…” https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/17/business/facebook-busts-israel-based-fake-news-campaign-disrupt-elections-worldwide/#.XN6p1vZ2s2w

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