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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W22Y19)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W22Y19)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief : US-China Tech rivalry; Huawei goes with Lawsuit over US products ban; US concerns on Iran’s Intranet Project; GDPR fines €56M in first year as Facebook faces 11 investigations ; EU Commission publish guidelines for new Regulation on free flow of non-personal data; South American countries denounce decision on Amazon domain; Internet grows to 351.8 million domain name registrations; House Democrats push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality; Hong Kong and Singapore sign memo on personal data protection; Astronomers critics on Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite…

This week, Cyber geopolitics, content policy and infrastructure make most of the headlines in Internet Governance ecosystem

CYBER GEOPOLITICS

US-CHINA tech rivarly

“The United States has significantly ratcheted up its trade war with China in recent weeks by firing two new shots. First, President Trump signed an executive order that is expected to restrict Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE Corp. from selling their equipment and services in the United States. Second, the Department of Commerce put Huawei on an export control blacklist that forbids U.S. individuals and businesses from selling goods to these companies without a license from the U.S. government. Such a license can be denied if the sale or transfer would harm U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.”

Furthermore, “The US government’s efforts to reduce the influence of Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment supplier, has extended beyond business to cover scientific research.” https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3012336/worlds-largest-technical-professional-society-bans-huawei-staff-peer

However, “Huawei is pressing on with its lawsuit against the United States, challenging the constitutionality of a US law banning federal agencies from buying its products.

“The embattled Chinese tech firm said Wednesday that it wants Washington to “halt illegal action” against it, calling US restrictions on Huawei an attempt to put it out of business…” https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/28/tech/huawei-lawsuit-us-china/index.html

U-S ON IRAN INTRANET PROJECT

“The Trump administration has expressed concern about reports that Iranian authorities have made progress in developing a domestic intranet and firewall system to shield Iran from the global internet…” https://www.voanews.com/a/us-iran-internet-freedom/4936863.html

DATA PROTECTION

« The stats are in for the first year of GDRP, Europe’s gold-standard data privacy law. GDPR fines totalled €56M, with more than 200,000 investigations, 64,000 of which were upheld.

However, the fines were dominated by a single case, with most ranging in the single-digit thousands … » https://9to5mac.com/2019/05/28/gdpr-fines/

In Asia, “The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and Singaporean Personal Data Protection Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the pair cooperate on protecting personal data.”. https://www.zdnet.com/article/hong-kong-and-singapore-sign-memo-on-personal-data-protection/

In Europe, “The European Commission published a new guidance on the interaction of free flow of non-personal data with the EU data protection rules on Wednesday…” http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/29/c_138100634.htm

NET NEUTRALITY

“A letter signed by 47 Democrats in the House of Representatives asking for the chamber’s leadership’s support to form a net neutrality working group was made public late Thursday by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The letter has been criticized by numerous net neutrality groups as being “extremely troubling” and an effort to undermine the Save the Internet Act….” https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/net-neutrality-working-group-letter-democrats/

DOMAIN NAME

« Verisign released their first quarter DNIB report for 2019. Notable findings in the report include:

Q1 2019 closed with approximately 351.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), a 0.9 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 and a 5.4 percent increase year-over-year…” https://www.thedomains.com/2019/05/30/verisign-q119-dnib-internet-grows-to-351-8-million-domain-name-registrations/

« The Presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia have rejected a decision by the organisation that manages internet protocol to grant global retailer Amazon Inc the rights to the .amazon domain…” https://www.smh.com.au/world/south-america/amazon-countries-denounce-decision-on-amazon-domain-20190527-p51rla.html

INFRASTRUCTURE

« Mega constellations of human-made satellites could soon blight the view of the night sky, astronomers warned following the launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink probes last week… » https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/28/spacex-satellites-could-blight-the-night-sky-warn-astronomers

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