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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W24Y19)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W24Y19)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief : UN makes ‘declaration of digital interdependence’; Survey says “Social media leading source of internet distrust”; Huawei sign a deal with Russian telecoms; EU says Russia spread disinformation ahead of EU elections; China blocked The Washington Post and the Guardian; The EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) unveiled its final report; G20 finance ministers commit to digital tax policy by 2020; The European Commission release the 2019 results of its Digital Economy; New EU initiative to counter surging wildlife cybercrime; Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends report; Eight sites to host the first European supercomputers..

DIGITAL COOPERATION

« The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, says a new tech report, “the Age of Digital Interdependence”, released on Monday by the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, almost a year after the Panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres.. » https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1040131 https://digitalcooperation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DigitalCooperation-report-for-web.pdf …

By the way “India has been applauded by a high-level panel on digital cooperation launched by UN Chief Antonio Guterres for undertaking revolutionary digital initiatives to ensure economic inclusion for its 1.3 billion citizens.”
https://knnindia.co.in/news/newsdetails/knowledge-resource/un-panel-applauds-indias-digital-initiatives-for-economic-inclusion

CYBER GEOPOLITICS

« Huawei has signed a deal with Russian telecoms firm MTS to develop 5G technology in Russia. The companies will develop next-generation 5G networks in Russia over the next year, reports said. The deal was agreed as China’s President Xi Jinping began a three-day visit to Russia…” https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48537643

“China just blocked articles from The Washington Post and the Guardian from appearing on the country’s internet.
The two newspapers were among the last major English news site still accessible to mainland Chinese residents, according to a report in The Post. Other blocked outlets include Bloomberg, The New York Times, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.”
https://www.businessinsider.fr/us/china-banned-washington-post-and-the-guardian-internet-censor-2019-6

« Russian online outlets spread disinformation to sway voters in last month’s European Union elections, the bloc said on Friday in a report calling for social media firms to take greater action or risk regulation…” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-election-disinformation/eu-finds-russian-disinformation-says-tech-firms-must-do-more-idUSKCN1TF0Y9

DIGITAL ECONOMY

« Group of 20 finance ministers agreed on Saturday to compile common rules to close loopholes used by global tech giants such as Facebook to reduce their corporate taxes, a copy of the bloc’s draft communique obtained by Reuters showed…” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-japan-tax/g20-agrees-to-push-ahead-with-digital-tax-communique-idUSKCN1T903D

https://www.mof.go.jp/english/international_policy/convention/g20/communique.htm

« The EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) unveiled at the Digital Assembly its final report, a concrete result of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs launched by President Jean-Claude Juncker in the 2018 State of the Union…” https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/africa-europe-alliance-european-commission-and-african-union-commission-welcome-digital-economy

« The European Commission has released the 2019 results of its Digital Economy and Society Index, monitoring the digital performance of EU Member States…” https://www.governmenteuropa.eu/digital-economy-and-society-index/93575/

CONTENT POLICY

« Social media companies are now a leading source of user distrust in the internet – surpassed only by cyber criminals – according to a new survey of over 25,000 internet users around the globe.

The survey was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in partnership with the Internet Society and UNCTAD..” https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1040131

https://www.cigionline.org/internet-survey-2019

A new European Union (EU)-funded project aims to disrupt criminals trafficking wildlife in or via the EU using the internet, postal or fast parcel services. The project is implemented by a strong coalition gathering WWF, IFAW, INTERPOL, the Belgian Customs and TRAFFIC. The project is led by WWF Belgium, in affiliation with TRAFFIC. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-eu-initiative-to-counter-surging-wildlife-cybercrime-300867389.html

INFRASTRUCTURE

“Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe’s researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change…” http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-2868_en.htm

MARY MEEKER ANNUAL REPORT

« Every year since 1995, Mary Meeker, a former Morgan Stanley internet analyst and longtime venture capitalist, has created a massively influential and in-depth report on the state of the internet. She delivered her annual report at this year’s Code conference in Arizona today (June 11). It suggests that the internet is continuing to grow, slowly, as more users come online, especially with mobile devices. And those phones take up an ever-larger slice of our time and money, Meeker finds. Her slides are below… » https://qz.com/1640910/mary-meekers-2019-internet-trends-report-highlights/

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