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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W36Y19)

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W36Y19)


The NSA recognizes it needs to share more nation-state threat data, and faster

“The National Security Agency’s new Cybersecurity Directorate wants to more quickly share threat data in response to private sector criticism that the agency has been slow to provide key information that companies need to protect themselves, the head of the new foreign intelligence and digital defense outfit said Wednesday.”

Japan Restricts Foreign Investments in Technologies Amid National Security Concerns

“The Japanese government recently announced amendments (the Amendments) to certain regulations under Japan’s Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Act No. 228 of 1949, as amended) (FEFTA) expanding the scope of industries for which governmental review prior investment by a non-Japanese investor will be required.” https ://

Facebook, tech firms meet with U.S. intelligence on 2020 election security

« U.S. technology companies including Facebook Inc (FB.O), Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) met with U.S. intelligence agencies on Wednesday to discuss security strategies ahead of the November 2020 election, Reuters reported.


Australia is getting a new cybersecurity strategy

“The federal government wants an updated strategy to cover the current cyber threat climate, publishing a discussion paper [PDF] that seeks to gain a better understanding of the magnitude of the threats faced by Australian businesses and families, saying that as the threat evolves, so too must government’s response…”

First ICANN Managed Root Server Instance Installed in Shanghai

“The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in Shanghai, China..”

Facebook leak contained phone numbers for 419 million users

“Another month, another Facebook data breach. As reported by TechCrunch, security researcher Sanyam Jain was able to locate an online database containing phone numbers linked to user IDs for over 419 million Facebook users.”

UN ranks Kenyans as most careless internet users globally

“Kenyans are less troubled about the security of personal data posted on internet, a global survey shows, implying they could be an easy target for cyber criminals…”


World Bank provides US$15 million to promote a resilient digital economy in Grenada

“The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved an International Development Association Credit of US$15 million for Grenada to support the country’s digital government strategy.”

UNCTAD release its Digital Economy Report 2019

“The first-ever Digital Economy Report outlines enormous potential gains from the increasingly inter-connected global economy, but calls for “concerted global efforts to spread the wealth potential to the many people who currently reap little benefit from it.”

World Economic Forum urges digital entrepreneurship

“The World Economic Forum (WEF) is pushing technology entrepreneurship, saying it has potential to transform industries, solve global challenges and create exponential economic impact…”


US and Poland sign agreement to cooperate on 5G technology

« The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement on Monday to cooperate on new 5G technology amid growing concerns about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. »

Reliance Jio Fiber commercially launched in India

“Reliance Jio, has commercially launched the  Fiber to the Home service –JioFiber across 1,600 cities in India. “

ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink Internet Craft

On Sept. 2, the ESA’s Aeolus satellite elevated its orbit to safely pass over Starlink 44, an important internet satellite part of SpaceX’s “Starlink” megaconstellation, reported. ESA officials confirmed that the evasive operation was successful and that no collision occurred at the time.


First Blockchain-Exclusive Birth Certificates Recorded in Brazil

« The first birth certificates to be recorded by exclusively using blockchain technology were issued in Brazil…”

Sierra Leone National Digital Identity Platform blockchain debuts in 2020
« National Digital Identity Platform (NDIP) -as it is called- is the project that had Sierra Leone and the United Nations (UN) to partner up. Mildly put, the country wants its identification system to be backed by a blockchain network »”


Amazon reportedly tests payment system that scans your hand

« Amazon is reportedly working on a payment system that will eliminate the need to hand over cash or a credit card. You’ll just have to hand over your hand.. »


Bangladesh blocks internet services in Rohingya refugee camps

Bangladesh’s telecom regulatory authority on Tuesday ordered mobile phone operators to partially block high-speed data services to areas where Rohingya refugees are living in sprawling camps, citing security concerns following recent violence in the area.

Indonesia restores internet access in parts of West Papua

« Indonesia has partially lifted an internet blackout imposed following civil unrest in the country’s easternmost region of West Papua, but is yet to restore access in areas where the most violent protests erupted, a government statement said…”

Hong Kong ISPs oppose any government plans to restrict internet network

“The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) released a statement on Wednesday, decrying any plans that would restrict Hong Kong’s open internet network…”


Brazil police issue 105 warrants in child pornography probe

“Brazil’s federal police have issued 105 arrest warrants in an international probe against internet child pornography.”

UNICEF poll: More than a third of young people in 30 countries report being a victim of online bullying

« One in three young people in 30 countries said they have been a victim of online bullying, with one in five reporting having skipped school due to cyberbullying and violence, in a new poll released today by UNICEF and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children…”

Google’s YouTube hit with $170M fine over children’s privacy

“The Federal Trade Commission and New York’s attorney general on Wednesday slapped a $170 million fine and other sanctions on Google-owned YouTube over its handling of children’s data, in the latest government crackdown on the tech industry’s business practices.”


Mental health websites in Europe found sharing user data for ads

« Research by a privacy rights advocacy group has found popular mental health websites in the EU are sharing users’ sensitive personal data with advertisers…”

Bulgaria: Fines In Millions For Personal Data Breaches – National Revenue Agency

“On 29 August 2019 the Bulgarian Commission for Personal Data Protection (“CPDP”) announced first significant fines under the GDPR (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data) for data processing breaches…”


US unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation

« The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to develop software that can spot fake news stories as well as fake audio, images and video (deepfakes) in order to combat “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks.”

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