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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W41A20): UN DESA publishes ‘Compendium of Digital Gov Initiatives’ |US Congress releases tech antitrust report |UNECA launch Africa Data Initiative |ECJ ruling against bulk data collection|USA seized 92 domain names | Oracle vs. Google at Supreme Court| FCC new Net Neutrality Order | Armenia-Azerbaijan cyberwar

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W41A20): UN DESA publishes ‘Compendium of Digital Gov Initiatives’ |US Congress releases tech antitrust report |UNECA launch Africa Data Initiative |ECJ ruling against bulk data collection|USA seized 92 domain names | Oracle vs. Google at Supreme Court| FCC new Net Neutrality Order | Armenia-Azerbaijan cyberwar

CYBERGEOPOLITICS – CYBERCONFLICT

The United States has seized 92 domain names “unlawfully used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)  for disinformation campaign”.

President Trump tweeted that he “fully authorized” the release of all documents related to the Russia investigation.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh continues with cyber operations on the raise.

Canadian government suspended the export of sophisticated drone technology to Turkey investigating claims that it is being used by the Azerbaijani military against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, Foreign Affairs minister stated.

The US CISA has warned that the long-familiar Emotet Trojan has increasingly figured in attacks against government organizations in the several US states.

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has inducted the first of a new intelligence-gathering aircraft into service.

A China trade official said at a World Trade Organization meeting that restrictions by the United States on Chinese mobile applications TikTok and WeChat are in violation of the body’s rules.

DATA PROTECTION

The European Court has ruled that bulk data collection techniques used by law enforcement agencies are illegal under EU law.

European Commission Head of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom outlined lack of progress on personal data protection negotiations on future partnership between European Union and United Kingdom amid BREXIT.

Insurance Europe and the financial sector associations has written to the European Commission and the European Data Protection Board to raise concerns about the impact of a 16 July 2020 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office has published the outcome of a compulsory audit of the Department for Education DFE finding that data protection was not being prioritised and this had severely impacted the DfE’s ability to comply with the UK’s data protection laws.

Abine, Inc., Brave, Inc., Duck Duck Go, Inc., Mozilla Corporation and others announced the launch of Global Privacy Control, a standard for web browsers.

Singapore, the Ministry of Communications and Information  and the Personal Data Protection Commission released a statement on the draft Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill and the related amendments to the Spam Control Act 2007, following feedback from a public consultation on the same.

Facebook filed a lawsuit in the US against two companies that used scraping to engage in an international data harvesting operation.

Switzerland, The Federal Law on the Adaptation of Federal Law to Distributed Ledger Technology Developments was published in the Federal Gazette.

Germany, the Data Protection Authority of Hamburg had fined a German subsidiary of the clothing retailer H&M €35.2 million for data protection violations relating to the excessive monitoring of “several hundred employees”.

Peru, the data protection authority had launched an investigation into the National University of San Marcos, following a complaint alleging that the personal data of applicants was inadequately processed and that biometric data was also collected.

DIGITAL POLICY

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) released new publication titled The Compendium of Digital Government Initiatives in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020.

Switzerland, the Digital strategy, adopted by the Federal Council was published in the Federal Gazette.

DATA GOVERNANCE

The Economic Commission for Africa jointly with Future State and Smart Africa launched the Africa Data Leadership Initiative (ADLI)

USA, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency assessed a $400 million civil money penalty against Citibank, N.A, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, related “to deficiencies in enterprise-wide risk management, compliance risk management, data governance, and internal controls”

CYBERSECURITY

European Union and  40 states has proposed the creation of a Programme of Action for advancing responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

PCI Security Standards Council and the ATM Industry Association issued a joint bulletin highlighting increased threat on ATM cash-outs payment security.

Insurance Europe has today published its response to a consultation by the European Commission on its review of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has published RFC8915 proposing standard for network time security (NTS).

USA, National Security Agency announced the official launch of the Center for Cybersecurity Standards (CCSS) in the Cybersecurity Directorate.

Scotland, the Business Resilience Centre, in partnership with the Scottish Government and Police Scotland has launched the UK’s first cyber incident response helpline for the SME community.

Singapore, government has launched “label” indicating cybersecurity of smart devices

Canada, government has launched new program called CyberSecure certification to help protect businesses from cyber attacks.

CYBERATTACK

The United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) said some of its systems were disrupted as a result of a cyberattack.

Canada, Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) released “2020 Cybersecurity Report” 

CHILD ONLINE PROTECTION

Ghana has launched Child Online Protection Portal to protect children from online sexual harassment and other internet-related abuses.

New Zealand, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner released a statement on disclosing personal information to prevent child online threats.

France has approved a new law establishing protections for child actors and models to young digital creators.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Visa has announced a five-year regional strategic partnership with e-commerce platform Shopee that intends to spur greater participation in Southeast Asia’s digital economy.

GENDER

EQUALS and POWER has joined forces to close the digital gender divide by 2030

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The cities of Helsinki and Amsterdam have worked together to each launch an Artificial Intelligence Register, which they describe as “a window to the AI systems that the cities use”.

The European Parliament published a Report with Recommendations to the Commission on a Civil Liability Regime for Artificial Intelligence .

INFRASTRUCTURE

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), has raised $100 million to finance the development of its Internet connectivity offering in Africa.

COMPETITION

US Congress releases tech antitrust report highlighting Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook hold “monopoly power” and have abused their dominance in the marketplace.

DIGITAL ECONOMY

The European Parliament adopted a Report on the Digital Services Act and Fundamental Rights Issues Posed.

Thailand has released Draft guidelines on online food delivery services

NET NEUTRALITY

USA Federal Communications Commission circulated a new Net Neutrality Order for consideration at its October meeting

ACCESS

UK released statement on Attacks on freedom of opinion and expression and media freedom in Belarus

CONTENT

Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc had taken down more than a dozen disinformation networks.

Facebook has banned QAnon groups for discussing violence or other extremes.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Oracle and Google are facing off at the Supreme Court. This saga started about 10 years ago, after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems.

France, an Appeals court confirmed Google must open talks with publishers in France about paying to use their content

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