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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W42A20): UN, OECD update on digital tax| Freedom on Net Report| Platforms ban holocaust denial post| Gender online reports| Iran confirms cyberattacks| Africa statistical system digitalization| FSB recommendation on stablecoin| RightsCon report| IGF 2020 Schedule and registration…

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W42A20):  UN, OECD update on digital tax| Freedom on Net Report| Platforms ban holocaust denial post| Gender online reports| Iran confirms cyberattacks| Africa statistical system digitalization| FSB recommendation on stablecoin| RightsCon report| IGF 2020 Schedule and registration…

CYBERGEOPOLITICS

European Union,  41 MEPs has accused Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE of being ‘high-risk’ vendors.

Iran’s National Computer Emergency Response Team  has acknowledged that the country suffered cyberattacks Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Norway has accused Russia for a cyber-attack on the email system in the Norwegian parliament in August.

Belgium’s telecom operator Proximus said that it will gradually replace its equipment from Huawei with products from Nokia and Ericsson.

DIGITAL POLICY

The European Union Committee of the House of Lords  published its 13th report of session 2019-22 on the future UK-EU relationship on professional and business services.

The Council of Europe published the report titled “Digital solutions to fight COVID-19”.

The Seventh Session of the Statistical Commission for Africa (StatCom7) has called on Africa to prioritize digitalizing continent’s statistical systems

DATA PROTECTION

France, Data protection authority issued guidance to aid sports clubs and associations on the topic of collecting health data during the Coronavirus pandemic. Also, it published guidance on best practices to enable trade union organisations to process members’ data; and launched public consultation on draft standard regarding data processing in the social sector.

Nigeria and other African nations have developed a framework that would harmonise laws on data protection and digital economy across the continent.

California, the Office of Attorney General issued a third set of proposed modifications to the Regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 for public comment.

Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner announced the release of the 2019-2020 Annual Report. The Interactive Advertising Bureau released its submission to the Government of Ontario’s discussion paper on reforming privacy in Ontario’s private sector.

Spain, data protection authority published the “Default Data Protection Guide,” reviewing the practical application of data protection by default in data processing.

The Irish High Court has allowed judicial review against the Irish Data Protection Commission, aiming to stop Facebook’s EU-US data transfers.

The European Society for Data Protection filed a lawsuit in a Munich court against Amazon over its alleged continued use of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement after it was invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union’s “Schrems II” ruling.

China, the draft of the personal information protection law was submitted to the Standing Committee for first review.

India, The Delhi High Court published its order directing the University of Delhi to produce its data retention policy in relation to open book exams held in August 2020.

Australia, the Information Commissioner  released its annual report for 2019-2020.

Colombia, data protection authority  ordered TikTok to implement measures that comply with data protection standards

CRYTOCCURENCY

The Financial Stability Board has published the final version of its high-level recommendations for the regulation, supervision and oversight of “global stablecoin”

DIGITAL IDENTITY

The Philippines began registration of citizens for its national identification system.

CHILD ONLINE PROTECTION

Egypt- NCCM, EU, UNICEF has launched campaign promoting safer internet use for children

World Vision International, ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children International, SOS Children’s Villages International and Terre des Hommes International Federation have launched an urgent call for action to provide girls in Asia with equal access to the internet and protection from online abuse and exploitation.

French police have arrested 61 people suspected of involvement in a vast child pornography network.

COMPETITION

EU antitrust regulators have extended their investigation into Google’s $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit to Jan. 8 from Dec. 23.

France and the Netherlands has called for a European Union authority to regulate large tech companies.

CONTENT

Facebook has updated its hate speech policy “to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust”

Twitter Inc. will remove posts that deny the Holocaust, according to a company spokeswoman.

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said it would remove videos from YouTube containing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

ACCESS

Netblocks report that Internet has been disrupted in Iran and Kyrgyzstan

TAXATION

OECD has released statement outlining that the international community has agreed to keep working towards an agreement on digital tax by mid-2021.

The United Nations has released its revised draft proposal for taxation of automated digital services

GENDER

Webfoundation has released its report titled “WOMEN’S RIGHTS ONLINE : Closing the digital gender gap for a more equal world”

UNICEF has released its report titled “Towards an equal future: Reimagining girls’ education through STEM

ENCRYPTION

The governments of the UK, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand and the United States have signed an international statement on implementation of end-to-end encryption for public safety, privacy and cybersecurity.

DATA GOVERNANCE

USA, OCC Assesses $60 Million Civil Money Penalty Against Morgan Stanley.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The European Parliament adopted Report with Recommendations to the Commission on a Framework of Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Related Technologies.

The French data protection authority published guidance on the use of facial recognition in airports.

INTERNET RESOURCES

European Commission has officially launched the process to select the next Registry for the .eu Top-Level Domain (TLD)

CYBERSECURITY

Chile, CSIRT released cybersecurity recommendations for small and medium-sized enterprises.

CYBER ATTACKS

The Miami-based “value-added solutions and technology products” has suffered a major data breach.

Uganda’s mobile money network has suffered a major hack which has impacted the telecoms and banking sectors.

UK, the Hackney Borough Council announced that it had been the target of a serious cyberattack.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Freedom House released The Freedom on the Net 2020 report, assessing the level of internet freedom in 65 countries as well as setting policy recommendations for a reliable and diverse information space.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

World Bank Supports Digital Connectivity in Haiti to build resilience

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

The IGF Secretariat has released the draft schedule of the IGF 2020

The IGF Secretariat has announced that registration to attend online IGF is open

MORE NEWS

The RightsCon team has launched it Outcomes Report for the ninth iteration annual summit series

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released the 2020 edition of “Digital Skills Insights”

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