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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W48Y19) : IGF 2019 Outputs; “Contract for the Web” launched…

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W48Y19) : IGF 2019 Outputs; “Contract for the Web” launched…



IGF 2019 Outputs : host government, IGF participants, Diplo, media coverage

Berlin IGF messages :

MAG 2020 Chair and members appointed :


German minister and US envoy clash over Huawei’s possible participation in Germany’s 5G network

« Economic Minister Peter Altmaier says risk of Huawei transmitting data to Chinese intelligence agencies is no greater than what ‘unreliable’ US has already done… »

Russia moves to ban sales of devices without pre-installed domestic software

« Russia has adopted a new law prohibiting the sale of imported “complex electronic” devices unless Russian-made software is pre-installed…”

Czech Intel Report Highlights Russian, Chinese Spying

“Russian and Chinese spies repeatedly targeted the Czech state last year, the country’s intelligence service (BIS) said in its 2018 report published Tuesday, detailing cyber-attacks and disinformation….”

Apple Settles Allegations of U.S. Sanctions Violations

« Apple Inc. has agreed to pay about $467,000 to settle allegations it violated U.S. sanctions by dealing with a blacklisted entity for more than two years, the Treasury Department said Monday…”

European police attack Islamic State’s online presence

“European police agencies have knocked out several internet servers used by Islamic State in a significant blow to the armed group’s ability to spread propaganda online, the Europol police agency said on Monday…”

EU judicial and law enforcement authorities join forces to disrupt terrorist propaganda online

« Between 21-24 November, judicial and law enforcement authorities in Europe launched a joint action against the so-called Islamic State (IS) to disrupt the online activities of this terrorist organisation…”


Infection Hits French Hospital Like It’s 2017 As Ransomware Cripples 6,000 Computers

The Rouen University Hospital-Charles Nicolle in northern France has been targeted to a ransomware attack with consequences similar to that of the infamous WannaCry attack of 2017.

Nominet Tackles Cybercrime with 29,000 .UK Domain Suspensions

« Nominet suspended nearly 29,000 .uk domains over the past year in its ongoing bid to clean up Britain’s domain name space…”

110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack

« A ransomware outbreak has besieged a Wisconsin based IT company that provides cloud data hosting, security and access management to more than 100 nursing homes across the United States…”

Payment Card Fraud Losses Reach $27.85 Billion

“Fraud losses worldwide reached $27.85 billion in 2018 and are projected to rise to $35.67 billion in five years and $40.63 billion in 10 years according to The Nilson Report, the leading global card and mobile payments trade publication…..”


U.S. Department of Commerce Proposes Rule for Securing the Nation’s Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and requested comment on the implementation of Executive Order 13873, Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Supply Chain.

Finland becomes the first European country to certify safe smart devices – new Cybersecurity label helps consumers buy safer products

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has today launched a Cybersecurity label. The label guarantees to consumers that the labelled devices have basic information security features.

US – The Department of Energy’s Unclassified Cybersecurity Program – 2019

« We initiated this evaluation to determine whether the Department of Energy’s unclassified cybersecurity program protected data and information systems in accordance with Federal and Department requirements…”


France to add child pornography viewers to sex offender registry

“France is to impose stronger penalties for those convicted of possessing child pornography. In a speech to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at Unesco in Paris, president Emmanuel Macron also pressured pornography websites to restrict access to minors. ..”

Done right, internet use among children can increase learning opportunities and build digital skills

« Blanket restrictions on children’s internet use prevent them from taking advantage of critical learning and skills development opportunities, according to a new UNICEF report, launched today at the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin…”


Europe has run out of IPv4 Address Space

…”at 15:35 UTC+1 on 25 November 2019, we made our final /22 IPv4 allocation from the last remaining addresses in our available pool. We have now run out of IPv4 addresses….”


What can be done? Digital Media Policy Options for Europe (and beyond)

« Here’s what the new Commission and the member states could do to promote independent, professional journalism in the EU…”


Amazon must check for trade mark violations: EU court adviser

U.S. online retail giant Amazon is not liable for unwittingly stocking trade mark infringing goods for third-party sellers, but should be diligent in checking whether products are legal, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday…”


Red Cross issues blockchain coins in Africa

“The Red Cross societies of Norway, Denmark and Kenya have launched a project to facilitate the deployment of local currencies, thanks to blockchain, in countries facing economic difficulties and / or victims of disasters, particularly in Africa…”


Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”.


German murderer wins ‘right to be forgotten’

“A German man convicted of murder in 1982 has the right to have his name removed from online search results, Germany’s highest court has ruled..”.


European Commission severely criticizes France’s impossible “hate speech” laws, freezes the bill

“When the French parliament last July approved the text of a new law aimed at strictly regulating online speech, it was seen by many as yet another step forward made by President Emmanuel Macron in his policy of reining in US tech giants – first and foremost Facebook…”


The EU Declares War on E-Waste

« Europe is full of broken-down equipment. With more than 12 million tons per year — the equivalent of 30,000 jumbo jets — Europe ranks second only behind Asia in terms of e-waste, according to the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)..”


U.S. to issue report on France’s digital tax probe

« U.S. trade officials said they will announce any proposed action toward France on Monday when they release the findings from their investigation into the European ally’s tax on big internet companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook…”

Study shows taxes on internet services pushing users offline

« A new study has revealed that taxation regimes imposed without public consultation and impact assessment have increased barriers and pushed people offline, limiting access to information and services…”

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