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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W49Y19) Huawei sues US gov; Putin signs law on app…

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W49Y19) Huawei sues US gov; Putin signs law on app…

INDEX – MAIN NEWS

IGF 2019 : Chair’s summary, Recordings, statistics, MAG Chair interview…

Huawei sues US government over new FCC restrictions

US crypto expert arrested over North Korea visit

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

International weather agencies object to 5G spectrum decision

EU adopts common security view on 5G

EU cybersecurity certification candidate scheme for cloud services

NIST Developing Hardware Security Guidelines for Enterprises

Europol: Over 30,500 Online Piracy Sites Shut Down in Global Operation

EU starts new preliminary probe into Google and Facebook’s use of data

UNCTAD B2C E-COMMERCE INDEX 2019

Africa: Coalition opposes legislation on fake news, hate speech

Internet Society CEO Responds to Concerns Raised Over the .ORG Sale

China seeks to root out fake news and deepfakes with new online content rules

China launches mandatory face scans for mobile users

Update on 14TH INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

IGF 2019 Chair’s summary

IGF 2019 Transcripts, recording, statistics

IGF 2019 MAG Chair and IGF 2020 MAG Chair Interview

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

Berlin IGF messages updates

IGF 2020 Poland. 2-6 November

CYBER GEOPOLITICS

Huawei sues US government over new FCC restrictions “Embattled Chinese tech company Huawei is fighting back against new restrictions from the US Federal Communications Commission that further limits what little business it has left in the United States…”

Trump says Huawei is a security risk as NATO seeks secure 5G “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Chinese telecommunication firm Huawei was a security risk after NATO said it needed secure next-generation 5G technology…”

US cyber commander in Seoul for ‘important, timely’ discussion “Paul Nakasone, US director of the National Security Agency, has arrived in South Korea to discuss the two countries’ alliance and cyber cooperation, government officials here confirmed Tuesday…”

US crypto expert arrested over North Korea visit « An American blockchain expert has been accused of helping North Korea develop cryptocurrency. Police swooped on Virgil Griffith, who also goes by the name RomanPoet, when he returned after delivering a conference speech entitled Blockchain and Peace at a cryptocurrency conference held in the brutal dictatorship….”

FBI calls FaceApp a ‘potential counterintelligence threat’ from Russia “FaceApp might have been all fun and games for celebrities, but for the FBI, it’s considering the Russia-based app as a potential national security threat…” 

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers “Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software…”

Labour’s Ben Bradshaw statements he was goal of Russian cyber-attack “The Labour candidate Ben Bradshaw has mentioned he has been the target of a suspected Russian cyber-assault following he gained an electronic mail from Moscow with attachments containing sophisticated malware…”

The West failed to prepare for cyber attacks, security chief admits « The West was slow to respond to the threat of cyber attacks, the chief of NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre (CCDCOE) has admitted….»  

Australia to probe foreign interference through social media platforms « Australia on Thursday established an investigation into potential foreign political interference through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WeChat…”

The priorities of cyber diplomacy in the Rouhani’s government..The main pillar of cyber security – from the very beginning of this concept – is the implementation of technical and non-technical measures that ensure the security of information systems.

Airbus fires 16 over suspected German army spying: report “European aviation giant Airbus has fired 16 employees over a case that had prompted Germany to open a probe into suspected industrial espionage, German media reported Sunday…”

INFRASTRUCTURE / 5G

Germany’s Chancellor Merkel suggests EU 5G certification agencyGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested that Europe sets up a dedicated agency to certify components for 5G networks…”

EU adopts common security view on 5G.. The European Union on Tuesday adopted a common view on the roll out of 5G technology, as the bloc considers how to weigh the security risks from foreign providers such as China’s Huawei.

Weather Experts Are Really Worried About The Current Global 5G Deal. Here’s Why “A long-awaited international deal governing how the world’s technology companies should roll out 5G technology poses serious risks to weather forecast accuracy, according to data from federal agencies and the World Meteorological Organization…”

International weather agencies object to 5G spectrum decision “A decision made at the recent World Radiocommunication Conference could undermine the accuracy of weather forecasts by interfering with meteorological satellite observations, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)…”

SECURITY

Cybersecurity certification: lifting the EU into the cloud “In accordance with article 48(2) of the EU Cybersecurity Act, the European Commission has requested ENISA to prepare a cybersecurity certification candidate scheme for cloud services, taking into account existing and relevant schemes and standards….”

NSA to Issue Updated Cloud Security Guidance “The National Security Agency plans to issue updated guidance to companies on cybersecurity in the cloud, a senior official said, amid a series of attacks that have targeted service providers in recent months…”

NIST Developing Hardware Security Guidelines for Enterprises « The federal government is starting a new program to develop best practices and guidelines for organizations to verify the integrity and authenticity of the hardware components of the computers, servers, and other devices they buy…”

CYBERCRIME

Europol : Over 30,500 Online Piracy Sites Shut Down in Global Operation “Europol announced today that 30,506 Internet domain names have been shut down for distributing counterfeit and pirated items, as part of a joint global operation between law enforcement authorities from the EU and the United States…”

Europol Shuts Down ‘Imminent Monitor’ RAT Operations With 13 Arrests “In a coordinated International law enforcement operation, Europol today announced to shut down the global organized cybercrime network behind Imminent Monitor RAT, yet another hacking tool that allows cybercriminals to gain complete control over a victim’s computer remotely…”

The Great Cannon DDoS Tool Used Against Hong Kong Protestors’ Forum “The Great Cannon Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) tool was deployed again to launch attacks against the LIHKG social media platform used by Hong Kong protesters to coordinate during this year’s anti-extradition protests….”

DATA PROTECTION – PRIVACY

Sixteenth EDPB Plenary Session “On December 2nd and 3rd, the EEA Data Protection Authorities and the European Data Protection Supervisor, assembled in the European Data Protection Board, met for their sixteenth plenary session. During the plenary, several topics were discussed…”

Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal “The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on Tuesday (3 December), after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states…”

GDPR Compliance Rate Remains Low According to New Talend Research « 8% of surveyed businesses worldwide failed to address requests made from individuals seeking to obtain a copy of their personal data as required by GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) within the one-month time limit set out in the regulation, reveals updated research from Talend (NASDAQ: TLND), a global leader in cloud data integration and data integrity…”

EU starts new preliminary probe into Google and Facebook’s use of data « The European Union has opened preliminary investigations into Google and Facebook’s data practices, assessing whether the two U.S. tech firms are complying with its rules in the region…”

Facebook issues corrective label on user’s post under new Singapore fake news law « Facebook (FB.O) said on Saturday it had issued a correction notice on a user’s post at the request of the Singapore government, but called for a measured approach to the implementation of a new “fake news” law in the city-state…”

Most Brazilians believe companies don’t protect their personal data « Brazilians are neither happy with the way in which companies handle their personal data or trust them, according to a new study…”

DIGITAL ECONOMY

Europe continues to dominate global e-commerce ranking European nations hold eight of the top 10 spots on UNCTAD’s Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2019, which ranks 152 countries on their readiness to engage in online commerce.

France says EU ready to respond strongly to latest US tariff threat amid digital tax spatFrench Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday that the US threat to impose duties of up to 100% on ‎€2.17 billion in imports from France was “unacceptable” and that the EU stood ready to “respond strongly” in case Washington went ahead with the plan.

DOMAIN NAME

Internet Society CEO Responds to Concerns Raised Over the .ORG Sale « Internet Society CEO Andrew Sullivan released a statement today in response to the recent concerns raised by the community with regards to the sale of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .ORG operator, to Ethos Capital…”

Ukraine: The .UA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy Will Be Applicable To .COM.UA Third-Level Domain Name Registrations « On 19 December 2019, the amendments of the .UA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy will come into force, according to which it will be possible to consider domain disputes on third-level domains (.COM.UA). Previously (since 19 March 2019) it was possible to use the alternative procedure only for second-level domains (.UA)…”

CONTENT

China seeks to root out fake news and deepfakes with new online content rulesChinese regulators have announced new rules governing video and audio content online, including a ban on the publishing and distribution of “fake news” created with technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality…”

Africa: Coalition opposes legislation on fake news, hate speech « A coalition of 47 organisations has urged African countries contemplating fake news and hate speech laws including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon and The Gambia to drop policies and legislations that could affect their citizen’s freedom of opinion and expression…”

U.S Nancy Pelosi Seeks To Remove Legal Protections For Online Content « The U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking to remove legal protections for internet firms with regards to protecting their online content as part of the revised USMCA deal with Canada and Mexico, according to The Wall Street Journal.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

China launches mandatory face scans for mobile users « A new rule requiring face scans of customers signing up for new mobile plans in China came into effect Sunday (Dec. 1), amid widespread adoption of facial-recognition technology across the country…”

Should the EU embrace artificial intelligence, or fear it? « As Ursula von der Leyen took office as the new President of the European Commission this week, she said her administration will prioritise two issues above all: guiding Europe through the energy transition in response to climate change, and guiding it through the digital transition in response to new technologies.”

European Commission’s new president promises GDPR-style legislation on AIUrsula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, has pledged to introduce GDPR-style legislation to regulate artificial intelligence (AI)….”

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