Internet Governance Weekly Brief (W22A20): Internet in COVID-19 era (Human rights & Contact tracing; health care hack, cyberspace security); Trump’s Twitter executive order; ITU facts & figures 2019..
INDEX / MAIN NEWS
INTERNET IN COVID-19 ERA
- UN chief calls for attention to nuclear, cyberspace security amid pandemic
- CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THE EU – FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IMPLICATIONS: WITH A FOCUS ON CONTACT-TRACING APP / European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
- FBI offers US companies more details from investigations of health care hacking
- Global Leaders Call on UN, Governments to Thwart Health-Care Hackers
- World Bank’s Mission Billion Challenge: Call for Innovation to Strengthen Inclusion and Empower the ‘Invisible Billion’
- French contact-tracing app StopCovid passes first vote
- 5G, AI, cybersecurity and renewable energy set for investment boost under EU coronavirus recovery plan
MORE NEWS ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE
- Trump signs executive order aimed at social media companies after fuming over fact-check
- UK cyber agency launches review of Huawei presence in 5G networks
- US House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history
- ITU: Measuring digital development Facts and figures 2019 (Report)
- Teenager who filmed George Floyd’s death makes emotional return to crime scene, receives hate online
- German federal court squashes consent opt-outs for non-functional cookies
- Hong Kong demand for VPNs surges on heels of China’s plan for national security laws
- WIPO PROOF: WIPO Introduces New Business Service That Provides Evidence of an Intellectual Asset’s Existence
WEEKLY REVIEW IN DETAILS
“The Coronavirus pandemic continues to interrupt everyday life in the EU in unprecedented ways. But the way it affects our societies is shifting. As governments gradually lift some of the measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, new fundamental rights concerns arise: how to ensure that the rights to life and health are upheld as daily life transitions to a ‘new normal’…”
“United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said that attention should be given to increasing risk of nuclear proliferation and the lawlessness of cyberspace, while the international community has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic…”
“The FBI has provided U.S. companies more information on the extent of recent criminal and foreign government-backed hacking operations against the health care sector and warned of ongoing efforts to steal U.S. research data…”
“The U.N. disarmament chief warned Friday that cyber crime is on the rise, with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the COVID-19 pandemic….”
Dozens of global leaders — ranging from former heads of state to private sector executives and Nobel laureates — signed onto a letter calling on international governments and the United Nations to help prevent the cyberattacks that have plagued health care and research facilities during the coronavirus crisis.
The Red Cross called for an end to cyberattacks on healthcare and medical research facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, in a letter published Tuesday and signed by a group of political and business figures.
“..Facts and figures 2019 offers a snapshot of the most important ICT indicators, including estimates for the current year. Latest figures show that while Internet use continues to spread, the digital gender gap is also growing..”
“The Mission Billion Challenge seeks solutions to how countries can increase their efforts to further support these groups—who often lack smartphones, computers and broadband internet access—so they can access services and cash transfers with minimal health risks….”
“Following a debate in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, deputies have voted in favor of the release of contact-tracing app StopCovid and the decree related to the app…”
“The European Commission is proposing to direct billions of euros of financial relief into high tech and green investments to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis…”
“Major mobile telephone operators that are part of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition have stepped up efforts to improve connectivity by providing free access to online educational content for students in all regions of the world affected by Covid-19 induced school closures….”
MORE IG INFORMATIONS
Russia engaged in cyber operations worldwide, Ukraine’s top diplomat
“Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, during a UN Security Council Arria-formula discussion on cybersecurity, held May 22, 2020, urged Russia to cease cyberattacks aimed at destabilizing other countries….”
“Russian military cyber actors, publicly known as Sandworm Team, have been exploiting a vulnerability in Exim mail transfer agent (MTA) software since at least last August….”
Statement by the Permanent Mission of Russia to the UN on its non-participation in the UN Security Council Arria-Formula meeting on Cyber Stability, Conflict Prevention and Capacity Building, organized by Estonia on 22 May
“Due to the recent violation by the delegations of Estonia, UK and US of the established practice that all Security Council Members participate in Arria-Formula meetings, regardless of whether they approve or disapprove its topic, the Permanent Mission did not participate in this event as it undermines established UN inclusive negotiations mechanism. The statement planned to be delivered by us at this meeting is provided below….”
“Coinciding with the third anniversary of the e-piracy crime that targeted the Qatar News Agency (QNA) on May 23, 2017, which was committed a few days before the imposition of the unjust and unlawful blockade against Qatar on June 5, 2017, Qatar stressed that cyber-attacks threaten international security, peace and stability…”
“The United Kingdom’s cybersecurity agency is reviewing the impact that new U.S. sanctions on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei could have on Britain’s deployment of 5G technology…”
“The construction of an underwater fiber optic cable line, which will link Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan along the bottom of the Caspian Sea, received significant support last week when officials from the companies of the two Caspian littoral states joined an online meeting to discuss the ambitious project….”
Government surveillance powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – which have sat unrenewed since March – failed to be renewed this week in the House despite passing earlier this year.
Following a key cookie consent ruling by Europe’s top court last year, Germany’s Federal Court (BGH) has today handed down its own ‘Planet49’ decision — overturning an earlier appeal ruling when judges in a district court had allowed a pre-checked box to stand for consent.
“Social media platform has been tightening policy amid criticism it has allowed fake accounts, misinformation to thrive…”
“President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that he said calls for the Federal Communications Commission to revisit Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act of 1996, which provides websites immunity from liability for content users post on their platforms….”
“Darnella Frazier tearfully talks about the death of George, 46, and says the situation has left her completely traumatized after people accused her of filming the video for influence…”
“YouTube has been quietly deleting phrases used to critique China’s government, the video sharing site has admitted….”
A Facebook Inc. team had a blunt message for senior executives. The company’s algorithms weren’t bringing people together. They were driving people apart.
Demand for virtual private networks in Hong Kong surged more than six-fold last Thursday as Beijing proposed tough new national security laws for the financial hub, reflecting concerns over internet privacy, according to a VPN provider.
“The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today launched a new online business service, WIPO PROOF, that provides tamper-proof evidence of the existence at a point in time of any digital file, including data sets, in any format….”