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Internet Governance Weekly Brief (W25A20)

Internet Governance Weekly Brief (W25A20)

Headline / INDEX

  • US companies to work with Huawei on 5G Standards
  • US DOJ proposes new legislation that would make tech companies liable for harmful content posted by users
  • Russia lifts Its two-year Telegram ban
  • African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition launches position paper in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • EU member states agree specification for coronavirus app interoperability
  • EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation on COVID-19
  • OECD to push on international digital tax after USA withdrawal
  • IGF 2020 to be held online

CYBER GEOPOLITICS

USA – CHINA

US companies to work with Huawei on 5G Standards

The US has amended its restrictions on Huawei allowing its companies to work with the Chinese company to develop 5G network standards. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced a new rule allowing companies to share technology with Huawei for the purpose of developing standards for the new generation of wireless services.

Federal Communications Commission told to deny high-speed cable link to Hong Kong

A United States government committee has recommended the Federal Communications Commission to deny permit for a direct cable connection to Hong Kong citing concerns about Chinese electronic spying.

United States House representatives questioned Zoom on decision to close the accounts of U.S.-based Chinese activists.

After Zoom US censored a group in the US for commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, The United States House representatives sent a letter to Zoom to demand explanation for the communication platform’s decision to close the accounts of U.S.-based Chinese activists.

IN AUSTRALIA

Australia reportedly targeted by sponsored-states cyber attack

Australian Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison said his country has become the target of cyber-attacks. He said a ‘sophisticated state-based actor’ was behind ongoing attacks which have been happening for ‘many months’ but have dramatically increased. recently. 

ENCRYPTION

Zoom to offer access to end-to-end encryption to all users

Zoom Video Communications Inc will offer to its free and paying users end-to-end encryption for video calls and launch a trial version in July, the video conferencing provider said.

COMPETITION

European Commission opens investigation into Apple practices regarding Apple Pay

Apple has been the target of two EU antitrust investigations over its App Store and Apple Pay. In fact, The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Apple’s conduct in connection with Apple Pay violates EU competition rules.

SECURITY

C.I.A in failure to protect top secret hacking tools, according to reports

According an internal C.I.A. report, The theft of top-secret computer hacking tools from the CIA in 2016 was the result of a workplace culture in which the agency’s elite computer hackers “prioritized building cyber weapons at the expense of securing their own systems

US Army releases $1B cyber training request

The U.S. Army has released the request for proposals for the Cyber TRIDENT contract, which includes the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE). This request could be worth as much as $1 billion to provide cyber training for the Department of Defense.

Israel And Greece sign an agreement on cybersecurity info-sharing

Israel and Greece have signed a cooperation agreement on cybersecurity info-sharing. The cooperation agreement, between the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) and the Ministry of Digital Governance of the Hellenic Republic, is aimed to strengthen regional cybersecurity in both the countries.

Zambia’s cabinet ratifies AU Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection

Zambia’s cabinet has approved the ratification of the African Union (AU) Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, according to a government spokesperson.

PRIVACY

Google loses its appeal on 50 Million euro GDPR Fine

Google lost on appeal of 50 million euro fine levied against Google in January 2019 for GDPR breaches. The “Conseil d’État”, a division of the French government that serves as the supreme court of administrative justice, sided with France’s data protection authority, the CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés), which levied the fine against Google in January 2019.

Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts-tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning

Norway’s contact tracing app has been suspended by the country’s data protection authority, wich claims that it “poses a disproportionate threat to user privacy” by using real-time GPS location tracking & using user data for research purposes.

Germany launches decentralized contact tracing app

Germany launches a coronavirus contact tracing app on iOS and Android, saying it cost €20M to develop and will require €2.5M- €3.5M per month to operate. The contact tracing app has been downloaded 6.5 million times in the first 24 hours since its launch.

Facebook to share privacy report to new board committee

Facebook Inc said it would now share the report on its privacy practices to a newly formed committee on its board following its settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over data privacy probe.

EU member states agree specification for coronavirus app interoperability

 European Union member states have agreed technical standards for interoperability between smartphone apps that track the risk of coronavirus infections. The Commission has agreed on a set of technical specifications that will allow informations to be exchanged between national contract tracing apps as long as they use a decentralized approach.

DIGITAL ECONOMY

OECD to push on international digital tax after USA withdrawal

International digital tax negotiations lead by OECD is at stake after US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, wrote a letter to EU finance ministers stating that USA has decided to end negotiations with the European Union on the issue of digital economy taxation. Besides, the OECD confirmed that it will continue its work to develop a multilateral approach to the taxation of the digital economy saying it is mandated by the G20 to deliver a consensus-based solution by the end of 2020 on the taxation of the digital economy based on a two-pillar approach.

Facebook launches payments in Brasil via Whatsapp

Facebook has launched payments in Brazil via Whatsapp. Payments is free for users, but business pays a hefty 4% fee.

CONTENT

EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation on COVID-19

The European Commission is set to increase regulation of platforms on disinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic spreads. The Commission released JOINT COMMUNICATION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS to propose concrete action that can be quickly set in motion.

France’s top court rejects core of law targeting online hate speech

France’s constitutional court has struck down most of a draft law that would’ve required social media platforms remove illegal content like hate speech within 24 hrs

US DOJ proposes new legislation that would make tech companies liable for harmful content posted by users

The Justice Department urged Congress to adopt new legislation that could punish Facebook, Google and Twitter for harmful content posted online. The Department released a set of reform proposals to update the outdated immunity for online platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

Russian accused for disinformation across 300 social media platforms

According to new report published by social media researchers, disinformation campaign by Russian operatives has flooded the Internet with stories in seven languages and across 300 social media platforms virtually undetected,

Russia lifts Its two-year Telegram ban

Russia officially lifted its ban on Telegram after initiating restrictions for the messenger in 2018. In an official statement, Roskomnadzor said that the authority has removed requirements restricting the access to the Telegram messenger in agreement with the Prosecutor General of Russia.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

African Telecommunications Union and Ericsson sign MoU to accelerate growth of ICT in Africa

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to help fast track roll out of technology across the continent.

HUMAN RIGHTS

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition – POSITION PAPER  IN RESPONSE  TO THE COVID-19  PANDEMIC June 2020

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition launched its Position paper in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Position paper in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available for download in English, French & Portuguese

ICANN

ICANN Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Cyber Alliance

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). The MoU aims to bolster the relationship between ICANN and the GCA and enhance their collaboration in support of an efficient and resilient Domain Name System (DNS).

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

IGF 2020 to be held online

The IGF Secretariat has informed all stakeholders that the fifteenth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), the IGF Secretariat and UN DESA will undertake necessary preparation measures and consultations to best carry out this virtual IGF annual meeting.

IGF 2021, 2022 and 2023 host announced

The IGF Secretariat has informed all stakeholders that the Government of Poland will host the IGF 2021 Annual Meeting in Katowice in the 4th quarter. Also, the Governments of Ethiopia and Japan will host the IGF annual meetings in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

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