[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief : United Nations & GIFCT v/ terrorism content online; Africa Union-China cyber cooperation; More youth online; Wannacry stopper arrested; Russia bans VPNs; China leads broadband access; EU's new cybersecurity centre...

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 4 18:13:07 UTC 2017


This week; The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday urging all countries "to act cooperatively to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons" including via the internet or social networks. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) set up by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to counter the threat of terrorist content online hold its first meeting on 01 August in San Francisco.

The 22-year-old British security researcher who discovers the "kill switch" that stopped the outbreak of theWannacry ransomware has been reportedly arrested in the United States after attending the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas.

Data released by ITU show that 830 million young people are online, representing 80 per cent of the youth population in 104 countries. ITU’s ICT Facts and Figures 2017 also shows a significant increase in broadband access and subscriptions with China leading the way.
The African Union and China are seeking to deepen collaboration on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development especially in the building of a secure, open and peaceful cyberspace while the European Commission's vice president and EU digital chief, Andrus Ansip, wants to set up a new cybersecurity centre in a bid to certify the security level of technology products.

On digital economy, BRICS reached a consensus specifying emerging industries characterized by the internet, digitization and intelligence have deeply changed traditional business model.
On access, Russian president Vladimir Putin formally signed a law that prohibits the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other internet proxy services while Apple remove VPNs from APP store in China.
On artificial intelligence, "Just days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk pointed out that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be a potential risk to humanity, Facebook decided to pull the plug on one of its AI systems that started to speak in their own language".

On net neutrality, "Democrat senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the public comment period on its proposal to scrap the net neutrality rules".

On Internet of Things, "the Senate introduced the “Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017”, which aims to bolster the security of government-acquired IoT devices".

On Fake news, "Facebook is to step up its efforts to fight fake news by sending more suspected hoax stories to fact-checkers and publishing their findings online".

On events, we note LACIGF 2017.

Below, informations on thoses subjects and events as well as documents ICANN, domain name, encryption..

See review in full here

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