[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief : Brazil's IG reform project; Africa-South America submarine cable; Yandex to partner with Sberbank; DRC to slowdown Internet; China's Internet crackdown; UK's data protection law; Talk Talk fined; failures on IoT projects; APIGA Academy

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 11 16:12:24 UTC 2017


This week, Brazilian telecom authorities reportedly launched a public consultation on potential updates and modernization of the country's internet governance framework with strong opposition from Civil Society.

On securtiy, Marcus Hutchins, who found a 'kill switch' for the WannaCry ransomeware, arrested  in Las Vegas airport last week has now been accused of helping to create and distribute the Kronos banking Trojan<https://www.justice.gov/usao-edwi/pr/man-charged-his-role-creating-kronos-banking-trojan> that was designed to steal funds from online bank accounts between July 2014 and July 2015.
On infrastructure, the project of deploying the first submarine telecommunication cable in the Sourh Atlantic linking Africa to South America has been launched in Angola's capital Luanda. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of 2018.
On access, Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered telecom companies to slowdown internet capacity for social media contents such as images and videos.
On e-commerce, Russia's largest lender Sberbank and Internet company Yandex signed a non-binding contract to form a joint venture to develop an e-commerce ecosystem, the companies said in a statement Wednesday.

On censorship, China has launched an internet crackdown to stop users bypassing the country's "Great Firewall", "a sophisticated censorship system that blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/social-media-bingeing-as-bad-as-junk-food-parents-warned-childrens-commissioner-anne-longfield-a7879066.html>, among other sites". Also, China’s online watchdog has launched an investigation into reports of multiple violations at news services run by Tencent; Baidu and Weibo, as the government continues to tighten scrutiny over internet content.
On data protection, The British government has published its statement of intent regarding the country’s data protection laws wich will align with the EU's forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation. Otherwise, TalkTalk has been issued with another fine for failing to look after customers’ data, 10 months after being hit with a record fine of £400,000<http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450400451/TalkTalk-hit-by-record-400000-fine-over-data-breach>.
On Internet of Things, new survey by Cisco found that one-third of all completed IoT projects were not considered a success<https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1847422>.
As for event, we note the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy.
Below, informations on those subjects and events as well as documents on Cyber geopolitics, domain name, net  neutrality..

See review here

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