[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief : Russia on "Independent Internet"; China for cyber sovereignty; UNICEF for child online protection; African IGF; EU on Microsoft's Supreme Court data protection case; EU Council digital economy taxation..

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 8 22:12:27 UTC 2017


This week, cyber geopolitics on Internet Governance headlines as; russian government reportdly discussing plans to build its own “independent internet infrastructure” that will be used by BRICS<https://eu.vocuspr.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d%3f4%3a6%3b%26JDG%3c%3b493919%26SDG%3c%3a0%3c2&RE=MC&RI=6031485&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=37917&Action=Follow+Link> member states.

At Wuzhen Conference, Chinese president Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global Internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key in its vision of Internet development. Both Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, and Sundar Pichai, head of Google, attended the conference, the first time the Silicon Valley firms have sent such senior representation. Jack Ma, head of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba also spoke at the conference. Also, at this conference Fatoumata Ndiaye, UNICEF deputy executive director said : "Protecting children online is a vital issue in internet governance, and also closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals,"

Also on event, African IGF was held in Sham El Sheik (Egypt) with a new adopted Charter and recommendations to improve Internet Governance in Africa

On cyber extremism, the EU Internet Forum – which brings together tech firms, the European Commission, EU member states and law enforcement – met to discuss the progress made by companies in terms of the removal and vetting of extremist content.

On Jurisdiction, The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland. This case raises the question whether, under the US Stored Communications Act, US courts can require a US-based service provider to produce the contents of a customer's email account stored on a server located outside the United States.

On data protection, European Union privacy regulators have threatened to bring a legal challenge to a year-old EU-U.S pact on the cross-border transfer of personal data if their concerns about its functioning and U.S. surveillance practices are not resolved by the autumn of 2018, they said in a report.

On digital economy, The EU Council today endorsed draft conclusions<http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/31933/st15175en17.pdf> on the taxation of the digital economy to better enable the EU to speak with one voice in international tax discussions and to aid the EU Commission as it prepares draft legislation on this topic, slated for delivery in 2018.
On surveillance, US Federal authorities say they can request a U.S. tech company build surveillance backdoors into their products without any kind of court order, according to statements from July<https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4320971-FISA-questions-July-2017.html#document/p18/a391108> released this weekend, ZDNet reported<http://www.zdnet.com/article/us-says-it-does-not-need-courts-to-approve-encryption-backdoors/>.
Below, informations on those topics and events as well as documents on data protection, net neutrality, etc..

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