[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief : US-Russia cyber unit? US office of cyber issues; BRICS on information security; EU's pressure on Tech giants for data protection; Artificial intelligence MUSC v/ Zuckerberg, Africa DNS Forum; WAIGF; APrIGF

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 29 13:12:12 UTC 2017


This week, cyber geopolitics on Internet governance headlines as, US National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers rebuffed the prospect for a US-Russia <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/russia/index.html> cyber unit, saying now isn't the best time. Otherwise, According to reports, Mr Putin told Mr Trump during their G20 meeting that "Moscow’s cyber-operators are so good at covert computer-network operations that if they had infiltrated Democratic groups, there is no way they could have been detected".  In addition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to close the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues and fold its responsibilities into the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs has provoked widespread criticism.

Furthemore, BRICS nations will step up cooperation on information security, as digital communication technology plays an increasingly important role in driving economic growth, ministers from the five countries said in a statement on Thursday.

Besides, concerns over spying by Beijing may force Australia to curb the Solomon Islands’ plans for stable internet access, after the small Pacific nation hired a Chinese company to lay an undersea cable connected to Sydney, Australian media reported

On data protection, European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Twitter and Google to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.

On net neutrality, U.S House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden invited CEOs of major technology and telecommunication companies to testify before Congress about net neutrality during a hearing scheduled for September.
On encryption, Australia has become the first country to propose new laws forcing technology companies, such as Apple and Facebook, to help police decode encrypted messages in criminal or terrorist investigations.

On e-commerce, Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma announced the creation of a US$10 million African Young Entrepreneurs Fund, during the Youth Connekt Africa Summit co-hosted by UNCTAD and the Government of Rwanda.
On artificial intelligence, two of the biggest tech titans in Silicon Valley have been publicly debating the potential of artificial intelligence this week: Mark Zuckerberg<http://www.cnbc.com/mark-zuckerberg/> is optimistic, while Elon Musk<http://www.cnbc.com/elon-musk/> is fearful.
On events, we note the African DNS Forum, West African IGF an Asia Pacific Regonal IGF.
Below, informations on those subjects and events as well as documentation on ICANN, IPv6, domain name

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