[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief : ITU on ICT development; NATO for Cyber Operations Centre; UN SG on extremism online; Microsoft renew call for “digital Geneva Convention”; Decline of internet Freedom; Europe on disinformation and Fake news
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The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) released its annual report on the global information society, this year providing detailed analysis of the transformational “revolution” underway involving the Internet of Things, big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. It also ranked countries by their level of ICT development.
On cyber geopolitics, NATO defense ministers endorsed a set of principles outlining how the Alliance can integrate the cyber capabilities of its member states into Alliance military operations.<https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_148722.htm> Most significantly, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the creation of a new Cyber Operations Centre to help NATO defend cyberspace as a military domain as it has defended allies on land, sea, and in the air since the beginning of the Cold War. Furthemore, the head of the United Nations has added his voice to calls for Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter to help to tackle extremism online. In adition, Microsoft President Brad Smith this week renewed his call for a “digital Geneva Convention,” adding a new wrinkle: "the suggestion that the world’s IT companies and their tech first responders should be recognized as kind of “cyber Red Cross” — neutral players who should remain unmolested by combatants on the online battlefield".
To tackle fake news and online disinformation, the European Commission has launched a public consultation and set up a High-Level Expert Group representing academics, online platforms, news media and civil society organisations. Moreover, Google, Facebook and other tech firms joined global news organizations Thursday in an initiative aimed at identifying "trustworthy" news sources, in the latest effort to combat online misinformation.
According to the The Times<https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/russia-used-web-posts-to-disrupt-brexit-vote-h9nv5zg6c> of London, Russian Twitter accounts also went hyperactive ahead of the U.K.’s Brexit referendum, urging people to vote for leaving the EU.
A new report by Freedom House, says manipulation of social media and disinformation campaigns have led to a global decline in internet freedom for the seventh year in a row. China’s top cyber authority on Thursday rejected this report ranking China last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be “orderly” and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.
On net neutrality, The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission<https://www.fcc.gov/> is expected to roll out plans to hold a final vote on a major 2015 net neutrality<https://www.cnet.com/tags/net-neutrality/> order that bars internet service providers from blocking or slowing online content, according to a Reuters<http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet/fcc-plans-to-vote-to-overturn-u-s-net-neutrality-rules-in-december-sources-idUSKBN1DG00H> report.
Below, informations on those supports and events as well as documents on data protection, net neutrality...
Full review and sources here
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