[AfrICANN-discuss] Internet Gov Weekly Brief : “Internet milestone reached, more than 50 per cent go online” (ITU); EU postpones decision on controversial copyright directive; Russia fined Google 500,000 roubles; EU Digital Service Tax; Facebook’s blockchain project

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 14 21:04:49 UTC 2018

“International Telecommunication Union (ITU<https://www.itu.int/en/Pages/default.aspx>) global and regional estimates for 2018 are “a pointer to the great strides the world is making towards building a more inclusive global information society,” Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, said. The record figure of 3.9 billion people, or 51.2 per cent that will be online by the end of December, is an important milestone in the digital revolution, according to the ITU” https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/12/1027991

“Today, EU negotiators in Strasbourg struggled to craft the final language of the Copyright in the Single Digital Market Directive, in their last possible meeting for 2019. They failed, thanks in large part to the Directive’s two most controversial clauses: Article 11, which requires paid licenses for linking to news stories while including more than a word or two; and Article 13, which will lead to the creation of error-prone copyright censorship algorithms that will block users from posting anything that has been identified as a copyrighted work — even if that posting is lawful.” https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/facing-criticism-all-sides-eus-terrible-copyright-amendments-stumble-new-year

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