[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief: US surveillance law renewal; senate report on Russia influence to Brexit; EU to aquire supercomputers; Iran Internet shutdown; Nepal to access Internet through China; IG review 2017 and predictions 2018

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 12 17:44:05 UTC 2018


This week, "The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool".
On cyber geopolitics, "a report commissioned by Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee challenges the adequacy of Twitter's and Facebook’s investigations into Russian manipulation of their platforms to influence British politics".
On net neutrality, "Democrats rejoiced on Tuesday that they had secured enough votes to force the Senate to debate whether to restore the U.S. government’s recently repealed net neutrality rules".

On Artificial intelligence, "The European Union<http://www.independent.co.uk/topic/EU> is planning to spend one billion euros on supercomputers to help with research into creating artificial intelligence and fighting climate change"".
On freedom of expression, "UN human rights experts urged Iranian authorities to respect the rights of protesters and voiced concern over Tehran's restriction of social messaging services, in a joint statement<http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22574&LangID=E> issued by the UN agency for human rights". China shut as many as 128,000 websites, the official Xinhua news agency reports, citing government data.
On Data protection, "China’s powerful internet titans are suddenly on the defensive amid concerns that the data they gather is compromising consumer privacy".

On infrastructure, "Nepal opened an optical fiber link across the Himalayan mountains to China on Friday, ending years of dependency on India for internet access".

On domain name, "the US Justice Department has closed its investigation into VeriSign Inc.'s involvement in an auction for the .web internet domain, giving the .com and .net operator a chance to acquire what could be the next big domain".

Below, informations on those subjects as well as documents on Internet Governance Review 2017 and predictions 2018


Find full review and sources here

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