[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief : WEF Cybersecurity Center launched; UN on reducing digital divide; UN global broadband targets; Illegal online hate speech to decrease; Japan to join NATO cyber center; Russia on Independent Internet; EU guidance on data protection

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 26 18:17:36 UTC 2018


This week, "The world’s least developed countries are narrowing ‘digital divide,’ and with millions of people now taking advantage of smart phones and other digital devices, keeping up this momentum can put their societies on the fast track to sustainable development", the United Nations said on Wednesday.
At the World Economics Forum, the UN Broadband Commission<http://www.broadbandcommission.org> set global broadband targets to bring the 3.8 billion people in the world that are not connected to the internet. Also, The Global Center for Cybersecurity was launched in Davos as governments and corporations respond to the growing threat of online attacks estimated to cost $445 billion a year. In fact, the World Economic Forum ranks cyber attacks third behind extreme weather and natural disasters. Besides, Asean is at growing risk of cyber-attacks, which could expose the region's top-listed firms to a US$750 billion (23.9 trillion baht) erosion in current market capitalisation, according to research conducted. Also, Japan plan to collaborate with NATO's cyber-defense center as partner state
On data protection,  The European Commission publishes today guidance to facilitate a direct and smooth application of the new data protection rules across the EU. The Commission also launches a new online tool dedicated to SMEs.
On hate speech, the third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies released today shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them.
On cyber geopolitics, earlier this week, it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the plan to create an independent internet by 1 August 2018. Facebook Inc said Russian agents created 129 events on the social media network during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to testimony to Congress, shedding more light on Russia’s purported disinformation drive aimed at voters. The head of a UK government inquiry<https://www.ft.com/content/557b9092-ce1d-11e7-b781-794ce08b24dc> into Russian interference in the EU referendum has attacked Twitter for refusing to give “straight answers” to questions as part of its investigation.
On net neutrality, AT&T is calling on Congress for a national net neutrality<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/24/att-is-pushing-for-a-net-neutrality-law-that-covers-isps-and-tech-companies-too/?utm_term=.821c6739517f#> law that would govern Internet providers and tech companies alike, which the telecom giant says would end a fractious, years-long debate <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/15/the-never-ending-battle-over-net-neutrality-is-far-from-over-heres-whats-coming-next/?utm_term=.046953ab95d0> over the future of the Web.
Below, informations on those subjects and events as well as documents on fake news, cybersecurity

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