IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor

Global Internet Policy Monitor

21 June 2017Mariya Gabriel remains on course to become the European Union’s next Digital Commissioner following an initial confirmation hearing in front of the European Parliament.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has proposed legislation to prevent Governments within the EU from creating backdoors to encryption communications…


14 June 2017 — The European Union has unveiled its new aid plan that will incorporate investment in digital infrastructure, as part of a digital focused development strategy that will also seek to extend the EU’s own norms on net neutrality and data privacy to Africa in particular.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested that a set of common standards are needed for global digital interactions, on a similar basis to financial and trade agreements in the G20 and under the WTO...


7 June 2017 — Following last month's WannaCry ransomware attack, a new attack labelled Fireball has targeted corporate networks, with around 250 million computers affected worldwide.

In response to the third UK terror attack in three months, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to tackle encryption as part of new terror legislation if her government is re-elected this week. Commenting on the internet usage of terrorists Mrs. May said, “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies provide.”


31 May 2017  — The European Union has agreed to provide €120 million from the bloc’s budget to provide free Wi-Fi to 8,000 local areas currently without internet coverage, with a potential deadline of 2020.

Lithuania’s President will travel to Estonia at the start of June to discuss bilateral relations and to launch an event to promote a pan-European dialogue on Internet governance


24 May 2017ENISA the EU’s cybersecurity agency has called on the European Commission to increase its funding and manpower so that in future it can better tackle global cyber threats such as last week’s WannaCry Ransomware attack.

A new survey by Guidance Software has found that 24% of UK and US companies could potentially miss the 2018 deadline for compliance with the EU’s GDPR. Of the 200 companies surveyed a further 30% admitted that they currently have no plans to ensure GDPR compliance…


17 May 2017 — The inescapable cyber story this week is the impact of the WannaCry ransomware attack which spread across the world late last week. Analysis of the attack suggests that cyber tools developed by the NSA and leaked by hackers in recent months may have been responsible. Additional work has also suggested that North Korean hackers may have perpetrated the global cyber attack…


10 May 2017Bulgaria have nominated one of the country’s MEP’s to become the country’s new European Commission member after the role was vacated in January. Mariya Gabriel will likely adopt the same brief as her predecessor and become the EU’s Commission on Digital issues, in which she will support Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip in the creation of the EU Digital Single Market


3 May 2017 — The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has warned that the threat of cyberattacks facing German companies are not taken seriously. Mr Maassen has called for greater powers for Government authorities to tackle cybersecurity threats but that more must be done by the private sector.

Also in Germany this week an administrative court has upheld a ban on the transfer of data between WhatsApp and Facebook. The original ban prevented the two companies from exchanging client data without the consent of customers following the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook… 


26 April 2017NATO members and allies are currently conducting the largest global cyber defence exercise in Estonia. The participants are responding to a scenario in which the military resources of a fictitious country are subjected to a cyber attack.

In the UK the national data protection watchdog has raised concerns that not enough clarity currently exists regarding the EU’s concept of consent in the incoming General Data Protection Regulation...


19 April 2017 — The EU will launch a public consultation into concerns about the future of the internet. A succession of surveys will seek “fresh ideas” on issues such as privacysecurityAInet neutrality and big data.

A committee of UK Members of Parliament has published a report calling for the Government to set up a “monitoring unit” to protect against foreign interference in future elections. The recommendations follows allegations of Russian hacking in the US election, and reports that a foreign source may have hacked a voter registration website prior to the EU referendum vote last June… 

12 April 2017 — IT and Digital Economy ministers from the G20 met for the first time in Germany this week. Following the summit, the G20 ministers agreed to ensure digital access for all by 2025, though with limited substantive commitments.

Ukraine has engaged with Chile on future cooperation on cybersecurity. The discussions at the sidelines of the LAAD 2017 Defence & Security exhibition in Brazil are part of Ukraine’s hopes of establishing greater cooperation with South American countries…


5 April 2017EU Commissioner Vera Jourova has announced that the EU-US Privacy Shield will be reviewed in September as part of an ongoing process to ensure that the agreements central tenents are maintained.

In Germany this week the Country’s Cybersecurity chief has announced that the German Army has suffered 284,000 separate cyber attacks in the first months of 2017… 


29 March 2017 — There has been a concerted effort in the EU this week to introduce legislation to increase the ability of law enforcement to access data stored on secure messaging sites like WhatsApp. EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has suggested new measures will be drafted in June, whilst the UK Home Secretary has convened a board of technology experts to propose solutions after the terrorist behind last week’s Westminster attack was found to have used WhatsApp.

NATO have announced this week that they will invest €3billion in improving satellite bandwidth and cybersecurity across the alliance. Further details of the contracts will be announced at the April Defence Conference in Ottawa, Canada


22 March 2017 — The Japanese and German Governments have agreed to cooperate on setting international standards for the development of the Internet of Things. The agreement follows a joint visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the CeBIT technology fair in Hannover.

The President of Cyprus has launched a new collaborative project between the University of Cyprus and Imperial College London that will look at how to improve the cyber resiliency and efficiency of critical infrastructure…