IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor

10 August 2016 — The headline issue in digital terms this week is the network malfunction that led Delta Airlines to ground their global aviation fleet for several hours. The company has blamed the issue on a power outage at their corporate headquarters. Planes in the air do not appear to have been affected.

In European news this week, the EU has hinted that new telecoms laws set to be announced in September will for the first time include internet communications companies such as WhatsApp and Skype. The move would see these companies incorporated into the same laws that regulate traditional telecoms companies and are likely to increase the control of these companies by EU member states…


3 August 2016 — In Europe this week net neutrality has taken centre stage on digital issues this week after a leak from the EU Commission signaled that the body will look to make broadband internet access a right fro EU citizens. This will likely lead to a greater focus on the EUs net neutrality policies in order to ensure this right becomes a reality.

A major official announcement from the EU Commission also made headlines this week after Sir Julian King, the UKs Commission nominee was awarded the EUs security portfolio. As the UK looks to end its membership of the European Union, Sir Kings control of EU cyber-security policy could have a significant impact on both the UKs and EUs digital industries…


26 July 2016 — In Europe this week the EUs telecoms regulatory body BEREC has reportedly received almost half a million responses as part of its net neutrality consultation. The large response signals the growing concern for net neutrality globally, as it mirrors the response to the American FCC in 2014. 22.07.16

On cybersecurity it should be noted that Estonia is currently in talks with the UK to store national data, such as birth, banking, electoral and real estate records abroad. The decision has been taken by the Estonian government in response to fears of another mass cyber attack from Russia. The previous attack in 2007 digitally severed the Government from its citizens for almost three weeks…


21 July 2016 — The EU is on a path towards collision with internet and telecoms giants including Google and NBC Universal with plans to introduce reforms this autumn. Changes to EU copyright law have angered broadcasting groups, with plans to extend copyright regulations to internet on-demand services proving particularly divisive. Meanwhile, Brussels has filed new anti-trust charges against Google, arguing that it has abused its market dominance to restrict advertising from its competitors. 

Tim Berners-Lee weighed into the debate about net neutrality at the EU level, urging officials to take a tough stance against the telecoms giants. Berners-Lee, famous for his universalist and egalitarian approach to web services, descried the industrys tactics as manipulative and urged the commission to protect access…


13 July 2016 — This week the EU has again dominated Cyber news in Europe, with the announcement that the Privacy shield between the EU and USA has been agreed to by representatives of each member state. However there were four absentions from the vote and there is growing thought that the agreement will face several legal challenges.

Elsewhere the EUs net neutrality rules have been criticized by 20 European Telecoms bodies as a detriment to the use of 5G technology. The document put forward by these organisations the 5G Manifesto for timely deployment of 5G in Europe argues against restrictive internet rules as they will create a barrier to the financial incentive to implement and run 5G systems…


6 July 2016 — An outline of this weeks ICT news is included below, with guidance for further action by IEEE at the end of this synopsis.

This week the EU has enacted several new policies of interest to IEEE, across all spheres of interest.

In terms of internet governance the EU Commission has moved to restrict the use of Bitcoin and virtual monetary exchange platforms as it attempts to clamp down on the funding of terrorist activities in the EU.

The EU Commission has also announced a new funding scheme for the EUs member states, with 1.8bn to be set aside to support cybersecurity improvements…


29 June 2016 — In Europe this week the principle political focus has been on the UKs decision to exit from the EU and the influence this will have on digital issues. The result of the EU referendum will likely impact EU regulations on net neutrality and cyber skills following the exit of one of the largest member states.

These changes will have a direct impact on the EUs cyber security as a new report show that the decline in cyber skills will reduce the ability of European states to protect themselves from cyber threats.

On cyber privacy, the EU and US have moved closer to finalizing the Privacy Shield agreement, however industry experts have been given little information on the details of the treaty…


22 June 2016 — In Europe this week there’s has been a clear focus on Internet governance as the EU looks to push through new legislation. There have also been major developments in European cyber security with major announcements regarding NATO and the UK.

In Internet governance the EU has been focused on introducing Internet controls to draft anti-terrorism legislation this week, however the vote for this has been postponed until Monday 27th May.

This week NATO built upon its decision to class cyber as a class of warfare by announcing that cyber attacks on NATO members would result in a physical military response. An investigation into the new potential powers of UK digital surveillance community has revealed that the UK’s cyber intelligence agency GCHQ would be able to hack a major foreign town if the bill is left unaltered…

 


15 June 2016 — In European IT news this week the focus has been on digital skills with news from the EU that two fifths of EU citizens are computer illiterate. These statistics were also backed up by a report on a digital skills crisis in the UK as well as news from Finland of shortages in filling technological roles. The EU’s response to the crisis has been to launch a new programme called New Skills Agenda for Europe.

Elsewhere in European news has been the news that the American Government will play a role in an EU court case to assess the legality of metadata surveillance, such as that used by the American NSA. The court case is between Facebook and Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems on the legality of Facebook’s sharing of private information with government surveillance agencies in the EU and USA…


8 June 2016 — In IT news from Europe the focus this week has been on net neutrality as the EU’s combined telecoms regulator BEREC has published a series of draft to introduce strong net neutrality rules that will require the equal treatment of all data passing over EU airways.

On the issue of cyber privacy, the EU and USA have announced an agreement on data protection that will see greater cooperation between the two regions in an effort to curb crime and terrorism. The agreement will extend the right to privacy to personal data crossing the Atlantic.

The EU has also reached an agreement with Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft to monitor and restrict the spread of hate speech online by increasing the speed with which they respond to the notifications from users…


1 June 2016 — The weeks ICT news has focused mainly on international cooperation with negotiations ongoing for major cooperation deals between the USA and the EU, ASEAN and India, as well as plans for further regional cooperation in Europe and Asia.

In European news the European Union has started laying the ground work for a digital single market for its member states. The intention for the new strategy is to foster innovation and cut red tape for start-ups, whilst also ensuring greater choices and protections for consumers. The European Parliament has responded to the strategy proposed by the European Commission in 2015 with an own-initiative report. The report will feed into the upcoming legislative proposals, which will require the European Parliaments approval before coming into full force…


25 May 2016 — A busy week this time around in the world of ICT. Developments of interest have filtered in from all corners of the globe and are explored in further detail in the monitor below.

In Europe, it was reported this week that the proposed new framework for facilitating the transfer of personal data between the EU and US, the so named ‘Privacy Shield’ has still to be endorsed by a data protection committee containing representatives from the national governments of EU countries. The Article 31 Committee met with officials from the European Commission earlier this week and was due to be updated by the Commission on "the state of play on the EU-US Privacy Shield". However, technology news site Ars Technica reported that the meeting was concluded without agreement being reached on whether the Privacy Shield should be deemed as providing for adequate data protection when personal data is transferred to the US from the EU in line with framework, as is required by EU law…


18 May 2016 — A somewhat quiet week in the ICT world this time around, however, there were still a range of points of interest for IEEE which are explored further below and throughout the monitor.

In Europe, cyber-security was the predominant focus this week, of particular note was the announcement that new measures designed to ensure critical IT systems in central sectors of the economy like banking, energy, health and transport are secure are set to be written into EU law. The Council of Ministers announced that the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive has won formal approval from the national governments that make up the EU. It said the Directive is likely to come into force in August once the European Parliament has voted to endorse the text…


12 May 2016 — All round, a somewhat quieter week across the ICT world than the last one. However, as ever, there were a range of stories of interest for IEEE which are explored further below and throughout the monitor.

In Europe, the Privacy Shield agreement between the EU and the US came under further scrutiny this week, with an alliance of data centre providers in Holland coming out against the current draft of the agreement. The Dutch Datacenter Association issued a statement Monday saying Privacy Shield currently offers none of the improvements necessary to better safeguard the privacy of European citizens. The list of nearly 30 association participants includes Equinix and Digital Realty, two of the worlds largest data center providers, as well as European data center sector heavyweights Colt , based in London, and Interxion, a Dutch company headquartered just outside of Amsterdam…


4 May 2016 — A busy week of developments from across the ICT world this time around, including a range of coverage which will be of interest to IEEE. This coverage is analysed below in the synopsis and subsequently laid out in full throughout the various sections of the monitor.

 

In Europe this week, it was revealed this week that Liberal and socialist factions of MEPs in the European Parliament have been attempting since March to set up a plenary vote on the controversial Privacy Shield data transfer agreement to the United States. With member states final verdict on the Privacy Shield scheduled for next month, MEPs are running out of time to vote before the deal is finalised…