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LINX Public Affairs exists to obtain advance warning of public policy developments that could affect LINX members and the Internet community as a whole; to inform our members about important policy developments at a time when it is still possible to influence them; and to educate, inform and...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 12:01

MSPs warned cyber attack could last for days

The Scottish Parliament has been hit with a recent cyber attack. A cyber attack has recently impacted the Scottish Parliament. MSPs and their staff have been warned that they will be unlikely to be able to access their email accounts due to hackers launching a “brute force” cyber attack in an...

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Posted by malcolm on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 13:30

Cloudflare critiques own decision not to serve Daily Stormer

Yesterday, Cloudflare ceased to provide caching and DDoS protection services for a far-right blog, the Daily Stormer, following claims by the latter that Cloudflare secretly support their ideology. Cloudflare's CEO has published a lengthy and thoughtful analysis of their decision, beginning Now,...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 9:40

Sadiq Khan announces plans to deal with “Not-Spots”

The Mayor of London has announced plans to deal with "Not-Spots"The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced plans to help improve connectivity across London. One plan involves the creation of a “Not-Spot team” that will specifically target areas in London with low connectivity.   Another initiative...

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10 August 2017

UK Government launches consultation on implementing NIS Directive
Posted by Daniel Smith

The UK Government has launched a consultation on its plans to implement the Security of Network and Information Systems Directive (“NIS Directive”). The NIS Directive was adopted by the European Parliament on 6 July 2016 and Member States have until 9 May 2018 to transpose the Directive into...

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09 August 2017

DCMS publishes statement of intent on Data Protection Bill
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently published a statement of intent regarding the new Data Protection Bill which will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the EU Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive (DPLED) into UK domestic...

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21 July 2017

Phishing scam affects Newcastle University
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

A phishing scam has recently affected Newcastle University, potentially duping many prospective students out of their money. The scam orientates around a mysterious individual or group of people operating under the deceptive title of “Newcastle International University” with a very...

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20 July 2017

Report reveals that cyberbullying is not as prevalent as feared
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

A study led by Dr. Andrew Przybylski of the University of Oxford found that cyberbullying – bullying that takes place over the internet – is not as prevalent as feared. The study comprised a survey of over 110,000 people and it found that just one percent of adolescents reported being bullied...

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19 July 2017

Russia and China move towards banning virtual private networks
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Both Russia and China are in the process of banning virtual private networks (VPNs), a tool that creates a secure, encrypted connection between a computer and a server operated by a VPN service. They are used by many to access material and websites that have been blocked by a government.   China...

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14 July 2017

Baroness Howe tables Private Member’s Bill
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Baroness Howe, a crossbencher and life peer in the House of Lords, has tabled a private member's bill demanding a broadening of the definition of what constitutes “extreme pornography” in the 2017 Digital Economy Act. She advocates defining “extreme pornography” to include videos that either wholly...

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