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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, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:49

ITU to hold focus group on standard-setting for Blockchain-type technologies

ITU will hold focus group on distributed ledger technology in October 2017. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is to hold a conference from October 17 to October 19 in Geneva, Switzerland on the issue of establishing standards for distributed ledger technologies. The conference, dubbed...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 11:41

Decline in the number of students taking computer science and IT GCSE

The number of students taking a GCSE in either computer science or IT has fallen, prompting fears of a looming digital skills crisis. Figures released by Ofqual show that the number of year 11 students in the UK taking a GCSE in either computer science or information technology (IT) has fallen...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 11:15

Leaked documents according to the Daily Mail and Wikileaks reveal that CIA has hacked Wi-Fi routers

Leaked documents from Wikileaks and as reported by the Daily Mail show that the CIA has hacked into a number of Wi-Fi routers. Leaked documents from activist group Wikileaks and as reported by the Daily Mail has shown that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has hacked a number of routers and has...

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14 June 2017

Angela Merkel calls for global digital rules
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

During a recent visit to Mexico City, Mexico, Angela Merkel demanded the establishment of global rules to accompany the digital sector. “We still have no international rules”, the German chancellor lamented, before going on to add that this posed a tremendous problem.   Germany is due to host the...

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07 June 2017

4G to come to the London Underground
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Transport for London (TfL) are due to hear bids from a number of telecommunications companies to provide 4G on the London Underground. It is believed that likely bidders include telecommunications companies BAI Communications, Wireless Infrastructure Group and Arqiva.   A TfL spokesman told Sky...

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07 June 2017

Theresa May calls on internet firms to tackle terrorist content
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Following the recent terror attacks in London which has thus far killed seven and has left 48 injured, Prime Minister Theresa May has called on internet companies to tackle terrorist content. In her speech before the country, she presented a four-point plan to tackle terrorism. The first is...

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05 June 2017

Swiss court convicts man over Facebook ‘likes’
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

A Swiss court has convicted a man for his ‘likes’ on Facebook. The 45-year-old unnamed defendant was told by the court in Zurich that because he had a ‘liked’ a post written by someone else regarding Erwin Kessler, who heads the animal rights group Verein gegen Tierfabriken (VgT), he was...

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02 June 2017

German court denies mother’s access to daughter’s Facebook account
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

An appeals court in Berlin has recently ruled that a mother cannot gain access to her daughter’s Facebook account. Following the girl being killed by a train in 2012, the mother attempted to gain access to her daughter’s Facebook account to determine whether the incident was deliberate or...

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01 June 2017

EU to spend €120m to extend free Wifi across Union
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The EU has announced it will spend €120 million to extend Wifi across 6,000 to 8,000 municipalities, bringing Wifi to “every European village and every city” with free Wifi by 2020.   The scheme, dubbed WiFi4EU, is described by the European Commission as having the aim to “increase accessibility...

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