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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 malcolm on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 12:27

UK to tighten takeover rules to protect national security

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a Green Paper with plans to bolster government powers to intervene in corporate mergers and takeovers involving high-tech goods and services to protect national security, and is consulting on what other powers it...

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Posted by Daniel Smith on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 8:39

UK Government publishes Internet Safety green paper

The UK Government has announced proposals for a voluntary levy on Internet companies “to raise awareness and counter internet harms”. The government has said that the levy would target issues such as cyberbullying, online abuse and children being exposed to pornography on the Internet. The levy is...

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Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 18:39

Amber Rudd focusses on Internet in conference speech

Home Secretary Amber Rudd focussed on Internet policy issues in her speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. The Home Secretary reiterated her demands for Internet platforms to do more to combat terrorism and child abuse.Rudd announced plans to tighten terrorism laws to...

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27 September 2017

Websites discovered using their users’ computers to mine cryptocurrency
Posted by Daniel Smith

Two websites have been discovered to be using their users’ computers and phones to mine cryptocurrency without their consent in a bid to compensate for the continuing collapse in online advertising revenues.  The two sites, BitTorrent search engine, The Pirate Bay, and US video streaming service,...

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21 September 2017

UK prime minister calls on internet firms to remove extremist content within two hours
Posted by Daniel Smith

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, has told internet companies that they need to go “further and faster” in removing extremist content in a speech to the United Nations general assembly. The prime minister said that terrorist material is still available on the internet for “too long” after being...

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19 September 2017

Electoral Commission proposes voting ban for social media trolls
Posted by malcolm

A voting ban could "could act as a deterrent to abusive behaviour", the Commission wrote in comments on the CSPL's investigation into intimidation in the 2017 General Election. The Electoral Commission is the UK's regulator for general and local government elections. The Electoral Commission...

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18 August 2017

MSPs warned cyber attack could last for days
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

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 attempt to gain their passwords. A brute force attack is a cyber...

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17 August 2017

Cloudflare critiques own decision not to serve Daily Stormer
Posted by malcolm

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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16 August 2017

Sadiq Khan announces plans to deal with “Not-Spots”
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

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 entails encouraging local authorities to apply for the...

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