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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, April 28th, 2017 at 10:11

Universities admit to being duped by phishing emails

A large proportion of universities queried after a Freedom of Information request admit that they have fallen victim to phishing emails. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Duo Security to 70 universities – of which 51 responded – showed that seven out of 10 universities in the UK fell victim...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 11:13

Poor internet connection preventing people from working at home

A survey by uSwitch finds that many in the UK are disgruntled with their internet connection and this prevents them from working from home. An online survey consisting of 2,000 adults and conducted by uSwitch found that problems with internet connectivity is preventing more people from working at...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 16:08

UK drops two places in World Press Freedom Index

The UK drops two places in the World Press Freedom Index, falling to the lowest position since 2015After the passage of the Investigatory Powers Act and threats to pursue journalists on national security, the UK has slid a further two places down the World Press Freedom Index. The Index, which is...

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24 April 2017

Study reveals peer pressure, not money, motivates youngsters to cybercrime
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

A recent study published by the National Crime Agency titled Pathways Into Cybercrime has shown that peer pressure rather than money motivates young people to engage in cybercrime. The study involved collating debriefs with offenders and those who were on the cusp of engaging in cybercrime.   The...

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24 April 2017

US court insists it can access emails stored on foreign servers
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

A US court has recently ruled that it can access emails stored on foreign servers. In a hearing on the 19th April 2017, magistrate judge Laurel Beeler turned down Google’s objections to a US government search warrant seeking data stored on its foreign servers.   The US government issued the...

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21 April 2017

EU plans to launch blockchain observatory
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The EU plans to launch an observatory and forum looking into blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in an attempt to understand the place for European public authorities to “encourage development and up-take of these technologies and to formulate related policy...

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21 April 2017

China proposes measures restricting export of data
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

In a move the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) describes as needed to “secure personal information and the safety of important data, as well as to protect internet sovereignty and national security”, China has revealed plans to prevent the export of user data out of the country as well as...

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19 April 2017

EU launches public consultation over future of the Internet
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Amidst concerns over issues relating to privacy, security and the impact the digital world will have on jobs, the EU is taking the unprecedented step of launching a consultation with the public to determine what they fear most about the future of the Internet.    President of the European...

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18 April 2017

Research reveals economic cost of cyber-attacks on FTSE 100 companies
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

New research commissioned by IT giant CGI and undertaken by Oxford Economics finds that FTSE 100 companies that experience a cyber-attack face taking an enormous hit to the market value of their shares. Oxford Economics studied 65 security breaches across FTSE 100 companies and found that...

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