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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, May 26th, 2017 at 14:08

EU to impose national quotas on streaming services

The EU is to impose national quotas on streaming services. The EU is currently considering imposing a quota on streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, to feature a minimum quantity of European works in their catalogues. The European Parliament has proposed a requirement of 30%, an...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 13:56

EU ministers approve hate speech rules

European Union ministers consider moves against videos deemed hate speechEuropean Union ministers have recently approved rules that would oblige companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove videos deemed as constituting “hate speech” or face fines. The move comes in an attempt to create...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 16:51

House Republicans seek to revamp internet privacy rules

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn sponsors bill relating to privacy on the internet. A bill that would explicitly lay out the terms under which internet service providers (ISPs) can collect and distribute information on their customers and when they can get opt-in and opt-out permission is being...

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22 May 2017

WannaCry ransomware inspires new phishing emails
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Following the WannaCry ransomware attacks which has affected over 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries around the world, a spate of emails purporting to be from internet service providers warning customers to perform a security check have emerged.   Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud...

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18 May 2017

Conservative Party’s manifesto’s technology policies
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The establishment of a regulatory framework to underpin and support the digital charter, complete with a sanctions regime, to enable the Government to fine or prosecute those companies that fail in their legal duties and to order the removal of content where it breaches UK law. Greater...

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18 May 2017

Liberal Democrats’  manifesto’s technology policies
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Aim to double the number of SMEs participating in the digital economy by supporting ICT capital expenditure by businesses in non-digital sectors. Invest to ensure that broadband connections and services to be provided before 2020 have a speed of 2 Gbps or more, with fibre to the premises...

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18 May 2017

Labour Party’s manifesto’s technology policies
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Labour’s manifesto pledges to ensure Britain has universal superfast broadband access by 2022, together with all urban areas having 5G coverage. The manifesto also pledges to ensure that technology companies take measures that “that further protect children and tackle online abuse.”   In...

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16 May 2017

Theresa May proposes new laws on social media giants
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Billed as a “right to innocence” initiative and in the run-up to the General Election, Theresa May has proposed forcing social media giants to delete the details of users stored before the age of 18 if they request it. The proposal will affect social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter and...

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09 May 2017

RIPE74 has commenced!
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

RIPE74 has started. The meeting brings together internet service providers, network providers and other interested parties from around the world to discuss and liaise on technical issues that affect the internet community. The first RIPE meeting took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1989...

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