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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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Tech giants join forces to curb spread of online terrorist content

Posted by Daniel Smith on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 13:57

Tech giants join forces to curb spread of online terrorist content

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have announced a joint-initiative to help curb the spread of terrorist content online. According to a joint statement by the companies, they will commit to “the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” – unique digital “fingerprints” – for violent...

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Ofcom to order “legal separation” of Openreach from BT

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 10:37

Ofcom to order “legal separation” of Openreach from BT

Ofcom has decided to order BT to separate its Openreach division into a legally separate subsidiary company. The new Openreach would have its own Board of Directors and its own balance sheet. It would still be wholly owned by BT, and it is not clear how much day-to-day authority BT would have over...

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UK Government publishes its National Cyber Security Strategy

Posted by Daniel Smith on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 11:02

UK Government publishes its National Cyber Security Strategy

The UK Government has launched its new five-year National Cyber Security Strategy stating that it will spend a total of £1.9 billion over the next five years to realise its vision that by 2021 “the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and secure in the digital world”. This vision...

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06 October 2016

Investigatory Powers Bill will not authorise third party data retention
Posted by malcolm

Collecting "third party data" refers to the prospect of requiring access providers to collect communications data relating to the use of an Internet-based service (as opposed to communications data relating to the connection to that service. This is most easily explained with an...

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03 October 2016

US transfers ICANN oversight to global Internet community
Posted by malcolm

Transfer of ICANN oversight was first envisaged 18 years ago, as a policy of the Clinton administration, and was revived in March 2014 when U.S. Department of Commerce agency the NTIA asked the global Internet community to come up with a plan for taking responsibility for the IANA functions and...

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29 September 2016

EU Commission to step up export controls on surveillance software
Posted by malcolm

The proposal for a new Regulation on "dual-use" military exports would introduce a limited "general authorisation" for the export of encryption software, which the European Commission says "could be especially useful given the commercial importance and wide circulation of these items". A new...

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16 September 2016

McFadden ruling vindicates mere conduit
Posted by Sam Frances

The Court of Justice of the European Union has returned its ruling in the McFadden case, confirming that mere conduit protections do apply to the owners of shops, cafés or other businesses offering free, password-less wi-fi to the public. [M]aking a Wi-Fi network available to the general public...

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12 September 2016

CJEU: Linking to infringing content can breach copyright
Posted by Sam Frances

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that linking to copyright infringing content can itself constitute a breach of copyright. The ruling in the case of GS Media v Sanoma Media Netherlands and Others (C-160/15) rested on whether linking to copyright infringing content hosted on...

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06 September 2016

Warner Brothers reports own site to Google as pirate site
Posted by Sam Frances

The Warner Brothers film studio has asked Google to de-list several pages from the warnerbros.com website, in an incident which highlights the shortcomings of the DMCA notice and takedown system and other similar systems around the world. The report was made by Vobile, an anti-piracy monitoring...

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