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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, July 21st, 2017 at 16:17

Phishing scam affects Newcastle University

Newcastle University have been affected by a phishing scam that could potentially affect many students. A phishing scam has recently affected Newcastle University, potentially duping many prospective students out of their money. The scam orientates around a mysterious individual or group of people...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 16:26

Report reveals that cyberbullying is not as prevalent as feared

Cyberbullying is not as widespread as believed by many. A study led by Dr. Andrew Przybylski of the University of Oxford found that cyberbullying – bullying that takes place over the internet – is not as prevalent as feared. The study comprised a survey of over 110,000 people and it found that just...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 13:12

Russia and China move towards banning virtual private networks

Russia and China are moving towards imposing a ban on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs). Both Russia and China are in the process of banning virtual private networks (VPNs), a tool that creates a secure, encrypted connection between a computer and a server operated by a VPN service. They...

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14 July 2017

Baroness Howe tables Private Member’s Bill
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Baroness Howe, a crossbencher and life peer in the House of Lords, has tabled a private member's bill demanding a broadening of the definition of what constitutes “extreme pornography” in the 2017 Digital Economy Act. She advocates defining “extreme pornography” to include videos that either wholly...

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14 July 2017

ISPA 2017 Award winners announced!
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has recently announced at the 19th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards – colloquially dubbed the “ISPAs” – the Internet Hero Award went to Marcus Hutchins for his role in finding the “kill switch” for the WannaCry ransomware that affected hundreds...

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12 July 2017

Internet giants protest over rollback of net neutrality
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

A large number of internet giants – including Facebook, Google, AirBnB and others – are preparing for a “Day of Protest” on Wednesday 12th July over a ruling by the US communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that will reverse Obama-era net neutrality rules that...

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11 July 2017

Former GCHQ head criticises Government’s approach to encryption
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The former head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, has expressed criticism over the Government’s stance on encryption technology. Hannigan described encryption as an “overwhelmingly good thing” and criticised plans by Home Secretary Amber Rudd to install backdoors into encrypted communications as unworkable...

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10 July 2017

Watchdog warns that authorities and industry are overlooking online fraud
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The National Audit Organisation (NAO) has expressed concerns over the response by organisations and the Government to cyber crime such as online fraud and said it was difficult to see how its response up until now has been “proportionate, efficient or effective”.   Amyas Morse, head of the NAO,...

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05 July 2017

Max Hill QC criticises May’s approach to terrorism
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

Max Hill QC, the terrorism legislation watchdog whose entire career has been summed up by The Times as “bringing terrorists to justice”, branded Theresa May’s proposals to fine internet companies if they do not do enough to remove terrorist content from their platforms as dictatorial and likened...

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