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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 Daniel Smith on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 10:01

UK prime minister calls on internet firms to remove extremist content within two hours

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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Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 14:05

Electoral Commission proposes voting ban for social media trolls

The Electoral Commission has suggested social media trolls who abuse politicians should lose their right to vote, in a submission to the Committee on Standards in Public Life.A voting ban could "could act as a deterrent to abusive behaviour", the Commission wrote in comments on the CSPL's...

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Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 12:01

MSPs warned cyber attack could last for days

The Scottish Parliament has been hit with a recent cyber attack. 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...

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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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10 August 2017

UK Government launches consultation on implementing NIS Directive
Posted by Daniel Smith

The UK Government has launched a consultation on its plans to implement the Security of Network and Information Systems Directive (“NIS Directive”). The NIS Directive was adopted by the European Parliament on 6 July 2016 and Member States have until 9 May 2018 to transpose the Directive into...

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09 August 2017

DCMS publishes statement of intent on Data Protection Bill
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently published a statement of intent regarding the new Data Protection Bill which will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the EU Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive (DPLED) into UK domestic...

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21 July 2017

Phishing scam affects Newcastle University
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

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 operating under the deceptive title of “Newcastle International University” with a very...

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20 July 2017

Report reveals that cyberbullying is not as prevalent as feared
Posted by Babatunde Onabajo

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 one percent of adolescents reported being bullied...

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