IFEX Urges African governments to prioritise digital rights

The membership of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) and other African internet governance stakeholders attending the Sixth African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) has called for the prioritisation of digital rights of all citizens across the continent. This call was made at the launch of AFEX’s Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 Report held in …

German Gov wants a ‘backdoor’ access to every digital device

Germany’s Interior Minister wants to force tech and car companies to provide the German security services with hidden digital access to cars, computers, phones and more, according to a media report from Friday. The RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported that Thomas de Maizière had written up a draft proposal for the interior minister conference, taking place …

Cisco partners with Interpol to share data on cyber criminals

Just one day after Amazon Web Service (AWS) announced a “secret” cloud service for the CIA, another tech company is aligning itself with a government agency. Cisco will now share “cybercrime” data with the international police network Interpol, the company announced Tuesday. That data includes “threat intelligence” to support Interpol’s work “targeting both ‘pure cybercrime’ and …

Kaspersky will open its software for outside review after USG boycott

Kaspersky Labs the Russian cybersecurity software maker has announced a “comprehensive transparency initiative” as the company seeks to beat back suspicion that its antivirus software has been hacked or penetrated by the Russian government and used as a route for scooping up US intelligence. In a post on its website today the Moscow-based company has published …

Australian Government orders review of the .au Domain Administration

The Australian Government has ordered a review into the operations of the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA. The order to could coming after 2 years or turmoil and mismanagement and that the government has had enough of the unending organization disputes. The Minister’s statement says that since auDA was established in 2000 “the digital …

Kaspersky Antivirus banned on US government computers

The US Government has just ordered its federal agencies to stop using any internet security software provided by Kaspersky Lab. With more than 400 million customers worldwide, Kaspersky is a huge cybersecurity company and one of the top anti-virus software providers globally. A statement from the DHS stated:  After careful consideration of available information and …

Twitter to meet US Congressional panel probing 2016 election

According to Reuters, Twitter Inc representatives will meet with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff next week in relation to inquiries into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a company representative said. The committee, along with other congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller, is investigating possible links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and …

ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee Announces Selections from Over 99 applications

01 September 2017 – The ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee has announced its selections for eight leadership positions within ICANN. The selections include: ICANN Board of Directors Avri Doria (North America) Sarah Deutsch (North America) At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Hadia Elminiawi (Africa) Kaili Kan (Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands) Richardo Holmquist (Latin America, Caribbean Islands) Council of …