Published on 30 May 2017, Issue 21 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter provides the latest digital policy updates which took place in May. The main highlights include:

Issue 21 - Geneva Digital Watch newsletter

  • An analysis of the top trends in May, including the increase in ransomware cyber-attacks, the opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union stating that Uber is a transport company, the official proposal of the US Federal Communications Commission that could roll back the net neutrality rules, the growing number of bilateral settlements of tax disputes involving technology companies, and the sanctions imposed to Facebook by data protection authorities over privacy breaches.
  • An overview of the role of digital policy in campaigns and elections. Since digital issues were prominent in European electoral campaigns this month (in countries such as France, the UK, and Malta), we look at how digital is used in campaigns, and what it represents. 
  • An analysis of the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack that took place this month. We give an overview of how the ransomware propagated and the damages it caused. We also explore the possible reasons why, despite the scale of the attack, the ransom it generated was significantly low. 
  • A round-up of the main digital policy updates of the month, with security, e-commerce, net neutrality, and digital rights being among the prominent issues.
  • A review of the main digital policy events that were held in International Geneva in May. 
  • As the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect a year from now, we invite you to test your knowledge and preparedness with a crossword.

Issues: Security, Development, Economic, Infrastructure and standardisation, Legal, Human rights, Sociocultural

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