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Joint statement of scientists and NGOs on the EU’s proposed eIDAS reform

On 2 November 2023, the Internet Society UK Chapter has joined 500 cyber security experts, researchers and NGOs to sign an open letter sounding the alarm about the European Union’s proposed eIDAS reform.

After years of legislative process, the near-final text of the eIDAS regulation has been agreed by trialogue negotiators1 representing EU’s key bodies and will be presented to the public and parliament for a rubber stamp before the end of the year. New legislative articles, introduced in recent closed-door meetings and not yet public, envision that all web browsers distributed in Europe will be required to trust the certificate authorities and cryptographic keys selected by EU governments.… Read more ...


ISOC UK England Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023

Please join us on 20 November 2023 for the Chapter’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023 which will take place as a hybrid meeting, both online and in person.

Remote participation online – there are two separate sessions that you need to register for:

Register for the pre-AGM Fireside Chat 17:00-17:45

Register for the ISOC UK AGM 2023 Zoom Meeting 18:00-20:00

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom links to join the meetings.

Also in person at the London School of Economics:

London School Of Economics, Silverstone Room, Department of Media and Communications – but in order to gain access you absolutely need to register.… Read more ...


Global Encryption Coalition statement

The Global Encryption Coalition has published a statement for Global Encryption day.

ISOC UK joins 200 organisations calling for policies and companies to protect and enhance encryption

The Statement

“Strong encryption is a critical technology that helps keep people, their information, and communications private and secure. It underpins online trust, protects members of vulnerable communities, and safeguards the data of governments, businesses, and citizens from criminals and other malicious actors.

However, some governments and organizations are pushing to weaken encryption, which would create a dangerous precedent that compromises the security and privacy of billions of people around the world.… Read more ...


Response to Consultation on: Powers in relation to UK-related domain name registries

The Chapter has submitted a response to a DSIT (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology) Consultation on: Powers in relation to UK-related domain name registries.

Please find it below:

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject:Response from the Internet Society UK Chapter to Consultation on: Powers in relation to UK-related domain name registries
Date:Thu, 31 Aug 2023 14:26:01 +0100
From:Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <>
CC:Olivier Crépin-Leblond <>

Dear Sir/Madam,

the UK Chapter of the Internet Society is hereby responding to the Consultation on the drafting of powers under the Digital Economy Act 2010.… Read more ...


The Revised IPA 2016 Consultation Response

The UK government conducted a consultation on the Revised Investigatory Powers Act 2016 notices regime, which ran from June 5 until 31 July 2023.

The Internet Society and the Internet Society UK England Chapter are concerned by the proposed revisions to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, because of the intrusive nature of new powers they would establish, and their impact on the digital economy, online trust, and fundamental rights. We maintain that the Investigatory Powers Act cannot be effectively evaluated in isolation from the Online Safety Bill, given that the latter also creates new obligations relating to the design, governance, and security of communication services.… Read more ...


Data Governance in the Internet’s Operational Institutional Complex

CANCELLED/POSTPONED // Due to Dr. Sowell feeling unwell this talk has been postponed to a future date.

Internet governance often focuses on the institutional and policy implications of well known organizations such as ICANN and the IGF.  While these organizations are significant, there is a much broader landscape of operational institutions that contribute to the day-to-day operations, security, and stability of the Internet’s infrastructure, what is referred to here as the operational institutional complex.  In this talk, Jesse will present the important role of these operational institutions through the lens of data governance, highlighting the formal and informal information, data, and knowledge sharing relationships at play in day-to-day operations. … Read more ...