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ISOC UK England Chapter signs CDT Letter to Facebook on end to end encryption

Dear Colleagues,

I am hereby letting you know that last week I have on signed an open letter to Facebook coordinated by CDT, the Centre for Democracy & Technology, on behalf of our Chapter, on end-to-end encryption.
The open letter calls for strong security for massive platforms like those that Facebook controls. This comes in response to the news that the governments of the UK, US, and Australia are urging Facebook to stop pursuing their roll out of end-to-end security across the platform.… Read more ...

Events News

UK IGF 2019 meeting date announced

Please join us for the 2019 UK IGF meeting on Thursday 24th October, 9am – 5pm, at The Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT.

Live Streaming:

The theme of this year’s UK Internet Governance Forum meeting is ‘Ensuring a healthy digital society by 2050’.

We’ll be joined by experts from a variety of organisations including DCMS, Ofcom, and Tech UK, who will explore these key topics:

• Data Governance: The technical, legal and organisational aspects of the handling and exchange of data.… Read more ...


European Chapters Meeting on 9-10 May 2019

(Reported by Louise Marie Hurel)

Representatives and fellows from the European ISOC Chapters met in Bucharest, Romania (full agenda here) from 9-10 May 2019. The two-day discussions covered topics such as encryption, Internet consolidation, IoT, Internet of food, and stimulated an inclusive and dynamic exchange on Internet Society’s 2025 long-term strategic planning. 

It is important to note that the European Chapters meeting was held right after two significant events in the region, the Consumers International Summit (Portugal) and SEEDIG (Romania), both of which played a fundamental role to advancing the regional discussions on cross-pollination between ISOC’s work on Trust by Design and Consumer Rights.… Read more ...


ICANN/UASG Campaign on Updated Internet Standards

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) which has been working to facilitate that all domain names and corresponding email addresses work in all applications, has asked for this community’s help to voluntarily spread the word about Universal Acceptance. The Group includes Apple, Google, ICANN and Microsoft.

So what is “Universal Acceptance”?

  • Since 2010, non-Latin characters, Top-Level Domains (TLDs) longer than 3 characters (e.g. .ASIA, .онлайн, etc.) and corresponding email addresses (e.g. иван.сергеев@пример.рф, etc.) were introduced.
    • This is significant because it allows the creation of gTLDs in non-Latin scripts including Cyrillic, Arabic, Chinese, Tamil, and many others, meaning that native speakers of those languages will be able to use the Internet entirely in their language for the first time.
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Chapter submits contribution to the DCMS Consultation on regulatory proposals for Consumer IoT Security

The UK Chapter has responded to the consultation on regulatory proposals for consumer IoT launched last month by the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

For more information about the consultation, you can see the Webinar which the Chapter has arranged with DCMS.

The Chapter’s response is here:

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Consultation response from the UK Chapter of the Internet Society
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2019 01:00:10 +0100
From: Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <>
CC: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <>

Dear Sir/Madam,

please be so kind to find the response from the UK Chapter of the Internet Society attached.… Read more ...

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DCMS Consultation on regulatory proposals for Consumer IoT Security (Webinar now available)

A significant announcement has been made last week by DCMS as a follow-up to the Secure by Design UK Government Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security. As mentioned in prior emails, ETSI has launched Technical Specification 103 645 – and all details about this are included in the email below.
This new consultation includes *lots* of very interesting data as well as guidelines for labelling. Comments from outside the UK are encouraged too.
As a special treat to our members, the DCMS Secure by Design Team conducting the Consultation will be presenting a summary of the contents of the consultation and be able to answer any questions you might have in a Webinar organised by the UK Chapter of the Internet Society.… Read more ...