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Government response to the Regulatory proposals for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) security consultation

In June 2019, the Chapter submitted comments to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) consultation on Regulatory proposals for Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) security. These comments can be found here.

After months of work, the Government has now published its analysis of responses received and drawn its conclusions.

The full report of findings has been published on the DCMS Web Site.

The UK Chapter will continue engaging with DCMS, based on the “next steps” outlined in the document.… Read more ...

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Internet Consolidation: What Lies Beneath the Application Layer?

10 December 2019 – 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Chatham House, London

Today more than ever we’re hearing about the dominance of big tech and how it is shaping the political landscape and markets in the UK and around the world.

But how is this consolidation impacting the very architecture of the Internet itself?

The Internet Society, in partnership with Chatham House, would  like to uncover the answer. 

On Tuesday 10 December 2019, you are invited to take part in a special Chatham House event that looks at consolidation throughout the Internet’s technology stack.… Read more ...

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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 ...

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UN rights experts urge India to end communications shutdown in Kashmir

GENEVA (22 August 2019) – UN human rights experts* today called on the Government of India to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to information and peaceful protests imposed in Indian-Administered Kashmir this month. 

The experts expressed concern that the measures, imposed after the Indian Parliament revoked the Constitutionally-mandated status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, would exacerbate tensions in the region. 

Reports have described a near total communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir since the evening of 4 August, with internet access, mobile phone networks, and cable and Kashmiri television channels cut off.… Read more ...

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A Joint Call to World Leaders for a Secure and Trusted Digital Economy

ISOC UK has signed a call to world leaders attending the G7 summit to ensure the Internet can support a secure and trusted digital economy for everyone. Measures that undermine encryption weaken security for all.

You can see the letter and sign it at http://www.g7openletter.org


Endnotes: [1]Exceptional access, also referred to as “lawful access,” refers to providing law enforcement and intelligence agencies with access encrypted communications. [2]See:  Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications – and  Open Letter to GCHQ [3]  https://www.networkcomputing.com/network-security/encrypted-traffic-reaches-new-thresholdRead more ...
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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 <ocl@gih.com>
To: securebydesign@culture.gov.uk
CC: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl@gih.com>

Dear Sir/Madam,

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