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Joint submission of Evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights

The UK Chapter has made a joint submission with the Internet Society in response to the call for evidence that was published by the Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) is a Parliamentary Joint Committee whose main function is to examine all bills and legislative instruments for compatibility with human rights, and to report to both Houses of Parliament on its findings.

The Joint Submission can be found here:

The deadline for submitting evidence was Monday 22 January 2024.… Read more ...

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Joint Briefing on Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL]

The UK England Chapter of the Internet Society has joined the Internet Society as well as Big Brother Watch, The Open Rights Group, Privacy International, Liberty and Rights & Security International in drafting a briefing that was distributed to Lords prior to the Report Hearing at the House of Lords on 23 January 2024.

The original Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) is highly controversial in that it authorised massive, suspicionless surveillance on a scale never seen before, with few safeguards or independent oversight.… Read more ...

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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 ...

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How to Regulate the Internet Without Breaking It

How to Regulate the Internet Without Breaking It

19 June 2019 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Joseph Gaggero Hall | Chatham House | 10 St James’s Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Andrew Sullivan CEO Internet Society
Speaker is Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO Internet Society

To Register interest – https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/how-regulate-internet-without-breaking-it

Internet regulation is increasing around the world creating positive obligations on internet providers and exerting negative unintended consequences on the internet infrastructure. In some ways, most of this regulatory activity is justifiable. Governments are concerned about the increased risk that the use of the internet brings to societies.… Read more ...

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Home Office push the IP Bill to avoid national debate

March 1st 2015 – Home Office is pushing ahead with the IP Bill without needed national debate

Despite three key Parliamentary committees demanding very significant changes to the draft IP Bill and calling for more time for a national debate can take place. The Home Office today published a largely identical draft Bill and a timetable that is clearly designed to stifle debate even within Parliament.

A number of participants in the Internet Society community are included in the signatories to a letter in The Telegraph today calling for a delay until 2017.

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The Internet Society has issued a statement following up on the CEO of Apple Inc, Tim Cook’s letter on FBI demand.

Apple has millions of UK customers with the UK. With the UK Prime Minister having called for law enforcement to have no areas they cannot go and the debate and concern over the draft Investigatory Powers Bill in the UK this debate in the US has huge significance for UK citizens.

UK expert Prof Ian Brown commented on what the FBI are really asking for on the BBC World Service

Internet Society statement: –

 

Have you ever lost your smartphone or had it stolen?… Read more ...