Internet & Broadband

UK Security Service ‘not worried’ about Huawei impact on intelligence sharing

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Andrew Parker, the chief of the UK Security Service - MI5, said in an interview that he had 'no reason to think' the intelligence partnership with the US would suffer if ministers allow involvement...

Poland prepares for 5G launch

Poland's mobile operator Play Communications announced it is planning to launch a 5G network in the northern city of Gdynia. “What we are announcing today is definitely the opening of the first 5G city in...

Microsoft says North Korea-based hackers stole sensitive information

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Tech giant Microsoft said on 30 December it won a court order that allowed it to take control of 50 websites a hacking group was using to carry out cyberattacks. The group is called “Thallium”,...

Huawei’s sales grow despite US sanctions

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Despite the US sanctions imposed on the company, Huawei's revenue grew around 18% in 2019 to more than 850 billion Chinese yuan, or about $122 billion. “These figures are lower than our initial projections, yet...

US warns UK about allowing Huawei in 5G

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The United States’ national security adviser, Robert O’Brien has warned the United Kingdom about allowing China’s Huawei Technologies into its 5G telecoms networks. O’Brien said the action would pose a risk to UK’s secret intelligence...

Facebook removes hundreds of pro-Trump fake accounts

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Facebook has removed more than 900 fake accounts, groups, and pages associated with a website known to publish conspiracy theories in support of United States’ president, Donald Trump. The website “The Beauty of Life” is...

Germany delays decision on Huawei for 5G rollout

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives along with their Democrat partners have decided to delay till 2020 the decision on the 5G security rules that will decide Huawei’s fate in Germany. Earlier this month, Telefonica Deutschland...

India’s internet shutdown is the longest in history

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The Indian government's shutdown of the Internet in Kashmir is the longest in history, surpassing the previous blocks of Myanmar and China. The crackdown was ordered to prevent Kashmiri citizens from receiving and spreading information...

Youtube bans ‘implied’ threats

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YouTube revealed on 11 December it would better "tackle harassment" with its strengthened anti-harassment policy. After being repeatedly accused of allowing hate speech, the video streaming platform said it will ban "veiled or implied threats"...

Europe’s 5G state-of-play: Interview with Mark Spelman

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Mark Spelman is a British expert focused on key 5G challenges like standardisation and cyber-security. His current roles include heads the Thought Leadership at the World Economic Forum and leading the Forum’s initiative on...

Merkel’s Christian Democrats move to exclude Huawei from Germany’s 5G network

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Germany's ruling Christian Democrats have backed a motion stipulating that requires 5G suppliers to fulfil a "clearly defined security catalogue that would block the involvement of a "foreign state" during the construction of the...

Russian search giant Yandex agrees to Kremlin-run restructuring

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Russia's search giant and main news aggregator Yandex has announced that it would corporate in a restructuring that will allow the Kremlin's newly created Public Interest Fund (UIF) to take control of key decisions...

Thousands of accounts stolen by hackers as Disney rolls out new streaming service

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The start of a highly anticipated streaming service from The Walt Disney Company endured an unsuccessful rollout as thousands of Disney+ user accounts were stolen and put up for sale on the so-called "Dark...

Cybercrime threats

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Chinese hackers are launching more sophisticated attacks that are as frequent and technologically savvy as Russian cyber-units, but it’s difficult to identify who is behind these attacks and international cooperation is...

Germany defies US allowing Huawei to bid for 5G projects

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German regulators released on Tuesday a set of network security guidelines allowing companies developing 5G infrastructure to engage China’s Huawei. Huawei will not be excluded explicitly on the basis of the Federal Network Agency guidelines....

EU states divided over OECD’s online taxation plan

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The OECD has proposed on Wednesday a global shake-up of corporate online taxation. The plan would see digital groups such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google pay in the country of operation rather than...

Vestager plans second wave of measures against digital monopolies

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In her second term as EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is bracing for a second wave of anti-trust measures against US digital monopolies, beginning with chipmaker Broadcom, the Financial Times report. Emboldened by her authority as...

The EU, US, and 5G

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On 13 June, New Europe took part in a media roundtable on 5G and telecommunications security with Jonathan Fritz, Director for Bilateral and Regional Affairs at the US Department of State’s Office of International...

The 5G development debate

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Amid the debate between trans-Atlantic allies and beyond on the security challenges posed to 5G network development by Chinese suppliers, New Europe’s Andrianos Giannou had the chance to exchange views with Damian Collins MP,...

US moves against intel-linked Chinese tech companies

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The US is considering blacklisting the Chinese technology company Hikvision - a world leader in video surveillance products that include artificial intelligence, speech monitoring and genetic testing which broadens the capacity for facial and body...

5G supplier concerns remain issue of transatlantic tension

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The Western post-war model of stability and prosperity has been, in realist terms, founded upon the simple tenet that the United States largely underwrote the trans-Atlantic collective security that allowed for trade between the...

Vodafone discovers hidden backdoors in Italy’s Huawei infrastructure

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UK telecom giant Vodafone has discovered vulnerabilities in Huawei equipment used for the company's activities in Italy several years ago, news that comes at an inopportune time for the Chinese telecom company’s reputation as...

China dominance of 5G seen as a threat by British and American politicians

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Conservative UK MP Tom Tugendhat and Republican US Representative Mike Gallagher see China's dominance of 5G as a threat, they write in an opinion article published on April 19, 2019 in The Times. Tugendhat and Gallagher point...

Commission shuns US pressure to ban Huawei

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The European Commission has recommended Tuesday a series of operational measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity for 5G networks across the EU, a decision that fell far short of the full ban...

Major operators at Mobile World Congress explore 5G’s potential

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The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) held a press briefing at the recently completed 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with several key operators to discuss future use cases for 5G networks outside of...

5G connections to account for 15% of mobile industry by 2025

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A new study released by the research body of the GSMA (the Global System for Mobile Communications), a trade body for mobile operators worldwide, shows that 5G is projected to make up 15% of...

We have to force Facebook to be responsible on illegal content

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It’s 15 years since Facebook was born and – like all adolescents – it’s getting into trouble. However, Facebook’s kind of trouble is a little more serious than most teenagers. For a start, lackadaisical content...

UK defence secretary concerned about Huawei’s role in 5G networks upgrade

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British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has expressed "deep concerns" about digital Chinese giant Huawei’s involvement in updating the UK’s mobile network after Alex Younger, the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence services, said the country had recently faxed...

Tech companies warn of turbulence ahead as EU-US work on trade deal

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The internet as we know it may still end. That is the stark warning delivered by a consortium of major technology companies - Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others - to the US Trade Representative...

Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0

It is clear that in today’s world, information is the new precious commodity. In the era known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, companies are looking to take advantage of robotics, artificial intelligence, big data...

EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission approved the acquisition of music identification app Shazam by US tech giant, Apple, after Brussels reviewed a proposed takeover under the EU's Merger Regulation which concluded that the deal would not adversely...

Google’s Redirect Program: An Anemic Response to the Plague of Terror Content

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Google’s attempts to tackle the dangers of terrorist content on its online platforms, including YouTube, have come far too late and remain disturbingly inadequate, according to findings in a new study by the Counter Extremism Project...

European Commission cancels first WiFi4EU call, carries budget forward

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After New Europe exposed the problems of first call for WiFi4EU project, which aims to install free public Wi-Fi hotspots in public squares, libraries, town halls or other places of public interest, the European Commission has...

Are claims that the FCC killed net neutrality true?

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Journalists around the world read stories from the American media on neutrality and internet regulation. Some copy-paste the stories into Google Translate to make an article for their local language publication. Some journalists consider...

NATO, EU to tackle cyber threats

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – NATO has to take the necessary steps to protect the alliance from external cyber threats from other countries but also weaknesses within NATO, General John Allen told a closed on the...

Vodafone agrees €18.4 bln takeover of Liberty Global assets in Germany, East Europe

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British multinational telecommunications conglomerate Vodafone Group Plc has agreed to buy Liberty Global Plc’s German and Eastern European units for €18.4 billion, a deal that shakes up the region’s TV and broadband market as...

EU institutions strike preliminary 30% quota deal on Netflix-like providers

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The EU’s legislating tripartite of the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission has reached a preliminary deal on revisions to the audiovisual media services directive. According to the Vice-President for the digital single market,...