Brexit Brief: Mayday

Posted on 16th November 2018

A withdrawal agreement governing the terms of Brexit is finally here, along with an outline political declaration on the future relationship. We return, perhaps for the final time, to the perennial Brexit question: Can it make it through parliament?

 

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HAPS: Connecting the Unconnected in Mexico

Posted on 14th November 2018

High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) can meet the growing demand for high-capacity broadband networks, particularly in underserved areas. In a country like Mexico, with a sharp rural-urban divide, areas of low population density, and difficult terrain, the technology can provide an answer to connectivity challenges. Accordingly, at the end of October, the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) organised a HAPS workshop in Mexico City to discuss the commercial, economic, and social potentials for this nascent technology.

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Tapping into the Connected Cars Market: What You Need to Know

Posted on 7th November 2018

Driving, still fundamentally similar to when the automobile was first popularised through the 1920s, has long been targeted for digital innovation. Connectivity technologies for cars have been gathering momentum since the 1990s, improving safety and efficiency. However, many services are still at an early stage of adoption. Reaching their full potential may come with vehicles becoming fully automated — but it will also need the auto industry, national and local governments, and tech companies to address the regulatory and technical challenges.

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Brexit Brief: Budget Offers Cash Prize for Brexit Deal

Posted on 1st November 2018

The last UK budget before Brexit could have been one timed for an election. It announced significant spending increases on public services and moving up tax cuts for millions.  Also promised was a £15 billion “deal dividend” if there is a Brexit deal.

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2018 Budget: Key Talking Points

Posted on 1st November 2018

On 29 October, Philip Hammond delivered his third budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer – and the last before the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union. Here are the agenda items of his speech that got us talking at Access Partnership.

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Walking the Talk: Can Canada Champion the AI Revolution?

Posted on 25th October 2018

Canada, like many countries, is pitching to lead the fourth industrial revolution and “own the artificial intelligence century.” These moves are backed up by several policy initiatives and a supportive government. In the the second article of our series analysing artificial intelligence (AI) strategies, we look into Canada’s bid to champion the AI revolution?

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Thailand 4.0: Digital ID, Cybersecurity, and Personal Data Protection Developments

Posted on 24th October 2018

As the Thai government prepares for its Thailand 4.0 economic model with hopes that it will elevate the nation’s status to a high-income country, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) is drafting legislation on several issues that could spur or hinder these efforts. Consequently, firms conducting business in Thailand, whether based within or outside its borders, may need to consider upcoming regulatory obligations and compliance requirements.

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Brussels Summit Special: Another Year of Brexit Brief Beckons

Posted on 18th October 2018

The moment of truth has been delayed – again.  Barely days after confirming an extraordinary summit would occur in November, European leaders have cancelled it, saying there has not been enough progress to warrant it.  So, now, we are assured, a deal will be reached in December. With the Article 50 deadline still looming at the end of March next year, Theresa May needs to move quickly to gain something that’s acceptable to the EU-27, the European Parliament, her own party, its Northern Irish partners the DUP, and the House of Commons. Quite how she will do that, nobody knows.

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Singapore’s ‘Fake News’ Crack Down: Will Actions Speak Louder than Words?

Posted on 17th October 2018

On 20 September 2018, Singapore’s Deliberate Online Falsehoods Committee released a report offering 22 recommendations to address “deliberate online falsehoods” — what has become known as ‘fake news.’

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Treasury & Risk Magazine: The Europeans Are Winning the Global Privacy Debate

Posted on 11th October 2018

The GDPR has reframed the global privacy debate and provoked a flood of imitators and new rules around the world which are multiplying the barriers to global business. However, countries are not just copying and pasting GDPR, but are putting their own spin on the framework. In a guest article for Treasury & Risk Magazine, Access Partnership’s Ryan Johnson and Logan Finucan argue that it’s time for US lawmakers to develop a comprehensive framework for data privacy—and lead the world to a consistent approach that global businesses can rely on.

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Brexit Brief: The Sound of Silence

Posted on 10th October 2018

Brexit negotiators have gone quiet on both sides – at least at their respective centres in London and Brussels. They are working behind the scenes to overcome differences on the outstanding hurdles to a Brexit deal and not revealing much on the state of negotiations prior to a critical European Council summit on 18 October.

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From the Desk of Greg Francis: Pen Testing the US Cyber Strategy

Posted on 10th October 2018

Access Partnership’s Managing Director Greg Francis dissects the US Cyber Strategy in a guest blog for Circle ID: “The Strategy may set itself up to fail, therefore, in two ways: first by its inability to see that America’s competitors in cyber security matters can be partners also. Second, it fails to explain how the multilateralism that underpins its success is going to be managed.” Read the full article here.

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HAPS/RPAS: Time for the Bird to Fly the Nest

Posted on 4th October 2018

On 13 September, Access Partnership hosted a roundtable discussion on the role of High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) applications in telecom infrastructure. The event was led by our Director for Infrastructure, Colin Thompson, and attended by HAPS/RPAS developers and vendors, government and regulators, and industry experts from the legal, financial and insurance industries. What are the challenges, opportunities and regulatory landscape for companies operating with HAPS/RPAS?

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Webinar Recording: GDPR Goes Global: The Case of Brazil and India

Posted on 4th October 2018

In this webinar, we analysed the GDPR’s influence in Brazil and India and the impact of their own updates to data protection legislation on key business sectors. We also looked at what leading companies are doing to comply with new requirements to identify the best practices that will allow companies to stay ahead of the wave of GDPR-inspired regulations around the world.

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Brexit Brief: Prime Minister on the Defensive After Salzburg Summit Fallout

Posted on 27th September 2018

The Salzburg summit was billed as a chance for Prime Minister Theresa May to gather warm words of support about her Brexit plans from European counterparts in the run-up to a challenging Conservative party conference next week. Instead, May was thrown on to the defensive when EU leaders, led by European Council President Donald Tusk and French President Emmanuel Macron, rejected core elements of her plan as “unworkable,” although both stressed a deal was certainly possible.

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Tech UK: Looking at the Cloud Skills Gap

Posted on 26th September 2018

In a guest blog for Tech UK, Access Partnership’s Public Policy Director Matthew McDermott tackles the cloud skills gap by looking to UK digital strategy.

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Via Satellite: Regulatory Considerations of Satellite Data Analytics

Posted on 25th September 2018

In a guest article for Via Satellite Magazine, Access Partnership’s Policy Analyst Richard Upchurch exposes the growing number of regulatory considerations in the areas of privacy, AI and cloud computing for space and satellite companies.

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GDPR Goes Global: The Case of Brazil and India

Posted on 19th September 2018

The GDPR has decisively reshaped the global privacy debate, as evident by Brazil and India’s proposed new data protection laws that bear the GDPR’s mark. While harmonising approaches to privacy may make international compliance easier, they also presage how GDPR will provoke an additional wave of new, divergent rules in key markets. It’s worth keeping a weather eye open to what other GDPR-inspired laws may wash ashore.

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EU Policy-Makers Return to Digital Single Market Log Jam

Posted on 5th September 2018

With a little over a year to go until the end of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s tenure, the likelihood of completing the digital single market (DSM) is increasingly unlikely. MEPs, bureaucrats and, lobbyists return to Brussels this week from the long summer break, faced with a dense log jam of legislative files to be completed before the Parliament is dissolved for the European elections in 2019.

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Navigating Through the Regulatory Channels: A To-Do List for Satellite Service Operators and End Users

Posted on 31st August 2018

For a multinational company interested in expanding its portfolio, the patchwork regulatory landscape can be intimidating. Industry actors must comb through national and regional licensing processes and fee regulation before offering their services. What should you consider when you’re planning on providing satellite services?

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HM Treasury Opens Investigation on Data, Competition, and Digital Markets

Posted on 29th August 2018

In early August, the UK government appointed former Obama advisor Professor Jason Furman to lead a review of data and competition in digital markets for the Treasury. Furman will lead a panel of experts to examine the impact of data-driven innovation on the competitive landscape for providers of digital products and services in the UK.

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Brexit Brief: Negotiations Pick Up the Pace. Will They Gain Momentum?

Posted on 22nd August 2018

Brexit negotiations will accelerate dramatically, now moving from discrete rounds of monthly talks to one long set of ongoing talks in a bid to resolve outstanding issues before the next European Council summit in October.

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Access Partnership Co-Writes a Paper on Cybersecurity Culture, Norms and Values

Posted on 17th August 2018

Access Partnership’s Ryan Johnson co-wrote a background paper to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Best Practices Forum on Cybersecurity. The paper is focusing on the culture, norms and values in cybersecurity and the plan of action on the Best Practice Forums (BPFs). Download the paper here.

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Introducing the new European Electronic Communications Code (EECC)

Posted on 15th August 2018

The sweeping update to European telecoms legislation — the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) — is likely to be formally adopted before the end of the year. Member states will then have two years to incorporate it into national law. Who will benefit from the new legislation?

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Leading by Example: the UAE’s Bid to Champion the AI Revolution

Posted on 15th August 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been hailed as a transformative, revolutionary technology at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution. Nations world-wide are striving to develop and implement AI-friendly policies to encourage the adoption of AI applications in economic verticals including transport, health, space, renewable energy, and education.

This is the first of a series of articles aiming to familiarise readers with the AI strategies of some of the nations at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution, starting with the United Arab Emirates.

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Brexit Brief: A Warning, a Summit, and a Charm Offensive – but Still No Deal

Posted on 8th August 2018

While parliament has broken up for its summer recess, Prime Minister Theresa May has been busy dispatching ministers to EU countries in an effort to appeal directly to member states.

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GDPR: The Fines are Coming

Posted on 27th July 2018

Enforcement actions for breaches of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could come before the end of the year, according to the European Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová. The legislation, which has significantly strengthened consumers’ rights to privacy and data protection in the EU, introduces the possibility of mammoth fines. Breaches of the GDPR can cost companies up to 4% of their global turnover. While organisations processing large amounts of customer data are particularly at risk, no sector escapes scrutiny.

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Brexit Wrap-Up: The State of Play Before Summer Break

Posted on 23rd July 2018

After a year of slow progress, internal disputes and a position that fluctuates from one summit to another, the March European Council summit marked a breakthrough for the UK’s negotiations when the EU27 signed off on a draft legal text for the withdrawal agreement, a transition period, and negotiating guidelines for the future relationship between the UK and EU. However, the negotiations have stalled and no significant progress was made at the latest summit in June.

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New America: Progress, Pauses, and Power Shifts in China’s Cybersecurity Law Regime

Posted on 20th July 2018

China’s Cybersecurity Law (CSL) has a remarkably wide reach in Chinese society, serving as the centerpiece of perhaps the most comprehensive cyberspace governance regime in the world. Still, more than a year after official implementation, a great deal of the regulatory and standards-setting work remains incomplete. Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu looks at the the progress and setbacks of CSL in a guest article for New America.

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Smart Cities Require More than the Buenos Aires Declaration

Posted on 19th July 2018

The Buenos Aires Declaration rightly acknowledges the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) in enabling smarter and more sustainable cities, including the economic benefits that can be derived from distributed computing, machine and deep learning, and big data analytics. However, capitalising on the Declaration will not be an easy task.

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What Happens Next in the US-China Trade War?

Posted on 13th July 2018

On Tuesday 10 July, the Trump administration threw another curveball in the spiralling US-China trade war with a fresh tariff list targeting $200 billion in Chinese goods with a 10% tariff. The shock action was foreseen by few in Washington or Beijing and comes hot on the tail of actions to finalise and apply the first tranche of $50 billion in tariffs.

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France-UK Digital Colloque

Posted on 12th July 2018

On 5 July the French government hosted the France-UK Digital Colloque, the latest of a series on the France-UK Data Innovation Taskforce Report, published in June 2016. Matt Allison reflects on what the Digital Colloque means for the two parties.

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Times are e-Changing: Progress on the ePrivacy Regulation

Posted on 12th July 2018

On 17 July, attachés from the EU member states will once again meet to discuss the Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications – or ePrivacy Regulation for short. After months of near-deadlock, there is a renewed impetus to move forward with this difficult file.

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Brexit Brief: Brexiteers Walk

Posted on 11th July 2018

The British Secretary of State for Exiting the EU and the Foreign Secretary have resigned from the government, saying they cannot support the prime minister’s Brexit policy — which only managed to secure cabinet approval on Friday.

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ASEAN Smart Cities: What About the Governance Issues?

Posted on 10th July 2018

As the ASEAN Chair this year, Singapore is proposing an ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) framework that will create a set of normative guidelines to inform a member state’s smart city development. Seha Yatim reflects on governance issues that may arise as ASEAN member states pursue their smart cities initiatives.

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What to Do When Your Hacker Is a Nation State?

Posted on 5th July 2018

Companies have learned to deal with cyber criminals going after their data, whether sophisticated transnational crime syndicates or the “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.” But what about when a powerful nation-state decides to attack a company’s systems?

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Curtain Call for the Bulgarian Presidency

Posted on 3rd July 2018

Amidst the drama of a marathon late night European Council summit at the end of June, the six-month Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU quietly drew to a close. What achievements can the Bulgarian presidency celebrate, and what challenges remain for the incoming Austrian and Romanian presidencies before the European elections in 2019?  

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Four Takeaways from the Future of Digital Disruption

Posted on 2nd July 2018

On 28 June, Access Partnership looked into the future at the Digital Leadership Forum’s event on “the Future of Digital Disruption,” which gathered senior executives from a range of industries to discuss how drones and artificial intelligence are transforming industries, from agriculture to transport to healthcare. Kirsten Williams took the front row to report on the event.

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Brexit Brief: A Watershed Moment, and a Post-Watershed Moment

Posted on 27th June 2018

The EU Withdrawal Bill has become law 11-and-a-half months after first being introduced in parliament.  The EU Withdrawal Act, as it is now, will incorporate EU law into British statute after it leaves the EU and after the transition period.

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Free Flow Flows Freely; Copyright Headed for Plenary Showdown

Posted on 22nd June 2018

EU legislators took big steps forward on two Digital Single Market files this week, as both the Free Flow of non-personal Data Regulation and the Copyright Directive cleared major hurdles. Matt Allison reflects on the major policy happenings from the past week.

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Drone Futures: How the UK Can Lead from the Front

Posted on 20th June 2018

A techUK event on 13 June brought together manufacturers, policy-makers, regulators, and professional users to explore the policy challenges around taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by drones.

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US Poised to Escalate Trade War with China, with Tech Consumers at Risk

Posted on 14th June 2018

On 15 June, the US Trade Representative (USTR) will release its final list of Chinese goods that will be subject to a 25% tariff.

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Trump Doubles Down on Trade Fight with Allies

Posted on 14th June 2018

President Donald Trump has doubled down on his decision to pick trade fights with close US allies, targeting steel, aluminium, and potentially automobile components for new tariffs.  The actions are a serious escalation of the new US administration’s efforts to confront what it sees as unfair trading practices and unduly restrictive international rules.

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Brexit Special: Schrödinger’s Rebellion

Posted on 14th June 2018

This Brexit Special examines the fall-out from Tuesday’s votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons.

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‘The GDPR on steroids’: The ePrivacy Regulation

Posted on 13th June 2018

Even as Europe finished the final preparations for the implementation of the GDPR, the Brussels machine began gearing up for the next round of battles on data protection. This time, the fight is over what’s been dubbed the “GDPR on steroids” — the ePrivacy Regulation.

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Brexit Brief: Labouring Toward a Softer Brexit

Posted on 7th June 2018

Britain’s principal opposition party, the Labour Party, has signalled a shift toward a much softer Brexit.  With Prime Minister Theresa May lacking a majority in the House of Commons, and facing rebellion from her own party, Labour’s position makes the parliamentary arithmetic more interesting.

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Disrupt But Don’t Be Disrupted: Risk-Proof Your Start-Up Model

Posted on 5th June 2018

Start-ups may seem immune to issues that affect traditional businesses because they are asset light and do not require a complex infrastructure to operate, thanks to the Internet and cloud. Seha Yatim argues that disruptive technologies are as susceptible to risks as any other business models.

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Thoughts on the First Week of GDPR and the Future for Data Protection

Posted on 4th June 2018

On 30 May, Access Partnership joined a wide range of stakeholders at Digital Europe’s “The GDPR story: an early, wide-ranging assessment” panel to discuss the first five days of the GDPR and the future for data protection.

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Six Takeaways from “Courts of the Future” Symposium in Kenya

Posted on 1st June 2018

After the great success of our “Courts of the Future” workshop in London at the end of April, Access Partnership, Microsoft and Strathmore Law School held a second symposium on the digital transformation of court systems last week in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Business Times: Fortifying Retail Operations as Cyberthreats Intensify

Posted on 29th May 2018

Ryan Johnson, Senior Public Policy Manager, Access Partnership co-wrote a guest article for The Business Times. The article looks at the cyber challenges and potential solutions for the retail sector.

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Council Issues DSM Scorecard While Commission Turns Up the Heat

Posted on 23rd May 2018

It was a story of two documents in the Brussels bubble last week, one from the European Commission, one from the outgoing Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and both with key insights into the success of the EU’s flagship Digital Single Market strategy.

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The Diplomat: Scoping Critical Information Infrastructure in China

Posted on 22nd May 2018

Xiaomeng Lu, International Public Policy Manager, Access Partnership wrote a guest article for The Diplomat.

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Courts of the Future: Digital Transformation of Court Systems in Action

Posted on 21st May 2018

Join judges, public officials, IT and policy experts for roundtable discussions and guided exercises on digital transformation of courts systems. Learn from your peers and share your experiences on potential solutions to reduce administrative costs, improve services, and create a more responsive and engaging justice system for citizens.

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Regulatory Trends and Associated Risks for Satellite Connectivity in the Oil and Gas Sector

Posted on 18th May 2018

Access Partnership’s Senior Consultant Vadim Doronin provided an overview of the regulatory trends and associated risks on satellite connectivity based on our knowledge and experience working in jurisdictions around the world. For more information, please download the presentation here.

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Brexit Brief: EEA Back in the Spotlight

Posted on 17th May 2018

From the tensions between the home nations to the dispute around remaining in the European Economic Area (EEA), catch up with the latest Brexit stories, digested.

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Three Lessons for Bringing the Courts System to the Digital Age

Posted on 4th May 2018

Digital tools are transforming the delivery of justice in the UK, and their success holds valuable lessons, particularly for the developing world. These applications not only save money by reducing overhead and the costs of printing, but also transform the working methods of the justice system and increase efficiency.  This means faster access to justice, more transparency in the justice system, and courts that are accessible for citizens.

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Brexit Brief: Decision Time Approaches

Posted on 3rd May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has one week to find a new proposal to manage the customs relationship between the UK and EU after Brexit after it became clear the cabinet would not unite around her preferred proposal.

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Reflections on EU’s Digital Week: Policy Makers Eye Next Stage of Internet Regulation

Posted on 27th April 2018

This week saw MEPs and Commission officials speaking openly on tech regulation at the European Parliament High Level Conference: Shaping our Digital Future. Matt Allison reflects on EU’s Digital Week.

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The Ethical Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

Posted on 27th April 2018

In a guest blog for Tech UK, Matt Allison asks whether artificial intelligence presents a fundamental ethical challenge requiring a new regulatory framework.

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How Will the GDPR Affect Inflight Connectivity?

Posted on 24th April 2018

From 25 May 2018, the long-awaited legislation will introduce requirements on areas ranging from the way data is collected to subject’s rights, mandated data protection officers, and cross-border transfer. Together, they bring the EU into the firmest data privacy framework ever.

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Brexit Brief: The Anti-Establishment Lords?

Posted on 19th April 2018

From the UK government losing the customs union vote to the Commonwealth immigration scandal, catch up with the latest Brexit stories, digested.

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From the Desk of Greg Francis: US Congress Re-Launches Treaty Talks on Internet Economy

Posted on 16th April 2018

Final echoes of the US Senate committee’s questions of Facebook last week will only fade in the UN Security Council where, in a few years, Member States will adopt a treaty on regulation of the Internet Economy. By opening wide the door to questions on privacy, revenue, security and purpose, Congress showed its well-placed concern and signaled that others can too.

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Access Partnership to Host Debates on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in New York on 23 and 24 May

Posted on 13th April 2018

The forum will be a day and a half, off-the-record event for government and legal affairs staff to bring their concerns and questions to be answered by experts, as well as to develop a sense of where and how these policy issues are developing.

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EU Commits to Hit The Ground Running on AI, Blockchain, eHealth and Innovation

Posted on 11th April 2018

On 11 March, Access Partnership attended the second EU Digital Day, hosted by the Commission in Brussels, with participation from a swathe of national digital ministers. As anticipated, no less than 23 countries (both EU member states and candidate states, including Serbia) signed a joint declaration on artificial intelligence committing to enhanced cooperation to ensure that Europe does not fall behind either China or the United States when it comes to AI innovation and deployment.

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The Race for 5G

Posted on 10th April 2018

5G, the next generation of mobile wireless communications, isn’t set to roll out in the UK until 2020, but networks are ahead of the game. With EE’s Chief Executive predicting that 5G is only 18 months away in February, last week Ofcom auctioned spectrum to provide space for the coming generation of mobile networks. Who are the winners and losers?

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Brexit Brief: Brexit at Half Time

Posted on 4th April 2018

Brexit negotiations reached new heights of tension yesterday as a row launched over Britain’s access to Galileo, the EU’s global navigation satellite system.

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US Proposes Tariffs On USD 50 Billion of Chinese Goods

Posted on 4th April 2018

The US Trade Representative (USTR) yesterday released its proposed list of Chinese products that would be subject to a 25% tariff. The action further escalates trade tensions between China and the United States.

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US and China Inch Towards Trade War

Posted on 4th April 2018

On 22 March 2018, President Trump signed an executive memorandum calling for retaliatory tariffs of up to USD 60 billion in Chinese imports. According to the White House, the new measures are to penalise China for stealing American companies’ intellectual property and will target China’s high-tech products sector. The US Trade Representative recommended these measures following a rarely-used Section 301 investigation. The memorandum also called for investment restrictions and a new WTO challenge to Chinese practices.

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Access Partnership Co-Writes a Paper on China’s Reorganisation Plan for Cybersecurity

Posted on 27th March 2018

Access Partnership’s China practice lead Xiaomeng Lu co-wrote a report for New America on the Chinese government’s reorganisation plan for cybersecurity. 

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Access Partnership appoints Alexis Serfaty as Director of Global Public Policy

Posted on 27th March 2018

Based in Washington, DC, Alexis Serfaty will be responsible for driving our expanding operations and will lead the data governance and cybersecurity teams.

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US CLOUD Act Now Law

Posted on 26th March 2018

The CLOUD Act has been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. The measure streamlines US law enforcement access to data stored overseas and creates a mechanism for cloud computing providers to share data with foreign governments in some situations.

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A Tech Revenue Tax for Europe?

Posted on 23rd March 2018

European Commission has unveiled legislative measures designed to ensure digital businesses pay their “fair share” of tax in EU member states that they bill as “fair and growth-friendly” – but criticism is already mounting. As the US and business groups weigh in, and with the international OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project still ongoing, Access Partnership’s Matt Allison asks: are the EU jumping the gun?

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Brexit Brief: Transition – A Bridge, or Bridge Too Far?

Posted on 21st March 2018

From the extended transition period to Gibraltar’s status, catch up with this week’s most important Brexit stories, digested.

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EU Pitches for Data Protection Gold Standard

Posted on 19th March 2018

On 25 May, the General Data Protection Regulation becomes legally enforceable – after six years of the most intensive lobbying campaign in EU policy-making history, says Matt Allison. Will the EU reap a benefit from imposing tough data protection standards on third countries?

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Access Partnership to Host WSIS 2018 Panel on Cybersecurity

Posted on 15th March 2018

On this panel, we will identify the most pressing challenges to government and industry, and discuss recommendations to address them. We’ll use the discussion to share ideas and good practice from across the board in order to find a workable framework that benefits all stakeholders.

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Access Partnership to Host Debates on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in San Francisco on 19 and 20 March

Posted on 9th March 2018

The forum will be a day and a half, off-the-record event for government and legal affairs staff to bring their concerns and questions to be answered by experts, as well as to develop a sense of where and how these policy issues are developing.

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Brexit Brief: Cherry Picking But No Picnic

Posted on 8th March 2018

There’s been cherry picking and baskets aplenty but no picnic for Theresa May this week, says Brexit Brief.

The sound and fury of Brexit can be hard to follow. Keep up with the headlines through Access Partnership’s recurring Brexit Brief; the week’s most important Brexit stories, digested.   

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Access Partnership Paper on Norms for Cybersecurity in Southeast Asia

Posted on 23rd November 2017

Broad adoption of cybersecurity norms can help promote social development, economic development, and lend stability and security. That’s why Access Partnership have published a white paper on cybersecurity norms in Southeast Asia for the Global Conference on CyberSpace.

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The Three Communist Party Rising Stars That Explain Chinese Cyberspace Policy

Posted on 20th November 2017

The recent Communist Party Congress in China showed how President Xi Jinping is strengthening his grip on cyberspace policies. So, after President Trump’s generous reception in China during his Asia tour, who are the rising political stars that US tech CEOs should watch?

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Access Partnership Hosts Expert Roundtable on Cybersecurity for Post-Brexit UK

Posted on 28th September 2017

The UK wants to position itself as a highly secure place to do business after leaving the EU, but is it doing the right things to address cybersecurity? Access Partnership convened a round table forum of experts from civil society and the private sector to ask questions on hot-button issues from increased surveillance to international cybersecurity cooperation.

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How Singapore’s Race To Go Cashless Can Be Inclusive Too

Posted on 26th September 2017

Singaporeans are still skeptical of an entirely cashless society, writes Seha Yatim, but keeping Singapore at the forefront of technological innovation will require overcoming their doubts. The huge benefits of a cashless economy can only be achieved with full support from the population – and that means ensuring the transition is fully inclusive.

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New Wiper Malware Highlights Threat to Law Firms and Consultancies

Posted on 6th July 2017

DLA Piper’s breach by the Petya malware should be a wake-up call to companies that deal with sensitive information. Among large corporations, some protection is common – but is it enough, and how can smaller businesses manage this threat?

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Five Eyes Communiqué Heralds Potential Reigniting of Crypto Wars

Posted on 6th July 2017

Some institutions in The Five Eyes countries have always wanted to weaken cryptography, but others have stood as a bulwark against them. As political pressure to undermine encryption grows, will they reignite the Crypto Wars?

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Election Special

Posted on 19th April 2017

Theresa May’s announcement of a snap election took the policy world by surprise. Our Director of EMEA Public Policy, Matthew McDermott, writes on what this means for Brexit, business and the shape of the UK’s politics.

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The Final (Brexit) Countdown

Posted on 6th April 2017

Lord Kerr had never imagined the United Kingdom would leave the European Union when he drafted the text of Article 50 in 2003. Nevertheless, the process has begun – what lies ahead? Haude Lannon counts down the expected events before the UK leaves the EU.

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Business-to-Business Platforms and Intermediary Liability

Posted on 27th March 2017

How do you stand on an unbalanced platform? Public Policy Manager Matt Allison looks at the Commission’s evolving response to liability for online services.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault 7: CIA Gives a Free Lesson in Personal Cyber Security

Posted on 8th March 2017

Ryan Johnson talks about the tantalizing trove of Vault 7. But what lessons does it have for our own cybersecurity?

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ICANN Can Help China Secure Cyberspace

Posted on 7th March 2017

Managing Director of Access Partnership, Gregory Francis, on China’s approach to regulation and ICANN.

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A Template for Adequacy: EU Pitches for Data Protection Gold Standard

Posted on 9th February 2017

Unnoticed by Brussels-watchers, the European Commission is moving ahead with promoting their data protection regime. Matt Allison on their endgame and its implications.

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Cloud computing: Lonely wanderer no more?

Posted on 3rd October 2016

Cloud computing has enjoyed relative freedom from regulation but, as the services they provide grow in importance, this might change, writes Anna Guégan.

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Brexit: Questions to the Prime Minister

Posted on 13th July 2016

Theresa May is prime minister – nine weeks sooner than she expected.  Brexit will surely define her premiership, but she must first define Brexit. Staff member Mike Laughton looks ahead to the decisions to be made.

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Taxation and the Digital Economy: Closing the Loop

Posted on 29th March 2016

The digital economy grows faster than policy-makers can legislate for taxation, just as the public is paying more attention to these matters. Policy Analyst Matt Allison takes a look at recent initiatives to maximise revenues, and examines policy-makers’ motives.

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Will the Digital Single Market save the EU?

Posted on 23rd March 2016

If the EU is to keep Britain in, it should be more customer-facing, as Matthew McDermott, our EMEA Public Policy Director, argues. A digital single market might sway enough people to make the difference – and this presents an opportunity for business.

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Access Alert: Behind the EU-US Privacy Shield – What is ‘Safe Harbour 2.0’?

Posted on 10th February 2016

The ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ is hailed as ‘Safe Harbour 2.0’, but hurdles remain, and even clearing them is no guarantee of a harmonious data-transfer environment for tech companies. Our experts bring you up to date.

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Battles to come over TPP for tech

Posted on 20th January 2016

The hard work of negotiating the largest multilateral trade deal in history may have wrapped up last October in Atlanta, but the battle over its ratification is just getting started, with voices old and new engaging fiercely. Policy Analyst Logan Finucan discusses the issues at stake and the US groups on all sides of the ratification debate.

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Drone regulations must have public confidence to secure industry’s future

Posted on 24th September 2015

The industry must actively work with markets developing regulations to ensure that the public are talking about how we exploit the benefits of drones, rather than whether we prevent their sale.

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Is Britain going to see the return of the Lord Chamberlain?

Posted on 3rd June 2015

Staff member Mike Laughton was following the Queen’s Speech. Although it’s known around the world as a chance for the British to bring back traditions most had forgotten about, this Address from the Throne might seek to bring back one more: censorship. We parse the pomp and ceremony to ask questions of the government’s programme for the technology sector.

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