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S&P Global: Amazon’s Robust Washington Lobbying Spend Expected to Continue

Posted on 14th August 2019

Access Partnership’s MD Gregory Francis spoke to S&P Global on why tech companies need lobbyists: “Tech firms often do a “terrible job” of communicating to government officials precisely what they do, not just in terms of providing services to consumers and the Department of Defense but their contribution to the overall economy. Communicating exactly what the problem is and what possible solutions exist is something that lobbyists have to do.” Read the full story here.

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Decipher: Capital One Breach Does Not Mean the Cloud is Insecure

Posted on 14th August 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data and Trust Michael Clauser spoke to Decipher on Capital One data breach: “The cloud is still orders of magnitude safer and more secure than when data was stored on premise. This wasn’t a failure of the cloud, but of personnel.” Read the full story here.

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Decipher: Capital One Breach Highlights Challenges of Insider Threats

Posted on 14th August 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data & Trust Michael Clauser was quoted by Decipher on Capital One data breach scandal: “Insider threats are the most dangerous and unpredictable threat vector.” Read the full story here.

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BAI Banking Strategies: Lessons From the Capital One Data Breach

Posted on 14th August 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data & Trust Mike Clauser spoke to BAI on Capital One data breach scandal: “The impact on consumers is unclear in the short term. It may take years before those customers know the full extent of the problems they will face. Data breaches can lead to anything from petty identity and credit card theft to public embarrassment.” Read the full story here.

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Automation.com: “Regulate Me!” – Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age

Posted on 1st August 2019

The topic du jour for tech regulation is not as you might expect, data, but rather a sexy new topic of interest to policymakers – artificial intelligence (AI).  Access Partnership’s Director Laura Sallstrom argues that regulation should be targeted at actions and human behavior, not at a type of technology.

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Bloomberg: Major Breakthrough in US-China Talks Unlikely

Posted on 30th July 2019

Access Partnership’s International Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Bloomberg TV about the disputes between the US and China and the implications for Huawei Technologies.

Watch the full interview here.

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Law.com: Former Pentagon Appointee Foresees Federal Privacy Law Within Four Years

Posted on 30th July 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data & Trust Michael Clauser spoke to LegalTechNews on the emerging cyber risks, the effectiveness of a federal privacy law, “False God” regulations, and the role the US will play in shaping cryptocurrencies regulation. Read the Q&A here.

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Financial Times: Technology: How the US, EU and China Compete to Set Industry Standards

Posted on 24th July 2019

Access Partnership’s Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Financial Times on China’s approach to technology standards: “China employs a “carrot and stick” strategy to deal with foreign players in standardisation — “mostly carrots in global environments and mostly sticks in domestic standardisation processes.” Read the full story here.

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Los Angeles Times: Trump Meets with Tech CEOs and Takes a Step Toward Easing Huawei Ban

Posted on 24th July 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by Los Angeles Times on the expected face-to-face negotiations between Trump and Huawei. Read the full story here.

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Bloomberg: Trump Agrees to Timely Decisions on Huawei as China Talks Near

Posted on 24th July 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Bloomberg on the expected face-to-face negotiations between Trump and Huawei: “The meeting is an opportunity for US companies to demonstrate how resuming sales to Huawei’s consumer business can help American corporations innovate better and outperform the Chinese telecoms giant in the long run.”

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Space News: Inmarsat Buyer Bidco Vows to Stay Local Amid Regulatory Scrutiny

Posted on 22nd July 2019

Access Partnership’s MD Greg Francis spoke to Space News on the regulatory review of Inmarsat’s buyout: “It has a vanishingly small chance of delaying this buyout, not least because there is no competition issue created by the action. Competition in the markets Inmarsat serves is healthy and getting healthier.” Read the full story here.

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South China Morning Post: Turning Around Huawei’s Battered Image: A Tough Job But Someone Ought To Do It, Crisis Management Experts Say

Posted on 22nd July 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to South China Morning Post on Huawei’s crisis strategy: “They’re betting that Xi Jinping will save them politically. In the worst case, they’re betting they’ll lose much of the international market” but receive Chinese subsidies, Lu said, adding that Ren’s bond with the government “is very, very strong”.

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Tech News World: Equifax Data Breach Settlement No Wrist Slap

Posted on 22nd July 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data & Trust Mike Clauser spoke to Tech News World on Equifax data breach settlement: “Consumers should not bear the costs of computer crime, but neither should other crime victims, like the vendor.” Read the full story here.

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Michael A. Clauser Named Global Head of Data & Trust at Access Partnership

Posted on 18th July 2019

Based in Washington DC, Clauser will drive thought leadership and client service for the world’s leading technology brands in areas of cybersecurity, supply chain security, data privacy, cross-border data flow, and trust. His work will also require working collaboratively to develop ethical principles on which emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, drones, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and autonomous vehicles can serve people around the world.

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South China Morning Post: For Chinese Firms in US, Ability to Navigate the Cultural Gap Can Determine Success or Failure

Posted on 17th July 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by South China Morning Post on the US China culture gap: “Chinese culture is very adverse to confrontation. They beat around the bush more than Americans.” Read the full story here.

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Forbes: The Problem with China’s Investments — From Malaysia to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Uganda

Posted on 15th July 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by Forbes on China’s investments in South East Asia and Africa: “Chinese President Xi aims to realise the ‘great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ by projecting power overseas through the “Belt and Road” initiative. This political economy effort is paired with China’s growing military might in the South China Sea and the African continent, posing a growing challenge to the U.S. security umbrella worldwide.” Read the full story here.

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EE Times: Wireless Vendors, Get to WRC!

Posted on 8th July 2019

In an op-ed for EE Times, Access Partnership’s MD Greg Francis argues that although the WRC conference is not happening for years, tech companies need to start thinking about it now, if they want to have their voice heard in this increasingly high-stake global game. Read the full article here.

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The New York Times: As Trump and Xi Talk Trade, Huawei Will Loom Large

Posted on 2nd July 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to The New York Times on Huawei’s role in the US China trade war: “They can survive. The company will just have to stand more firmly on China’s side of the increasingly “splintered” world of tech. The US only picks suppliers they trust, and China will pick suppliers they trust.” Read the full story here.

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CircleID: Move Fast and Regulate Things

Posted on 25th June 2019

On the back of Facebook’s call for an independent third party regulator for social media companies, Access Partnership’s MD Greg Francis reflects if this is the right solution, in an op-ed for CircleID.

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Forbes: America Should Finish Rebuilding China

Posted on 18th June 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data Policy & Trust Laura Sallstrom spoke to Forbes on US China trade history: “The plethora of American companies that build their products in China then ship them to the rest of the world are contributing positively to its trade balance. Years of forced technology transfer, partnership requirements, lesser WTO standards than other trading partners…these all contributed to the growth of China.” Read the full story here.

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Forbes: US-China Trade War At A New Low Point: What Are The Retaliatory Options For The Two Sides

Posted on 1st June 2019

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Forbes on US-China retaliatory options in the trade war: “If Beijing decides to go out of traditional negotiation lanes, America’ Iran sanction plan might become another flash point in the deteriorating US-China relations.” Read the full story here.

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Forbes: US-China Trade: Huawei is Drilling a Hole at the Bottom of a Sinking Titanic

Posted on 31st May 2019

On the back of Huawei’s filing of a motion for summary judgement last week and the followed press release, Access Partnership’s Policy Manager and China Practice Lead Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Forbes: “Huawei’s emotional statement is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of their problem in the US. The Chinese telecom equipment giant has a recorded history of sanctions violations, and attempts to skirt CFIUS process.” 

Read the full story here.

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SearchCIO: Trump’s Move to Ban Huawei a Wake-Up Call for IT Execs

Posted on 21st May 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data Policy and Trust Laura Sallstrom spoke to SearchCIO on Trump’s ban on Huawei products from US networks:

“The goal of this action is clearly to target Huawei, but its broad reference and vague writing open the door to broader inspection of the US technology supply chain. Any executive whose company sources any part of his or her supply chain in China should be concerned about this.”

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Retail News Asia: Forever 21 China Closes Down Online Stores

Posted on 15th May 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by Retail News Asia on Forever 21 closing China operations: “Overall this is a big and tough market to compete for non-Chinese brands, given strong domestic competition and unique consumer demands. Domestic e-commerce giants such as Alibaba, JD.com, and Pinduoduo compete fiercely against each other as well as edge out smaller brands.” Read the full story here.

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Scroll.In: TikTok’s Temporary Ban has Spurred Rival Apps to Make Users Clean Up Their Act on the Internet

Posted on 10th May 2019

On the back of the recent ban of TikTok app in India, Access Partnership’s Policy Analyst Mike Laughton spoke to Quartz on the challenges for internet platforms to filter content.

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Space News: ITU Wants Megaconstellations to Meet Tougher Launch Milestones

Posted on 9th May 2019

Access Partnership’s Director Mike Thompson spoke to Space News about how ITU’s rules surrounding NGSO constellations bring and keep into use their spectrum are changing and how a shift from needing just one satellite to deploying satellites in accordance with milestones will be discussed at WRC-19. Read the full story here.

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Quartz: After TikTok Ban, Rival Apps Scramble to Get Indians to Clean Up Their Act on the Internet

Posted on 8th May 2019

On the back of the recent ban of TikTok app in India, Access Partnership’s Policy Analyst Mike Laughton spoke to Quartz on the challenges for internet platforms to filter content. Read the full story here.

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Forbes: Pushed into a Corner, China has Three Options to End the Trade War

Posted on 7th May 2019

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Forbes on China’s options to deal with the US trade war: “The Chinese have learnt to take Trump seriously, albeit not literally over the past year. It’s significant that they didn’t immediately threaten to escalate the tariff war, nor did they cancel Vice Premier Liu’s Washington, D.C. trip overnight.”

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Forbes: What China Wants From Africa? Everything

Posted on 4th May 2019

Access Partnership’s China Practice Lead Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Forbes on China’s ambitions in Africa: “Chinese companies’ high-risk tolerance, low profit margin business model fares well in the developing world. China’s commercial sector’s interest overlaps with its government’s initiative in these geographies. For example, Huawei operates on very thin profit margin and is the industry leader in many emerging markets where western competitors such as Nokia and Ericsson failed to make profit.”

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Inside Retail Asia: Forever 21 Chinese Online Store to Close

Posted on 29th April 2019

Access Partnership’s Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by Inside Retail Asia on Forever 21 plans to shut down operations in China: “Overall this is a big and tough market to compete for non-Chinese brands, given strong domestic competition and unique consumer demands. Chinese customers are used to shopping on apps, expect low-cost same-day shipping, and tend to have little brand loyalty.” Read the full story here.

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Retail Dive: Forever 21 Shutting Down Chinese e-Commerce Site

Posted on 29th April 2019

Access Partnership’s China Practice Lead Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Retail Dive on Forever 21 shutting down China operations: “Overall this is a big and tough market to compete for non-Chinese brands, given strong domestic competition and unique consumer demands. Domestic e-commerce giants such as Alibaba, JD, and Pinduoduo compete fiercely against each other as well as edge out smaller brands.” Read the full story here.

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The New York Times: Who Owns Huawei? The Company Tried to Explain. It Got Complicated.

Posted on 26th April 2019

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to The New York Times on Huawei’s ownership issues:

“It’s hard to prove if you’re not at least a partially publicly traded company… By exposing themselves to the vetting needed to list their shares on American stock exchanges, other Chinese technology firms have put the wider world at greater ease about the way they are run. That’s a kind of seal of approval.” 

Read the full article here.

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Fair Observer: Indonesia Needs to Negotiate with China

Posted on 24th April 2019

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by Fair Observer on China’s political and military ambitions in Indonesia. Read the full article here.

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Tech in Africa: Microsoft Launches ‘AI for Good’ in Kenya

Posted on 24th April 2019

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Strathmore University and Access Partnership to launch ‘AI for Good’ event series across Africa. The first event took place in Strathmore University, Kenya and discussed the role of AI in driving economic growth, development, and inclusion. Read the full article here.

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Capital FM Kenya: Agriculture Takes Lead in Adopting AI in Kenya

Posted on 18th April 2019

Access Partnership’s white paper “AI for Africa,” written in cooperation with Microsoft and University of Pretoria was featured in Capital FM Kenya in an article, looking into the role of AI in agriculture.

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CIO East Africa: AI to Play Key Role in Kenya’s Growth, Development and Democratisation

Posted on 18th April 2019

Access Partnership took part at the launch of Microsoft’s ‘AI for Good’ event series at Strathmore University Law School in Kenya. The roadshow will aim to explore how countries in Africa can make optimum use of AI, in a manner that will positively impact economic and social growth, development, and inclusion. Read the full article here.

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Hapa Kenya: Microsoft launches Artificial Intelligence for Africa White Paper

Posted on 18th April 2019

Microsoft and Access Partnership joint initiative “AI for Good” was featured at Hapa Kenya. The first of series of events across Africa aimed at exploring how Kenya can make use of AI optimally in a manner that will have a positive impact on economic and social growth.

Read the full article here.

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EurAsian Times: How Malaysia Challenged Chinese OBOR Project That Pakistan, Sri Lanka Only Aspired To Do?

Posted on 15th April 2019

Access Partnership’s China Practice Lead Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by EurAsian Times on China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative:

“Chinese President Xi aims to realize the ‘great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ by projecting power overseas through the “Belt and Road” initiative, which covers both Southeast Asia and Africa.” Read the full article here.

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Forbes: Chinese Investments: Malaysia Dares Something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, And Philippines Didn’t

Posted on 15th April 2019

Access Partnership’s China Practice Lead, Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Forbes on China’s political and military ambitions in Southeast Asia and Africa:

“Chinese President Xi aims to realize the ‘great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ by projecting power overseas through the “Belt and Road” initiative, which covers both Southeast Asia and Africa. This political economy effort is paired with China’s growing military might in the South China Sea and the African continent, posing a growing challenge to the U.S. security umbrella worldwide.”

Read the full article here.

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Nanalyze: Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Startups in Africa

Posted on 15th April 2019

Access Partnership’s white paper “Artificial Intelligence for Africa: An Opportunity for Growth, Development, and Democratisation” was quoted by Nanalyze in an article uncovering the top 10 AI startups in Africa. Read the full article here.

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Digital Leadership Forum: Matthew McDermott on the Future of Tech Regulation

Posted on 11th April 2019

Access Partnership’s Chief BD Officer Matthew McDermott spoke to Digital Leadership Forum on the future of technology regulation and the challenges that lie ahead. Read the interview here.

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Dakaractu: OTT vs. Opérateurs: Au-delà de la Clameur

Posted on 11th April 2019

Access Partnership’s Director for Africa Abdou Lo wrote an op-ed for Dakaractu, in the light of Orange Senegal accusing OTT players of causing a loss of 20 billion CFA per year. He argues that the breakthrough of OTTs require a reformulation of business models, not a ban. Read the full article here (in French).

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Venture Beat: Japan, the Unlikely Hero of Global Data Governance

Posted on 8th April 2019

The last three decades of digital data have been a Wild West of practically unlimited freedom and possibility. Recently, as is well known through regulatory frameworks such as GDPR, some regions are clamping down, affecting the ease of cross-border data flows and resulting in the isolation and siloing of data usage within borders, with no global standards for data governance to help move things forward.

In an op-ed for Venture Beat, Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Logan Finucan argues that Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe’s new initiative to build open rules for the global digital economy could be the way forward.

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Medium: The Case Against Breaking Up Big Tech

Posted on 3rd April 2019

Access Partnership’s MD Greg Francis spoke to Lance Ulanoff for Medium in the light of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attack on big tech. He suggests that tech companies should be more proactive in explaining to the public why her rhetoric is wrong. Read the full article here.

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Journal of Cyber Policy: Access Partnership’s 2019 Tech Policy Trends Study Points to Disruption Through AI, Digital Identity and Smart Cities

Posted on 2nd April 2019

Access Partnership’s Tech Policy Trends 2019 report was featured in Journal of Cyber Policy:

Access Partnership, a global public policy consultancy for the tech sector, recently released its outlook for the coming year in Tech Policy Trends in 2019, a study looking at digital and cyber policy, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, and intelligent healthcare in the EU and around the globe. The report explores how shifts in tech policy could disrupt business globally and highlights several governments’ race to leverage the benefits of AI, digital identity, and smart cities.

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IP Watchdog: Lighthizer’s Double Challenge: Protecting IP by Managing Both China and Trump

Posted on 19th March 2019

While a preliminary trade deal seems to have been struck between China and the United States over tariffs, the two sides have yet to seriously address the toughest and perhaps most economically crucial issues on the table: intellectual property, forced technology transfer, and cybertheft. In an op-ed for IP Watchdog, Access Partnership’s Logan Finucan reflects on the challenge to protect IP by managing both China and Trump.

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Press Release: Access Partnership’s 2019 Tech Policy Trends Study Points to Disruption Through AI, Digital Identity and Smart Cities

Posted on 18th March 2019

March 18, 2019 – London, UK. Access Partnership, a global public policy consultancy for the tech sector, recently released its outlook for the coming year in Tech Policy Trends in 2019, looking at digital and cyber policy, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, and intelligent healthcare around the globe. The report explores how shifts in tech policy could disrupt business, and highlights several governments’ race to leverage the benefits of AI, digital identity, and smart cities.

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Fast Company: How Africa is Seizing an AI Opportunity

Posted on 12th March 2019

Access Partnership’s white paper “Artificial Intelligence for Africa: An Opportunity for Growth, Development, and Democratisation,” was featured in Fast Company.

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DisCo: The American AI Initiative: What Could Implementation Look Like?

Posted on 8th March 2019

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu spoke to Project DisCo on America and China AI initiatives, arguing that “only the free flow of data can generate value”. Read the full article here.

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Launch of White Paper: Smart Courts: Roadmap for Digital Transformation of Justice in Africa

Posted on 5th March 2019

Strathmore Law School and Access Partnership, with the support of Microsoft, will be launching a white paper titled: “Smart Courts: Roadmap for Digital Transformation of Justice in Africa” on 7th March, 2019 at Microsoft Policy Innovation Centre, Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Jakarta Post: The Privacy Battle in Indonesia – the Longer the Battle, the More Consumers Stand to Lose

Posted on 21st February 2019

Indonesia are targeting their draft personal data protection bills to be passed by this year. Access Partnership’s Policy Analyst Seha Yatim argues that privacy law is pertinent to Indonesia if it wants to continue attracting foreign investments and homegrown innovators in an op-ed for The Jakarta Post.

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MilsatMagazine: AI for Africa: Opportunities For Government

Posted on 18th February 2019

Access Partnership’s white paper “AI for Africa: An Opportunity for Growth, Development and Democratisation,” written in cooperation with Microsoft and University of Pretoria, was featured in MilsatMagazine. Read the full article here.

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BBC News: La Seule Stratégie de Wade est de Remettre Son Fils en Selle

Posted on 7th February 2019

Access Partnership’s Director for Africa Abdou Lo spoke to BBC News Africa analysing the political situation in Senegal and the return of former Prime Minister Abdoulaye Wade, ahead of the upcoming Senegal election. Listen to the full interview here.

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Datacenter Dynamics: GDPR: From Confusion to Chaos

Posted on 1st February 2019

With the recent $57 million fine levied by French regulators against Google, high cost of non-compliance with the GDPR is becoming a reality. Hoping to mitigate costs of incorrect or delayed compliance, many firms are implementing a risky “wait-and-see” approach. Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Halak Mehta-Shrivastava reflects on the risks of non-compliance in an op-ed for Datacenter Dynamics.

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Information Management: The European Challenge to a US Data Privacy Framework

Posted on 25th January 2019

Amid the ascendency of GDPR-like standards around the world, the business community is looking to the US to put forward a more business-friendly model. Access Partnership’s Senior Policy Analyst Logan Finucan looks at the virtues and flows of the GDPR and reflects on the prospects for US privacy legislation in an op-ed for Information Management.

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Forbes: China is Closing the Innovation Gap with America – Bad News for US-China Trade War

Posted on 23rd January 2019

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager and China practice lead Xiaomeng Lu was quoted in Forbes: “China’s attention is now turning to the quality and impact of innovation. Chinese Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent have grown to rival their American counterparts – Amazon and Facebook. However, in terms of innovation, China has mixed experience.”

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Retail Dive: How the Government Shutdown Could Hurt Retail

Posted on 15th January 2019

Access Partnership’s Senior Analyst Logan Finucan spoke to Retail Dive on the impact of the US government shutdown on retail:

“Supply chains shouldn’t face major challenges, but the shutdown could slow down clearances. The lack of pay has a serious impact on morale. If this continues, we can probably expect slowdowns and possible disruptions if some employees refuse to work.”

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Information Week: Five Data and AI Trends for 2019

Posted on 11th January 2019

Access Partnership’s Head of Data Policy and Trust Laura Sallstrom was quoted by Information Week in a story looking at the data trends for 2019:

“While to date, there haven’t been any fines levied against US companies for breach of GDPR, we don’t expect this to be the case for long. We expect more frequent enforcement and fines.”

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Vanguard: Artificial Intelligence Remains Front Runner in Digital Transformation Process for FSI

Posted on 10th January 2019

Access Partnership’s “AI for Africa” white paper, written in cooperation with Microsoft and University of Pretoria, was featured by Vanguard. Read the full article here.

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Datanami: Congress Opens Floodgates with Data Law

Posted on 4th January 2019

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by Datanami in a piece on US Congress approved legislation ensuring that unclassified government data remains free and available to all: “Chinese AI researchers face not only lack of access to domestic data but also government “firewalls” that prevent them from tapping into international data sets.”

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This Day Nigeria: Report Calls for Increased AI Adoption Among African Countries

Posted on 4th January 2019

Access Partnership’s “AI for Africa” white paper, written in cooperation with Microsoft and the University of Pretoria, was featured by This Day Nigeria: “With the right mix of policies, Africa and its citizens can reap the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) transformations in the years to come.” Read the full article here.

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IT News Africa: Embracing AI in Africa is Crucial

Posted on 2nd January 2019

Access Partnership’s recent white paper “Artificial Intelligence for Africa: An Opportunity for Growth, Development, and Democratisation,” written in conjunction with Microsoft and the University of Pretoria, was featured by IT News Africa:

“The white paper takes a deep dive into how AI can, and will, change the way we live and work across the continent, but with a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa… The white paper couldn’t come at a better time. With AI predicted to be a driving force behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution, global leaders are already forming best practice for AI policy.”

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Silicon Angle: 2019 Security Forecast: Cloudy and Unsettled, With a Chance of Gloom

Posted on 2nd January 2019

Access Partnership’s Global Head of Public Policy Laura Sallstrom spoke to Silicon Angle on the prospects for US privacy legislation in 2019:

“Any U.S. privacy law is as likely to push back on the GDPR as to be inspired by it. Privacy reform in the U.S. would therefore be more about taking the opportunity to create a counterweight model to the GDPR. On the other hand, getting it wrong in the U.S. could trigger more political backlash in Europe and greater problems for U.S. industry outside the country.”

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Value Walk: US Privacy Law In 2019? GDPR Predictions For Next Year

Posted on 28th December 2018

Access Partnership’s Global Head of Public Policy Laura Sallstrom spoke to Value Walk on the prospects for US privacy law for 2019. Read the full article here.

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Corporate Compliance Insights: How GDPR Enforcement is Shaping Up in Europe

Posted on 14th December 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europe’s sweeping data protection law, has been in effect for six months, and while fines have yet to be levied against US companies for breach of the law, enforcement is beginning to take hold. Access Partnership’s Policy Analyst Anne Shannon Baxter discusses what organisation with cross-border operations should know in a guest article for Corporate Compliance Insights.

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Retail Operations Insights: 6 Months Into The GDPR: Is Retail Ready?

Posted on 12th December 2018

Technology has transformed the retail industry from top to bottom. With mobile applications, social media platforms, and data analytics, retailers have increased their customer reach and improved their operations. With increased digitisation, however, the sector is exposed to data privacy breaches. Access Partnership’s Marketing Manager Ivan Ivanov looks at the effect of the GDPR on retail in a guest article for Retail Operations Insights. Read the article here.

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VOA: Daybreak Africa

Posted on 7th December 2018

On the back of our “AI for Africa” white paper, written in partnership with Microsoft and University of Pretoria, Access Partnership’s Senior Policy Analyst Logan Finucan spoke to Voice of America (VOA) on the opportunities and challenges for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve some of Africa’s biggest challenges.

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The American Lawyer: Uncertainty Follows G20 Talks

Posted on 6th December 2018

Access Partnership’s Senior Policy Analyst Logan Finucan spoke to The American Lawyer on the latest developments on the US-China trade front, following G20 talks. Read the full article here.

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Al Jazeera: Internet Censorship Tightens in Senegal Before Elections

Posted on 4th December 2018

Access Partnership’s Director for Africa, Abdou Lo, spoke to Al Jazeera on the Senegalese government’s new law to regulate the Internet, just months before elections: “The Internet is a powerful tool for many in Africa to express their views, but the new law threatens freedom of speech.”

Watch the full interview here.

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CIO Dive: Dramatic or justified? Retailers’ fears push cloud customers from AWS to Microsoft, Google

Posted on 30th November 2018

Access Partnership’s Managing Director Greg Francis spoke to CIO Dive on choosing a cloud service provider:

“What all the cloud providers are doing well is to level the regulator playing field by driving trust in cloud, often without heavy-handed reference to their own product lines.”

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Corporate Counsel Magazine: What Should Companies Expect From US-China Talks During the G20 Summit?

Posted on 29th November 2018

Access Partnership’s Xiaomeng Lu and Logan Finucan spoke to Corporate Counsel Magazine on what companies should expect from US-China talks during the G20 summit.

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Foreign Policy News: Early Signs of Change with China: One Internet or Two?

Posted on 19th November 2018

China seems privately undecided about whether to continue building an Internet with Chinese characteristics or whether to be part of the global version. Access Partnership’s Managing Director Greg Francis reflects on the implications of the recent Wuzhen Internet Conference in an op-ed for Foreign Policy News.

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CPO Magazine: The FTC: The Shadow Cyber Regulator That Will Determine the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Posted on 30th October 2018

Access Partnership’s Ryan Johnson and Halak Mehta offer an interesting and provocative take on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as a “shadow regulator” in a guest article for CPO Magazine. Read the full article here.

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Quartz: India’s Online Festive Sales are a Happy Hunting Ground for Cybercriminals

Posted on 12th October 2018

Ryan Johnson, Senior Manager, International Public Policy, Access Partnerships spoke to Quartz India on how customers should be more careful when shopping online during the sales season.

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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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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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Datanami: Filling Policy Void, U.S. AI Report Outlines Stakes

Posted on 8th October 2018

Xiaomeng Lu, International Public Policy Manager at Access Partnership, was quoted by Datanami on China’s AI strategy: “Institutional roadblocks remain in China, especially strict controls on access to government data that severely limit AI researchers who need loads of local data for model training and other development steps.” Read the full article here.

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Press Release: APAC Governments and Industry Commit to Improve Cybersecurity

Posted on 27th September 2018

Inconsistent and contradictory cybersecurity rules will make it difficult for companies to operate across borders in ASEAN, governments and industry agreed on 20 September. The Cybersecurity Coalition for APAC (CCAPAC), the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, and the US government, with the support of Access Partnership, gathered to discuss the role of public-private cooperation for cybersecurity on the sidelines of Singapore International Cyber Week.  

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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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Access Partnership Took Part in a Joint Press Conference on Senegal’s Electronic Communications Code Bill

Posted on 14th September 2018

Senegal’s recently proposed Code of Electronic Communications threatens the access of Senegalese to Internet telephony applications like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype and Viber. The outcome of such a measure would be a serious blow to the country’s digital economy and democratic progress. Access Partnership’s Director for Africa, Abdou Lo took part in a joint press conference in an effort to change the text of the proposed law.

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Ferloo: Sénégal-Code Des Communications Electroniques : WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, etc Menacés

Posted on 30th August 2018

Senegal’s recently proposed Code of Electronic Communications threatens the access of Senegalese to Internet telephony applications like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype and Viber. The outcome of such a measure would be a serious blow to the country’s digital economy and net neutrality. Access Partnership’s Director for Africa, Abdou Lo has faced the press in an effort to change the text of the proposed law. Read the full article here (in French.)

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Quartz: India’s Plan to Host Data Locally is Extremely Challenging—and Pretty Pointless

Posted on 10th August 2018

Access Partnership’s Senior Policy Analyst Logan Finucan spoke to Quartz on India’s plan to host citizens’ data locally. Read the full article here.

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Datanami: China Ahead on AI Strategy, Behind on Data Access

Posted on 7th August 2018

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Xiaomeng Lu was quoted by Datanami: “China’s AI strategy includes three components: technology advancement, industry expansion and establishing an AI policy roadmap.” Read the full article here.

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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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TNW: Startups! Here’s What You Need to Know Before Taking on Asia

Posted on 16th July 2018

Access Partnership’s Policy Analyst Seha Yatim wrote a guest article for The Next Web (TNW) Asia. The piece examines the risks for startups looking to enter the Asian market.

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The Business Times: ASEAN Smart City Initiatives Risk Raising Their Own Governance Issues

Posted on 10th July 2018

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Analyst Seha Yatim wrote a guest article for The Business Times, Singapore. The article looks at the 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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The East African: In Today’s World, Justice Delayed is Justice Undigitised

Posted on 20th June 2018

Access Partnership’s white paper “Smart Courts: Roadmap for Digital Transformation of Justice in Africa” was quoted in an op-ed at The East African:

“Perhaps more fundamentally, digital is transforming the nature of the relationship between public authorities and the people they serve, enhancing transparency, accountability, responsiveness, accessibility of government services and user experience.”

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Avionics Magazine: Inmarsat Snubs Initial EchoStar Acquisition Bid

Posted on 19th June 2018

Mike Thompson, Director for Technical Development at Access Partnership was quoted by Avionics Magazine on EchoStar’s bid to acquire Inmarsat.

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Via Satellite: EchoStar Fails in Initial Bid for Inmarsat

Posted on 18th June 2018

Mike Thompson, Director for Technical Development at Access Partnership spoke to Via Satellite on EchoStar’s bid to acquire Inmarsat.

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The Diplomat: What Chinese Companies Can Learn From ZTE’s Mistakes

Posted on 14th June 2018

Xiaomeng Lu, International Public Policy Manager, Access Partnership wrote a guest article for The Diplomat. The article offers advice for Chinese tech companies looking to go global.

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Quartz: Complying with Europe’s GDPR will be a “matter of survival” for Indian IT firms

Posted on 1st June 2018

Access Partnership’s Senior Public Policy Manager Ryan Johnson spoke to Quartz on the effect of GDPR on Indian companies. Read the full article here.

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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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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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L’Observateur: Le ciel n’est même pas une limite pour les jeunes africains que nous sommes!

Posted on 11th May 2018

Our Director for Africa Abdou Lo spoke to L’Observateur on the importance of connectivity for the young people in Africa during the CyFy Africa conference. View the interview here (in French).

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Access Partnership Co-Writes a Commentary for CSIS on China’s First Data Protection Regime

Posted on 27th April 2018

The piece looks into what data privacy mean in China and the limits of the country’s data protection regime. Read the paper here.

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BBC Afrique: La Condamnation de Khalifa Sall le Député Maire de Dakar

Posted on 2nd April 2018

Our Director for Africa Abdou Lo spoke to BBC Africa on the conviction of leading Senegalese politician and Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall, who was handed a five-year jail term for fraud, a sentence that will rule him out of the presidential election next year. Listen to the interview here (in French).

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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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Access Partnership Feature in This Year’s Observer Research Foundation Journal

Posted on 4th October 2017

The online and offline worlds have never been closer together. With the free-flowing and growing interaction between the two, how can one be regulated without consequences for the other? That’s the theme of this year’s Digital Debatesthe journal of the Observer Research Foundation’s CyFy conference, held in New Delhi on 3 and 4 October, which features contributions from three Access Partnership staff.

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