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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.”

Read the full article here.

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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.

Read the full article here.

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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.”

Read the full article here.

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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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