Regulating the IoT: 2020 and beyond

Posted on 16th June 2020

The widespread deployment of IoT devices revealed the need for a more specific regulatory framework to address associated concerns; specifically, which regulations apply to the IoT value chain, the availability of scarce resources (frequencies and numbers), privacy and security. This paper aims to dissect IoT by addressing the ensuing regulatory challenges.

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Defining a Path to Fair Tech

Posted on 7th June 2020

This report attempts to provide the contours of a framework for how the international community can enjoy the benefits of technology on terms that are fair and lasting.

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Digital Contact Tracing: A Comparative Global Study

Posted on 27th May 2020

This report provides a timely overview of how 22 tech-enabled countries have approached the use of digital contact tracing to stalk and defeat COVID-19. With unique insights from both private and public sector stakeholders globally, the report reveals that, regional variations notwithstanding, privacy is taking a back seat to health concerns across the board and the virus crisis is set to have a profound effect on privacy policy worldwide.

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Impact of Cybersecurity Regulations on ICT Companies in the European Union

Posted on 12th May 2020

The purpose of this paper is to provide more clarity about the current two cybersecurity requirements in the EU which may apply directly to telecommunication providers and other ICT companies covered under the NIS Directive, as well as to briefly review the upcoming changes to cybersecurity rules that apply to telecommunication providers under the recently adopted EECC Directive. Finally, this paper will analyse whether provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation apply if an entity is already subject to one of the two frameworks.

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Free Speech vs Fake News: The Future of Content Regulation

Posted on 12th May 2020

In recent years, policymakers have been reconsidering intermediary liability regimes, placing increased pressure on technology companies to control the content on their platforms. In many instances the rules that apply to platforms are outdated. We need to revise the rules in a way that protects users and fosters trust but also continues to facilitate the growth and development of the digital economy that has brought so many benefits and has the potential to deliver more.

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Regulatory Risks for Small Satellite Operators

Posted on 22nd April 2020

This article aims to highlight the main regulatory challenges of small satellites and provide a high-level overview of laws to help companies successfully navigate the regulatory environment and avoid pitfalls. The timeframe from designing satellite networks to providing services usually takes several years, and by identifying risks and mitigating them in a timely fashion – technical, commercial and regulatory – companies can get ahead of problems and ensure market access for their services by the time satellite(s) are fully operational.

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Spectrum Management: National Policies, Technology Advancements and Best Practices

Posted on 18th March 2020

Recognising the ever-increasing demand and that future use of spectrum resources for machine-to-machine communications will far exceed that of communication between individuals, we consider that there is a need to modernise spectrum management practices employed by regulatory authorities. This paper examines how improved spectrum management practices and the application of technology can help meet the demand for connectivity in the modern age.

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Access Partnership Contributes to the CSIS’s “China’s Uneven High-Tech Drive” Report

Posted on 28th February 2020

Access Partnership’s Senior Policy Manager, Xiaomeng Lu, has contributed to the CSIS’s report titled, “China’s Uneven High-Tech Drive”.

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Guide to Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)

Posted on 24th February 2020

Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are critical in bolstering defences against cybersecurity threats of all types. Acknowledging the growing importance of CERTs as digital transformation gains pace in Asia, this report presents an overview of CERTs and serves as a guide for governments and industry in Asia to help identify best practices in the creation and operation of CERTs. This report was created in collaboration with industry experts, governments, and CERTs working in Asia.

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Tech Policy Trends in 2020

Posted on 27th January 2020

In this report, we present our view of the top ten tech policy trends to watch for in 2020. From AI regulation, to hardware and infrastructure, our teams explore how shifts in tech policy could disrupt life globally. While some governments seek to leverage the benefits of 5G, artificial intelligence, IoT and data, others indulge in a desire to confront Big Tech borne by a tailwind of increased protectionism and climate urgency.

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The Impact of EU Regulatory Frameworks on OTT Connectivity Providers

Posted on 4th December 2019

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the main risks facing OTT providers in relation to the provision of services in EU Member States and offer solutions to these issues. This paper will demonstrate that a new regulatory approach may not only directly affect OTT connectivity providers but is also likely to have an impact upon traditional electronic communication service providers as more focus will be placed on how they cooperate with OTT providers and permit the use of their numbers.

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Access Partnership Contributes to GCSC’s “Advancing Cyberstability” Report

Posted on 18th November 2019

Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Hussein Abul Enein contributed to the Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace (GCSC) report titled “Advancing Cyberstability”.

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Access Partnership Co-Writes a Paper for ORF on Artificial Intelligence in Africa’s Healthcare

Posted on 17th September 2019

In a guest paper for Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Access Partnership’s Laura Sallstrom discusses the benefits and challenges of introducing AI in Africa’s healthcare sector and suggests how policymakers can strike a balance between allowing innovation and protecting data. Download the paper here.

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Access Partnership Co-Writes a Paper on Digital Government in Argentina

Posted on 16th July 2019

Access Partnership’s Senior Analyst Juan Ignacio Cacace co-wrote the first ever Bennett Institute Case, focused on digital government in Argentina. The Case examines two core themes in digital transformation: scaling up digital projects; and the politics of modernisation. Download the paper here.

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Anticipating WRC-23

Posted on 15th May 2019

This document details industry developments ahead of WRC-23 and identifies potential challenges resulting from existing submissions of agenda items.

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Accelerating Access to Space

Posted on 10th April 2019

This document details the international regulatory landscape as it relates to space activity, identifies emerging trends in how regulators are considering “new-space” ventures, and discusses regulatory risk in the context of a complete space mission to minimise to market for “new-space” technologies and services.

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Tech Policy Trends 2019

Posted on 4th March 2019

During the first weeks of this year Access Partnership has surveyed the environment for the technology sector worldwide.  In this report, we present what in our view constitute the top ten trends to watch for 2019.

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Smart Courts: Roadmap for Digital Transformation of Justice in Africa

Posted on 1st March 2019

Court systems around the world seeking to apply the rule of law face many different types of challenges, including: to efficiently manage public resources; to be transparent and open to stakeholders; to be accessible to all social groups and communities; and to innovate in response to citizens’ needs. This white paper offers a systematic roadmap to implement digital justice applications that can help justice sector professionals to overcome these challenges.

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Walking in the Footsteps of Tech Giants: Eight Lessons Energy Companies Can Learn From the Tech Sector’s Mistakes

Posted on 17th December 2018

The energy sector is a relative latecomer to digitalisation, giving it the chance to learn from mistakes of others. However, as the sector moves to modernise its infrastructure and take advantage of the huge quantity of customer data it has access to, it risks moving from a legacy of politicised regulation and high stakes interventions around oil and energy into a tech sector where the same characteristics are increasingly appearing around data. Considering the history of the energy sector and the lessons learned by tech companies, Access Partnership and Delta EE tackle the eight questions these companies should be asking themselves.

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What UNCTAD Gets Wrong About the Digital Economy

Posted on 30th November 2018

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) serves a critical role. For many years, it has provided sound advice and “evidence-based policy analysis” to help developing countries craft policies that promote growth — but this time it substituted ideological rhetoric for evidence-based and rigorously researched advice.

Download Access Partnership’s white paper to find out what UNCTAD gets wrong about free trade and the digital economy.

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Artificial Intelligence for Africa: An Opportunity for Growth, Development, and Democratisation

Posted on 29th November 2018

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to solve some of the most pressing challenges that impact Africa. Forward thinking policy-makers, innovative startups, global technology partners, civil society groups, and international global stakeholders are already mobilising to promote the growth of a vibrant AI ecosystem in Africa. However, there remain structural challenges that can hamper the development of a healthy AI ecosystem in Africa. Download this whitepaper to learn more about the opportunities and challenges for AI in Africa.

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Public Procurement and Cloud Service Providers in Germany

Posted on 16th November 2018

This report examines the regulations, rules and procedures surrounding procurement, and more specifically cloud procurement, in Germany. We provide a snapshot of the laws, regulations, and guidance that may impact cloud uptake and outsourcing in public, financial, and healthcare sectors.

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Digital Debates — CyFy Journal 2018: Cross-border Data Flows, Privacy, and India

Posted on 14th October 2018

Access Partnership’s Global Head of Public Policy Laura Sallstrom has contributed an article for Digital Debates — CyFy Journal 2018.

Download the journal here.

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Technology and the Future of ASEAN Jobs

Posted on 14th September 2018

Access Partnership’s Policy Analyst Seha Yatim has contributed to Cisco’s “Technology and the Future of ASEAN Jobs” report with a piece on the regulatory and policy challenges in adopting AI at the workplace. Download the full report here.

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Regional Privacy Frameworks and Cross-Border Data Flows: How ASEAN and APEC can Protect Data and Drive Innovation

Posted on 11th September 2018

The report outlines options for improving linkages at a regional level between Asia’s two main privacy frameworks – the ASEAN Framework on Personal Data Protection and the APEC Privacy Framework. Furthermore, it highlights specific steps that all countries can take to support greater alignment of privacy frameworks across Asia.

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Public Procurement and Cloud Service Providers in France

Posted on 31st August 2018

The French public procurement system is a complex administrative and political structure, with several levels of contracting and oversight. Despite one central set of rules, responsibility for procurement is dispersed among local authorities, forming a significant barrier to standardisation. In addition, France has the highest number of procurement proceedings per year within the EU.

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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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Public Procurement and Cloud Service Providers in the United Kingdom

Posted on 18th July 2018

The United Kingdom (UK) has systematically embraced electronic procurement methods and cloud-first as core policies to achieve cost savings, efficiency, and reliability for government agencies. The UK’s central procurement procedures are solely handled through e-procurement platforms, including an exclusive digital marketplace which handles public sector procurement for digital goods and services, such as cloud.

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Public Procurement and Cloud Service Providers in the European Union

Posted on 21st June 2018

The public procurement process in the EU is a complicated, multi-pronged, multi-institution process requiring bidding businesses to navigate several levels of rules and regulations.

This report provides a snapshot of our capacity to deconstruct the complexities of EU procurement rules.

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Access Partnership Co-Writes a White Paper on Challenges and Solutions in Providing Universal Internet Access

Posted on 26th April 2018

The white paper identifies five challenges in providing universal Internet access and offers potential solutions for each. Download the paper here.

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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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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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Delivering the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Role of Government

Posted on 14th July 2017

We know that advanced robotics and manufacturing techniques, IoT and M2M connections, autonomous vehicles, bio-technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and more big data analytics are set to shift economies and societies. We also know that, like previous technological revolutions, there will be disruption. What is less understood is how ubiquitous cloud computing – the hypercloud – will underpin this new world. Access Partnership has published a white paper to explore this idea.

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