Bermuda To Host Space Sustainability Workshop

Posted on 21st January 2020

Access Partnership’s Policy Manager, Richard Upchurch, attended a meeting of the Space and Satellite Advisory Panel in Washington, D.C as part of Bermuda’s delegation to discuss a draft of The Bermuda National Space Strategy 2020-2025. It has since been announced that the Government of Bermuda and the Secure World Foundation will host the Bermuda Space Sustainability Workshop 2020 to “discuss potential space sustainability options for Bermuda.”

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Tech Policy Trends 2020|US Privacy Legislation in the Making

Posted on 21st January 2020

2020 is unlikely to be the year that a US comprehensive privacy law is passed, although developments in the coming months may generate traction and set the direction of travel towards an eventual law which will have impacts at least as consequential as the EU’s GDPR.

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Tech Policy Trends 2020 | What is Next for IoT Regulation?

Posted on 20th January 2020

With IoT’s rapid evolution, the technology has unsurprisingly attracted the attention of regulators worldwide. In the past year, lawmakers have started regulating IoT, especially network and device security – a trend that will only grow in 2020. There has also been a push to regulate less obvious issues of e-SIM technology and roaming, key contributors to the growth of IoT.

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Tech Policy Trends 2020 | Beyond China: Supply Chain Security from Vietnam to Open Source

Posted on 17th January 2020

In 2020, watch for a new focus on supply chain security for software—especially open-source software—as much as hardware.  Also look out for Europeans to wake-up and take action on supply chain security, while at the same time the Chinese develop their own rules targeting Western “unreliable entities” in the supply chain for Chinese finished goods. Finally, watch for supply chain shifts away from a wealthier and increasingly isolated China toward smaller South and South East Asian countries, like Vietnam, whose success in attracting foreign direct investment may invite the wrath of the US Trade Representative.

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Tech Policy Trends 2020 | Europe First: A New Wave of Tech Protectionism in Europe

Posted on 16th January 2020

European leaders believe 2020 is the time to act to defend Europe’s interests and promote regional industry. The EU plans to promote this view by boosting its capabilities to compete with leading tech nations. It will adopt a three step approach of imposing more tech regulation and standards, assessing reliance on foreign technology, and creating European alternatives. These initiatives will put Europe first and protect European values in the tech sphere.

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Tech Policy Trends 2020 | Data Sharing Regulations Heat Up in 2020

Posted on 15th January 2020

2020 will be the year of regulation on data sharing. In Europe, the EU Commission had indicated they will work on the ePrivacy Regulation that aims to regulate how companies share data.  Australia’s Consumer Data Right rules for the banking sector will be implemented in July 2020 and extended to the energy and telecommunications industries. Japan introduced “information banks” to encourage data sharing and Singapore launched the “Trusted Data Sharing Framework” in 2019 and is striving for higher adoption in 2020. As more countries prepare to launch 5G networks, further collaboration among ecosystem partners will be encouraged. In this context, we anticipate several policy trends surrounding data sharing to emerge in 2020.

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