Risky Business: Is This the End of the WTO’s Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions?

Posted on 9th December 2019

As the end of 2019 looms closer, concerns over the decision to renew the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions have become critical. Since 1998, WTO members have continuously sought to extend the agreement, which prohibits the imposition of customs duties on cross-border electronic transmissions. However, the moratorium is due to end on the 31st of December 2019 and there is a significant risk that it will not be renewed. Without the moratorium in place, governments will be free to apply damaging tariffs to any cross-border data flows.

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IGF 2019: The Fall of the Digital Wall?

Posted on 9th December 2019

The United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which has taken place every year since 2006, was hosted in Berlin from 25 to 29 November, under the theme of “One World. One Net. One Vision.” Access Partnership were in attendance alongside UN Secretary General António Guterres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. For the second year in a row, head of the host nation and the UN Secretary General delivered speeches at the IGF, signalling a strong desire to overcome the key challenges surrounding the Internet governance.

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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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From Users to Commissioners: Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility

Posted on 4th December 2019

With a fresh College of Commissioners in office, policy initiatives will soon follow. Cybersecurity has been named a priority and the largest concern for industry. Accordingly, lawmakers and industry experts discussed the current cybersecurity landscape and the shape of the future EU cybersecurity governance framework in the European Union at ForumEurope’s Annual Cybersecurity Conference on 14 November.

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Brexit Brief: Can the Conservatives Turn Polls into Seats?

Posted on 21st November 2019

With 21 days to go until the general election, UK parties have picked up the pace on the campaign trail. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party continues to poll comfortably in the lead at around 40%, with the closest opposition, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, trailing with 29%. The anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats are polling around 15% and are expected to pick up seats.  Meanwhile in Brussels… with European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen pushing for a 1 December start for her new commission, the UK’s reluctance to send a candidate commissioner is proving an annoyance.

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From First Gear to Fifth Gear: What Must Be Done to Drive the Future of Mobility?

Posted on 18th November 2019

The mobility sector is rapidly transforming, underpinned by shifts towards electric vehicles, new mobility as a service (MaaS) business models and the application of cutting-edge technologies like 5G and artificial intelligence (AI). This transformation is significant and could influence everything from our daily commute, to the design of our cities. Policy-makers and companies alike must take positive actions to ensure the mobility revolution delivers on its potential for our societies.

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Tech News World: The Thorny Problem of 5G Security

Posted on 18th November 2019

5G networks will be more secure than previous mobile standards were, yet new technologies and new ways of using them will create new vulnerabilities. Access Partnership’s Director of Infrastructure, Chris Adams, uncovers the four key risk areas and potential solutions for 5G networks in an op-ed for Tech News World.

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