The ninth issues of our monthly summary of developments and activities related to Internet governance and digital policy in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area is out! It includes updates from late April and May 2017.
- Azerbaijan: Court issues nation-wide bans on five independent news websites, citing threats to national security and ties with interest foreign groups.
- Georgia: Project for a new Constitution includes the right to access the Internet.
- Romania: Parliament rejects a draft law on .ro, that would have introduced a multistakeholder registry model for the country’s top-level domain.
- Serbia: Government adopts a Strategy for the Development of Information Security 2017-2020, putting emphasis on awareness raising and capacity building.
- Turkey: Information and Communication Technologies Authority banns access to all language versions of Wikipedia. The reason for the ban was stated as ‘unfounded claims of Turkey’s involvement in terrorist activities’.
- Ukraine, Romania, and Azerbaijan: Among the top 20 countries most affected by WannaCry.
- Ukraine: A ban is introduced on Russian social networks VK and Odnoklassniki, email service Mail.ru, search engine Yandex, and cybersecurity and anti-virus providers Kaspersky Lab and Dr. Web. The measure was explained by an urgent need to protect national security.
- This issue also includes coverage of several Internet-related events that took place in SEE and the neighbouring area over the past month.
- A list of upcoming regional events is also part of the May issue.
The monthly Internet governance summaries and briefings are part of the Internet governance developments in South Eastern Europe initiative, launched by SEEDIG, DiploFoundation, and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). The main goal of this initiative is to contribute to strengthening the dialogue and exchange of information on global and regional Internet governance (IG) and digital policy issues within the SEE community.