IG summary

The monthly summaries of Internet governance developments in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area represent one of the two components of the SEEDIG-DiploFoundation-Geneva Internet Platform initiative – Internet governance developments in SEE.

Each summary is intended to provide a monthly overview of Internet governance and digital policy developments and activities  happening in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

The summaries are published on the last Monday of the month, one day before the monthly IG briefing. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive them as soon as they are published.

[NEW] The May 2017 summary is now available.

Main highlights:

  • 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.

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