The Czech government adopted the National Strategy for Cyber Security for the next five years
Tue 24 Feb 2015, 19:15

This strategy closely follows a promulgation of the Cybersecurity Act (181/2014) and builds upon the original strategy for cybersecurity, which was intended for the period 2012 to 2015. The new strategy for 2015-2020 aims at active international cooperation, protection of national critical information infrastructure and important information systems, cooperation with private sector, support of research and education, active participation on creation and implementation of European and international regulation. Specific details will be elaborated in an action plan to be introduced by the Czech National Cyber Security Centre in the second quarter of 2015.

NSA director defends plan to maintain 'backdoors' into technology companies
Mon 23 Feb 2015, 23:20

The National Security Agency director, Mike Rogers, said that “backdoors” would not be harmful to privacy, would not fatally compromise encryption and would not ruin international markets for US technology products.

Rogers mounted an elaborate defense of Barack Obama’s evolving cybersecurity strategy in an appearance before an audience of cryptographers, tech company security officers and national security reporters at the New America Foundation in Washington. In an hour-long question-and-answer session, Rogers said a cyber-attack against Sony pictures by North Korea last year showed the urgency and difficulty of defending against potential cyber threats.

Leaked Digital Single Market strategy addresses copyright and geo-blocking, e-privacy and the role of ISPs
Mon 20 Apr 2015, 16:00

Leaked copies of the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy and its supporting Evidence file show the European Commission is ready to propose vast regulatory reforms that could affect everything from sales taxes and e-privacy to Internet searches and big data.

Leaders set to cherry pick EU digital strategy while the digital single market 2015 target is not met
Fri 26 Jun 2015, 12:40

EU leaders discussed a European Commission plan for a digital single market at the second day of their summit on Friday (26 June), but there are already signs that member states prefer to pick and choose from the list of initiatives which was supposed to be a package deal.

If national governments do end up stripping down the strategy, presented by commissioners Andrus Ansip and Guenther Oettinger last month, it will be a repetition of what happened to the previous commission's digital action plan.

Despite the fast pace of the digital developments, the member states have not been able to match that pace when it comes to finding agreement with the European Parliament on a previous commission plan called Connected Continent, also known as the Telecoms Single Market package. The plan was introduced by then digital commissioner Neelie Kroes in September 2013. It aimed to introduce EU-wide rules for telecoms operators, increase consumer rights, and coordinate the assignment of radio spectrum at an EU level.

Dutch Smart City strategy under development
Mon 20 Mar 2017, 16:04

A large number of Dutch cities, companies and scientists have contributed to the National Smart City Strategy. Earlier today, they presented their Strategy to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who had requested a consolidated Smart City Vision. The G5 of the Netherlands’ largest five cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven) together with the G32 of middle to large size Dutch towns are keen to take a leading role and have asked central government in The Hague for support. The aim of the National Smart City Strategy is to improve the quality of life in Dutch cities and to introduce innovative solutions to increase their international competitive strength.

As Dutch towns and cities are expanding and the pressure on public amenities and infrastructure is growing, it is vital to undertake action now. Around the world, cities are faced with issues such as urbanisation, climate change, employment, digitisation and mobility. The Dutch towns and cities agree that investments in smart technology are necessary to respond to these major social challenges and will provide a substantial contribution to their economic vitality. These initiatives will require the set-up of cross-sector partnerships and active participation from both residents and businesses, focusing on cybersecurity, privacy, interoperability, hyperconnectivity, open source digital infrastructure, standardisation and finance.

CoE and Kaspersky Lab sign agreement on human rights
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 19:43

The Council of Europe (CoE) and Russian antivirus software developer Kaspersky Lab, as well as other IT and Internet companies signed an agreement during the World Forum for Democracy 'on protection of human rights and guaranteeing compliance with laws in the Internet', according to Kaspersky Lab. The signed agreement is a step of the CoE Internet Governance Strategy for 2016-2019. The strategy supports and protects citizens on the Internet, 'guaranteeing respect for their rights, ensuring equality and freedom of expression, and combating cybercrime and terrorism,' according to the statement.