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The United Kingdom is charting a pioneering path in artificial intelligence (AI), embarking on a transformative journey with a GBP 100 million investment dedicated to regulating this technology. Announced in February 2024, this landmark commitment underscores the UK's steadfast ambition to not just keep pace with the AI revolution but to lead it, while ensuring accountability and ethical deployment.

Read more …UK's GBP 100M Investment in Ethical AI Governance

In an increasingly digital world, the adoption of online connectivity has emerged as a defining characteristic of modern life. From communication to commerce and entertainment to education, people around the globe are seamlessly integrating internet usage into their everyday routines. As technology continues to advance and access to the internet becomes more widespread, the way we interact virtually, utilizing current technology, shapes not only individual experiences but also societal norms and expectations.

Read more …UK Internet Usage Grows, Speeds Increase, and Focus on Online Safety Soars

At the “Global Technical Standardization: Effective Engagement of European Industry” event, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), one in four participants was a woman. The event, held in Gdansk, Poland on May 7, gathered industry leaders to discuss approaches to bridging the standardization gap (BSG) and promoting women involvement in ITU initiatives. The event highlighted the need for more discussions on gender equality in technology, as evident in the statistics.

Read more …Industry Leaders Discuss ITU-T Standardization and Gender Gap Issues

Cybercrime poses an escalating security concern for French organizations. In 2023, approximately 30% of companies in France reported experiencing between one to three cyber-attacks within the preceding 12 months, according to Statista. Additionally, approximately a quarter of surveyed organizations observed a surge in cyber-attacks within a year. Specifically, 64% noted a stable number of attacks, while only 12% reported a decline.

Read more …France's Cyber Diplomacy in a World of Digital Peril

Commercis Plc has celebrated a major achievement in worldwide connectivity with the launch of an innovative transit route that bridges the east and the west. This strategic move is set to transform digital communication by creating seamless connections between Asia, Europe, and Africa, presenting unprecedented prospects for economic development and inventive advancements.

Read more …Commercis Plc Launches East-West Transit Route Linking Asia, Europe, and Africa

The United Kingdom government has introduced groundbreaking laws mandating minimum security standards for all internet-connected smart devices, aiming to safeguard consumers and businesses from hacking and cyber-attacks.

The legislation, a joint initiative involving the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology (DSIT), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), among other stakeholders, mandates that internet-connected smart devices comply with upgraded minimum security standards.

Regulatory Provisions

Key provisions of these regulations include the prohibition of easily predictable default passwords such as 'password' or '12345,' prompting users to change common passwords upon device activation.

“From today, consumers will have greater peace of mind that their smart devices are protected from cyber criminals as we introduce world-first laws that will make sure their personal privacy, data and finances are safe,” Minister for Cyber, Viscount Camrose, said. "We are committed to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online and these new regulations mark a significant leap towards a more secure digital world."

According to the UK's Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, manufacturers are now obligated to safeguard consumers against hackers and cyber criminals attempting to access devices with internet or network connectivity, ranging from smartphones to gaming consoles and connected fridges.

In addition to addressing password security, manufacturers will be mandated to provide contact details for reporting bugs and issues, ensuring prompt resolution. Moreover, retailers will be obligated to transparently inform consumers about the expected minimum timeframe for receiving crucial security updates.

Enhancing Resilience Against Cyber-Attacks

The government highlighted that these new laws are being implemented as part of the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime. This regime represents a comprehensive strategy aimed at fortifying the United Kingdom's resilience against cyber threats and safeguarding its telecommunications infrastructure from malicious interference. By enacting and enforcing these laws, the government seeks to establish robust safeguards that protect critical systems and networks from cyber-attacks, espionage, and other forms of malicious activity.

Under the PSTI regime, stringent measures are put in place to ensure the security and integrity of telecommunications infrastructure, including the deployment of advanced cybersecurity technologies, the establishment of rigorous compliance standards, and the implementation of proactive monitoring and response mechanisms. These efforts are crucial not only for safeguarding the UK's national security but also for safeguarding the stability and integrity of the global economy, as interconnected telecommunications networks play a vital role in facilitating international trade, finance, and communication.

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