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ISPL: CERTIFICATE COURSE IN SPACE LAW AND POLICY (CPD*)

Source – London Institute of Space Policy and Law:

CERTIFICATE COURSE IN SPACE LAW AND POLICY (CPD*)

CHARLES CLORE HOUSE, RUSSELL SQUARE, LONDON

20 – 22 MAY 2014
ISPL is pleased to announce that enrolment is now open for the 2014 Space Law Course.

WHY STUDY AT ISPL?
ISPL is the only UK institution focusing on space policy and law, and one of a handful worldwide.
We provide participants with the knowledge to assess and to work with the existing space policies
and regulatory framework, and to be prepared for future changes.
The Course will comprise lectures and interactive case studies. Participants will have access to the
IALS Law Library during the course. Those considering a post-graduate degree at ISPL will also
be able to informally discuss their interest with the Director.

WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER?
• The space environment and space technology
• Orbits, their characteristics and management, and types of spacecraft
• Spectrum management
• The law governing space activities: principles & sources of space law, including
conventions and treaties, national law and policies
• Comparison between space law and other legal regimes: Antarctic, maritime and air law
• Peaceful use of space, military activities & arms control
• Sovereignty
• Property rights
• Risk, liability and insurance
• The law as relates to specific applications: telecommunications and broadcasting, remote
sensing, scientific experiment and exploration, manned activities including the
International Space Station, unmanned activities
• Space policy and the institutions that implement them

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Course will be of interest to policy-makers, legal professionals, space sector executives and
engineers, officials of government and international bodies, academics and post-graduate degree

The course is designed to be accessible to those in legal, technical or business training or
employment. Previous knowledge of law or policy is not required. It will be particularly
appropriate for those working in the space sector who wish to increase their knowledge of the
current legal and policy framework, in order to take full advantage of the available opportunities
and to create new ones.

The Course will be valuable for a variety of individuals.
• Satellite manufacturing or operation team members seeking an understanding of legal
issues relating to design, manufacture or provision of space products and services
• Law, business and technology post-graduate students interested in the field
• Insurers and executives who want the tools to evaluate legal aspects of risk and liability
• Managers and team leaders of space operations who wish to better understand the legal
and policy issues they encounter, and to be able to plan more proactively
• IGO and space agency team members concerned with national and international issues
arising from activities in space, such as earth observation, and their regulation
• Lawyers and jurists whose practice brings them into contact with space law through legal
evidence from satellites, contractual matters or international commerce

Note: Undergraduates please register for our short course in space law later this year.
The course qualifies for 15 hours CPD for Solicitors (SRA) and for Barristers. Other
professionals: please contact your respective professional bodies about whether the course will
qualify for CPD.

SCHEDULE & TEACHING
The course will be limited to 20 participants, and will be taught by the Director and

Faculty of the Institute. A recommended reading list will be posted on the Teaching
page of our website, for those who wish to pursue the material in more depth.

Study sessions:

Tuesday 20 May 2014 9 – 12.30 13.45 – 17.15

Wednesday 21 May 9 – 12.30 13.45 – 17.15

Thursday 22 May 9 – 12.30

There will be breaks with refreshments at mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
The Lex Café on the premises provides a variety of light food, and there are a number of
dining options in the area for lunch.

Government, Teachers & Academics,
Current post-graduate candidates*, £ 525
Charity and IGO employees
All others £ 1,050

Payment is accepted only in UK Sterling.
* Proof of full-time enrolment at an accredited university is required.

REGISTRATION
Please email events@space-institute.org to request a reservation. Put “Space Law
Course” in the subject line, and be sure to include in the message your full name,
position, institutional affiliation (including department) and telephone number.

Your place will be confirmed when payment is received, on a 1st
Although we make every effort to accommodate institutional and corporate payment
procedures, we cannot guarantee to hold a place without payment. Please contact us if
you have a difficulty or require an invoice. Please be aware that enrolment is very

ISPL COURSES FOR PRACTITIONERS AND PROFESSIONALS
ISPL provides in-house courses to corporate, legal and government bodies in addition to
our regular seminars, workshops and courses. Please contact events@space-institute.org
to discuss your requirements.

SPACE LAW COURSE FOR UNDERGRADUATES
We also offer a one-day lecture course for undergraduate students currently enrolled in
academic institutions. It will cover the basic elements of space law. There will be one
short case study with student interaction.

Postgraduate candidates may choose to attend either course. Details of the one-day
course will be posted on our website when it is scheduled. Those who would like early
notification should contact events@space-institute.org.

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Event: World Space Week 2014

Source – IAF:

WORLD SPACE WEEK 2014
World Space Week 2014
“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”

UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999

ABOUT WORLD SPACE WEEK

What is World Space Week?

It is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:

October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
Where and how is World Space Week celebrated?

World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world in a common timeframe. These synchronized space events attract greater public and media attention.
World Space Week 2013 achieved record scale:
1,400 events, nearly double that of prior year
Events in 80 nations
Total audience since 2007:
2,000,000 attendees
375,000,000 media impressions
The week is coordinated by the United Nations with the support of the World Space Week Association (WSWA). The WSWA leads a global team of National Coordinators, who promote the celebration of World Space Week within their own countries.
What are the goals of World Space Week?

Provide unique leverage in space outreach and education;
Educate people around the world about the benefits that they receive from space;
Encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development;
Demonstrate public support for space programs;
Excite young people about science, technology, engineering, and maths;
Foster international cooperation in space outreach and education.

Library: A Round-up of Reading

Space Law
House Science Committee Pushes Human Space Flight – NASA Watch

Time for U.S. To Collaborate with China in Space – Space News

SWF Collaborates with UNIDIR on 2014 Space Security Conference – SWF

In its Aerospace Day proclamation, Colorado legislators demand accelerated space program – Space Politics

The NASA Budget: What Next – Planetary Society

US more dependent on Russia in space, than Russia on US – NASA – Space Daily

Bolden uses Soyuz launch to press for commercial crew funding – Space Politics

Blast from the past: “comm space,” again – Doctor Linda

Newly Declassified Intelligence Satellite Imagery is Hard to Access – Secrecy News

A Report from the First Hearing on the 2015 NASA Budget – Planetary Society

SpaceX Says Requirements, Not Markup, Make Government Missions More Costly – Space News

Reaction to Space and Planetary Science in FY 2015 Budget – NASA Watch

Private Space Taxis Are a ‘Critical Need’ for US, NASA Chief Says – Space.com

Bolden and House committee clash over NASA priorities – Space Politics

Bolden, Lawmakers Point Fingers about State of U.S. Human Spaceflight – Space News

Reconsidering Chinese Views on Military Space Strategy – All Things Nuclear

Jeff Foust, After a year, NASA’s asteroid mission still seeks definition, The Space Review

NASA and the Stimulation of Non-Space Applications from Space-related Technology – Roger Launius’s Blog

Can Tee Vee Pundits Understand Space Policy? – NASA Watch

Congressional skepticism of NASA’s asteroid plans remains – Space Politics

Human Space Exploration: The Way Forward – Space News

Waiting for Trouble – Space News

Russian Lawmakers Approve Satellite Navigation Hub in Nicaragua – Space Daily

US, UK parts in North Korea rocket – Space News

For North Korea, new space agency name and logo are anything but ‘nothing’ – CollectSpace

House Passes Weather Forecasting Improvement Act -Space Policy Online

Fears of loss of access to the ISS fade despite ongoing crisis – Space Politics

GAO: EELV Program To Cost $70 Billion Through 2030 – Space Policy Online

NASA Suspends Contact with Russia over Ukraine Crisis – Space News

NASA Restricts Contacts with Russia Except for ISS – UPDATE – Space Policy Online

FAA, Commercial Spaceflight Industry far apart on Timing of Safety Rules – Space News

MDA Suspends Ground Work in Ukraine Satellite Program – Space News

NASA Bans Contact With Russia – Except for ISS (Update) – NASA Watch

Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits – Mars Daily

NASA suspends Russia ties, except on space station – Space Travel

Ukraine crisis brings MDA project to a halt – Space Mart

NASA Suspends Most Cooperation With Russia; Space Station Excepted – Space.com

NASA Suspends Contact with Russia, Except for Where it Can’t – Space News

White House, NASA Seek to Clarify U.S.-Russian Space Cooperation Status – Space Policy Online

Using ethic frameworks for decisions about health standards on long duration spaceflights – Space Travel

Five Kinds of Things the UCS Satellite Database Can Tell You – All Things Nuclear

Russian Space Official Says NASA Statement To Suspend Contracts Was ‘Too Harsh’ – Red Orbit

NASA suspends non-ISS cooperation with Russia – Space Politics

U.S. Lawmakers Press Defense Officials on Use of Russian-made Rocket Engine – Space News

NASA’s Strategic Plan Isn’t Strategic – or a Plan – NASA Watch

With Much More than ISS at Stake, Europe Stays Course on Russian Space Partnerships – Space News

Bankrupt LightSquared Resumes Payments to Inmarsat – Space News

How Does NASA’s Ban on Russian Contact Affect Curiosity? – Planetary Society

Sorting out NASA’s ban on non-ISS activities with Russia – Space Politics

White House, NASA Seek to Clarify U.S.-Russian Space Cooperation Status – Space Policy Online

Russia regrets NASA halting cooperation, warns of impact on ISS – Space Daily

NASA to hurt itself by cutting ties with Russia – Space Travel

Ukrainian situation won’t change Russian-Kazakh Baiterek project – Space Daily

A selection of space policy/politics related links – Space-for-all

ISRO examining business model for industries in satellite, rocket production – Space Daily

China eyes ‘global monitoring network’ of surveillance satellites – Space Mart

NASA Policy to Suspend Contact with Russia ‘Unprecedented,’ But Maybe Symbolic, Expert Says – Space.com

Peter Garretson, What’s in a code? Putting space development first, The Space Review

Jeff Foust, Symbolism and substance in US-Russian space relations, The Space Review

The Crimean Crisis and Canadian Aerospace Activities – Commercial Space Blog

U.K. Proposal To End Satellite Insurance Tax is Right Thing To Do – Space News

U.S. Should Take a Cold, Hard Look at Space Code of Conduct – Space News

Aviation Law
A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity – AIAA

FAA Approves Nighttime UAS Flights for North Dakota Police – AIAA

Representatives Schiff and Jones Introduce Bill to Increase Transparency in U.S. Drone Program – Just Security

Frederik Rosén, Extremely Stealthy and Incredibly Close: Drones, Control and Legal Responsibility, Journal of Conflict & Security Law (Vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2014)

Following Pressure from Thune, EU Delays Illegitimate Tax on International Flights – USSCCST

EU Parliament reaches compromise over aviation ETS – Flight Laws

Judge rejects US law firm’s petitions concerning flight MH 370 – Flight Laws

Aviation criminal law: LH passenger takes stewardess as hostage – Flight Laws

FAA Proposes $51,651 Civil Penalty Against All American Aviation Services – ANN

A Search-and-Rescue Group Is Fighting the FAA for the Right to Use Drones – Motherboard

Geospatial Law
Google Takes Wi-Fi Snooping Scandal to the Supreme Court – Threat Level

Using Google Earth to prove a case of illegal waste dumping – Google Earth Blog

ICYMI Five Spatial Law and Policy Links From Around the World – Spatial Law and Policy

MH370: AMATEUR HOUR AT THE MALAYSIAN REMOTE SENSING AGENCY? – Ogle Earth

Euroconsult Releases Study On EO Data Distribution Trends – Space Daily

About Google Earth Imagery – Google Earth Blog

Cyberlaw
Alleged Silk Road Founder’s Lawyer Moves to Dismiss Charges Against His Client – Threat Level

Barrett Brown Signs Plea Deal in Case Involving Stratfor Hack – Threat Level

Yahoo! Scores Significant Win in Email-to-SMS Lawsuit – Technology and Marketing Law Blog

Court Rules That Kids Can Be Bound By Facebook’s Member Agreement – Technology and Marketing Law Blog

Industrial Policy for Big Data – TAP

International Proscriptions on Mass Surveillance (or What’s Missing in the Greenwald vs. Wittes Debate) – Just Security

An End to Dragnet Surveillance? – Just Security

International Law on Mass Foreign Surveillance: A Response to Ben Wittes and Ashley Deeks – Just Security

DOJ Pushes to Expand Hacking Abilities Against Cyber-Criminals – Just Security

The Extraterritorial Right to Privacy: An Opportunity to Impact the Debate – Lawfare

Is there a “cyber war” between Ukraine and Russia? – Arms Control Law

Thune, Rubio Demand Answers from Administration on Internet Transition – Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation

IANA Transition Testimony and Related Material – NTIA

Marco Roscini, Cyber Operations as Nuclear Counterproliferation Measures, Journal of Conflict & Security Law (Vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2014)

State and Local Government Cybersecurity – White House Blog

Searchable Database of NSA Documents – Just Security

Wi-Fi Bulks Up – CommLaw Blog

What the Open Internet Is Not: Apolitical – Motherboard

EU-US Summit: Joint Statement

Source – The White House:

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 26, 2014
EU-US Summit: Joint Statement

We, the leaders of the European Union and the United States, met today in Brussels to reaffirm our strong partnership. We reaffirmed our shared values of democracy, individual freedom, the rule of law and human rights, and a common commitment to open societies and economies. Starting from those values, the European Union and the United States work together every day to address issues of vital interest and importance to our citizens and the world. We strive to create jobs and sustainable growth through sound economic policies. We seek a landmark Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to build our common prosperity. We undertake joint efforts to build security and stability around the globe and to tackle pressing global challenges like climate change. Today, we took stock of our achievements, set priorities and charted the way ahead for a stronger transatlantic relationship, and rededicated ourselves to building a safer, more prosperous world for future generations. . . .

. . . We commit to expand cooperation in research, innovation and new emerging technologies, and protection of intellectual property rights as strong drivers for increased trade and future economic growth. Our collaboration in the space domain also contributes to growth and global security, including on an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. We will combine wherever possible our efforts as we did in the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance and through the GPS/Galileo agreement. The Transatlantic Economic Council will continue its work to improve cooperation in emerging sectors, specifically e-mobility, e-health and new activities under the Innovation Action Partnership. . . .

. . . The transatlantic digital economy is integral to our economic growth, trade and innovation. Cross border data flows are critical to our economic vitality, and to our law enforcement and counterterrorism efforts. We affirm the need to promote data protection, privacy and free speech in the digital era while ensuring the security of our citizens. This is essential for trust in the online environment.

We have made considerable progress on a wide range of transnational security issues. We cooperate against terrorism in accordance with respect for human rights. Agreements such as the Passenger Name Record and Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme that prevent terrorism while respecting privacy are critical tools in our transatlantic cooperation. We will strengthen our coordination efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism. We will continue looking for appropriate mechanisms to counter the threats posed by fighters departing to Syria and other unstable regions, who return home where they may recruit new fighters, plan and conduct terrorist operations. We also work to address the threats posed by activities of groups contributing to instability in these regions. We welcome our increasingly close cooperation in building the capacity of partner countries to counter terrorism and violent extremism within a framework of rule of law, particularly in the Sahel, Maghreb, Horn of Africa region and Pakistan. We pledge to deepen and broaden this cooperation through the United Nations, the Global Counterterrorism Forum, and other relevant channels. We have also decided to expedite and enhance cooperation on threats directly affecting the security of EU and US diplomatic staff and facilities abroad.

Data protection and privacy are to remain an important part of our dialogue. We recall the steps already taken, including the EU-U.S. ad hoc Working Group, and take note of the European Commission Communication of 27 November 2013 and President Obama’s speech and Policy Directive of 17 January 2014. We will take further steps in this regard. We are committed to expedite negotiations of a meaningful and comprehensive data protection umbrella agreement for data exchanges in the field of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including terrorism. We reaffirm our commitment in these negotiations to work to resolve the remaining issues, including judicial redress. By ensuring a high level of protection of personal data for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, this agreement will facilitate transfers of data in this area. The United States and the EU will also boost effectiveness of the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement – a key channel of cooperation in the digital era. In addition, we are committed to strengthening the Safe Harbour Framework in a comprehensive manner by summer 2014, to ensure data protection and enable trade through increased transparency, effective enforcement and legal certainty when data is transferred for commercial purposes.

The Internet has become a key global infrastructure. We share a commitment to a universal, open, secure, and reliable Internet, based on an inclusive, effective, and transparent multi-stakeholder model of governance. As such, we reaffirm that human rights apply equally online and offline, and we endeavour to strengthen and improve this model while working towards the further globalisation of core Internet institutions with the full involvement of all stakeholders. We look forward to the transition of key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community based on an acceptable proposal that has the community’s broad support. We acknowledge the good expert-level cooperation developed in the framework of the EU-US Working Group on Cyber Security and Cybercrime. We commend the political success of our joint initiative to launch a Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online, as the EU prepares to hand over the lead to the United States, and we decide to tackle jointly the issue of transnational child sex offenders. We reiterate our support for the Budapest Convention on cybercrime, and encourage its ratification and implementation. Building on all these achievements and guided by shared values, we have today decided to launch a comprehensive EU-US cyber dialogue to strengthen and further our cooperation including on various cyber-related foreign policy issues. . . .

Disasters Charter: Tsunami in Chile

The Disasters Charter was activated for a Tsunami in Chile:

Tsunami in Chile

Type of Event: Ocean Wave (Tsunami)
Location of Event: Chile
Date of Charter Activation: 02 April 2014
Charter Requestor: CONAE on behalf of ONEMI
Project Management:

Description of the Event
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred off the northern coast of Chile at 23:46 UTC (20:46 local time) on 01 April 2014. Chilean authorities issued a tsunami alert and thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal areas.
Following the earthquake waves up to 2.1 m struck areas along the coast, including the cities of Pisagua, Patache and Iquique. The government of Chile recommended that anyone on the coast should evacuate and tens of thousands of people have done so, retreating to higher grounds. Many people have spent the night in hills nearby.

Despite the evacuations, however, five people have been reported killed so far, due to the impact and destruction caused by the waves. Landslides have also occurred and some roads have been blocked by debris in addition to power lines being cut. It has also been reported that 300 prisoners escaped from a prison in Iquique.

Magnitude 8 earthquakes on the Richter scale are at the higher end of the scale, and often cause major damage to affected areas. Chile is located in the “Ring of Fire”, an area of the Pacific Ocean basin that is seismologically active. This causes Chile to be prone to earthquakes and another powerful earthquake struck off the coat of Chile in 2010, resulting in devastation.

The tsunami warning was expected to last until 08:00 UTC on 02 April, and assessments of the damage and recovery will commence once the threat has passed.

Event: Post-Graduate Legal Education: Privacy Law and Policy

Source – Institute for Information Law:

Post-Graduate Legal Education:
Privacy Law and Policy

Summer Course (July 7-11, 2014)

Programme Application Form Course Materials
General Information on the Summer Course

Description of the course:
This week-long summer course focuses on privacy law and policy related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media. It will explore the broader trends and recent developments in this rapidly changing field, and explain how businesses, governments and others can achieve their goals within it. The course will feature a distinguished faculty of European and American academics, regulators and practitioners who will investigate the EU and US legal frameworks and how they operate together.
Held in a historic building on one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals, the course will employ a seminar format that promotes interaction between participants and faculty and allows for a deeper examination of the subject than is possible at most professional conferences. Enrolment is limited to 25 participants.

See also the course flyer.

Objectives of the course:
At the conclusion of the course, participants will:

(1) Understand the latest developments in E.U. and U.S. privacy law related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media;
(2) Have insight into how these critical areas of privacy law and policy are likely to evolve in the future, and into the strategic and legal implications of these impending changes; and
(3) Possess a set of course materials containing the most current and relevant European and American legislative, judicial and regulatory documents in the area.

Faculty Organisers:
Dennis Hirsch, Geraldine W. Howell Professor of Law, Capital University Law School, USA
Kristina Irion, Marie Curie Fellow, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, NL

Faculty:
Daniel Cooper, Partner and Head of Global Privacy Practice, Covington & Burling, London, UK
Ian Brown, Associate Director, Oxford University Cyber Security Centre and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, UK.
Chris Hoofnagle, Lecturer in Residence and Director, Information Privacy Programs, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law, US
Sjoera Nas, Internet and Telecom Expert, Dutch Data Protection Authority, NL
Christopher Kuner, Senior Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP, Brussels, BE
Joris van Hoboken, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University, Information Law Institute, US
Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law, St Louis, US

Expert Panel on the Role of ISPs in public and private surveillance:
Caroline Goemans-Dorny, Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs at the INTERPOL General Secretariat, FR
Seda Gürses, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, New York University, Media, Culture and Communications Department, US
Max Schremps, Founder of europe-v-facebook.org, AT
Moderator: Nico van Eijk, Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, NL.

Venue:
De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, Amsterdam.

Applicant profile:
The course is aimed at lawyers, government officials, NGO staff, academics, PhD students and others who work in the areas of privacy and data protection law. The course is taught at the post-graduate level. Participants should have some prior knowledge of the field.

Certificate:
At the close of the course, each participant will receive a Certificate of completion of the programme.

Tuition fee:
The tuition fee includes the seminar materials, five lunches, as well as the opening and closing receptions and a welcome dinner.

Standard fee € 1.975;
Participants from governmental and non-profit entities: € 1.100;
Participants from academic institutions: € 900.
Registration:
See the online application form.

Check this Web site for forthcoming information about the course programme and faculty.

Further information:
Kristina Irion
Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam,
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX AMSTERDAM
THE NETHERLANDS
tel: +31 20 525 3406 /fax: +31 20 525 3033
email: informationlaw@uva.nl
Website: http://www.ivir.nl

FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Cyber Cooperation

Source – The White House:

FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Cyber Cooperation

The United States and the European Union work in close coordination on cyber-related issues both bilaterally and in multilateral fora. This cooperation is founded on our shared values, our interest in an open and interoperable Internet, and our commitment to multistakeholder Internet governance, Internet freedom, and protecting human rights in cyberspace. International cyberspace developments are central to our broader foreign and security policy, and are key elements of our strategic partnership.

U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue

The new high-level U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue announced at the 2014 U.S.-EU Summit will formalize and broaden our cooperation on cyber issues, building on shared commitments and achievements in key areas. This strategic dialogue will be the platform for close U.S.-EU coordination on:

International cyberspace developments;
Promotion and protection of human rights online;
International security issues, such as norms of behavior in cyberspace, cyber security confidence building measures, and application of existing international law; and
Cybersecurity capacity building in third countries.
U.S.-EU Working Group on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime

Established in the context of the 2010 Lisbon U.S.-EU Summit, this Working Group serves as a framework for U.S.-EU collaboration to enhance cybersecurity and cybercrime activities and contribute to countering global cybersecurity threats. The Working Group focuses on four areas where cooperative approaches add significant value to both regions: cyber incident management, public-private partnership on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, cybersecurity awareness raising, and cybercrime. Since its creation, the Working Group has successfully conducted a transatlantic cyber exercise, organized information exchanges on national and regional cyber exercises, developed public-private workshops on industrial control systems, and jointly promoted National Cyber Awareness Month in the U.S. and Europe, among other activities. The Working Group continues to focus on incident management and response, awareness raising, critical infrastructure protection, combatting botnets, promoting the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, and enhancing the security of domain names and Internet Protocol addresses.

The Working Group played a central role in the December 2012 launch of the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online, a coalition of over 50 countries that have come together to actively combat, reduce, and prosecute child sexual abuse and exploitation online. The U.S. will take over the chairmanship of the Global Alliance in 2014, and plans are underway for a follow on conference later this year.

Information Society Dialogue (ISD)

The ISD ensures the coordination of an on-going working relationship between the USG and EU on important communication and information policy issues. ISD discussions typically include overarching issues such as internet governance, as well as a specific focus on cross-border data flows/cloud computing, data protection/data privacy, wireless spectrum management, broadband rollout, research and development cooperation, and 3rd-country market access issues.

100 years anniversary of Manfred Lachs

Source – IISL:

100 years anniversary of Manfred Lachs
4 April 2014
On 3 April. IISL President Tanja Masson-Zwaan, at the invitation of ICJ President Peter Tomka, attended an event at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands to celebrate the 100th birth year of Manfred Lachs. She spoke about Lachs influence on the discipline of space law.

The texts of all speeches are available at www.icj-cij.org/presscom/files/6/18276.pdf.

Disasters Charter: Flood in the Solomon Islands

The Disasters Charter has been activated for a Flood in the Solomon Islands:

Flood in the Solomon Islands

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Honiara – Solomon Islands
Date of Charter Activation: 05 April 2014
Charter Requestor: UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management: UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the Event
Days of heavy rainfall have caused flash flooding in the Solomon Islands, inundating the capital city of Honiara and displacing thousands of people. An estimated 19 people have been killed and almost 30 are still missing.
The flooding began on 03 April 2014 when the rainfall caused rivers across the main island of Guadalcanal to burst their banks. The floodwaters from the River Matanikau left many areas of Honiara underwater and reportedly destroyed thousands of homes along the rivers. The flooding has also damaged or destroyed bridges along the rivers and cut off or damaged roads.

The river levels rose much faster than anticipated, giving people little time to evacuate. The storm that caused the rain later developed into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone, Ita, which moved away from the Solomon Islands over the weekend.

A state of emergency has been declared, and it is estimated that as many as 12,000 people could be affected in Honiara. While the storm weakened and water levels began to subside on 05 February, the long process of recovery and rebuilding is underway.

ITU drives global effort to strengthen cybersecurity

Source – ITU:

ITU drives global effort to strengthen cybersecurity
Global index measures national cybersecurity resilience
Dubai, 2 April 2014 – ITU presented the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), a unique initiative launched by ITU and ABI Research to measure the levels of cybersecurity in countries, at a forum held in Dubai today. It underlies ITU’s commitment to strengthening cybersecurity and plugging the gaps worldwide while building capacity at the national level, particularly in developing countries.
The long term aim is to drive further efforts in the adoption and integration of cybersecurity on a global scale. A comparison of national cybersecurity strategies will reveal those countries with high rankings in specific areas, and consequently highlight lesser known – yet successful – cybersecurity strategies.
Based on questionnaire responses received by ITU Member States, a first analysis of cybersecurity development in the Arab region was compiled and one for the Africa region is under way. The objective is to release a global status of cybersecurity for 2014.
“Greater connectivity also brings with it greater risk,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “As our physical and cyber worlds overlap, there is an increased need to address the related challenges of ensuring security, human rights, rule of law, good governance and economic development.”
“In embracing technological progress, cybersecurity must form an integral and invisible part of that process,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau addressing the forum. “Unfortunately, cybersecurity is not yet at the core of many national and industrial technology strategies.”
The goal of the GCI is to help foster a global culture of cybersecurity and its integration at the core of information and communication technologies. “Countries need to be aware of their current capability level in cybersecurity and, at the same time, identify areas where cybersecurity needs to be enhanced,” Sanou stressed.
The forum on Measuring Countries’ Readiness and Build Capacity on Cybersecurity was held at ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference that opened in Dubai on 30 March and will be in session until 10 April.
Media Accreditation
Media accreditation for WTDC-14 is compulsory. Please see: www.itu.int/en/newsroom/wtdc-14/Pages/media-accreditation.aspx
Media-relevant videos can be accessed at the WTDC-14 Newsroom: http://bit.ly/1jXuGP5 – http://bit.ly/1mojk3Z
The Report is available at: www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Cybersecurity/Pages/GCI.aspx
Photos are available at: www.flickr.com/photos/itupictures