Monday 23 January 2017

Digital Divide: Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - January 23, 2017

their legislation today could be yours tomorrow

Indian flag and map 

Bhim, India’s new mobile-phone-payment app, attracted 10 million users in its first 10 days and also much cause for concern: “India urgently needs a new digital payment law that regulates all these mobile payment apps that have sprung up overnight. We are right now in a completely uncharted and unsupervised territory legally,” reported cyber-law expert Pavan Duggal. 

Privacy, Surveillance and Censorship
government isn't always on your side

Lebanese flag and map 

Lebanon has arrested Ramzi Al-Kadi for tweets that insulted three Lebanese nationals killed on New Year’s Eve in Istanbul. Only a month prior, authorities similarly arrested Bassel Al-Amin for insulting the state of Lebanon in a tweet.
American flag and map 

Tobias Boelter recently found a security vulnerability in United States-based messaging app, WhatsApp. In his words, “The problem here is that the WhatsApp server could potentially lie about the public keys. Instead of giving you your friend’s key, it could give you a public key belonging to a third party, such as the government.” 

Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

Ghanaian flag and map
Malian flag and map 

The 27th France-Africa Summit took place last week in Mali. At the conference, African heads of state agreed to increase cybersecurity cooperation and established a continent-wide partnership for digital security. 

With government approval, Mauritius will build a cybercity in Ghana. The city will include innovation towers, conference centers, bank and finance towers, an ICT plaza and regional headquarters of ICT companies.

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