This week, Russia intended to regulate Internet of Things; Belarus became the first country in CIS to complete digital TV transition; Kazakhstani programmer named among top 10 people in science; Uzbekistan has been developing crime and incident mapping tool; Vkontakte listed among world’s largest piracy platforms.

1. Experts in Russia suggest to add the definition of “technological data” to the legislation meaning any information from networked devices which have built-in sensors that can send and receive data.

“If we talk about the Internet of Things, it means we have to understand and classify the information circulated in that internet,” the head of the working group “Internet+City” Boris Glazkov said. “We need to understand whether that data carries any threats, how it needs to be protected and stored, and whether it can be transferred abroad.”

2. Belarus became the first country in CIS to complete transition to digital TV, according to its ministry of communication. The terrestrial network of state-owned Beltelecom operates 284 transmitters and three multiplexes that cover 93 – 99% of population. In total, there are 147 telecom operators that offer cable TV services with the total customer base of 1.8 million people. IP-television is available through 84 operators to the audience of 1.3 million people.

3. Law enforcement authorities of Uzbekistan began working on a crime analysis and control information system that is expected to be launched in five years. The main purpose of the system is crime mapping that will collect data and analyze crime incident patterns.

4. Russian banks estimated potential losses from cyber attacks to double in 2017 due to the lack of investment into cyber security. Experts of the Central Bank of Russia said that the most vulnerable financial institutions are middle-sized loan companies that hold enough money to make them a target for hackers, but don’t take their cyber protection seriously. Processing and broker companies, as well as money transfer offices and fintech startups, are in the risk zone too.

5. The United States Trade Representative listed Vkontakte social networking site among the world’s largest piracy websites and copyright-infringing platforms in its yearly “Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets” released on Dec.21. The list of pirate and counterfeit websites and services according to USTR included the Pirate Bay, Rutracker, Putlocker, and Alibaba’s Taobao.

6. Kazakhstani programmer Aleksandra Elbakyan was named among Nature journal’s top 10 people in science this year. Elbakyan created Sci-Hub, a pirate website with academic papers and scholarly articles, which were hidden behind a paywall and thus available only to select groups, and made them widely accessible, without permission. This large-scale copyright-breaking brought Elbakyan public praise and a lawsuit from Elsevier, one of the major academic publishers.

“Few people support the fact that she acted illegally, but many see Sci-Hub as advancing the cause of the open-access movement, which holds that papers should be made (legally) free to read and reuse,” Nature wrote.