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  • Rural Development Special Interest Group Organizes Internet Connectivity Tag 2019
    by Adarsh Umesh, Sowmya S.M. on December 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In November, the Internet Society Rural Development Special Interest Group (RD SIG) organized an event called the Internet Connectivity Tag 2019 in Bangalore, India to deliberate on emerging technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) and security, and what this means for rural development in India. RD SIG invited a number of distinguished speakers to the event, many of The post Rural Development Special Interest Group Organizes Internet Connectivity Tag 2019 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Online Trust Audit for 2020 Presidential Campaigns Update
    by Jeff Wilbur on December 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

    On 7 October 2019, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released the Online Trust Audit for 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaigns. Overall, 30% of the campaigns made the Honor Roll, and 70% had a failure, mainly related to scores for their privacy statements. As part of this process, OTA reached out to the campaigns, offering The post Online Trust Audit for 2020 Presidential Campaigns Update appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The sale of PIR: The Internet Society Board Perspective
    by Gonzalo Camarillo on December 3, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    [Published on behalf of the Internet Society Board of Trustees.] Last Friday we held a webinar with Internet Society members to answer questions about the sale of the Public Interest Registry (PIR). We were also able to unveil more details about the sale and its long-term contribution to the stability of the Internet Society (ISOC). On that call, we listened to The post The sale of PIR: The Internet Society Board Perspective appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: $1,200 a Month for Internet Service?
    by Grant Gross on December 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Gold-plated Internet access: Ulukhaktok, a small town in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is exploring ways to build its own broadband network after complaints of slow speeds and data caps, Vice.com reports. The price for exceeding the 10 GB data cap cost one resident $1,200 for the month. As part of the community-led effort, several residents have The post The Week in Internet News: $1,200 a Month for Internet Service? appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Passion and Dedication at the 4th Summit on Community Networks in Africa
    by Betel Hailu on November 29, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    The 4th Summit on Community Networks in Africa took place in Dodoma, Tanzania from 28 October to 2 November 2019 in partnership with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and hosted by the University of Dodoma. The format consisted of two days of valuable training sessions on defining the community network (CN) movement in Africa, the importance of The post Passion and Dedication at the 4th Summit on Community Networks in Africa appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Member News: Innovative Projects to Help Close the Digital Divide
    by Grant Gross on November 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Vote of Confidence: Voting is open for Chapterthon 2019, the global Internet Society Chapters marathon, where Chapters can develop projects within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of the Internet. This year’s theme is Connecting the Unconnected. Twenty-eight Chapters – from Argentina to Zimbabwe – have submitted projects. Keep The post Member News: Innovative Projects to Help Close the Digital Divide appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Winners of the 2019 Chapterthon To Be Announced On 11 December – Voting Is Open Now!
    by Christine Saegesser Baethge on November 27, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    We’re thrilled to showcase this year’s creative, innovative and impactful projects aimed at ‘Connecting the Unconnected’. These short-term projects were run by twenty-eight of our Chapters that participated in the 2019 Chapterthon. We highly encourage you to take a few minutes to view the amazing work accomplished by your peers, and vote for your favorite The post Winners of the 2019 Chapterthon To Be Announced On 11 December – Voting Is Open Now! appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Deep Dive: A Look at Top Retailers’ Security Practices
    by Kenneth Olmstead on November 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Audit released its 10th Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll. One of the longest-running sectors covered in the Audit is online retailers. In this blog post we will look at the top 500 online retailers in the US based on online sales and how they fare in The post Deep Dive: A Look at Top Retailers’ Security Practices appeared first on Internet Society.

  • What Is a Man in the Middle (MITM) Attack?
    by Robin Wilton on November 26, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Simply put, MITM is an attack in which a third party gains access to the communications between two other parties, without either of those parties realising it. The third party might read the contents of the communication, or in some cases also manipulate it. So, for example, if Gerald sends Leila a message, intending it The post What Is a Man in the Middle (MITM) Attack? appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Balloon-Based Internet Comes to the Amazon
    by Grant Gross on November 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Internet from the skies: Loon, Google’s sister company, is teaming up with Internet provider Telefonica to provide Internet access to remote areas of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, TechCrunch reports. Loon, the high-altitude balloon company, plans to have the service available in 2020. The area of Peru targeted by the service has about 200,000 residents. The post The Week in Internet News: Balloon-Based Internet Comes to the Amazon appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Rachel Player Honored by Internet Security Research Group with Radiant Award
    by Olaf Kolkman on November 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Internet security is accomplished by many unsung heroes. People who put their talent and passion into improving the Internet, making it secure and trustworthy. This is a feature of the Internet: security isn’t achieved through a central mandate but through the hard work and tenacity of individuals working across the globe. Rachel Player, a cryptographic The post Rachel Player Honored by Internet Security Research Group with Radiant Award appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Alain Aina: 2019 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award Winner
    by Darlena Cunha on November 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Alain Aina has been a key player in the Internet in Africa. While the winner of this year’s Jonathan B. Postel Award has had support from organizations and others, his leadership in building technical communities has helped countless people to spread the Internet across Africa and the world. As the chief technology officer of the The post Alain Aina: 2019 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award Winner appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Five Key Takeaways from the Summit in Asia-Pacific on Deploying, Sustaining and Scaling Community Networks
    by Rajnesh Singh on November 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Community networks (CNs) offer a solution to connect the unconnected billions. They are becoming all the more important as recent trends reveal a slowdown in Internet connectivity growth through national operators in the Asia-Pacific region. Late August, the Internet Society and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific organized the Asia-Pacific Regional CN Summit The post Five Key Takeaways from the Summit in Asia-Pacific on Deploying, Sustaining and Scaling Community Networks appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Let’s Encrypt Doubles the Number of Secure Websites
    by Grant Gross on November 18, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    A more secure Internet: Let’s Encrypt, the nonprofit certificate authority, has helped the percentage of websites protected with HTTPS encryption jump from 40 percent in 2016 to 80 percent now, TechXplore notes. The free certificate service has “turned the implementation of HTTPS from a costly, complicated process to an easy step that’s within reach for The post The Week in Internet News: Let’s Encrypt Doubles the Number of Secure Websites appeared first on Internet Society.

  • IETF 106 Begins Nov 16 in Singapore – Here is how you can participate remotely in building open Internet standards
    by Dan York on November 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Starting Saturday, November 16, 2019, the 106th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will begin in Singapore. Over 1,000 engineers from around the world will gather in the convention center to join together in the debates and discussions that will advance the open standards that make the Internet possible. They are gathered, in The post IETF 106 Begins Nov 16 in Singapore – Here is how you can participate remotely in building open Internet standards appeared first on Internet Society.

  • IoT Security Policy Platform Wants to Raise the Bar On Global IoT Security
    on November 14, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    By next year, five Internet of Things (IoT) devices are projected to be in use for every person on the planet. IoT devices offer endless opportunities to improve productivity, economic growth, and quality of life. Think smart cities, self-driving cars, and the ways connected medical devices can monitor our health. The potential growth of IoT The post IoT Security Policy Platform Wants to Raise the Bar On Global IoT Security appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Internet Society & Public Interest Registry: A New Era of Opportunity
    by Andrew Sullivan on November 13, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the .ORG Community.  Earlier today, the Internet Society and Public Interest Registry (PIR) announced that they have reached an agreement with Ethos Capital, an investment firm that helps transform and grow companies in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy, under which Ethos Capital will acquire PIR The post The Internet Society & Public Interest Registry: A New Era of Opportunity appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Peace and Cyber Hygiene
    by Olaf Kolkman on November 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    It doesn’t immediately make sense, does it: the terms peace and cyber hygiene in the same breath. Still, there is a reason why these two come together at the Paris Peace forum this week. That reason is simple though. Cyber hygiene – taking basic and common measures to secure software, devices, and networks – reduces The post Peace and Cyber Hygiene appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Heads Up! A Slight Change to the Internet Society Election Process
    by Walid Al-Saqaf on November 11, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I’m writing to the Internet Society community today with a notice that there is a key change to the Procedures for Selecting Trustees starting this year.  This change reduces the duration of voting period from 28 to 14 days in the Internet Society Board of Trustees elections through which Chapters and Organization Members get to The post Heads Up! A Slight Change to the Internet Society Election Process appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Facebook Moves Forward with Encryption, Despite Concerns
    by Grant Gross on November 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Forging ahead: Facebook plans to move ahead with plans to expand encryption despite concerns from law enforcement agencies that it will be used by criminals, the New York Times reports. Facebook’s decision to expand encryption across its Messenger platform comes after complaints by top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia The post The Week in Internet News: Facebook Moves Forward with Encryption, Despite Concerns appeared first on Internet Society.