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  • Learning About Blockchain, Internet Governance, and Cryptocurrency
    by Layal Jebran on August 15, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    My first task as the Internet Society’s Regional Community Manager for the Middle East was to organize three events in a span of a week in three different cities around the Middle East about Blockchain with Dr. Walid Al Saqaf, Internet Society Board of Trustees, as the keynote speaker. Amman, Beirut, and Dubai July 8th was […] The post Learning About Blockchain, Internet Governance, and Cryptocurrency appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Improving Gender Rights Online: Perspectives from the Global South
    by Amrita Choudhury on August 14, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    The Internet has helped to empower communities of across the globe. However, existing gender disparities, discrimination, and inequalities, especially faced by women living in the Global South, including the least developed countries, has had a  considerable impact on the digital gender divide, leading to the digital exclusion of women. A study “Views & Perspectives on Gender […] The post Improving Gender Rights Online: Perspectives from the Global South appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Week in Internet News: US Gov’t Wants More Encryption – For Itself
    by Grant Gross on August 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Encryption for us, not for you: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is researching ways to improve mobile encryption for federal users, even as the FBI continues to fight against encrypted data on the smartphones of ordinary users. FifthDomain has a story on the DHS effort. Safety labels for the IoT: The Internet of things […] The post The Week in Internet News: US Gov’t Wants More Encryption – For Itself appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Count My Voice: Demanding an Internet That Benefits Everyone
    by Mary Helda Akongo on August 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The Internet Society has a vision that the Internet must be open, global, and secure for the good of all people. But to get there, the world must demand change in how decisions that shape the Internet’s future are made. Decisions being made behind closed doors. We’re asking young people around the world – smart […] The post Count My Voice: Demanding an Internet That Benefits Everyone appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • TLS 1.3 – Internet Security Gets a Boost
    by Olaf Kolkman on August 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Today marks the formal publication of an overhaul of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. TLS is an Internet standard used to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, and message forgery for various Internet applications. It is probably the most widely deployed network security standard in the world. Often indicated by the small green padlock in a web browser’s […] The post TLS 1.3 – Internet Security Gets a Boost appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Community Networks Workshop at CANTO Annual Conference
    by Shernon Osepa on August 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Globally, significant progress has been made in recent years with respect to Internet access, however, much more needs to be done. Presently, 54% of the global community is not connected to the Internet. In the Caribbean region, big disparities can be noted. As measured by Internet penetration rates, while countries such as Barbados (80%), Trinidad […] The post Community Networks Workshop at CANTO Annual Conference appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Tech Companies Endorse MANRS Routing Security Actions
    by Grant Gross on August 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    A coalition of more than 40 companies focused on protecting online users has endorsed a global community initiative, coordinated by the Internet Society, to improve the security of the Internet’s routing system. The Cybersecurity Tech Accord, whose members include Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, will support the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security […] The post Tech Companies Endorse MANRS Routing Security Actions appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Building Connectivity Across 27,000 Square Miles
    by April Froncek on August 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    In November 2017, the Internet Society hosted the inaugural Indigenous Connectivity Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The event brought together community network operators, Internet service providers, community members, researchers, policy makers, and Indigenous leadership to work together to bridge the connectivity gap in indigenous communities in North America. One of the participants shared her story. The Navajo […] The post Building Connectivity Across 27,000 Square Miles appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • I Can Has Privacy: A Special Guest Post from LOL Cat
    by April Froncek on August 8, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    In honor of International Cat Day, the Internet Society is sharing the journal of Internet Hall of Mane recipient LOL Cat. LOL Cat first achieved fame with her humorous memes written in “kitty pawtois.” A graduate of Stanfur Universekitty, her work has earned her the Purritzer Prize and many other hon-roars. Cattain’s Log, Day 1 […] The post I Can Has Privacy: A Special Guest Post from LOL Cat appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Internet Access and Education: Transforming Lives in the Middle East
    by Salam Yamout on August 7, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Internet access and the development of digital skills can transform lives of over 350 million people in the Middle East. With more than 60% of the population under 25 years old, the region is one of the most youthful in the world. However, at the same time, young people are the ones facing several challenges regarding education and employment. In […] The post Internet Access and Education: Transforming Lives in the Middle East appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • LACIGF Workshop for Chapter Leaders: The Internet Should Reach Everyone
    by Nancy Quiros on August 6, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Inside the framework of the 11th meeting of LACIGF, the Internet Society’s Regional Bureau in Latin America & Caribbean successfully carried out the 2018 edition of the Workshop for Chapter Leaders. In addition to addressing the key issues of the organization, the event included a session focused on personal development. The 34 participants, from 22 Chapters, […] The post LACIGF Workshop for Chapter Leaders: The Internet Should Reach Everyone appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Week in Internet News: IoT Security Spending Predicted to Skyrocket
    by Grant Gross on August 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Securing the IoT: Internet of Things security spending is predicted to rise by about 30 percent a year through 2023 as the industry looks for some regulations, reports Cyber Security Hub. Possible regulatory standards are driving part of the growth. Pornification of the IoT: This is bad news or maybe good news, depending on your […] The post The Week in Internet News: IoT Security Spending Predicted to Skyrocket appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • ISOC Advocating IoT Trust at APAN 46
    by Kevin Meynell on August 3, 2018 at 7:52 am

    APAN 46 is being held on 5-9 August 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand, with the Internet Society being one of the sponsors. I’ll also be talking about IoT Security and the OTA IoT Trust Framework, as well as using the opportunity to continue to raise awareness of the MANRS Routing Security Initiative amongst network operators […] The post ISOC Advocating IoT Trust at APAN 46 appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Las Marías of Azacualpa: Internet for Raising Women’s Voices
    by Agustina Callegari on August 2, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Azacualpa Yamaranguila, a village in the Intibuca region in Honduras, is celebrating. And not for nothing. Last Saturday was a historic day as they accessed the Internet for the very first time. For many of us, the Internet is taken for granted, but for the Lenca people it started like a dream 6 months ago when the Internet Society Honduras’ Chapter gave them the idea of connecting their village to […] The post Las Marías of Azacualpa: Internet for Raising Women’s Voices appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Taiwan Internet Governance Forum 2018: TechGIRLS
    by Ying-Chu Chen on July 31, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    “If we can speak up for women today, we can further support other minority groups in future.” Last year at the Taiwan Internet Governance Forum 2017, we launched TechGIRLs, where we exchanged our life, career, and schooling experience. We all agreed that women in Taiwan enjoy more rights and are more blessed than women in many […] The post Taiwan Internet Governance Forum 2018: TechGIRLS appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Three-Day Workshop on Internet Governance Held in Quezon City, Philippines
    by Naveed Haq on July 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    This month was even more special for our Internet Governance campaign, with two significant (back-to-back) activities in the Philippines. Earlier this month, the Philippines’ Department of ICT (DICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Internet Society (ISOC) to facilitate the development of its National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NIEF) 2022. More details can be found […] The post Three-Day Workshop on Internet Governance Held in Quezon City, Philippines appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Buenos Aires Will Be the Place for Internet Governance This Week
    by Raquel Gatto on July 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Without a doubt, this will be a busy week for the Internet Society in Latin America and the Caribbean!  In addition to the 11th LACIGF, we will be holding discussions on gender and youth, as well as a workshop for Chapter leaders in the region. LACIGF 11: The Coming of Age of the Regional Conversation […] The post Buenos Aires Will Be the Place for Internet Governance This Week appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Week in Internet News: Facial Recognition IDs Politicians as Criminals
    by Grant Gross on July 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    You look like a criminal: Amazon.com’s facial recognition technology falsely flagged 28 U.S. lawmakers as criminals in a test run by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Guardian reports. Whoops! Five members of Congress have demanded an explanation from Amazon, CNET says. Amazon instead of libraries? It was a bit of a weird week for […] The post The Week in Internet News: Facial Recognition IDs Politicians as Criminals appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • How to Reform Basic Education for a Digital Future: Views from a Multistakeholder Group
    by Mark W. Datysgeld on July 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    In June 2018, in the city of Panamá, a parallel session was organized by the Internet Society during the international meeting of ICANN 62. This session had the aim of promoting a key discussion underlining our digital future: the impacts of technology and the Internet on future jobs. This article is an outcome of the discussion […] The post How to Reform Basic Education for a Digital Future: Views from a Multistakeholder Group appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Future Thinking: what3words on IP Addresses for the “Real” World
    by April Froncek on July 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Last year, the Internet Society unveiled the 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. The interactive report identifies the drivers affecting tomorrow’s Internet and their impact on Media & Society, Digital Divides, and Personal Rights & Freedoms. In July 2018, we interviewed Giles Rhys Jones to hear his perspective on the forces shaping […] The post Future Thinking: what3words on IP Addresses for the “Real” World appeared first on Internet Society. […]