Internet Society Working for an Internet that is open, globally connected, and secure.

  • Tarek Kamel: A Loss to the Internet Community
    by Nermine El Saadany on October 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    It was indeed very sad news yesterday that Tarek Kamel passed away. Despite his suffering and illness, no one expected death could be that close. Just last week I was chatting with friends in common about his persistence in planning to attend the upcoming ICANN meeting in Montreal, with permission from his doctors. That was […] The post Tarek Kamel: A Loss to the Internet Community appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Looking the GIFCT in the Mouth
    by Andrew Sullivan on October 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    The recent meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was notable because of the attention it paid to the climate of the planet Earth. A different set of meetings around the UNGA was about another climate: the one of fear, anger, and violence swirling about the Internet. It was only last March that a […] The post Looking the GIFCT in the Mouth appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Remembering Tarek Kamel
    by Andrew Sullivan on October 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    We learned the sad news today that Tarek Kamel, one of the global Internet community’s best-known figures, has passed away. An accomplished engineer and statesman, Tarek was highly respected and beloved by all who knew and worked with him. He was a firm believer in our mission and we have benefited greatly from his support […] The post Remembering Tarek Kamel appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Member News: Helping Schools Get Access to Internet, Educational Materials
    by Grant Gross on October 10, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    News from Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups across the world: Library in a box: This month, the Kyrgyzstan Chapter installed an electronic library called the Ilim Box in secondary schools in the southern part of Issyk-Kul region. The device allows the schools to access educational resources when they don’t have an Internet connection. […] The post Member News: Helping Schools Get Access to Internet, Educational Materials appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Islamabad Chapter Brings First Internet Governance Event to Quetta, Pakistan
    by Waqas Hassan on October 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    The 5th Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG 2019) was successfully held last month in Quetta, Pakistan. This represents a significant achievement for the Internet Society Pakistan Islamabad Chapter as it played an instrumental role in bringing the first-ever Internet Governance event to the provincial capital of Balochistan. For those who may not know, Balochistan has the […] The post Islamabad Chapter Brings First Internet Governance Event to Quetta, Pakistan appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Announcing the 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign Audit
    by Megan Kruse on October 8, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Today, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released a new report, the “2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign Audit,” analyzing the 23 top current presidential campaigns and their commitment to email/domain protection, website security, and responsible privacy practices. OTA evaluated the campaigns using the same methodology we used to assess nearly 1,200 organizations in the main Online […] The post Announcing the 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign Audit appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Week in Internet News: Governments Pressure Facebook to Halt Encryption Plans
    by Grant Gross on October 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Anti-encryption demands: Government officials from the U.S., U.K., and Australia have asked Facebook to put a hold on its plans to expand encryption on services like Messenger, CNet reports. “We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is […] The post The Week in Internet News: Governments Pressure Facebook to Halt Encryption Plans appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Network Operators in Latin America and the Caribbean Take Steps to Strengthen Routing Security
    by Israel Rosas on October 4, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    2019 has been a very good year for the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean. In May, during the 31st meeting of LACNIC, several operators pledged to take steps to make routing security, and the Internet itself, stronger. They joined the MANRS initiative, which includes four simple and concrete steps to improve the Internet’s […] The post Network Operators in Latin America and the Caribbean Take Steps to Strengthen Routing Security appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
    by Megan Kruse on October 2, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Every October, we mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, “Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and […] The post Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Week in Internet News: The New Internet Space Race
    by Grant Gross on September 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Broadband in space: The Associated Press, via the New York Post, has a story on the new space race involving Amazon, SpaceX, and other companies. The competition is to be first to deploy new satellite networks to provide broadband service to all corners of the Earth. Still, there are some questions about these low-Earth orbit […] The post The Week in Internet News: The New Internet Space Race appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Role of South Asia’s NOGs in Community Building
    by Amrita Choudhury on September 27, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    At the recently concluded 34th South Asia Network Operators Group (SANOG 34), it was interesting not only to hear about the evolution of digital infrastructure, technology, and the economy in South Asia, including the opportunities it presents to network operators, but also to hear how community-led national Network Operating Groups (NOGs) in South Asia are […] The post The Role of South Asia’s NOGs in Community Building appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Deep Dive: How Do Banks Score on Privacy and Security?
    by Kenneth Olmstead on September 26, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance published its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll assessing the security and privacy of 1,200 top organizations. The Banking sector includes the top 100 banks in the U.S., based on assets according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Banks had a standout year, […] The post Deep Dive: How Do Banks Score on Privacy and Security? appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Empowering More Gretas: Introducing the 2019 IGF Youth Ambassadors
    by Alejandra Prieto on September 25, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    When 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg burst onto the global scene a few months ago, people underestimated the power this young girl would have to raise awareness and rally the world around climate change. Today, she has become a fearless advocate, boldly speaking out and holding politicians to account for their lack of action […] The post Empowering More Gretas: Introducing the 2019 IGF Youth Ambassadors appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • In Colombia: Latin American Summit on Community Networks
    by Israel Rosas on September 24, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    The University of Cundinamarca will host the Second Latin American Summit of Community Networks September 24-28. The event is organized by the Community Networks Special Interest Group, the Fusa Libre Collective, and the Colombia Chapter, with backing from the Internet Society. The Summit, which will include representatives of 24 organizations that operate community networks in […] The post In Colombia: Latin American Summit on Community Networks appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Week in Internet News: IoT Devices Could Put Privacy at Risk, Study Says
    by Grant Gross on September 23, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    A real privacy headache: Internet of Things devices potentially expose consumer information to other parties, according to a recent study featured on Vice.com. Many IoT devices collect and share a wealth of information including the IP address, usage habits, and location data. That data is then often shared with “a laundry list” of third parties. […] The post The Week in Internet News: IoT Devices Could Put Privacy at Risk, Study Says appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • APAC Policy Survey 2019: Consolidation in the Internet Economy
    by Adrian Wan on September 23, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    The Internet is changing. Consolidation in the Internet economy, the topic of the Global Internet Report 2019, might be the source of ongoing shifts in its underlying infrastructure and the way users engage, among many other things. Clearly, the growing presence of big Internet platforms can benefit the user by offering seamless Internet experiences, but […] The post APAC Policy Survey 2019: Consolidation in the Internet Economy appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Privacy Regulations Are Evolving: Are Organizations Ready?
    by Kenneth Olmstead on September 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Privacy statements are both a point of contact to inform users about their data and a way to show governments the organization is committed to following regulations. On September 17, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released “Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations?“ The report, using data collected from the 2018 Online Trust […] The post Privacy Regulations Are Evolving: Are Organizations Ready? appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • IoT Privacy for Policymakers: Solutions Need Informed Discussion
    by Robin Wilton on September 19, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    The consumer Internet of Things market is growing exponentially – one prediction suggests that people will be using 25 billion connected devices by 2021. These new products promise innovation and convenience, but they can also erode privacy boundaries and expose consumers to risk without their knowledge or consent. Is that a good bargain? The policy […] The post IoT Privacy for Policymakers: Solutions Need Informed Discussion appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • Sri Lanka Chapter Tackles Internet Restrictions and Cybersecurity Threats
    by Maheeshwara Kirindigoda on September 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Since its establishment nine years ago, the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter has been a key stakeholder in ensuring a free, open, and safe Internet in Sri Lanka. During the 2018 religious riots and the 2019 Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, when access to social media networks and messaging services was blocked, the Sri Lanka Chapter worked closely with government, media, […] The post Sri Lanka Chapter Tackles Internet Restrictions and Cybersecurity Threats appeared first on Internet Society. […]

  • The Week in Internet News: Antitrust Investigations of Big Tech Heat Up
    by Grant Gross on September 16, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Playing monopoly: Antitrust investigations of large U.S. tech companies are launching, with 48 state attorneys general announcing a Google probe, Salon.com reports. The focus is on Google’s alleged domination of online advertising. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has asked Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google parent company Alphabet to turn over documents in […] The post The Week in Internet News: Antitrust Investigations of Big Tech Heat Up appeared first on Internet Society. […]