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  • Pacific Report to the Dynamic Coalition of Small Island Developing States in the Internet Economy
    by Maureen Hilyard on January 17, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    2019 was an active year for Pacific involvement in the Internet economy. What we have demonstrated is that originating from small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific does not restrict one’s opportunity to become a leader within large international organizations like ICANN, which manages and allocates domain names and IP addresses globally. I was The post Pacific Report to the Dynamic Coalition of Small Island Developing States in the Internet Economy appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Community Radio and Network Providers Join Force to Grow the Internet
    by Adrian Wan on January 15, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Last month, more than 50 community radio and network providers from all across Asia-Pacific journeyed by road from Bengaluru, India’s tech capital, to IruWay, a rural research lab about 80km away. As the traffic and indiscriminate honking outside the megacity faded, Internet signal also weakened, and at some point, there was no connection at all The post Community Radio and Network Providers Join Force to Grow the Internet appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices
    by Kenneth Olmstead on January 14, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    In April 2019, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th Annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites on the Internet, from retailers to government sites. In this post we will take a deeper dive into the U.S. The post Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Mexico, NYC Push for Internet Access for All
    by Grant Gross on January 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Everyone’s invited: Politicians in Mexico and New York City announced plans for universal Internet access in recent days. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a plan to bring access to the large swaths of the country that don’t have it, including a government investment of more than $500,000, according to AA News. Meanwhile, New York The post The Week in Internet News: Mexico, NYC Push for Internet Access for All appeared first on Internet Society.

  • ‘Major Initiatives in Cybersecurity’ Shows Everyone Can Contribute to Trust
    by Olaf Kolkman on January 10, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    How do we work toward a more secure Internet? In the Cyber Security discussions that take place in the various policy fora around the world, there is often little appreciation that the security of the Internet is a distributed responsibility, where many stakeholders take action. By design, the Internet is a distributed system with no central The post ‘Major Initiatives in Cybersecurity’ Shows Everyone Can Contribute to Trust appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Strong Encryption Is Central to Good Security – India’s Proposed Intermediary Rules Puts It at Risk
    by Ryan Polk on January 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Security and encryption experts from around the world are calling on the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTy) to reconsider proposed amendments to intermediary liability rules that could weaken security and limit the use of strong encryption on the Internet. Coordinated by the Internet Society, nearly thirty computer security and cryptography experts from around the world signed “Open Letter: The post Strong Encryption Is Central to Good Security – India’s Proposed Intermediary Rules Puts It at Risk appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Indian Community Making the Right Connections
    by Praneet Kaur on January 8, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    In the lead up to last month’s Internet Engineering Task Force meeting in Singapore, IETF 106, the India Internet Engineering Society (IIESoc) held its third annual Connections conference in Kolkata, India. This pre-IETF event aims to increase participation in IETF discussions from the Asia-Pacific region, specifically India. Like the years before it, this edition of The post Indian Community Making the Right Connections appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security?
    by Kenneth Olmstead on January 7, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites on the Internet from retailers to government sites. In this post we will take a deeper dive into the Consumer The post Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security? appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: New Chinese Law Regulates Encryption
    by Grant Gross on January 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Crypto-regulation: A new law in China regulates the use of encryption, but it’s aimed at strengthening it, at least in some settings, Reuters reports. The law is aimed at aiding the development of a digital currency in China, and it is focused on “facilitating the development of the cryptography business and ensuring the security of The post The Week in Internet News: New Chinese Law Regulates Encryption appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Fourth Annual inSIG Boosts India’s Capacity to Shape the Internet’s Future
    by Ihita Gangavarapu, Satish Babu on January 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Earlier this month, the fourth India School on Internet Governance (inSIG2019) was held in Kolkata on 15-17 November, expanding its network of leaders and professionals active in shaping the Internet’s future. With support from sponsors, 50 fellows from various academic, cultural, and regional backgrounds participated in inSIG2019. Through panel discussions, workshops, role plays, and group activities the The post Fourth Annual inSIG Boosts India’s Capacity to Shape the Internet’s Future appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Member News: Internet Society Highlights from 2019
    by Grant Gross on December 31, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    It’s been a busy year for Internet Society Chapters around the world, with members pushing to extend Internet connections to remote areas, involved in public policy, and focusing on cybersecurity. Here are some of the highlights in 2019: Extending Internet connections Community awareness: The Madagascar chapter provided awareness training on community-based broadband networks in the The post Member News: Internet Society Highlights from 2019 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Worries of a Fragmenting Internet
    by Grant Gross on December 30, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Fragments: Some activists are raising concerns about a fragmented Internet, with two University of Southampton professors writing about four competing versions of the Internet in Wired. The two professors wrote about the same issues for the World Economic Forum earlier this year. The vision of a coordinated, global network “might change in 2020 as Internet The post The Week in Internet News: Worries of a Fragmenting Internet appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Lessons Learned from the Multistakeholder Process in the Philippines
    by Noelle Francesca De Guzman on December 24, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    In 2018, we began collaborating with the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to develop the country’s National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NICTEF), a successor to the Philippine Digital Strategy for 2011-2016. The DICT, like all Philippine government agencies, is mandated by law to hold open consultations as a means of improving transparency and encouraging public The post Lessons Learned from the Multistakeholder Process in the Philippines appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: India Sets Record for Longest Internet Shutdown in a Democracy
    by Grant Gross on December 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    The longest ever: The 130-day-plus shutdown of the Internet in the Indian region of Kashmir is now the longest ever in a democracy, the Washington Post notes. The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce estimates $1.4 billion in losses due to the shutdown. Meanwhile, the Indian government is stepping up its shutdown efforts in response to protests across The post The Week in Internet News: India Sets Record for Longest Internet Shutdown in a Democracy appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Deutsche Welle Spotlights Tanzania’s Kondoa Community Network
    by April Froncek on December 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Nearly half of the world lacks Internet access. But in rural Africa, the number is much higher: 86% of people are unconnected, with fewer women having access than men. Deutsche Welle, Germany’s public broadcaster, shares the story of the Kondoa Community Network, a joint project of the Internet Society Tanzania Chapter and the University of The post Deutsche Welle Spotlights Tanzania’s Kondoa Community Network appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy
    by Kenneth Olmstead on December 19, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites in various sectors. The news and and media sector, comprised of the top 100 news and media sites according to The post Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy appeared first on Internet Society.

  • From Content Blocking to National Shutdowns: Understanding Internet Disruptions
    by David Belson on December 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In March 2019, in a move described in one news report as a “government-imposed Internet shutdown,” the president of Sri Lanka temporarily blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, and other services. In this case, limited access to a class of applications was inaccurately painted as a full-scale Internet shutdown. Unfortunately, this isn’t unusual. Media coverage and The post From Content Blocking to National Shutdowns: Understanding Internet Disruptions appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Working together to build a bigger, stronger Internet
    by Gonzalo Camarillo on December 17, 2019 at 10:17 am

    [Published on behalf of the Internet Society Board of Trustees.] The Internet Society’s vision is that the Internet is for everyone. Earlier this month, we wrote about our efforts to ensure a stable and diverse funding model to support the work that takes us towards our vision. The role of the Board of Trustees is The post Working together to build a bigger, stronger Internet appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: U.S. Lawmakers Threaten Anti-Encryption Regulations
    by Grant Gross on December 16, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Don’t make us make you: Members of a U.S. Senate committee recently told representatives of Facebook and Apple that they need to give police access to customers’ encrypted communications, or they will be forced to by Congress, the Washington Post reports. The companies told lawmakers that backdoors in encryption would be exploited by cybercriminals. Facebook The post The Week in Internet News: U.S. Lawmakers Threaten Anti-Encryption Regulations appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Celebrating a Successful Chapterthon 2019!
    by Stine Philipsen on December 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    We are incredibly inspired by the collaborative projects brought to life by our Chapters for the 2019 Chapterthon, the global contest in which Internet Society Chapters develop a project within a set timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of the Internet. This year’s theme was “Connecting the Unconnected” – because every last person on the planet is part of having The post Celebrating a Successful Chapterthon 2019! appeared first on Internet Society.