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  • Internet Society Offers to Assist Establishing “XChange Point” in Inuvik
    by April Froncek on May 14, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    This article was originally published in The Inuvik Drum. Town pens letter of support for idea that would expand Internet activity in Delta Inuvik Town Council has penned a letter of support for establishing an “Internet XChange Point” (IXP) in the Beaufort Delta, should one or more of the NWT’s Telecommunications companies choose to pursue The post Internet Society Offers to Assist Establishing “XChange Point” in Inuvik appeared first on Internet Society.

  • We Are the Internet Society: Our Impact in 2020
    by Rinalia Abdul Rahim on May 11, 2021 at 10:15 am

    If there were doubts about how important the Internet is for everyone, 2020 put those to rest. As we push forward through this turbulent time, I want to take a moment to share some inspiration. The Internet Society’s 2020 Impact Report: The Internet Is a Lifeline is a storybook of ingenuity, collaboration, and what happens The post We Are the Internet Society: Our Impact in 2020 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Tracking Internet Shutdowns
    by Susannah Gray on May 10, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Internet shutdowns harm societies, economies, and the global Internet infrastructure – that’s why we’re tracking disruptions on the Internet Society Pulse platform. There are thousands of disruptions to Internet access every day all over the world, but not all of them are the result of deliberate shutdowns. Lengthy outages are usually the result of technical errors, routing misconfigurations, or infrastructure failures. The post Tracking Internet Shutdowns appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Many U.S. Residents Support Community Broadband
    by Grant Gross on May 10, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    From the community: A new poll from Morning Consult finds that more than half of U.S. residents trust local governments to provide broadband services, and just 14 percent believe local governments should be prohibited from providing broadband. Currently, 18 states limit or outright prohibit local governments from providing their own broadband. In those states, “these The post The Week in Internet News: Many U.S. Residents Support Community Broadband appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Risks and Rewards of the U.S. Broadband Funding Boom
    by Mark Buell on May 6, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us once and for all that broadband access is critical infrastructure. Without it, communities cannot work, learn, or earn online – a necessity during stay-at-home orders. And policymakers are taking notice. In the past few months, trillions of dollars have been proposed by the House, Senate, and White House for The post Risks and Rewards of the U.S. Broadband Funding Boom appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Lambada Community of Tamil Nadu Now Connected to the Internet
    by Abner Manzar on May 5, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    It’s been decades since the development of the Internet. Yet there are still many people around the world without any kind of connectivity. Some villages don’t know about popular services like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, and there are tribal communities who have lived their whole lives completely unconnected to the outside world. When information as The post Lambada Community of Tamil Nadu Now Connected to the Internet appeared first on Internet Society.

  • How Has COVID-19 Impacted Regional Internet Ecosystems?
    by Israel Nyoh on May 4, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and work are still online while the pressure on Internet ecosystems remains unprecedented. This has put the question of Internet resilience to the fore. As networks continue to struggle to cope with traffic spikes and connectivity hiccups, we examine how COVID-19 impacted some regional Internet ecosystems in 2020. The post How Has COVID-19 Impacted Regional Internet Ecosystems? appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Final Results of the 2021 Internet Society Board of Trustees Elections and IETF Selections
    by Ndeye Maimouna Diop on May 4, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    The Internet Society Elections Committee is pleased to announce the final results of the 2021 elections and the IETF selections for the Internet Society Board of Trustees. Voting concluded on 23 April. The results were announced to the voting communities and the challenge period was opened on 26 April. The deadline to file challenges was The post Final Results of the 2021 Internet Society Board of Trustees Elections and IETF Selections appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: India Tries to Censor Online Critics
    by Grant Gross on May 3, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Shut your mouth: The government in India has tried to silence critics of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic there as cases spike in the country, BuzzFeed News reports. India’s IT ministry recently ordered Twitter to block more than 50 tweets from being seen in the country, and Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube also had content critical The post The Week in Internet News: India Tries to Censor Online Critics appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Member News: Chapters Respond to Proposed Internet Regulations
    by Grant Gross on April 30, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Big, big data: Several chapters of the Internet Society have joined the debate over proposed government Internet regulations. The Israeli Internet Association, for example, has raised concerns about a Ministry of Communications proposal to require all communications companies in Israel, including cellular, Internet, and television providers, to regularly give the ministry detailed information on the The post Member News: Chapters Respond to Proposed Internet Regulations appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Boosting Education and Research during COVID-19
    by Roshan Ragel on April 30, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    When COVID-19 struck in 2020 and higher education institutions closed, National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Southeast Asia, instantly stepped up to ensure the continuity of education and research. We want to shine the light on how NRENs via collaboration have risen to the COVID-19 challenge of and demonstrated their commitment and creativity in The post Boosting Education and Research during COVID-19 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Italy Celebrates Internet Anniversary
    by Grant Gross on April 29, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    On 30 April, the Internet Society Italy Chapter is scheduled to celebrate a major anniversary, marking 35 years since the country’s first connection to the Internet. On that day in 1986, at about 6 p.m., a network connection was established between the former CNUCE Institute of the National Research Council in Pisa, Italy, and a The post Italy Celebrates Internet Anniversary appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Common Room: How an Artist Is Connecting Rural Indonesia One Village at a Time
    by Darlena Cunha on April 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    A young person scrolls through Instagram to see the latest updates on their favorite profiles. To many around the world this doesn’t seem strange, but for a hamlet outside of a small village in Indonesia’s rural southwest, it’s revolutionary. And it’s in part thanks to the work of an Internet entrepreneur named Gustaff Harriman Iskandar. The post The Common Room: How an Artist Is Connecting Rural Indonesia One Village at a Time appeared first on Internet Society.

  • A Digital Dystopia: How Calls for Backdoors to Encryption Would Ruin the Internet for Everyone
    by Denise Almeida on April 27, 2021 at 8:00 am

    A little over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, our reliance on private, safe, and secure communication has become more critical than ever. So it’s no surprise that organizations across all sectors are increasingly adopting encryption. It’s our strongest digital security tool online, keeping the information we share in daily activities like online banking, working The post A Digital Dystopia: How Calls for Backdoors to Encryption Would Ruin the Internet for Everyone appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: New York State to Require High-Speed Internet at Low Cost
    by Grant Gross on April 26, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Cheap Internet required: New York state will require large Internet services providers to offer a $15-a-month subscription to low-income families starting in June, WSKG reports. The state will also partner with philanthropic organizations to provide free high-speed Internet access to 50,000 students in low-income school districts for one year. Not enough chips: A global semiconductor The post The Week in Internet News: New York State to Require High-Speed Internet at Low Cost appeared first on Internet Society.

  • In the Dominican Republic IX.DO Begins Silent Production, with Several Committed Members
    by Israel Rosas on April 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    The Dominican Republic’s new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) already has 24 members, three of which began exchanging traffic in November 2020. Another four will start this quarter – including the largest operators in the country. The IX.DO was born after frustrated attempts. A government-led initiative in 2007 never became operational and the data center NAP The post In the Dominican Republic IX.DO Begins Silent Production, with Several Committed Members appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Greening the Internet: Five Questions with Dr. Chomora Mikeka
    by Mabel Gunda on April 22, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Today is Earth Day, an international event celebrated around the world to pledge support for environmental protection. From small actions to large, we all have a role to play in protecting our planet. As we celebrate today, we’re shining a light on people like Chomora Mikeka, a scientist in Malawi and a recent awardee of The post Greening the Internet: Five Questions with Dr. Chomora Mikeka appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Feedback Requested: Chartering the MANRS Community
    by Kevin Meynell on April 20, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    While MANRS has gone from strength to strength since its beginning in 2014, gaining attention, interest, and credibility from network operators worldwide, for the initiative to be sustainable and impactful in the long run there should be a stronger sense of ownership by the community. MANRS is an industry-led initiative whose participants set and develop The post Feedback Requested: Chartering the MANRS Community appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Starlink Plans Broad Rollout
    by Grant Gross on April 19, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Internet from space: StarLink, the satellite-based Internet service from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, may exit its beta release around the middle of this year, Teslarati reports. Musk says the service is rapidly improving “service uptime, bandwidth, and latency.” Starlink should be broadly available later this year, with service also available for vehicles. A ban for all The post The Week in Internet News: Starlink Plans Broad Rollout appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Bangkok’s Neutral Peering Hub Scales Its Capacity
    by Kittinan Sriprasert on April 15, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Bangkok Neutral Internet Exchange (BKNIX) recently expanded its Internet exchange capacity thanks to outstanding carrier-class equipment provided by the Internet Society In 2015, Bangkok Neutral Internet Exchange (BKNIX) was launched with the ambition to fix slow Internet, improve online experience for users, and lower the cost of Internet access for people in Thailand. BKNIX knew The post Bangkok’s Neutral Peering Hub Scales Its Capacity appeared first on Internet Society.