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  • Internet Society Foundation Awards over $1 Million in Digital Skills Development Grants
    by Mabel Gunda on November 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    The Internet is for everyone – a critical lifeline that can uplift communities. But only if we go beyond Internet access and bridge the knowledge gap that continues to persist: the gap between those who have the knowledge and skills to use the Internet to empower themselves and their communities and those who don’t. To The post Internet Society Foundation Awards over $1 Million in Digital Skills Development Grants appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Measuring Internet Resilience in Africa
    by Kevin Chege on November 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    For many in the African region, Internet interruptions or service degradations occur frequently, which results in a disjointed Internet experience. In order to help improve this experience, we need to track and measure various Internet characteristics through network telemetry. This data can help to identify infrastructure and traffic issues and can provide key information to The post Measuring Internet Resilience in Africa appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Leading from the Front: How the Internet Society’s Training Efforts Are Helping to Upskill Africa’s Future Digital Champions
    by Kevin Chege on November 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Tech skills are important for digital transformation in Africa. To realize this transformation, the Internet Society is supporting work-ready digital skills development with local talent. By 2030, over 230 million jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills. With the fourth industrial revolution taking shape, we are helping to build a community of digital champions The post Leading from the Front: How the Internet Society’s Training Efforts Are Helping to Upskill Africa’s Future Digital Champions appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Siberian Student Climbs Tree to Get Internet Access
    by Grant Gross on November 23, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Great heights: As his classes move online, Russian student Alexei Dudoladov has to climb a birch tree to get Internet access, Reuters reports. The student at the Omsk Institute of Water Transport, which is nearly 1,400 miles east of Moscow, says his home Internet service is not strong enough to connect to online classes. “I need The post The Week in Internet News: Siberian Student Climbs Tree to Get Internet Access appeared first on Internet Society.

  • European Union, Use Facts to Make Cybersecurity Decisions – Not Myths
    by Ryan Polk on November 19, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Nearly 450 million EU citizens are counting on the Council of the European Union to make decisions that protect their safety. The Council has a duty make these decisions based on reliable information. In the next week, the Council of the European Union is expected to consider a resolution that argues that law enforcement “must The post European Union, Use Facts to Make Cybersecurity Decisions – Not Myths appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Contributing to the Internet Society Governance Reform Working Group
    by Gonzalo Camarillo on November 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    The Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC) has established the Governance Reform Working Group in order to host open community discussion on the general topic of potential governance changes at the Internet Society. The post Contributing to the Internet Society Governance Reform Working Group appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Onno Purbo: 2020 Postel Award Winner Uses Human Touch to Bridge the Digital Divide
    by Darlena Cunha on November 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Onno Purbo is a people person. It’s not typically something you hear about an engineer. But it is through his approach to education in the Internet sphere that Indonesian villages have access at all. “The other engineers, they are very much engineer,” Purbo said. “A problem is solved by coding, is solved by an antenna, The post Onno Purbo: 2020 Postel Award Winner Uses Human Touch to Bridge the Digital Divide appeared first on Internet Society.

  • On the Road to Better Routing Security: What Are MENA’s Next Steps?
    by Hanna Kreitem on November 17, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    In a region with a wealth of resources and network expertise but a higher than average number of global routing incidents, the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative can help networks champion a more secure routing environment. Networks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region fall between two regional Internet registries: The post On the Road to Better Routing Security: What Are MENA’s Next Steps? appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: A Change in U.S. Internet Policy?
    by Grant Gross on November 16, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Winds of change: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will significantly change U.S. government policy focused on the Internet, Vox.com says. A Biden administration is likely to bring back net neutrality rules and push for policies that widen Internet access and make it more affordable. The Biden team may also provide more subsidies to lower-income people and The post The Week in Internet News: A Change in U.S. Internet Policy? appeared first on Internet Society.

  • New Features in MANRS Observatory: More Informative, Intuitive, and Easy to Use
    by Andrei Robachevsky on November 12, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    In August 2019, the Internet Society supported the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative by creating a platform to visualize its members’ routing security data from around the globe. The MANRS Observatory’s interactive dashboard allows networks to check their progress in improving their routing security. Last week, we updated some key features of The post New Features in MANRS Observatory: More Informative, Intuitive, and Easy to Use appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Internet Insights – On Track for Launch
    by Susannah Gray on November 11, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Things might have seemed quiet on our Measuring the Internet activities for the last few weeks, but lots of work has been taking place behind the scenes to ensure that the Internet Society’s Internet Insights platform will be ready for phase one of its launch in December 2020. What We’re Working On To help everyone The post Internet Insights – On Track for Launch appeared first on Internet Society.

  • 2020 Latin America Chapter Workshop: Celebrating Successes and Mobilizing for an Internet of Opportunity
    by Israel Rosas on November 11, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Our global community of Chapters is vibrant. Chapter members implement projects, share ideas, and take actions that help bring the Internet Society’s vision to life. In particular, the leaders of the Latin American Chapters have had the opportunity to meet annually in a workshop dedicated to them. 2020 has led us to think of new The post 2020 Latin America Chapter Workshop: Celebrating Successes and Mobilizing for an Internet of Opportunity appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Facebook Considers New Ways to Combat Disinformation
    by Grant Gross on November 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    More moderation: Facebook is looking at new ways to moderate posts on its site to make it more difficult for election disinformation to spread, the New York Times reports. Facebook is looking at adding more “friction,” such as an additional click or two, before users can share posts, according to insiders in the company. The The post The Week in Internet News: Facebook Considers New Ways to Combat Disinformation appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Member News: Internet in a Small Box
    by Grant Gross on November 6, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Net-á-porter: The South African Chapter of the Internet Society has been promoting an “Internet-in-a-box” initiative using an SD card to configure an inexpensive Raspberry Pi device. Interested people can configure an SD card or even order a pre-loaded SD card. Taxing the ‘Net: The Mexico Chapter has gone on record as opposing a digital services The post Member News: Internet in a Small Box appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Changes to Our Work in 2021
    by April Froncek on November 5, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Here at the Internet Society, we believe that the Internet is for everyone. Our work focuses on ensuring that the Internet remains open, globally-connected, trustworthy, and secure. In 2020, we saw the world change in ways that no one could have anticipated.  Because of this, like so many other organizations, we had to assess our The post Changes to Our Work in 2021 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Message from Internet Society Audit Committee Chair
    by Heather West on November 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    As Chair of the Internet Society Audit Committee, I wanted to share an update with you. As you may know, the Audit Committee reviews the Conflict of Interest forms filed by members of the Board of Trustees and officers of the Internet Society to ensure that we are in compliance with our Conflict of Interest The post Message from Internet Society Audit Committee Chair appeared first on Internet Society.

  • How IXPs Can Help Achieve Digital Transformation across the Middle East
    by Nermine El Saadany on November 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    In September the Internet Society, in cooperation with Middle East Network Operators Group, held an online workshop on Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). This was part of a workshop series launched by the Internet Society to foster open dialogue and coordinate with governments and other stakeholders to achieve digital transformation across Arab countries. Last year, workshops The post How IXPs Can Help Achieve Digital Transformation across the Middle East appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Nominations Now Open for 2021 Internet Society Board of Trustees Elections
    by George Sadowsky on November 2, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    The Internet Society Nominations Committee is now inviting nominations for candidates to serve on the Board of Trustees. The post Nominations Now Open for 2021 Internet Society Board of Trustees Elections appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Tech Giants Face Hostile Lawmakers
    by Grant Gross on November 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Getting hit from both sides: Executives from Google, Twitter, and Facebook faced criticism from all sides when testifying in the U.S. Senate recently, the Washington Post reports. Democratic senators told the companies they should do a better job with moderating their sites for fake news and conspiracy theories, while Republicans called on the companies to The post The Week in Internet News: Tech Giants Face Hostile Lawmakers appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Pandemic Accelerates Loss of Internet Freedoms
    by Grant Gross on October 27, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic has not only caused more than one million deaths worldwide, but it is also accelerating a decline in Internet freedoms across the globe, according to a new report from Freedom House. The past year has been “especially dismal” for Internet Freedom, according to the Freedom on the Net 2020 report, sponsored by The post Pandemic Accelerates Loss of Internet Freedoms appeared first on Internet Society.