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  • Know an Innovator Who’s Made Groundbreaking Contributions to the Internet? Nominate Them to the Internet Hall of Fame
    by Agustina Callegari on February 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Adiel Akplogan expanded Internet access across Africa. Jean Armour Polly redefined the role of the librarian as a digital educator and Internet advocate. Suguru Yamaguchi led cybersecurity research and helped found organizations to make the Internet more secure. All three have been recognized with many others by the Internet Hall of Fame for their groundbreaking The post Know an Innovator Who’s Made Groundbreaking Contributions to the Internet? Nominate Them to the Internet Hall of Fame appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Best and the Brightest Security and Privacy Experts Are Gathering Virtually at NDSS 2021
    by Karen O'Donoghue on February 22, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    The 28th consecutive Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2021) kicks off today. NDSS is a premier academic research conference addressing a wide range of topics on network and system security. It’s an incubator for new, innovative ideas and research on the security and privacy of the Internet. NDSS 2021, which takes place 21-25 The post The Best and the Brightest Security and Privacy Experts Are Gathering Virtually at NDSS 2021 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Facebook Blocks News from Australia
    by Grant Gross on February 22, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    No news for you: Facebook has blocked Australians from viewing or sharing news on its site in response to a proposed law that would require social media sites and other online services to pay news publishers, the BBC reports. The “power play” may backfire, however, “given how concerned many governments have grown about the company’s The post The Week in Internet News: Facebook Blocks News from Australia appeared first on Internet Society.

  • 2020: A Record Year for MANRS
    by Aftab Siddiqui on February 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Over the past year, COVID-19 underlined the importance of a secure and resilient Internet to ensure we stay connected online. For MANRS, this meant even more incentive to work with network operators, Internet exchange points (IXPs), and content delivery network (CDN) and cloud providers to ensure data went where it was supposed to go via The post 2020: A Record Year for MANRS appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Minor Administrative Updates to Internet Society Privacy Policy
    by Dan York on February 19, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Today we have made some minor updates to the Privacy Policy for this site and most of our other affiliated websites. The changes from the previous privacy policy were: Clarified in the introduction that this privacy policy applies to sites from both the Internet Society and also the Internet Society Foundation. Previously, it said only The post Minor Administrative Updates to Internet Society Privacy Policy appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Internet Shutdowns: How to Undermine Trust in the Network of Networks
    by Akriti Bopanna on February 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    The Indian government’s recent Internet shutdown during farmer protests impacted over 50 million residents. It is a stark warning of the danger of tampering with the foundations that make the Internet work for everyone. Internet shutdowns are a dangerous tactic increasingly used by the state to quell situations of unrest. In this instance, it occurred The post Internet Shutdowns: How to Undermine Trust in the Network of Networks appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: No Internet, No Vaccine
    by Grant Gross on February 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Unhealthy access: People lacking Internet access in the U.S., including some racial minorities, may be missing out on COVID-19 vaccines, The Conversation suggests. Signing up for the vaccine in the U.S. has largely happened online, meaning fewer seniors from underserved minority communities have been able to make appointments. In addition, people without Internet access have The post The Week in Internet News: No Internet, No Vaccine appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Announcing the Candidate Slates for the 2021 Board of Trustees Elections
    by George Sadowsky on February 12, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    As Chair of the Internet Society Nominations Committee, I am pleased to announce the slates of candidates for the 2021 Board of Trustees elections. The candidates for each slate are listed below in alphabetical order by last name. Chapters Election (one seat available) Leiska Evanson Luis Martinez Rao Naveed Bin Rais Muhammad Shabbir Niels ten The post Announcing the Candidate Slates for the 2021 Board of Trustees Elections appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Keeping Pakistan’s Internet Exchange Points Running
    by Ahmed Bakht Masood on February 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are a vital element of Internet infrastructure. They can be found at physical and neutral locations where different IP networks meet to exchange local traffic via a switch. Implementing an IXP within a country helps bring faster, more affordable, and better performing Internet to people. Frustrated by poor quality of service The post Keeping Pakistan’s Internet Exchange Points Running appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption
    by Natalie Campbell on February 9, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Natalie Campbell, Director of Public Advocacy at the Internet Society and a mother of two, warns against banning or weakening of encryption for the safety of children online.  Governments and law enforcement agencies are trying to ban or weaken a critical tool for keeping our children safe online. As parents, we must speak up for The post Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Introducing the MANRS Ambassador Program 2021
    by Adrian Wan on February 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    The MANRS (Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security) Ambassador Program 2021 is now accepting applications. If you are an industry leader eager to improve the well-being of the Internet’s global routing system, apply now. Ambassadors are representatives from MANRS participant organizations who show expertise and leadership in the routing security community. They are well-respected professionals committed The post Introducing the MANRS Ambassador Program 2021 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Toronto Looks to Community Broadband
    by Grant Gross on February 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Broadband for the city: Toronto, the largest city in Canada, will consider building a municipal broadband network to bridge the digital divide, Now Toronto reports. A government committee has endorsed the ConnectTO initiative, which aims to fill in underserved areas in the city while avoiding competition with current Internet service providers. Meanwhile, Tucson, Arizona, is The post The Week in Internet News: Toronto Looks to Community Broadband appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Member News: Mali Chapter Works to Get Women Online
    by Grant Gross on February 4, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Lending a hand: The Mali Chapter of the Internet Society is focusing on helping women who aren’t digitally literate connect to the Internet. The chapter is providing training to help these women, including women with disabilities, earn income through online services like Facebook and WhatsApp. Participants have included small business operators, including caterers and hairdressers. The post Member News: Mali Chapter Works to Get Women Online appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Internet Society Foundation Awards $1M in Research Grants Studying the Future of the Internet
    by Mabel Gunda on February 2, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    From the environment to the economy, the Internet is reshaping and disrupting several sectors of our society. What might future patterns of disruption look like? How will these changes affect all of us, particularly those on the margins of society? What new solutions can we generate today, to address the challenges of tomorrow? At the The post Internet Society Foundation Awards $1M in Research Grants Studying the Future of the Internet appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Cook Blasts Social Media Algorithms
    by Grant Gross on February 1, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Disinformation bots: Apple CEO Tim Cook raised concerns about social media algorithms promoting disinformation during a speech at an international privacy conference, ZDNet reports. “At a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good The post The Week in Internet News: Cook Blasts Social Media Algorithms appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You
    by Istvan Lam on January 28, 2021 at 7:00 am

    End-to-end encrypted platforms have become an important means to establish online trust for businesses and individuals globally – and law enforcement/intelligence services are struggling to keep up. Their unfamiliarity and uncertainty is reflected in the ambiguity of political discourse on the subject. On one hand, the European Union endorses strong encryption within data protection laws The post Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Sign Up for Internet Society Fundamentals and Advance an Internet for Everyone, Everywhere
    by Nancy Quiros on January 27, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Do you believe in an Internet that inspires development and progress? Do you want to enable opportunities to help people improve their quality of life? Are you ready to become an agent of change, starting in your own community? If you answered yes to these questions, this is your opportunity to shine! Join our Internet The post Sign Up for Internet Society Fundamentals and Advance an Internet for Everyone, Everywhere appeared first on Internet Society.

  • One Year After the First COVID Lockdown, A Secure Internet Shouldn’t Just Be for the Privileged Few
    by Mark Buell on January 26, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    This past weekend, we observed the one-year anniversary of the first of many COVID-19 lockdowns. Since then, schools, small businesses, healthcare providers, and financial institutions around the world have relied on the Internet to maintain operations and deliver critical services – bringing the need for broadband access into sharp focus. The overflow of demand for digital The post One Year After the First COVID Lockdown, A Secure Internet Shouldn’t Just Be for the Privileged Few appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Google Threatens to Leave Australia
    by Grant Gross on January 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Google won’t pay for news: Google has threatened to end its search engine services in Australia over the government’s efforts there to require the company to pay news publishers for articles it links to, the BBC reports. The proposed Australian news code would require Google and Facebook to enter into mediated negotiations with publishers over The post The Week in Internet News: Google Threatens to Leave Australia appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Closing in on Equity: Truist EPIC Grant Seeks to Expand Potential in Communities through Broadband Access
    by Mark Buell on January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    The image was shared around the world.­ Two little girls hunched over their laptops on a concrete sidewalk, accessing the free WiFi at a fast-food restaurant in order to complete their schoolwork. It was a bleak reminder of the stark digital divide in the United States, where millions are excluded from the benefits of affordable, The post Closing in on Equity: Truist EPIC Grant Seeks to Expand Potential in Communities through Broadband Access appeared first on Internet Society.