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  • Internet2 Ramps up MANRS Support for U.S. Research and Education Community
    by Steven Wallace on July 3, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    The research and education community in the U.S. relies on a critical infrastructure to meet our education and research missions: the global Internet. This has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when it has enabled the rapid transition from on-campus to at-home learning. In addition to being intense Internet users, we also operate a The post Internet2 Ramps up MANRS Support for U.S. Research and Education Community appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Internet “Just Works”: The EARN IT Act Threatens That and More
    by Katie Jordan on July 3, 2020 at 12:30 am

    When the EARN IT Act was introduced in March 2020, technologists, civil society organizations, academics, and even a former FBI General Counsel blasted the bill as a thinly veiled attempt to prevent platforms from keeping users safe with strong encryption. The bill had implications for intermediary liability, of course, but it was clearly a play The post The Internet “Just Works”: The EARN IT Act Threatens That and More appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Internet Society Foundation Announces $1.5 Million in COVID-19 Response Grants
    by Shayna Robinson on July 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    The Internet plays a more important role than ever, serving as a lifeline so that children can continue learning, families and friends can stay connected, and vital public health information can keep circulating. At the Internet Society Foundation, we believe access to the Internet and its solutions can create healthier and safer communities, reduce vulnerabilities, The post Internet Society Foundation Announces $1.5 Million in COVID-19 Response Grants appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Open Standards Everywhere: How the Kolkata Chapter Got a Perfect Score
    by Susannah Gray on July 1, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    In early May 2020, the Open Standards Everywhere (OSE) project held a series of virtual training sessions for Internet Society Chapters. Over 70 Chapter representatives from around the world learned, in English, French, or Spanish, how to improve the overall security and availability of their Chapter’s websites and web servers by enabling IPv6, HTTP/2, TLS, The post Open Standards Everywhere: How the Kolkata Chapter Got a Perfect Score appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Beyond the Usual: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights in Asia-Pacific
    by Rajnesh Singh on June 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Last month, we held our inaugural APAC Insights. The idea behind this is to bring together thought leaders and subject matter experts to discuss issues related to the Internet and its use in the Asia-Pacific. However, the intention is not to make this another run-of-the-mill talk shop – rather, we want this to be a forum The post Beyond the Usual: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights in Asia-Pacific appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Google to Pay Some News Publishers
    by Grant Gross on June 29, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    News isn’t free: Google has announced it will pay some news publishers in a “new news experience” it is rolling out later this year, TechCrunch reports. News outlets in Germany, Australia, and Brazil are among the first group of publishers that have signed on. The goal is to “help participating publishers monetize their content through The post The Week in Internet News: Google to Pay Some News Publishers appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Closing the Digital Divide in Nepal
    by Ananda Gautam on June 26, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    COVID-19 has pushed the world into a digital revolution and closing Nepal’s digital divide has never been more important. Nepal is a landlocked least developed country, and according to the International Telecommunication Union, less than 20% of its population are online compared to 87% in developed countries. While connecting some of Nepal’s most remote places The post Closing the Digital Divide in Nepal appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Eighty for Africa: Kenya and Nigeria’s IXP Success
    by Michuki Mwangi on June 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Ten years ago the peering community came up with a vision: We wanted 80 percent of Internet traffic to be localized by 2020. I must admit, over the last decade there were times I wondered if it was possible. But Kenya and Nigeria have just proven that it is – all thanks to the help The post Eighty for Africa: Kenya and Nigeria’s IXP Success appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Open Call To The Next Generation of Internet Leaders – Apply for the IGF Youth Ambassadors Program
    by Paola Gálvez Callirgos on June 23, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has disrupted our world and it’s a crucial time for the Internet. We are facing issues related to misinformation, online education and connectivity. Challenges have been posed to encryption. Debates around the trade-off between privacy and contact tracing apps take place around the globe. The acceleration of digital The post Open Call To The Next Generation of Internet Leaders – Apply for the IGF Youth Ambassadors Program appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: U.S. DOJ Wants to Hold Website Liable for User Comments
    by Grant Gross on June 22, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Legal landmines: The U.S. Department of Justice has proposed ending a 24-year-old provision that protections websites and social media outlets from lawsuits for comments and other content posted by users, the Washington Post reports. While some Republicans have complained about social media sites allegedly burying conservative voices, the proposal would actually force sites into heavy The post The Week in Internet News: U.S. DOJ Wants to Hold Website Liable for User Comments appeared first on Internet Society.

  • What Does a Post-COVID World Look Like in Small Island Developing States?
    by Tracy Hackshaw on June 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    This blog post was first published by DiploFoundation. “We need to ensure we digitalize all of our business processes as to enable the effective digital transformation of our governments, businesses, and educational institutions so that the disruptive solutions brought by the global pandemic, including remote work, digital health, e-learning, and fintech, are collectively recognized as The post What Does a Post-COVID World Look Like in Small Island Developing States? appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Internet Society and Alliance for Affordable Internet Partner to Promote Community Networks and Expand Access for All
    by Megan Kruse on June 16, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    The Internet Society and the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), an initiative of the World Wide Web Foundation, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further their existing partnership to collaborate on promoting community networks to expand meaningful connectivity, and other areas of joint interest. A4AI is a global coalition working to drive The post Internet Society and Alliance for Affordable Internet Partner to Promote Community Networks and Expand Access for All appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Twitter Removes 170,000 Pro-China Accounts
    by Grant Gross on June 15, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    No more tweets for you: Twitter has removed 170,000 accounts it says are tied to a coordinated pro-China campaign, BBC.com reports. A core network of nearly 24,000 accounts along with 150,000 “amplifier” accounts were among those removed, the company said. The accounts were pushing pro-communist messages while criticizing protestors in Hong Hong. No more Zoom The post The Week in Internet News: Twitter Removes 170,000 Pro-China Accounts appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Listen to the Hedge Podcast 39 to Learn about the Open Standards Everywhere Project
    by Dan York on June 11, 2020 at 1:38 am

    What is our Open Standards Everywhere (OSE) project all about? How did it get started? What are the project goals? What are some of the challenges web server operators face? How can we work together to make web servers more secure and available? Recently Russ White and his team interviewed me on The Hedge Podcast The post Listen to the Hedge Podcast 39 to Learn about the Open Standards Everywhere Project appeared first on Internet Society.

  • MANRS Fellowship Program Now Open
    by Adrian Wan on June 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The first-ever MANRS (Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security) Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. If you are an emerging leader eager to improve the well-being of the Internet’s global routing system, apply now. The program gives highly motivated individuals the chance to work alongside MANRS ambassadors, who are industry leaders participating in the Ambassador The post MANRS Fellowship Program Now Open appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods: The Internet Society Foundation Launches SCILLS
    by Mabel Gunda on June 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    When people connect to the Internet, they can change the world for the better. And so many people have done just that, using this transformative technology to make strides in education, economic opportunity, and health outcomes. But Internet access is only part of the equation. There’s now a different kind of divide: the gap between The post Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods: The Internet Society Foundation Launches SCILLS appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Making the Most of Our MANRS Partnerships – NIC.br and Brazil Lead the MANRS Pack
    by Megan Kruse on June 8, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Read this blog in Portuguese Improving the state of routing security is no small task. It requires network operators, IXPs, and CDN and cloud providers of all sizes across the globe to work together, improve their own networks, and open lines of communications with both their friends and competitors to make a real difference. One The post Making the Most of Our MANRS Partnerships – NIC.br and Brazil Lead the MANRS Pack appeared first on Internet Society.

  • The Week in Internet News: Zoom Says End-to-End Encryption Only for Paying Users
    by Grant Gross on June 8, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    No free encryption: Popular videoconferencing service Zoom has promised to roll out end-to-end encryption, but it won’t provide encrypted service to free users, The Verge reports. The decision allows Zoom to share information about free conference with law enforcement agencies. Zoom doesn’t want to give free users end-to-end encryption “because we also want to work The post The Week in Internet News: Zoom Says End-to-End Encryption Only for Paying Users appeared first on Internet Society.

  • On This 8th World IPv6 Launchiversary, Help Us Get More Websites Available Over IPv6
    by Dan York on June 6, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Eight years ago, on June 6, 2012, thousands of companies and organizations came together as part of World IPv6 Launch to permanently enable IPv6 for their websites and networks. Today, we can see the success! If you visit the World IPv6 Launch measurements site, you can see some amazing numbers: Reliance Jio’s network in India The post On This 8th World IPv6 Launchiversary, Help Us Get More Websites Available Over IPv6 appeared first on Internet Society.

  • Making Intermediaries Liable for Encrypted Content Breaks Trust and Security
    by Christine Runnegar on June 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    In December 2018, the Indian Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) proposed a significant change to its intermediary rules. The draft Information Technology  [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018 seeks to tie tech platforms’ (e.g., social media) protections from liability to an obligation to monitor and filter their users’ content. One of the proposed obligations The post Making Intermediaries Liable for Encrypted Content Breaks Trust and Security appeared first on Internet Society.