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DNS Privacy & IPv6 Security @ APTLD 75

11:36 pm PST, February 18, 2019

The Internet Society will be actively contributing to the APTLD 75 meeting on 20-21 February 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Our colleague Jan Žorž will not only be presenting on DNS-over-TLS (DoT) and DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) during the DNS Operations, Security, and Privacy session (20 February, 11.30-12.30 UTC+4), but will then be presenting on IPv6 connectivity […]

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The Week in Internet News: Researchers Develop AI Writing App but Worry about Fake News

7:00 am PST, February 18, 2019

Too easy to fake: OpenAI, a research institute in San Francisco, has developed an Artificial Intelligence program to write news articles, but has declined to release a full-featured version of it because of fears that the AI could easily produce fake news, the MIT Technology Review says. OpenAI, associated with AI skeptic Elon Musk, will […]

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Learn More about IXPs at the Middle East Network Operators Group

12:14 pm PST, February 15, 2019

Internet Exchange Points are now considered to be an integral part of the Internet infrastructure worldwide. In very simple terms they are layer 2 switches that are used to route traffic that can be kept local instead of sending that traffic to the nearest major Internet node (usually located in Europe) and back. None of […]

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We Are on This Road Together

8:10 am PST, February 14, 2019

Twenty-six-year-old software engineer Akah Harvey N L has fun building things and sharing his knowledge with local communities in Cameroon. While an undergraduate, Akah took part in the Google Summer of Code, giving him the opportunity to develop an application for one of the largest software organizations in the world. He is now a code […]

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Do You Want Privacy With That?

8:30 am PST, February 12, 2019

You may have heard about CloudPets being pulled off shelves for recording kids’ voices and that data being leaked, or the EU recalling kids’ smart watches for giving away children’s location in real time. If you’re shopping for any sort of Internet-connected device, you should be worried about your privacy and investigating how much data your new […]

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The Week in Internet News: Google Moves to Make It Easier to Encrypt Cheap Android Devices

5:49 am PST, February 11, 2019

Easier encryption? Google engineers have created a new encryption regime that can run on cheap and underpowered smartphones, Wired.com reports. The Google effort takes established cryptographic tools and implements them in a more efficient way. Email encryption required: The EU’s GDPR privacy regulation requires encryption at least at the transport layer for email, according to […]

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DNS Flag Day

6:00 am PST, February 8, 2019

The 1st of February was DNS Flag Day, which is an initiative of several DNS vendors and operators to address the problems of DNS name server implementations that are not in compliance with long-established DNS standards. This is causing the DNS to not only be unnecessarily slow and inefficient, but prevent operators from deploying new […]

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A Free and Open Course on Data Protection in the Post-GDPR World

8:30 am PST, February 7, 2019

Last year, we published “The Dawn of New Digital Rights for Finnish Citizens,” about the launch of the New Digital Rights MOOC, a collaboration between Open Knowledge Finland and the Internet Society’s Finland Chapter. Raoul Plommer wrote, “The aim of the project is to make citizens more aware of their digital rights, initially focusing on explaining GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) […]

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In Southeast Asia, Improving Livelihoods Through Crowdsourcing

6:45 am PST, February 6, 2019

The Southeast Asia region is one of the fastest growing regions in the world today. With rich natural resources, it has evolved into a highly industrialized region, inviting investors from all over the world. The riches however, are not enjoyed by all. According to one ASEAN report, close to 36 million of its population are […]

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Routing Security – Getting Better, But No Reason to Rest!

6:00 am PST, February 5, 2019

Editor’s note: This is an abridged version of a post that was first published on MANRS.org. Read the full version. In January last year I looked back at 2017 trying to figure out how routing security looked like globally and on a country level. I used BGPStream.com – a great public service providing information about […]

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The Week in Internet News: Japan to Probe Residents’ IoT Devices

6:03 am PST, February 4, 2019

Government hacking: Japanese government workers will be able to hack into residents’ Internet of Things devices in an attempted survey of IoT insecurity, ZDNet reports. The Japanese government recently approved an amendment that allows the survey by employees of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. The government hacking effort is part of Japan’s […]

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Community Network Champions Take a Rural Dip in India

6:57 am PST, February 1, 2019

By Digital Empowerment Foundation In the last 25 years, half the world has been connected to the Internet and the almost infinite opportunities it has to offer. Most of these, among the 3.5 billion connected individuals of the world, are people who are largely economically empowered, literate, and reside in urban or accessible areas. However, […]

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Internet Society Botswana Chapter Hosts Webinar on the Internet of Things

5:57 am PST, January 31, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. The exponential advancements are fast becoming a reality and Africa is a part of the current wave. On 13 December 2018, the Internet Society Botswana Chapter held an Internet of Things webinar at the University of Botswana Library to discuss local IoT-related implications. In attendance were approximately seventy-five individuals, […]

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International Approach to Internet Policy Declining, Some Experts Say

6:23 am PST, January 30, 2019

A long-time multistakeholder and international approach toward creating Internet policy is breaking down, with individual nations and some large companies increasingly deciding to go their own way and create their own rules, some Internet governance experts say. The multistakeholder decision-making model that created the Internet’s policy standards over the last two decades has largely fallen […]

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Call for Participation – ICANN DNSSEC Workshop at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan

1:20 pm PST, January 29, 2019

ICANN 64 - image from ICANN

Will you be at the ICANN 64 meeting in March 2019 in Kobe, Japan? If so (or if you can get to Kobe), would you be interested in speaking about any work you have done (or are doing) with DNSSEC, DANE or other DNS security and privacy technologies?  If you are interested, please send a […]

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New UN Tool Maps Asia-Pacific Cybersecurity Landscape

5:59 am PST, January 29, 2019

News of cyber attacks and personal data breaches frequently make headlines nowadays, particularly in Asia Pacific*, and every time a new incident happens, it deals a blow to the trust of some users. Since cyber threats are grave and growing, society must understand how policymakers are addressing cybersecurity concerns, and what can be done to […]

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The Week in Internet News: Placing Money on AI

6:00 am PST, January 28, 2019

AI manages your money: Artificial Intelligence may eventually replace your financial advisor, Forbes suggests. AI can already spot financial trends really fast, but it may eventually compete with the personal touch of a human advisor, the story says. “Because artificial intelligence learns so much faster than humans, it is simply a matter of time before […]

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This Data Privacy Day Take Steps to Protect Your Data

4:00 pm PST, January 27, 2019

As champions of an open, globally-secure, and trusted Internet, International Data Privacy Day is a big deal around these parts. But making sure you’re able to share what you want, when you want, should be something the world stands for more than once a year. Every day should be Data Privacy Day. These days, it feels […]

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In India, Days Left to Comment on Rules That Could Impact Your Privacy

4:00 pm PST, January 27, 2019

The public has until 31 January to comment on a draft set of rules in India that could result in big changes to online security and privacy. The Indian government published the draft Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018, also known as the “Intermediary Rules” for public comment. When it comes to the Internet, intermediaries […]

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