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The Week in Internet News: Kentucky Broadband Program Stalls

6:00 am PST, January 20, 2020

Broadband delays: KentuckyWired, an ambitious plan to bring broadband services to underserved, rural parts of the state, is about two years behind schedule, the Courier Journal reports. As a result, the promise of new high-tech jobs has not materialized. About 405,000 residents of Kentucky have no access to wired broadband. Cities take the lead: Meanwhile, […]

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Pacific Report to the Dynamic Coalition of Small Island Developing States in the Internet Economy

9:46 am PST, January 17, 2020

2019 was an active year for Pacific involvement in the Internet economy. What we have demonstrated is that originating from small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific does not restrict one’s opportunity to become a leader within large international organizations like ICANN, which manages and allocates domain names and IP addresses globally. I was […]

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Community Radio and Network Providers Join Force to Grow the Internet

10:36 am PST, January 15, 2020

Last month, more than 50 community radio and network providers from all across Asia-Pacific journeyed by road from Bengaluru, India’s tech capital, to IruWay, a rural research lab about 80km away. As the traffic and indiscriminate honking outside the megacity faded, Internet signal also weakened, and at some point, there was no connection at all […]

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Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices

10:57 am PST, January 14, 2020

In April 2019, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th Annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites on the Internet, from retailers to government sites. In this post we will take a deeper dive into the U.S. […]

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The Week in Internet News: Mexico, NYC Push for Internet Access for All

8:59 am PST, January 13, 2020

Everyone’s invited: Politicians in Mexico and New York City announced plans for universal Internet access in recent days. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a plan to bring access to the large swaths of the country that don’t have it, including a government investment of more than $500,000, according to AA News. Meanwhile, New York […]

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‘Major Initiatives in Cybersecurity’ Shows Everyone Can Contribute to Trust

9:14 am PST, January 10, 2020

How do we work toward a more secure Internet? In the Cyber Security discussions that take place in the various policy fora around the world, there is often little appreciation that the security of the Internet is a distributed responsibility, where many stakeholders take action. By design, the Internet is a distributed system with no central […]

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Strong Encryption Is Central to Good Security – India’s Proposed Intermediary Rules Puts It at Risk

6:00 am PST, January 9, 2020

Security and encryption experts from around the world are calling on the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTy) to reconsider proposed amendments to intermediary liability rules that could weaken security and limit the use of strong encryption on the Internet. Coordinated by the Internet Society, nearly thirty computer security and cryptography experts from around the world signed “Open Letter: […]

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Indian Community Making the Right Connections

8:29 am PST, January 8, 2020

In the lead up to last month’s Internet Engineering Task Force meeting in Singapore, IETF 106, the India Internet Engineering Society (IIESoc) held its third annual Connections conference in Kolkata, India. This pre-IETF event aims to increase participation in IETF discussions from the Asia-Pacific region, specifically India. Like the years before it, this edition of […]

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Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security?

9:20 am PST, January 7, 2020

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites on the Internet from retailers to government sites. In this post we will take a deeper dive into the Consumer […]

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The Week in Internet News: New Chinese Law Regulates Encryption

6:40 am PST, January 6, 2020

Crypto-regulation: A new law in China regulates the use of encryption, but it’s aimed at strengthening it, at least in some settings, Reuters reports. The law is aimed at aiding the development of a digital currency in China, and it is focused on “facilitating the development of the cryptography business and ensuring the security of […]

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Fourth Annual inSIG Boosts India’s Capacity to Shape the Internet’s Future

11:02 am PST, January 3, 2020

Earlier this month, the fourth India School on Internet Governance (inSIG2019) was held in Kolkata on 15-17 November, expanding its network of leaders and professionals active in shaping the Internet’s future. With support from sponsors, 50 fellows from various academic, cultural, and regional backgrounds participated in inSIG2019. Through panel discussions, workshops, role plays, and group activities the […]

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Member News: Internet Society Highlights from 2019

12:38 pm PST, December 31, 2019

It’s been a busy year for Internet Society Chapters around the world, with members pushing to extend Internet connections to remote areas, involved in public policy, and focusing on cybersecurity. Here are some of the highlights in 2019: Extending Internet connections Community awareness: The Madagascar chapter provided awareness training on community-based broadband networks in the […]

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The Week in Internet News: Worries of a Fragmenting Internet

7:19 am PST, December 30, 2019

Fragments: Some activists are raising concerns about a fragmented Internet, with two University of Southampton professors writing about four competing versions of the Internet in Wired. The two professors wrote about the same issues for the World Economic Forum earlier this year. The vision of a coordinated, global network “might change in 2020 as Internet […]

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Lessons Learned from the Multistakeholder Process in the Philippines

7:27 am PST, December 24, 2019

In 2018, we began collaborating with the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to develop the country’s National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NICTEF), a successor to the Philippine Digital Strategy for 2011-2016. The DICT, like all Philippine government agencies, is mandated by law to hold open consultations as a means of improving transparency and encouraging public […]

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The Week in Internet News: India Sets Record for Longest Internet Shutdown in a Democracy

7:46 am PST, December 23, 2019

The longest ever: The 130-day-plus shutdown of the Internet in the Indian region of Kashmir is now the longest ever in a democracy, the Washington Post notes. The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce estimates $1.4 billion in losses due to the shutdown. Meanwhile, the Indian government is stepping up its shutdown efforts in response to protests across […]

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Deutsche Welle Spotlights Tanzania’s Kondoa Community Network

5:00 am PST, December 20, 2019

Nearly half of the world lacks Internet access. But in rural Africa, the number is much higher: 86% of people are unconnected, with fewer women having access than men. Deutsche Welle, Germany’s public broadcaster, shares the story of the Kondoa Community Network, a joint project of the Internet Society Tanzania Chapter and the University of […]

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Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy

8:57 am PST, December 19, 2019

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites in various sectors. The news and and media sector, comprised of the top 100 news and media sites according to […]

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From Content Blocking to National Shutdowns: Understanding Internet Disruptions

5:00 am PST, December 18, 2019

In March 2019, in a move described in one news report as a “government-imposed Internet shutdown,” the president of Sri Lanka temporarily blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, and other services. In this case, limited access to a class of applications was inaccurately painted as a full-scale Internet shutdown. Unfortunately, this isn’t unusual. Media coverage and […]

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Working together to build a bigger, stronger Internet

2:17 am PST, December 17, 2019

[Published on behalf of the Internet Society Board of Trustees.] The Internet Society’s vision is that the Internet is for everyone. Earlier this month, we wrote about our efforts to ensure a stable and diverse funding model to support the work that takes us towards our vision. The role of the Board of Trustees is […]

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The Week in Internet News: U.S. Lawmakers Threaten Anti-Encryption Regulations

8:01 am PST, December 16, 2019

Don’t make us make you: Members of a U.S. Senate committee recently told representatives of Facebook and Apple that they need to give police access to customers’ encrypted communications, or they will be forced to by Congress, the Washington Post reports. The companies told lawmakers that backdoors in encryption would be exploited by cybercriminals. Facebook […]

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