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The Week in Internet News: A Fight over Community Broadband in Missouri

7:32 am PDT, October 21, 2019

Broadband battle: Missouri law prohibits cities from launching their own broadband services, but some groups are pushing again that policy, reports The Salem News Online, a newspaper in the south central area of the state. More than half of the rural residents of the state lack broadband with download speeds of 25 Mbps. Several electric […]

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Meet Three APrIGF 2019 Fellows

9:39 am PDT, October 16, 2019

The Internet Society, APNIC, and Coordination Center for TLD .RU sponsored 20 fellows to the 10th Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF 2019) held in Vladivostok, Russia in July. Let’s meet three fellows from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Singapore as they share their experience at APrIGF 2019, as well as their interests and future aspirations. Shah Zahidur […]

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‘These Are Our First Roadways’: Internet Access and Self-Determination in Pu`uhonua O Waimanalo

10:38 am PDT, October 14, 2019

The establishment of Pu‘uhonua o Waimānalo in 1994 was a significant milestone in the native Hawaiian movement to regain independence from the United States, which overthrew its kingdom in 1893. The United States formally acknowledged its role in the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in a law adopted by Congress in 1993 known as the […]

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The Week in Internet News: China and Russia Target ‘Illegal’ Content

7:22 am PDT, October 14, 2019

Content crackdown: China and Russia plan to sign an agreement to crack down on what they consider “illegal” Internet content, The Register reports. It’s unclear what the agreement will cover but critics already fear the deal will enable the two countries to further crack down on free speech. China has even effectively banned cartoon character […]

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Looking the GIFCT in the Mouth

5:58 am PDT, October 11, 2019

The recent meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was notable because of the attention it paid to the climate of the planet Earth. A different set of meetings around the UNGA was about another climate: the one of fear, anger, and violence swirling about the Internet. It was only last March that a […]

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Remembering Tarek Kamel

7:54 am PDT, October 10, 2019

We learned the sad news today that Tarek Kamel, one of the global Internet community’s best-known figures, has passed away. An accomplished engineer and statesman, Tarek was highly respected and beloved by all who knew and worked with him. He was a firm believer in our mission and we have benefited greatly from his support […]

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Member News: Helping Schools Get Access to Internet, Educational Materials

6:50 am PDT, October 10, 2019

News from Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups across the world: Library in a box: This month, the Kyrgyzstan Chapter installed an electronic library called the Ilim Box in secondary schools in the southern part of Issyk-Kul region. The device allows the schools to access educational resources when they don’t have an Internet connection. […]

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Islamabad Chapter Brings First Internet Governance Event to Quetta, Pakistan

7:20 am PDT, October 9, 2019

The 5th Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG 2019) was successfully held last month in Quetta, Pakistan. This represents a significant achievement for the Internet Society Pakistan Islamabad Chapter as it played an instrumental role in bringing the first-ever Internet Governance event to the provincial capital of Balochistan. For those who may not know, Balochistan has the […]

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Announcing the 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign Audit

3:05 am PDT, October 8, 2019

Today, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released a new report, the “2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign Audit,” analyzing the 23 top current presidential campaigns and their commitment to email/domain protection, website security, and responsible privacy practices. OTA evaluated the campaigns using the same methodology we used to assess nearly 1,200 organizations in the main Online […]

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The Week in Internet News: Governments Pressure Facebook to Halt Encryption Plans

10:33 am PDT, October 7, 2019

Anti-encryption demands: Government officials from the U.S., U.K., and Australia have asked Facebook to put a hold on its plans to expand encryption on services like Messenger, CNet reports. “We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is […]

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Network Operators in Latin America and the Caribbean Take Steps to Strengthen Routing Security

9:19 am PDT, October 4, 2019

2019 has been a very good year for the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean. In May, during the 31st meeting of LACNIC, several operators pledged to take steps to make routing security, and the Internet itself, stronger. They joined the MANRS initiative, which includes four simple and concrete steps to improve the Internet’s […]

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Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

6:40 am PDT, October 2, 2019

Every October, we mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, “Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and […]

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The Week in Internet News: The New Internet Space Race

7:15 am PDT, September 30, 2019

Broadband in space: The Associated Press, via the New York Post, has a story on the new space race involving Amazon, SpaceX, and other companies. The competition is to be first to deploy new satellite networks to provide broadband service to all corners of the Earth. Still, there are some questions about these low-Earth orbit […]

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The Role of South Asia’s NOGs in Community Building

8:37 am PDT, September 27, 2019

At the recently concluded 34th South Asia Network Operators Group (SANOG 34), it was interesting not only to hear about the evolution of digital infrastructure, technology, and the economy in South Asia, including the opportunities it presents to network operators, but also to hear how community-led national Network Operating Groups (NOGs) in South Asia are […]

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Deep Dive: How Do Banks Score on Privacy and Security?

6:56 am PDT, September 26, 2019

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance published its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll assessing the security and privacy of 1,200 top organizations. The Banking sector includes the top 100 banks in the U.S., based on assets according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Banks had a standout year, […]

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Empowering More Gretas: Introducing the 2019 IGF Youth Ambassadors

6:58 am PDT, September 25, 2019

When 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg burst onto the global scene a few months ago, people underestimated the power this young girl would have to raise awareness and rally the world around climate change. Today, she has become a fearless advocate, boldly speaking out and holding politicians to account for their lack of action […]

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In Colombia: Latin American Summit on Community Networks

8:08 am PDT, September 24, 2019

Colombia landscape

The University of Cundinamarca will host the Second Latin American Summit of Community Networks September 24-28. The event is organized by the Community Networks Special Interest Group, the Fusa Libre Collective, and the Colombia Chapter, with backing from the Internet Society. The Summit, which will include representatives of 24 organizations that operate community networks in […]

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The Week in Internet News: IoT Devices Could Put Privacy at Risk, Study Says

1:50 pm PDT, September 23, 2019

A real privacy headache: Internet of Things devices potentially expose consumer information to other parties, according to a recent study featured on Vice.com. Many IoT devices collect and share a wealth of information including the IP address, usage habits, and location data. That data is then often shared with “a laundry list” of third parties. […]

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APAC Policy Survey 2019: Consolidation in the Internet Economy

7:06 am PDT, September 23, 2019

The Internet is changing. Consolidation in the Internet economy, the topic of the Global Internet Report 2019, might be the source of ongoing shifts in its underlying infrastructure and the way users engage, among many other things. Clearly, the growing presence of big Internet platforms can benefit the user by offering seamless Internet experiences, but […]

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