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A World Without the IGF

6:39 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Last week in Geneva, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) met to discuss preparations for IGF Berlin. The Internet Society is concerned that the IGF community is showing signs of fatigue and believes that certain things must be improved in order for it to survive in an increasingly crowded Internet policy arena. […]

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2019 Internet Society Board of Trustees Final Election Results & IETF Appointment

9:03 am PDT, April 18, 2019

The Internet Society Elections Committee is pleased to announce the final results of the 2019 elections for the Internet Society Board of Trustees. The voting concluded on 8 April. The challenge period (for appeals) was opened on 9 April and closed on 17 April. There were no challenges filed. Therefore the election results stand: Olga […]

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Applications Open: Training for New Chapter Leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean

8:59 am PDT, April 17, 2019

For us at the Internet Society, the role that people play in our community is vital to carrying our message in favor of an open and trusted Internet for all. We rely on the contributions, knowledge, and experience of our members. For this reason, the Chapters of the Latin American and Caribbean region have come […]

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Leaders of the G7: A Safer World Means Strong, Secure Communication

2:06 am PDT, April 17, 2019

In the recent G7 outcome document “Combating the use of the Internet for Terrorism and Violent Extremist Purposes“, Ministers of the Interior made commitments on content filtering and “lawful access solutions” for encrypted content, which, if implemented, would greatly weaken the security of the Internet, G7 economies and their citizens. While there is an urgent […]

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Online Trust Audit Finds Better Email Authentication and Encryption; Worse Privacy Statement Scores

3:00 am PDT, April 16, 2019

Do you know how – or even if – your favorite retailer, or your bank, or your ISP is working to protect you? The Online Trust Alliance recognizes excellence in consumer protection, data security and responsible privacy practices. Today, we released the 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll, covering more than 1,200 predominantly […]

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The Week in Internet News: Tech Giants’ ‘Ethical AI’ Efforts Scrutinized

7:11 am PDT, April 15, 2019

Building nice AIs: Efforts by large tech vendors to think about ways to design “ethical Artificial Intelligence” systems have hit some speedbumps along the way, says Insurance Journal. Google abandoned its newly formed ethical AI council after employee complaints about its membership. Some critics say efforts to create ethical AI teams are attempts by companies […]

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Privacy First for Security Companies

4:00 am PDT, April 15, 2019

Privacy has become a major issue around the world. Hopeful presidential candidates, such as Elizabeth Warren, have proposed privacy legislation and European countries are beginning to issue their first judgements based on GDPR violations. Given this evolving environment, the Internet Society participated in a panel on data privacy at the ISC-West conference on 11 April […]

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Collaboration, Connectivity, and Self-Determination

11:18 am PDT, April 11, 2019

Over 20 million people in North America lack access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. In October 2018, the Indigenous Connectivity Summit gathered over 150 Indigenous leaders, policymakers, network operators, and community members in the Canadian Arctic town of Inuvik to focus on a common goal: bringing fast, affordable, and reliable Internet to Indigenous communities. […]

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Internet of Things Devices as a DDoS Vector

5:34 am PDT, April 11, 2019

As adoption of Internet of Things devices increases, so does the number of insecure IoT devices on the network. These devices represent an ever-increasing pool of computing and communications capacity open to misuse. They can be hijacked to spread malware, recruited to form botnets to attack other Internet users, and even used to attack critical […]

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Safer Internet Day 2019: Malaysia Gears Up for Cyber Wellness

9:42 am PDT, April 10, 2019

Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over 100 countries each year to promote a more secure Internet. It nurtures and increases public awareness on cyber security, especially to young people across the globe, so that they become more responsible when using technology and digital gadgets. In Malaysia this year, this event was observed over one […]

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Internet Society and UNESCO Offer a Capacity Building Program for Judges

9:06 am PDT, April 9, 2019

Trust is vital to the future of the Internet. The best way to build it is to let a diverse group of people and interested organizations contribute their experience and knowledge. For this reason, the Internet Society and the UNESCO Regional Office has developed a capacity-building program for judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and other judicial […]

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The Week in Internet News: Facebook Calls for New Internet Regulations

10:39 am PDT, April 8, 2019

More regulation, please: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, called on governments to get more involved in Internet regulation, including defining harmful content and making rules on how sites should handle it. Governments should also look at new laws to protect elections, to improve consumer privacy, and to guarantee data […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of the RFCs That Define How the Internet Works

10:01 am PDT, April 7, 2019

First page of RFC 1

50 years ago today, on 7 April 1969, the very first “Request for Comments” (RFC) document was published. Titled simply “Host Software”, RFC 1 was written by Steve Crocker to document how packets would be sent from computer to computer in what was then the very early ARPANET. [1] Steve and the other early authors […]

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Save the Date: Hackathon@AIS

9:30 am PDT, April 5, 2019

The third Hackathon@AIS will take place in Kampala, Uganda on the 19th and 20th of June 2019. The Hackathon@AIS is an event aimed at exposing engineers from the African region to Internet Standards development and usage. This will be the third event in the series following successful events held in Nairobi (2017) and Dakar (2018), […]

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2019 African Chapters Advocacy Meeting and Internet of Things Security Engagement Workshop

6:13 am PDT, April 4, 2019

When and where The 2019 African Chapters Advocacy Meeting will take place from 8-11 April 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia alongside an Internet of Things (IoT) Security and Privacy Engagement Workshop with the Africa Union Commission (AUC), the Africa Telecommunication Union (ATU), the Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), and other partners. Why we are doing this […]

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Enabling the Next Generation of Community Network Builders: A Report on CNXAPAC 2018 and CN Champs

6:55 am PDT, April 3, 2019

In October 2018, together with our partner Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), we organized the 2nd edition of CNXAPAC (Community Network eXchange Asia-Pacific) with a focus on how two sets of community operators – community radio network operators and community (Internet) network operators – could explore synergies in the work they do. The event was kindly […]

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CCAOI-ISOC Delhi Webinar on the Draft National e-Commerce Policy

9:34 am PDT, April 2, 2019

The Indian government’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has released a draft of the National e-Commerce Policy for public comments by 29 March 2019. The CCAOI, with support from the Internet Society India Delhi Chapter, organized a webinar to discuss the draft policy on 18 March. The objective of the discussion was […]

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The Week in Internet News: U.S. Census Seeks Help with Fake News from Tech Giants

12:31 pm PDT, April 1, 2019

Fake news fears: The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking help from Google, Facebook, and Twitter to fight off fake news during its 2020 population count, Reuters reports. Some groups appear to be targeting the census as a way to redirect congressional representation and federal funding. Broadband for all: The Vermont House has voted for a […]

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Working Together the Internet Way to Build Success in North America

5:00 am PDT, March 28, 2019

One of the most common lines you’ll hear in the virtual halls of the Internet Society is that the Internet’s success is due to its open, distributed, and global nature. Think about it. A network of voluntarily-connected networks changed the course of history in a matter of decades because people agreed to work and innovate […]

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