On Tuesday 19 November 2013 the Internet Society held a Chapters and Members meeting at ICANN48 in Buenos Aires. Voted topics were 1) Overview about Internet Governance 2014 processes; and 2) Update: Global Multistakeholder Conference on the future of Internet Governance (Brazil/2014). These were preceded by a welcome from ISOC Argentina; a welcome to ISOC Paraguay – the 100th ISOC Chapter; a call for nominees for Trustee elections; a report on the President/CEO recruitment process; and a farewell to Jacek Gajewski as full-time ISOC staff member. Video is below. An index is available in the YouTube description.
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Today Wednesday December 4 2013, and tomorrow Thursday December 5 2013, the Internet Society is hosting the Serbian Open Exchange – IXP Workshop in Belgrade, Serbia. IXP managers and operators, Internet service providers, Network Operators, and National Research and Education Networks. will gather to discuss policy, community, and technical matters. IXPs aka Internet Exchange Points are vital to developing Internet infrastructure, local content, and building local technical capacity. The event will be webcast by Maksnet Telekomunikacije. Serbia is UTC+1, 6 hours ahead of NYC.
What: Serbian Open Exchange – IXP Workshop
Where: Trim Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia
When: Wednesday December 4 2013 10am-5:45pm | 0900-1645UTC | 0400-1145 EST; Thursday December 5 2013 10am-5pm | 0900-1600UTC | 0400-1100 EST
WEBCAST: INET St. Maarten Sep 25-26 – Embracing an Open, Accessible and Secured Internet #inetstmaarten #openinternet @internetsociety
On September 25-26 2013 INET ST. Maarten will take place on the Caribbean island St-Martin / St. Maarten. The theme is Embracing an Open, Accessible and Secured Internet. Speakers include top Internet Society staff such as Christine Runnegar, Director of Public Policy and Jane Coffin, Director, Development Strategy, as well as ARIN’s CTO Mark Kosters. This will also be an opportunity to meet regional ISOC leadership with Sebastian Bellagamba, Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Shernon Osepa, Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & the Caribbean Bureau, and Christian O’Flaherty, Senior Development Manager for the Latin America Bureau, also speaking. The full two-day event will be webcast live via the Internet Society Chapters Livestream Channel. St. Maarten is on ATZ time = UTC-4 and thus the same as NYC.
What: INET ST. Maarten
Where: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, St. Maarten
When: September 25-26 2013 0845-1730 AZT/EDT| 0445-1330 UTC
The Internet Society has issued a statement in response to recent continuing reports alleging systematic United States government efforts to circumvent Internet security mechanisms. In it Internet Society President and CEO, Lynn St. Amour is quoted as saying “If true, these reports describe government programmes that undermine the technical foundations of the Internet and are a fundamental threat to the Internet’s economic, innovative, and social potential. Any systematic, state-level attack on Internet security and privacy is a rejection of the global, collaborative fabric that has enabled the Internet’s growth to extend beyond the interests of any one country.”
The statement concludes with a general call for action by the Internet community.
The Internet has tremendous potential for economic and social good, but unless all stakeholders trust the Internet as a safe place for business, social interaction, academic enquiry, and self-expression, those economic and social benefits are put at risk. To fulfill its potential, the Internet must be underpinned by the right combination of technology, operational processes, legislation, policy, and governance. The recent reports suggest that U.S. Government programmes have systematically undermined some or all of those measures, and that is why we view the revelations with such grave concern.
With this mind, we issue these calls to action for the global community:
- To every citizen of the Internet: let your government representatives know that, even in matters of national security, you expect privacy, rule of law, and due process in any handling of your data.
Security is a collective responsibility that involves multiple stakeholders. In this regard, we call on:
- Those involved in technology research and development: use the openness of standards processes like the IETF to challenge assumptions about security specifications.
- Those who implement the technology and standards for Internet security: uphold that responsibility in your work, and be mindful of the damage caused by loss of trust.
- Those who develop products and services that depend on a trusted Internet: secure your own services, and be intolerant of insecurity in the infrastructure on which you depend.
- To every Internet user: ensure you are well informed about good practice in online security, and act on that information. Take responsibility for your own security.
At the Internet Society, we remain committed to advancing work in areas such as browser security, privacy settings, and digital footprint awareness in order to help users understand and manage their privacy and security. The citizens of the Internet deserve a global and open platform for communication built on solid foundations of security and privacy.
The Internet Society has published a five part video series to assist Chapters with fundraising and grant seeking. The entire set runs 51 mins. View below.
@InternetSociety Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy #netfreedom
Internet Society Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy
Fundamental ideals of the Internet are under threat
[Berlin, Germany, 4 August 2013] – The Internet Society Board of Trustees during its meeting in Berlin, Germany today called on the global Internet community to stand together in support of open Internet access, freedom, and privacy. Recently exposed information about government Internet surveillance programs is a wake-up call for Internet users everywhere – the fundamental ideals of the Internet are under threat.
The Internet Society Board of Trustees believes that government Internet surveillance programs create unacceptable risks for the future of a global, interoperable, and open Internet. Robert Hinden, Chair of the Board of Trustees, stated, “Berlin is a city where freedom triumphed over tyranny. Human and technological progress are not based on building walls, and we are confident that the human ideals of communication and creativity will always route around these kinds of attempts to constrain them. We are especially disappointed that the very governments that have traditionally supported a more balanced role in Internet governance are consciously and deliberately hosting massive Internet surveillance programs.”
In the brief period since these surveillance programs were revealed to the general public, the Internet Society Board stated there are already chilling effects on global trust and confidence on the Internet ecosystem. The fact that information about surveillance programs is emerging primarily from countries with a long history of supporting the open Internet is particularly disturbing. As the next billion people come online, these countries should be expected to demonstrate leadership in support of the values that underpin the global Internet. In the wake of these announcements, the Internet Society encourages a return to multistakeholder cooperation to preserve the benefits of the Internet ecosystem for all.
The Internet Society Board of Trustees expects governments to fully engage with their citizens in an open dialogue on how to reconcile national security and the fundamental rights of individuals. Security should not be at the cost of individual rights and, in this context, the Board welcomes the initiative by some civil society organizations to promote “International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.” The Internet Society endorses these principles, and emphasizes the importance of proportionality, due process, legality, and transparent judicial oversight. The Internet Society believes that surveillance without any such safeguards risks undermining the sustainability of the open Internet.
“In the spirit of the pioneers and early innovators of the Internet that were honored this week at the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame ceremony, we urge the global Internet community to defend against attempts by governments to fragment the Internet either through overt regulation or hidden surveillance programs,” commented Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “We must reassert the global spirit of community that is at the heart of the Internet’s growth and success, and stand firm in our belief that openness and collaboration is the best path forward.”
Today, Tuesday July 30 2013 the Internet Society will present a briefing panel at IETF 87 in Berlin, topic: “Improving Internet Experience: All together, now.” As Internet use and user expectations grow, it is natural that network and service providers, as well as software developers, are all looking to provide the best experience possible for their users and customers. However, performance issues (especially those related to transient congestion) tend to have collateral effects. This is a case where local optimization strategies may, in fact, not lead to globally optimal network performance for a given activity. In fact, server or client software developers’ assumptions about network conditions may lead to disastrously wrong choices in managing network traffic if software elsewhere in the network is making different and countervailing assumptions and choices.This panel will explore some of the different approaches being developed, between website, network transport and server developers, their assumptions about network performance and potential collision of strategies. Panelists will also further elaborate existing work in measuring and developing (and deploying!) standards-based transport layer strategies for robustly improving overall performance. Speakers include Stuart Cheshire of Apple, Jason Livingood of Comcast, and Patrick McManus of Mozilla. Internet Society Chief Internet Technology Officer Leslie Daigle will moderate. The session will be webcast live via the Internet Society livestream channel and an audio feed will also be available.
What: Internet Society Briefing Panel @ IETF 87 – “Improving Internet Experience: All together, now.”
Where: InterContinental Hotel, Berlin, Germany
When: Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:45 am-12:45 pm CEST | 0945-1045 UTC | 0545-0645 EDT
Audio stream: http://www.verilan.com/isoc.m3u
@InternetSociety Statement on the Importance of Open Global Dialogue Regarding Online Privacy #prism #privacy
Internet Society Statement on the Importance of Open Global Dialogue Regarding Online Privacy
[Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland] The Internet Society has noted recent revelations regarding the apparent scope of U.S. government efforts to gather large amounts of end user information from U.S. Internet and telecom service providers for intelligence purposes. We are deeply concerned that the unwarranted collection, storage and potential correlation of user data will undermine many of the key principles and relationships of trust upon which the global Internet has been built. The impact of this action is not limited to U.S. users or companies, but has implications for Internet users around the globe.
While government plays an important role in protecting its citizens and there is a need for better approaches to address online security, the Internet Society strongly believes that real security can only be realized within a broader context of trust and the respect of fundamental rights, such as privacy. The Internet Society, along with many other organizations and individuals around the world, expect governments to respect and protect the basic rights of their citizens – including the right to privacy both offline and online – as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The U.S. Government has previously taken an active role in championing these rights in the international sphere. For example, the U.S. played a leadership role in the adoption of the Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/20/8, which re-affirmed that fundamental rights are applicable to individuals’ activities in the online environment as well, including privacy and freedom of expression. This means that restrictions of rights should be exceptional and conform to internationally accepted criteria such as: provision by law; pursuing a legitimate purpose; proven as necessary and the least restrictive means required to achieve the purported aim. Users naturally have higher expectations of governments who have adopted these international standards.
The Internet must be a channel for secure, reliable, private communication between entities and individuals. Consensus for internationally recognized data protection standards has been formed through agreements constituting key building blocks of online trust, including the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data, the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, the EU Data Protection framework, and the APEC Privacy Framework and Cross Border Privacy Rules system.
Emerging revelations about alleged U.S. programs to gather information about Internet users raise clear questions about the extent to which individuals’ expectations of privacy have been compromised. This kind of collection of user information is at odds with the commitments governments around the world have made with respect to protection of personal data and other human rights. We would expect any government signing onto these principles to fully engage with its citizens in an open dialogue when seeking to achieve both the protection of individual rights and national security. We also need to challenge the view that there always has to be a trade-off between ensuring security and protecting users’ rights.
The Internet Society is also deeply concerned that alleged programs and similar efforts by other governments will have a chilling effect on the deployment and adoption of technical solutions for establishing trusted connections online. This kind of trust-enabled infrastructure is needed to maintain global interoperability and openness. The Internet is global – the impact of programs like these is not limited to the specific country in question but rather reverberates across the globe to users everywhere.
The revelations of recent days underscore the importance of an open global dialogue regarding online privacy in the realm of national security and the need for all stakeholders to abide by the norms and principles outlined in international agreements on data protection and other fundamental rights. Trusted interactions in cyberspace are critical not only for the future of the Internet, but also for continued innovation, economic and political progress and a vibrant global community. Users need clear and realistic expectations of online privacy that are respected by governments and enterprises alike, so that they can continue to use the Internet in ways that enhance all of society.
On 7-8 June 2013 in collaboration with the Thailand Internet community, the National Science & Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MICT), the Internet Society is hosting the INET Bangkok, with a conference theme of “Internet: The Power to Create.” The multitrack program will focus attention on how the Internet can become a positive and productive force in society through innovative and new applications. The conference will be preceded by a VIP gala dinner on June 6 at which the .TH group (Thailand ccTLD) will be celebrate their 25th anniversary. The event will be webcast via the Internet Society Channel, with the Internet Society Chapters Channel catching some of the overflow. Bangkok is UTC+7 thus 11 hours ahead of NYC.
What: INET Bangkok: Internet: The Power to Create.
Thursday June 6 2013 (VIP Gala dinner) 7pm-10pm | 1200-0300 UTC | 0800-1100 EDT
Friday June 7 (day 1) – 9.30am-5.30pm | 0230-1030 UTC | 2230-0630 EDT
Saturday June 8 2013 (day 2) – 9.00am-4.15pm | 0200-0915 UTC | 2200-0515 EDT
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
Twitter: #inetbangkok | #inetbkk
The Internet Society is soliciting nominations of qualified candidates for the 2013 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award by 31 May. This annual award is presented to an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. The award, which includes a presentation crystal and a USD 20,000 prize, is scheduled to be presented during the 87th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Berlin, Germany, 28 July – 2 August.
Deadline for nominations is 31 May, 2013.
Award Nomination Procedures