Recently, the “I* Group” was invited to participate in the NETmundial Initiative, which is different from the one-time NETmundial meeting in which we participated in April 2014; we endorsed the outcomes of that meeting. This new and different NETmundial Initiative has been organized by the partnership of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Economic Forum (WEF). This announcement has resulted in considerable discussion and concern amongst various stakeholders regarding the purpose, scope, and nature of the proposed activity or organization.
The Internet Society Board discussed this proposed NETmundial Initiative in depth during its meeting November 15 – 16, 2014. As a result, the Internet Society Board first emphasizes that the main priority facing the Internet community right now is the IANA Functions’ Stewardship Transition and recommends that all organizations in the Internet community should be highly focused on effectuating a successful transition. The Internet Society remains fully committed to the September 2015 milestone set for completing a plan that will meet the criteria set by U.S. National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).
With respect to the need for new groups, such as the NETmundial Initiative and its Coordination Council, the Internet Society Board reiterates that the Internet Society’s longstanding position is that there is no single, global platform that can serve to coordinate, organize or govern all the Internet issues that may arise. At its heart, the Internet is a decentralized, loosely coupled, distributed system that allows policies to be defined by those who require them for their operations and that ensures that issues can be resolved at a level closest to their origin. The ecosystem draws its strength from the involvement of a broad range of actors working through open, transparent, and collaborative processes to innovate and build the network of networks that is the cornerstone of the global economy. Based on the information that we have to date, the Internet Society cannot agree to participate in or endorse the Coordination Council for the NETmundial Initiative. We are concerned that the way in which the NETmundial Initiative is being formed does not appear to be consistent with the Internet Society’s longstanding principles, including:
• Bottom-up orientation
The Board has asked the Internet Society’s CEO, Kathryn Brown, to convene a dialogue within the Internet Society community. This includes Internet Society Chapters from around the world, Internet Society organization members, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), partners from the Internet technical community, and others. The dialogue should consider whether any new initiatives or groups are needed at the current time and, if so, to define the objectives for any such effort.
In addition, Bob Hinden, Chairman of the Internet Society Board of Trustees has initiated a dialogue with the Chairman of the ICANN Board, given ICANN’s leading involvement in the NETmundial Initiative.
The Internet Society remains committed to a vision of the Internet that is open, inclusive, decentralized and for the benefit of all people throughout the world.
 The I* Group encompasses the Internet Society, IETF, IAB, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), ICANN, and the regional Top Level Domain (TLD) organizations.
 The Internet Society’s position from the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) of 2003 and 2005, is “Many issues cannot be solved by new, overarching structures at a global level but rather by building on today’s open, multi-stakeholder and cooperative processes.” And that the community should “…consider whether new structures will bring truly measurable, positive change to the functioning, stability, security and openness of the Internet.” (http://www.internetsociety.org/wsis).
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#IETF91 is underway in Honolulu – remote participation details + @InternetSociety briefing webcast is today 4:45 EST
This week the 91st meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Internet Society has published not one but two Rough Guides to IETF 91: 1) “Routing Resilience & Security“; 2) Nerds Return to Paradise
What: IETF 91
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
When: November 9-14, 2014
Remote participation: http://www.ietf.org/meeting/91/remote-participation.html
Google event: https://plus.google.com/115114278816279309050/
ISOC @ IETF91
Today, Tuesday November 11 2014, the Internet Society Briefing Panel on the topic of “Is Identity an Internet Building Block?” will happen from 11:45AM-12:45PM HST (21:45-22:45 UTC) (1645-1745 EST). It will also be webcast live via YouTube.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/5ZedFLeRQp8
Google+ event: https://plus.google.com/events/crvhl1mu5545olngf2jflf8fmik
Busan, 06 November 2014 – ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam. Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.
“Combating the growing menace of spam and the protection of data is a global concern for legitimate Internet and smartphone users,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré. “We need to find global solutions to curtail the flow of intrusive junk mail which not only clogs up the Internet but also carries huge cost implications.”
Under the new agreement, the Internet Society and the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) will identify the best ways to build long-term capacity for addressing spam in developing countries. This collaborative partnership will explore and identify potential joint cooperative activities to address the growing need for information on how to address the issue of spam.
“We look forward to working with ITU-D as partners in capacity building programmes that will bridge the gaps in understanding so that all countries can have access to the tools and knowledge they need to combat spam,” stated Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “The costs associated with spam related to wasted bandwidth, storage and network infrastructure, as well as the increased security risks are amplified in developing regions. By collaborating with ITU-D, we hope to make a real and positive impact on the world’s most vulnerable economies.”
The agreement will extend the work that the Internet Society initiated last year to hold workshops that address the various roles in developing and maintaining an effective anti-spam process, as well as leverage the strengths and efforts of ITU-D in the area of building capacity. Without such proactive global work, the problem of spam, particularly given the growing use of mobile devices and social media, will intensify rather than abate.
The organizations have agreed to preliminarily focus their efforts on three areas:
· Facilitating greater regional access to technical experts from the global Internet community who can share anti-spam knowledge and experiences on an ongoing basis
· Providing educational training and information on effective anti-spam policies, technical solutions and operational requirements
· Documenting anti-spam best practices
“Spam is a worldwide obstacle that requires innovative solutions to minimize the burden for countries, network operators, and end users,” notes Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “While the telecommunication industry and Internet communities have made great strides in creating best practices and developing technical tools to combat spam, there is a need to build awareness in developing countries of the ongoing technical, industry and policy developments in this regard, and to centralize the knowledge and expertise available. This partnership aims to fill that need.”
3 November 2014 – At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GSMA and the Internet Society (ISOC), announced that they are joining forces to fight against Ebola. The three organizations will bring together the global telecommunications and Internet communities, to leverage their extensive reach, capacity and respective memberships to increase the effectiveness of information and communications technologies (ICTs), especially mobile communications and the Internet, for better preparedness, early warning and response.
Secretary-General of the ITU, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré convened a special session with ITU membership during the Plenipotentiary Conference currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea, to identify recommendations for a more effective use of ICTs in the fight against Ebola.
Dr Touré stated that: “The ICT Sector is critical in dealing with the Ebola threat. ICTs are already being used by ITU and its partners to support awareness raising and emergency communications, and our immediate challenge is to ensure regulatory barriers are removed to facilitate deployment and use of telecommunications applications for the purpose of saving lives. We will focus on innovative measures to increase the effective use of communications systems and applications. Human life has to be preserved and protected.”
Dr Touré addressed Ministers, Regulators, Ambassadors, and other delegates and appealed to them to ensure that all measures are taken to facilitate the effective deployment of ICTs for addressing the Ebola crisis while balancing this with the need to protect consumer privacy.
ITU has already deployed satellite terminals to support ongoing efforts and is currently developing new applications in close cooperation and coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO). The apps are being designed to improve awareness raising efforts, facilitate early warning alerts, report new cases of infection, and support coordination of humanitarian action at community, country and regional levels.
The GSMA has led in coordinating and standardizing the response of mobile operators in affected countries, and has collaborated with the WHO to develop the “Ebola Mobile Response Blueprint”, which provides critical guidance for operators and regulators on running effective and best practice public health campaigns leveraging mobile technology. Director General of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot said: “The response effort to address the Ebola crisis is broad-ranging and complex, involving many different organizations globally. The mobile industry is committed to continuing to work closely with governments, international bodies and NGOs to utilize technology that will help address this outbreak, as well as deliver information to individuals in affected countries on symptoms, care and resources for this disease.”
ISOC has set up the Ebola TECH Response Group aimed at harnessing the expertise of its extensive tech community around the world to aid the emergency response. Kathy Brown, CEO of ISOC said: “The spread of Ebola and the ravages that it is leaving behind in the affected countries in Africa are imprinting their mark on all of us and have a very personal impact on people in those communities and around the world. Like others, the ISOC community of staff, volunteers and members want to help. We have therefore come together to establish the Ebola TECH Response Group.”
Combining the resources of all three organizations will facilitate knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas, tools and increase their accessibility to the humanitarian community, mobile operators and the general public.
On Tuesday 14 October 2014, the Internet Society held a Chapters and Members meeting at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles. All ISOC members and staff of member organizations were invited to attend, either in person or online. Suggested topics: 1. Updates to the IANA transition process and an analysis; 2. What are our plans for participating at the ITU Plenipotentiary meeting at the end of October in Busan, Korea; 3. The role of ISOC leading both discussion and direct action supporting community consensus on these topics. Remote participation was available via the Internet Society livestream channel and webex. Video is below.
Plenipot matrix: http://www.internetsociety.org/doc/key-resolutions-and-issues-watch-2014-itu-plenipotentiary-conference
IANA Transfer mailing list: https://elists.isoc.org/mailman/listinfo/ianaxfer
Today Wednesday 8 October 2014 and tomorrow Thursday 9 October 2014 the Internet Society will present INET Trinidad and Tobago , hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (TATT). This INET is to acquaint the local community with Internet challenges and how to be engaged with addressing these challenges. Topics include technical and policy issues: IP numbering (IPv4 depletion, IPv6 adoption); DNSSEC; RPKI; Net neutrality; OTT; The future of the Internet; Cyber security; IXPs; Identity and Privacy; ccTLD management; Local Internet content development. Speakers include – from ISOC, Raul Echeberria, Jane Coffin, Sebastian Bellagamba, Christian O’Flaherty, Christine Runnegar, and Shernon Osepa; and from the Caribbean community: Bernadette Lewis (CTU), Regenie Fraser (CANTO), Bevil Wooding (PCH), Brent McIntosh (IPv6 Forum Grenada), Kurleigh Prescod (Columbus Communications), and Dr. Patrick Hosein (UWI). The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society’s Livestream Channel. Trinidad is on AST same time zone as NYC, UTC-4.
What: INET Trinidad and Tobago
Where: Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
When: Wednesday 8 October 2014, Thursday 9 October 2014
Tuesday September 2 2014 the Internet Society(ISOC) held a Chapters & Members meeting at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul. Bob Hinden (Chair of the Board), Walda Roseman (Chief Strategic Communications Officer), Izumi Okutani (Advisory Council Co-Chair), Raul Echeberria (Vice President, Global Engagement), and Désirée Miloshevic (Board Member). Moderator is Constance Bommelaer (Senior Director, Global Policy Partnerships). Topics include: Why ISOC views the IGF as an indispensable element of the Internet governance ecosystem; The relationship between ISOC members and the IGF community; The importance of funding the IGF (the IGF SA); Strengthening the IGF towards tangible outcomes (e.g. IGF Best Practices). A webcast is available via the IGF. The IGF webcast failed early but remote participation was available via webex. Video is below.
VIDEO: Internet Governance Forum Support Association inaugural assembly in Istanbul #igfsa @internetSociety #igf2014
The Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA) has the purpose to provide stable and sustainable support for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and to fund related activities. The IGFSA was launched on 1st September 2014 at the IGF Meeting in Istanbul. Video is below.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/J29H6UzFEcs
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/rfypN2sa5blh/
Press Release: http://www.internetsociety.org/news/new-association-launched-support-internet-governance-forum-and-its-essential-role-addressing
VIDEO: @InternetSociety Briefing “Internet #Security and #Privacy: Ten Years Later” @isoctech at #ietf90
On July 22 2014 the Internet Society presented a briefing panel – Internet Security and Privacy: Ten Years Later – at the IETF 90 meeting in Toronto. Discussed were how Internet security and privacy landscapes have changed over the years, challenges we still need to address, and whether we’ll still be using the same security building blocks ten years from now. Also brought up were the societal and legislative changes that have affected the Internet, including user interfaces and risk assessment, privacy and identity implications of ‘free’ online services, and how the technical community can work together to implement more of the existing security standards like DNSSEC, DANE, and TLS. Speakers: Lucy Lynch, Director of Trust and Identity Initiatives, Internet Society; Danny McPherson, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Verisign; David Oran, Fellow, Cisco Systems; Wendy Seltzer, Policy Counsel, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Moderator: Andrei Robachevsky, Technology Programme manager, Internet Society. The session was webcast live via the Internet Society’s livestream channel, video is below.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/zqAgLkkRuBk
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/QpvQ13x8nlpj/
Today Monday June 23 2014 at 7pm BST the Internet Society will hold the ISOC @ ICANN 50 meeting in London. The ISOC@ICANNmeeting brings together Internet Society (ISOC) members to discuss policy related issues and other topics of interest to the members, to share ideas, knowledge, content and experiences and also to connect with the ISOC community present at ICANN. Remote participation will be possible via Webex, and the meeting will webcast live via the Internet Society livestream channel. No live transcript.
What: Internet Society@ICANN 50 Meeting
When: Monday June 23 at 7pm-8.30pm BST | 1800-1930 UTC | 1400-1530 EDT
Phone bridge: 1-650-479-3208 (USA) | elsewhere | code: 921 679 214
Twitter: @InternetSociety | ICANN50