Last week, the G20’s ministers responsible for the digital economy met in Düsseldorf to prepare this year´s G20 summit, scheduled for Hamburg, July 2017. Building on important strides initiated two years ago during the G20 summit in Antalya and based on the G20 Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative (DEDCI), which was adopted last year under the Chinese G20 presidency, the Düsseldorf meeting adopted a “ G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Declaration” which includes also a “Roadmap for Digitalisation”. One day before the ministerial meeting, non-state actors were invited to...
Date published 14 April 2017
Germany wants G20 leaders to agree to a concrete plan – one that includes affordable Internet access across the world by 2025, common technical standards and a focus on digital learning.
Today, the G20 economies, like so many other economies around the world, are digital and interconnected. Digital services have opened up new avenues for sustainable economic growth. But, the digital economy will only continue to thrive and generate opportunities for citizens if the Internet is strong, secure, and trusted. Without this foundation, the global digital economy is at risk.
Currently, there are 360...
Date published 07 April 2017
Imagine if all your business contracts were sent to customers written on postcards. Everyone who happened to see the postcard could see exactly what you were going to charge the customer, how many of your product the customer is going to order - and all of the information about the customer.
Your competition, naturally, could take that information and send a contract to that customer of yours that undercuts your proposal and offers better terms. They could also share that information with others to let them know that this customer buys from you. (Or, at least, they used to!) Your customer,...
Date published 06 April 2017
One of the few regrets of Vint Cerf, who is often referred to as the 'father of the Internet', is the fact that encryption using public cryptography was not baked in the original ARPANET design. While the early Internet was meant to meet a number of requirements such as resilience and openness, encryption was not one of them. Some of this was because of the high cost associated with encryption, and some if it was for other reasons. This explains why encryption was only introduced at later stages when CPU and memory resources were more affordable.
And, after the revelations in recent years of...
Date published 30 March 2017
IETF 98 in Chicago next week seems to be relatively quiet from an encryption perspective compared to some past meetings. However, this could be viewed as an indication of the progress that has been made in recent years as the IETF community has focused heavily on enabling encryption across protocols and updating the cryptographic algorithms being used in those protocols. There is not a great deal of activity specific to encryption in Chicago, and the work represented here this week is quite mature.
Some evidence of the continuing evolution in the encryption space is the IETF 98 Hackathon....
Date published 24 March 2017
Encryption, Global, IETF, IETF98, Internet Engineering Task Force, Internet Infrastructure, Networks & Trust, Open Internet Standards, Security, Standardisation, Trust, Other external events
There is an old adage that trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.
When it comes to the Internet and its users, the same holds true. For average Internet users, trust in the Internet has to be built. They have to gain confidence in the safety of their private information online. When a user's private online information is made public, they lose trust in the Internet and its services.
It is critical that the actions taken by governments foster Internet trust and do not put users, or their data, at greater risk. One of the simplest means of achieving this is through...
Date published 29 November 2016
In breaking news we learned that ‘Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence’.
Frankly, that is not at all surprising to me. It is a testimony that end-to-end encryption is being deployed to such a level that the spy agencies need to go to the email providers in order to get what they need: the intermediaries or the end-stations. In fact, the Reuters article reporting on this says: “As tech companies become better at encrypting data, they are likely to face more such requests from spy agencies.”
Spyware and its risks
In complying with the...
Date published 05 October 2016
IETF 96 finds us back in Berlin still talking about how to strengthen the Internet by improving the deployment and use of encryption. For this installment of the IETF Rough Guide, I’m going to focus on the CrypTech workshop just prior to IETF 96 along with the ongoing work of the cfrg research group, and the curdle, tls, and uta Working Groups.
As I wrote about in a separate blog post, CrypTech (https://cryptech.is) is a project to create an open source hardware security module, and this week in Berlin was the unveiling of the alpha prototype device! A select group of alpha testers joined the...
Date published 17 July 2016
The CrypTech project has just completed a successful two-day workshop in advance of IETF 96 in Berlin that gathered the core development team and a select group of alpha testers to put the alpha board through its paces. CrypTech is "an open hardware cryptographic engine that meets the needs of high assurance Internet infrastructure systems that rely on cryptography." The workshop was very successful with the general consensus being that CrypTech has arrived! The team has produced a working prototype based on an open hardware and software design. There were a few bugs fixed and potential...
Date published 17 July 2016
What questions do you have around encryption? What do you see as the major policy issues or technical issues related to encryption? How does encryption help bring about a higher level of trust in the Internet? What are your concerns about encryption?
To discuss these questions, and questions you provide to us (see below), the Internet Society and The Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) will co-host a global Online Dialogue about Encryption next week at:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 1:30 pm UTC (9:30am US Eastern)
Date published 19 May 2016