In times like these, it’s easy to be paranoid.
Almost every day there is a new story about an app, a TV or a child’s toy that is collecting too much data, or a massive data breach, or the latest kind of ransomware doing the rounds of the Internet.
We may not know the specifics, but we do know that somewhere out there someone is tracking us online: in fact, most of the data monetization machine is invisible to consumers -- the individuals whose data fuels it.
All this has, understandably, left many people wary. Why WOULD you trust someone or something that is gathering information on you with...
Date published 14 March 2017
"Humanity has been building and programming general purpose computers for about six decades now, with spectacular results, mostly good. As we contemplate the ‘Internet of Things’ in light of our collective experience, there are some disturbing conclusions to be drawn. Can we as a species safely place our economy and culture into a global distributed network of computers, if those computers are programmed by humans using commodity programming languages and tools?"
That’s the question renowned Internet security expert Paul Vixie, co-founder and CEO of Farsight Security and an Internet...
Date published 28 November 2016
Today Kathy Brown spoke as part of the formal opening session of the Africa DNS Forum 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. You are invited to read her remarks below, to read our Collaborative Security framework and to join with us in working to create a more open and trusted Internet.
Thank you, for inviting me to speak on this opening panel. I want to acknowledge and thank my dear colleague Dawit Bekele and to the African Bureau staff. I am sure you appreciated as I do, the extraordinary work of Michuki, Kevin and Betel at this meeting.
As we all know, The Internet is an open,...
Date published 05 March 2016
What would a world of pervasive encryption look like? How would it change the ways in which we use the Internet? How do we get to that world? And how would law enforcement work?
In the aftermath of Snowden disclosures on pervasive surveillance, there has been a growing interest in the role of encryption as a tool that can protect the confidentiality of users’ communications online.
For those among you who are not following closely this issue, let’s take a step back: encryption (from the latin word crypt, meaning hidden place) is a means to protect your data from prying eyes. It is...
Date published 10 November 2015
What do bandwidth, beer and bratwurst have to do with each other? Well... it is true that many Internet networking challenges have been worked out over beers between network operators, but in this case the link between the terms came in a tweet from Dyn promoting their TechToberFest event happening this Thursday, October 1, 2015, at their headquarters in Manchester, NH.
I'll be there for what looks like an excellent event focused on security, Internet performance and other Internet infrastructure concerns. My particular role will be as a panelist in the 3:00-4:00 pm US EDT...
Date published 30 September 2015
Wow! There is a crazy amount of DNS activity happening at IETF 93 next week in Prague! Beyond the usual working groups we follow such as DNSOP and DANE, there are a wide range of other groups where DNS security and privacy are under discussion. It's going to be a VERY busy week for all of us involved with DNS! (And, there's also the IETF 93 Hackathon starting on Saturday and Sunday where several of us will be working on code related to DNSSEC, DANE and more.)
Let's walk through the week...
NOTE: If you are unable to attend IETF 93 in person, there are multiple ways to participate...
Date published 15 July 2015
How do we ensure an open, trusted Internet across all of Europe? How can we help all countries across Europe realise the full opportunities provided by the Internet? What do we need to do to improve the overall security of the Internet? And what kind of regulations and policies would best support the ongoing growth enabled by the Internet?
We will be discussing all those questions and much more at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 2015 taking place this week in Sofia, Bulgaria. Starting on Wednesday, June 3, will be the South Eastern European Dialogue on...
Date published 01 June 2015
Earlier this week a number of organizations, companies, and individuals wrote a letter to the President of the United States in which they expressed their worries about the suggestion from US officials that companies should refrain from providing products with strong encryption unless ‘those companies also weaken their security in order to maintain the capability to decrypt their customers’ data at the government’s request’.
Let me be clear: I strongly support this letter.
The arguments made in the letter are not new. Encryption is one of the enablers of the Internet economy that protects...
Date published 21 May 2015
Isn't the cybersecurity debate highly confusing at times? There is a lot of talk about the security of all sorts of cyber assets, discussion about cyberwarfare and cyberdefense, and in all these discussions the Internet seems to be central. Often mentioned in a not so positive context.
In recent conversations I've made the analogy between "Cybersecurity" and "The Economy". We all want to fix the economy but making progress is not an easy task. As soon as you are beyond that statement you notice that there is a lot of nuance. Issues like trust, influence, actors, and affectivity all come to...
Date published 13 April 2015
Since its inception, the internet has proven itself as a powerful tool for immense social change and democratization. Online platforms have inherently altered the way people communicate, conduct business, socialize, and participate in public life. At the same time, the rise of online communications has led to notable policy challenges, ranging from cybersecurity to surveillance to content regulation. Amid a never-ending cycle of news reports about government collection of metadata, cyberattacks from hostile nations, and so-called “Twitter revolutions” – what can we say about the state of...
Date published 16 March 2015