Today, the Internet Society hosted a special Community Forum, “Youth on the Internet.” Hundreds of participants from across 6 continents joined the conversation to share their views on what the Internet means to them.
A special thanks to our Next Generation Leaders who were panellists - Evelyn Namara (Uganda), Veronica Arroyo (Peru), Yuza Setiawan (Indonesia) for a vibrant discussion on topics such as how young people can address privacy and security concerns, and how the Internet can help close the gender gap.
We also launched the new "25 Under 25” initiative. In celebration of the Internet...
After a long wait of 4.5 years, the 29th edition of SANOG came back to Pakistan, this time in the countrys capital, Islamabad. The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) and the Higher Education commission of Pakistan (HEC) came forward to jointly host the event at the HEC headquarters.
SANOG 29 consisted of two days of conference, one day of tutorial alongside the Internet Society's ION Conference, and the usual five days of workshops with three parallel tracks. Eight days of action-packed agenda was good enough to attract a lot of audiences.
The ION Conference was inaugurated by...
Community established networks are emerging and evolving in Africa as a sustainable solution to address the existing connectivity gaps. 37 community networks initiatives have so far been identified in 12 African countries, of which 25 are considered active trying to set up or improve their own telecommunications infrastructure to connect the unconnected.
One of the goals of the Internet Society is to help expand connectivity and promote increased collaboration between community network operators in the region as well as provide an opportunity for them to engage with other stakeholders.
This week, the Internet Society announced the six recipients of funding from its Beyond the Net initiative. Among these amazing projects (you can read more about them here) is the San Francisco Bay Chapter’s Bridging California's Rural/Urban Digital Divide with Mobile Broadband initiative. The following post about this unique and important project was written by SF Bay ISOC Chapter member Jenna Spagnolo.
A shift has occurred in agriculture: farmers are not only relying on clouds, but increasingly, on the cloud. With the click of a mouse, farmers can find out which fields need water and...
Today looks like it's going to be a really interesting day the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Talks on human rights, cyber security, and how to stand for diversity and inclusiveness in discussions around how the Internet grows.
Day 3: Thursday, December 8
WHEN / WHERE
9:00-10:30Workshop Room 9
Hiroshi Esaki speaking
Human Rights: Broadening the Conversation
10:00 - 13:00Main Session Room
Sally Wentworth speaking
WS 37: Internet Fragmentation: Getting next 4billion online
12:00 - 13:30Workshop Room 4
Karen Rose ...
I’m a lawyer by training, but my day job is to develop applied research that may allow people to enjoy the benefits of the Internet. There's a lot of people involved in this field, and my part is to look at where technology and regulation meet.
I came across community networks a couple of years ago. I’d been working a lot on Internet access, human rights and connectivity issues and net neutrality.
One of the hot topics in that debate is zero rating. What these practices mean is a provider sponsors a given app, like Facebook, or a type of apps, making it possible for you to access for free...
Welcome to Day 2 at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum!
Today will be packed with discussions focusing on the importance of working together, being inclusive, and empowering people to fight for the Internet they want.
Join online and tell world leaders that your voice must be included Internet policy discussion. The IGF is a great place to start.
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Day 2: Wednesday, December 7
WHEN / WHERE
WS191: "Are we all OTTs? Danger of regulating an undefined concept"
09:00 - 10:30Workshop Room 1...
It's here! The official opening of the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Today is packed with more discussions on things like closing the gender gap to new initiatives in cybersecurity.
This is, without doubt, one of the most important global events of the year when it comes to how Internet policy develops. It happens once a year and is open to anyone who wants a voice in how the Internet grows.
This means you can take part too. And the time to do it is now. The world is changing. A new political context potentially pulls us closer toward the trends that we are already seeing...
So if you're somehow involved in the world of the Internet chances are you know that people from around the world are descending on Guadalajara or getting ready to log on for five days of remote meetings.
And maybe you are already here too.
If you're not, and you don't know why this flurry of activity is taking place - you're just in time to be a part of it.
What's happening is one of the most important global events of the year when it comes to how policy and decision makers think about the Internet.
It's the 2016 Internet Governance Forum or IGF as it's known to many people around the...
Community Networks are connecting people in underserved rural, remote, and urban areas around the world. They have existed for decades in small out-of-the-way or unknown pockets. Local champions - normal people who just believe in making things happen - are creating these networks with-for-and-by communities. It starts with people and the belief that something should change because they know that access to affordable connectivity can change lives.
Small, DIY networks are connecting people in remote parts of the globe, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Himalayas, to the fly-in communities of...