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
Last weekend, millions joined the Women’s March in the US and across the world. They stood up for their rights, and the rights of everyone. We need to do the same on the Internet.The Internet gives everyone a voice, but we need people to protect those voices. Online harassment and cyber bullying are real. And, some groups are targeted more than others.Last year, the Guardian exposed the stark reality in the field of journalism. An analysis of written comments posted in response to articles on the Guardian website revealed that of the ten journalists who received the most abusive comments...
Date published 27 January 2017
Time to pack your bags (or fire up your remote participation engine of choice) and get ready for IETF 95! Starting on Sunday, 3 April, the Internet Engineering Task Force will be in Buenos Aires, where more than 1000 engineers will spend a week discussing the latest issues in open standards and protocols. As usual, the Internet Society is providing a ‘Rough Guide’ to the IETF via a series of blog posts on topics of mutual interest:
DNSSEC, DANE, and DNS Security
Routing Resilience and Security
Scalability & Performance
Trust, Identity, and Privacy
The Internet of Things...
Date published 28 March 2016
Global, Identity, IETF, IETF95, Internet Engineering Task Force, Internet Infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), IPv6, Networks & Trust, Open Internet Standards, Routing Security, Security, Standardisation, Other external events
Welcome to the last installment of the IETF 94 Rough Guide! This installment focuses attention on the IETF 94 activities in Yokohama this week related to improving trust in the Internet including identity and privacy.
The first thing I’d like to highlight is technically not part of the IETF, but it is an important cross-pollination effort. The W3C Privacy Interest Group (PING) will again be meeting face-to-face alongside the IETF. The purpose of this meeting is outreach to the broader IETF community, information sharing amongst the participants on various privacy efforts, and progression of...
Date published 01 November 2015
Global, Identity, IETF, IETF94, Internet Engineering Task Force, Internet Infrastructure, Networks & Trust, Open Internet Standards, Privacy, Rough Guide, Other external events
Wrapping up the series of Rough Guide posts for IETF 93 is our focus on Trust, Identity, and Privacy. ISOC has been working over the past six years in these areas, and each subsequent IETF has seen advancing work and progress being made on multiple fronts. IETF 93 is no exception. During IETF 92, I mentioned a new mailing list that was created to discuss vectors of trust, a potential replacement for NIST SP 800-63. For this meeting, there has been a preliminary draft published (https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-richer-vectors-of-trust-00), and an informal meeting is being organized to discuss...
Date published 19 July 2015
A couple of days ago, Christine Runnegar outlined all the Internet Security conferences, events, and activities happening this month related to Internet security. Today, I’d like to share some perspective on the work happening within the identity and privacy communities. In the last 18 days, I’ve been lucky enough to take part in conferences which brought together some of the most interesting specialists in these areas - from the UN’s WSIS+10 forum in Geneva, to Forgerock’s Identity Conference in the Bay Area, to Ping Identity’s Cloud Identity Summit in San Diego. Logistics aside, it was a...
Date published 19 June 2015
Wrapping up the series of Rough Guide to IETF 92 posts is our focus on Trust, Identity, and Privacy. ISOC has been working over the past five years in these areas, and each subsequent IETF has seen advancing work and progress being made on multiple fronts. IETF 92 in Dallas this week is no exception. First, while there won’t be a meeting on it this time, I’d like to remind folks of the mailing list created last fall to discuss vectors of trust at https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/vot. The impetus for this mailing list came out of an ISOC-sponsored workshop this past September. It is hoped...
Date published 22 March 2015
For a lot of us it’s shopping season. And for those of us who can’t be bothered with crowded malls or queues at the register – it’s online shopping season.
But before you spend time loading up your online shopping cart, take a few minutes to learn a little about things like your digital footprint. When it comes to your online privacy and identity - it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Here 10 tips that can help!
1. Get a better understanding of the issues.
There’s a lot of information about privacy to take in. Think about the implications of what you’re sharing when you sign up for new...
Date published 23 December 2014
Policies on Internet connectivity and cybersecurity have emerged as issues of immediate concern in a survey of 855 Internet Society members across South Asia, topping other topical Internet-related themes in the sub-region. The study, part of a wider Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Survey conducted by the Internet Society’s Asia Pacific Bureau, yielded key insights on user attitudes towards local Internet policy issues just as several countries in South Asia mull provisions to increase Internet connection speeds and strengthen domestic cyberdefense strategies.
The survey report shows that close...
Date published 04 August 2014
Trust, Identity, and Privacy are ongoing key topics for the Internet Society team. With the evolving awareness around security and privacy on the Internet, the IETF has continued to focus on numerous activities addressing these topics, and will be participating in several sessions this week at IETF 90 in Toronto.
The web PKI certificate infrastructure continues to be a source of trust related operational issues in the Internet. The trans (Public Notary Transparency) Working Group (WG) was chartered and met for the first time at IETF 89. The first task of this working group is the generation...
Date published 21 July 2014