The European Union today faces some serious challenges including growing levels of populism and the threat of foreign intervention through cyber-attacks. Last year’s alleged Russian-led cyberattacks on US Democratic Party servers as well as Chinese government cyber espionage against other governments and companies have provided worrying precedents. Although it is hard to measure the actual impact these attacks had on the election results in the US, concerns are growing amongst European leaders that their electoral procedures are vulnerable to manipulation.
With elections rapidly approaching...
Date published 07 March 2017
On 22 June 2016, Internet Society President & CEO Kathy Brown spoke at the OECD Ministerial on the Digital Economy in the "Armchair Discussion" as a member of the OECD Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC). These are her remarks as prepared.
I am pleased to a speak on behalf of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee this morning.
Our message today is that the aspirations of this OECD Ministerial Meeting - that the Digital Economy will bring Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity - will not be met without an open, trusted Internet.
We are acutely aware of how...
Date published 22 June 2016
Yesterday at the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF2015) in Brazil, our President and CEO Kathy Brown gave an inspiring set of remarks in the High Level Leaders Meeting. Courtesy of some excellent production work by Joly MacFie of our ISOC New York Chapter syncing the audio and video, we're now able to provide you with a video recording of Kathy's remarks:
In her remarks, Kathy echoed many of the themes she wrote about in her "On My Way to IGF 2015" blog post.
Please visit our IGF2015 page and our IGF2015-related blog posts for more information about all that is happening in Brazil...
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
The need for confidential communication and finding it difficult to achieve is a sentiment that spans national borders and cultures. That is the message from the Internet Society’s survey regarding confidential online communication.
Before diving into the results, we need to insert a disclaimer: we recorded 1347 responses, indicating global interest in this issue. However, we consider the sample to be too small to be representative and assume a self-selection bias towards respondents with an interest in confidentiality.
The results confirmed our hypothesis that the ability to communicate...
Date published 05 January 2015
OECD 2016 Ministerial Meeting on The Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity
21-23 JUNE 2016, CANCUN, MEXICO
In most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the digital economy has become the economy. The Internet and ICTs permeate societies and economies at the global and local levels, blurring the line between what’s an online activity and what’s not. In this context, the issue is no longer about anticipating and preparing for the digitization of society: it is about how to harness the benefits of the digital...
Study on freedom of expression and the telecommunications and internet access sector
Internet Society submission
1 November 2016
Please share information concerning the role of relevant standards and Internet governance bodies in protecting and promoting freedom of expression, and how that role may be improved.
Internet standards bodies
Focus on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
About the IETF
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a "large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the...