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Building Trust

Trust is the key issue in defining the future value of the Internet.

The Internet Society’s policy agenda on trust is guided by our “Policy Framework for an Open and Trusted Internet“. This document underscores the challenge that diminishing trust presents to the Internet. And, it provides a blueprint for addressing the complexities of establishing the solid foundation of trust required to realize the Internet’s full potential. At its core, trust is created by taking responsibility for securing that piece of the Internet for which one bears responsibility, and by being held to account when one doesn’t.

Security of Connected Devices

The Online Trust Alliance’s IoT Trust Framework identifies the core requirements manufacturers, service providers, distributors/purchasers, and policymakers need to understand, assess, and embrace for effective security and privacy as part of the Internet of Things.

Also check out our Get IoT Smart pages for get more consumer-friendly advice on IoT devices.

Encryption

Encryption plays a vital role in increasing overall trust in the Internet and should be the norm for all traffic. The Internet Society is working to ensure encryption is available for everyone and is deployed as the default.

Read more about encryption, the threats it faces, and how the Internet Society can help.

Network and Distributed System Symposium (NDSS)

We provide a home for the Network and Distributed System Symposium (NDSS). NDSS is a top academic conference on network and systems security, with a unique open-publication policy. This conference not only attracts top researchers from around the world, but shares contributions in a way that promotes diffusion of information to industry and beyond.

Visit NDSS website for more information on the conference

Collaborative Security

People are what ultimately hold the Internet together. The Internet’s development has been based on voluntary cooperation and collaboration. Cooperation, collaboration, and a shared collective responsibility remain the essential factors for the Internet’s prosperity and potential.

Read more about the Internet Society’s collaborative security approach to tackling Internet issues.

User Trust and Internet Restrictions

People deserve to have their rights protected on the Internet as well as offline. The Internet can bring all of us closer together. Whether people use the Internet to create powerful apps, find information, buy and sell things, or even just stay in touch with their family and friends — it’s important we all have the freedom to do any of these of things online.

The Internet Society fights for an Internet that is open for all, and where people’s rights are respected.

Read more about the threat to Internet freedom and how the Internet Society can help.

Identity

Digital identities help users protect their privacy; segregate personal, social, and professional online presences; and engage in trusted transactions with storefronts, banks, medical providers, and governments. Some people think of their digital identity as a passport for the Internet. In reality, the concept of identity on the Internet is much richer: we adapt our identity depending on the context.

The Internet Society works in both the technical and policy arenas, supporting the development of tools and policies that empower people to manage their online identities and the ‘digital footprint’ they leave behind.

Read more about why identity matters and how the Internet Society can help.

Privacy

The ability for individuals to interact online without sacrificing their personal privacy is a vital part of the Internet’s value, and is intimately related to its trustworthiness. Privacy is about retaining the ability to disclose data consensually, and with expectations about the context and scope of sharing.

The Internet Society has dedicated outreach activities on identity and privacy. These are aimed at technology vendors and adopters, to encourage privacy-respecting technology deployment, and at policymakers and legislators to provide the necessary counter-balances to commercial expediency.

Read more about privacy and how the Internet Society can help.

Building Trust News

Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices
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Building Trust 14 January 2020

Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices

In April 2019, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th Annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll....

‘Major Initiatives in Cybersecurity’ Shows Everyone Can Contribute to Trust
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Building Trust 10 January 2020

‘Major Initiatives in Cybersecurity’ Shows Everyone Can Contribute to Trust

How do we work toward a more secure Internet? In the Cyber Security discussions that take place in the...

Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security?
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Building Trust 7 January 2020

Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security?

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll....

Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy
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Building Trust 19 December 2019

Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll....

Claudio Jeker Honored by Internet Security Research Group with Radiant Award
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Building Trust 11 December 2019

Claudio Jeker Honored by Internet Security Research Group with Radiant Award

This week another Radiant Award has been awarded by the Internet Security Research Group, the folks behind Let’s Encrypt....

Rural Development Special Interest Group Organizes Internet Connectivity Tag 2019
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Building Trust 5 December 2019

Rural Development Special Interest Group Organizes Internet Connectivity Tag 2019

In November, the Internet Society Rural Development Special Interest Group (RD SIG) organized an event called the Internet Connectivity Tag 2019 in Bangalore,...

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