Internet Society Chief Internet Technology Officer Olaf Kolkman will be speaking this week in both Washington, DC, and New York City on the Internet of Things (IoT), collaborative security, and our recent merger with the Online Trust Alliance. Two of the three events will be livestreamed and all have open registrations to attend in person.
Tuesday, 25 April: Washington, DC
At 12PM on Tuesday, The ISOC-DC Chapter will hold a panel discussion called, “Baked In: Can Policy Help Create Incentives in the Cybersecurity Marketplace?” You can watch the livestream of the event via that link, or attend...
Date published 24 April 2017
DC Chapter, Internet Infrastructure, Internet of Things, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Things (IoT), North America, NY Chapter, Open Internet Standards, Privacy, Security, webcast, Chapter, Other external events
Beyond the Net Journal: Zimbabwe Chapter #1 Episode
In a country where schools are operating on shoe-string budgets and families barely afford to pay fees, being a student is not always a positive experience. Some endure difficult conditions, like inadequate teaching materials or lack of competent teachers. Access to modern ways of learning such Internet and IoT is a pipe dream.
Zimbabwe currently has an unemployment rate of 85%, but estimates reveal that by 2025 Africa will have tripled internet penetration to around 600 million people opening new opportunities. In this scenario, the...
Date published 08 June 2016
Africa, Arduino, Beyond the Net, BNet Journal, Education, Internet of Things, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, IoT Makerspaces, Solomon Kembo, St Peter's Mbare School, Zimbabwe Chapter
In a fascinating bit of synchronicity, yesterday morning at pretty much the exact same time that I was finalizing the publication of our IoT Overview paper and publishing Karen Rose's IoT blog post, my friend (and former CEO of a company for which I worked) Jonathan Taylor was posting a photo to a social network of receiving a software update for his car over the Internet.
Yes, you read that correctly.
His car, a Tesla, was downloading a software update across his home WiFi network.
Even better, this particular software update gave his car the ability to be a self-driving car (...
Date published 16 October 2015
Disaster management is becoming more and more prominent in the region’s policy agenda—and with good reason. UNESCAP in a recent report noted that more than half of the world’s 226 natural disasters in 2014 occurred in Asia-Pacific. Active tectonic plate movements in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, areas that also generate a lot of tropical typhoons, combined with increasingly denuded forests have made the region the most disaster-prone in the world. Perhaps more alarmingly, the study found that Asia-Pacific countries are largely ill-equipped to deal with these crises.
This may soon change,...
Date published 07 October 2015
12th APT ADF, Access, Asia-Pacific, Ateneo Innovation Center, climate change, cloud computing, Cyclone Pam, delay-tolerant networks, disaster management, disaster risk reduction, ICTs, Internet of Things, Nepal earthquake, Open Internet Standards, Vanuatu, wireless networks, Other external events
The future of the Internet was very much present at the 15th Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Policy and Regulatory Forum (APT PRF) in Singapore last week. Much of the conversation was around anticipated developments in mobile, touted to be the fastest adopted technology of all time and central to increased digital take-up in the region. The trend is easily tangible in economies like Japan, where ultrahigh-speed mobile broadband subscriptions had surpassed those of fixed line two years ago.
And this is only a hint of things to come. Gartner projects that the number of connected ‘things’ will go up...
Date published 14 August 2015
15th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF), Access, Asia-Pacific, digital economy, Internet Infrastructure, Internet of Things, Net Neutrality, Open Internet Standards, Privacy, Security, Other external events
I recently visited Nairobi where I took a tour of iHub (Innovation Hub – http://ihub.co.ke) and a set of related small incubator labs. After the inspiring tour, a security professional approached me. She had not wanted to ask the question in public but asked me privately: Can people opt out of the Internet of Things?
It was immediately clear what she meant: When new technologies are introduced we often have the option to not use them. When the printing press was introduced I think that there were people who chose not to use books. The Amish choose not to use cars, and in the Internet age...
Date published 20 July 2015
Rajnesh D. Singh (ISOC) and Yoonee Jeong (TRPC) at the “Online Privacy in an Internet of Things World” Roundtable, Bangkok, Thailand (December 2014)
In the last few years, there has been a phenomenal increase in the number of connected devices globally and we now have more connected devices than people in the world. These ever-increasing number of connected devices are going to keep growing – exponentially at least for the short term as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves into the Internet of Everything and becomes mainstream in the things we do everyday.
These devices are – for the large...
Date published 16 December 2014
Last week I had the pleasure to visit the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam. It gathers fixed and mobile access providers and vendors that sell the equipment that these providers use to bring us the Internet. Walking around the exhibition floor I got the impression that the hottest areas are home automation, as the consumer-facing pieces of the Internet of Things, and virtualization that seems to sneak closer and closer to the edge.
While home networking and the Internet of Things were being marketed everywhere, in only two or three hard-to-find places did I see any mention of IPv6. If the...
Date published 29 October 2014
ASEAN Roundtable Series
As part of and in the lead up to the launch of our ‘Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN Economies’ report, the APAC Bureau held several roundtable discussions in Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta in late 2014 and early 2015. Organised with Singapore-based research firm TRPC, these events brought together stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and civil society to recommend steps to overcoming policy, regulatory and market challenges to connectivity, interconnectivity and interoperability of systems, networks and devices, as a way to help ASEAN...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the 'in-thing' that is talked at all Internet-related events, and there has been countless publications and articles written about its success and potential. Yet, its challenges cannot be ignored, and one of the biggest concerns is IoT security. The more 'things' we put on the Internet, the more vulnerable we become to hacking, and other security and privacy breaches. Japan has readily embraced IoT and its rapid growth not only reflects Japan's obsession with robotics and other cutting-edge technologies, but it is also a practical mechanism to cope with...