ISOC Calls for Restoration of Full Internet Access in Turkey

31 March 2014   Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown issued the following statement today:   We are deeply concerned with recent reports that the Turkish government is mandating curtailed access to key social media sites for millions of users across Turkey. Recent actions to implement the Turkish government’s requirement include the redirection of …

Breaking: House Republicans draft bill to block Internet oversight transition

  A group of House Republicans in a press release introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit the Obama administration from moving forward with its announced plans to relinquish oversight of the technical side of the Internet’s Web address system.   “America shouldn’t surrender its leadership on the world stage to a ‘multistakeholder model’ that’s …

Vodafone accused of secretly sharing data with British agency: Home ministry

Major telecom player Vodafone has been accused by the Union Home ministry of secretly sharing subscriber data with a British intelligence and security organisation, a charge denied by the company.   According to documents of the Internal Security Division of the Home Ministry, Vodafone is alleged to have given the UK-based Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) …

Ukraine is in turmoil, but it’s still online. Here’s why

After months of domestic unrest, Ukraine now has Russian troops and a potential international crisis brewing in Crimea. On Friday, reports surfaced that Ukrtelecom, the country’s largest telecom provider, had suffered a major outage in Crimea — with UPI reporting the company alleged phone and Internet services were almost entirely down in the region after …

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable

We’re at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself — as with the Internet of Things. These embedded computers are riddled with vulnerabilities, and there’s no good way to patch them.   It’s not unlike what happened in the mid-1990s, when the …

Netflix-Comcast Deal Threatens Internet Innovation

There is nothing wrong with the Netflix-Comcast deal. It’s no violation of net neutrality. But it illustrates the fragile nature of innovation on the Internet, and it’s a problem that only government regulation can solve.   Comcast customers who also subscribe to Netflix should applaud a deal between the two companies reported this weekend, wherein …

EU: Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet Governance

Press Release: EU Commission to pursue role as honest broker in future global negotiations on Internet Governance   In the wake of large-scale Internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission today proposes a key reform to the way the Internet is managed and run. The proposal calls for more transparent, accountable …

Kathryn C. Brown is New ISOC CEO

Brown succeeds Lynn St. Amour, stepping down after 15 years with Internet Society   [Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – 19 December 2013] – The Internet Society announced today the appointment of Kathryn C. Brown as its new Chief Executive Officer effective 1 January 2014. Ms. Brown brings more than 30 years of experience to …

The NSA and the End of the U.S. Empire

In this column, Johan Galtung, rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University and author of 50 Years – 100 Peace and Conflict Perspectives (www.transcend.org/tup), writes about the U.S. empire’s spying, and other debacles.   WASHINGTON, Nov 14 2013 (Columnist Service) – The linchpin of an empire is the link between two elites, one in the imperial …