India has already commited a record 20 Internet Shutdowns in 2017

Indian authorities should cease arbitrary restrictions of the country’s internet and telecommunications networks, Human Rights Watch said today. State governments have imposed 20 internet shutdowns so far in 2017, including by four states in June. Shutdowns in response to campaigns on social media and mobile mass messaging applications spreading false and even incendiary information have …

Trump Administration to revise driverless car guidelines

The Trump administration is said to be revising the existing guidelines for driverless vehicles. Updated guidance on the emerging technology is expected to be released in the next few months, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said, according to multiple reports. “The pressure is mounting for the federal government to do something,” Chao said during a conference …

China’s new cybersec. law rattles tech giants

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect today, and experts are rattled about what it all means. The law has been largely touted by Beijing as a milestone in data privacy regulations, but critics say authorities haven’t provided enough information about how the wide-reaching law will be implemented. That’s a big concern, as failure to comply …

How DNSSEC Works

With DNSSEC, a DNS response now contains not only an answer but also a digital signature over that data made by the private key of the zone where the data originates. Validating this signature requires the zone’s public key – which DNSSEC conveniently stores in the DNS – so obtaining the required key for validation is …

Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report Details a Scary 2017

Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report reads more like a catalog of horrors for CIS and their staffs, with cyber spies and criminals running amuck everywhere. In 2016 as internet security threats mushroomed, cyber criminals and state-sponsored saboteurs pursued aggressive capers that included multi-million dollar virtual bank heists, some of the biggest distributed denial of …

EFF Criticizes FCC Plan to Abandon Net Neutrality and ISP Privacy

The chairman of the FCC announced his desire to abandon the agency’s net neutrality protections – which  protect online competition, free speech, and privacy from interference by Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T – by undermining the legal authority behind those protections. Rolling back the FCC’s Open Internet Order would mean losing the only …

CHIS, Kids Safety online: ICANN – a huge disappointment and a worry

The Children’s Charities Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS) has expressed concerns that ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), is not keeping the internet safe and secure for children. A new domain, .kids, can be bought by anybody wishing to set up a new website, without any relevant safeguarding checks taking place – …

U.S. travel ban disrupts ICANN Meetings

ICANN’s meetings may be affected by the recent controversial U.S. travel ban ordered by President Donald Trump, multiple representatives of the organization have indicated that the U.S. travel ban will cause disruption to its upcoming schedule of meetings. Kaveh Ranjbar is one of ICANN’s board members, and on Monday he missed his flight to Los …