Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) Strengthening the Internet

Knowledge Sharing and Meaningful Conversation at InterCommunity 2020: Securing Global Routing

Recently, five routing security experts shared how they’ve been working to protect the Internet from the most common routing threats – by implementing and promoting the actions called for in Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, or MANRS. They were all participants in InterCommunity, which gives the Internet Society community a way to connect for meaningful conversations about the issues that matter most to the Internet.

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This session of InterCommunity, “Securing Global Routing,” set out to increase awareness of MANRS, share good routing practices, and encourage more network operators to take the MANRS actions to make the Internet more secure for us all.

The speakers shared their network operations and capacity building knowledge while more than 200 participants participated live in the informative conversation.

Special thanks to Melchior Aelmans of Juniper Networks who moderated the discussion skillfully!

Here’s what the panelists had to say:

Abdul Awal, Bangladesh National DataCentre
Awal spoke about his goals in building technical capacity around Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and raising awareness of MANRS principles in South Asia. He also discussed how we can help networks validate their routing information by implementing Route Origin Authorizations (ROAs).

ROAs enable network operators to cryptographically sign routing advertisements sent over Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to other networks on the Internet. Using RPKI, other networks can cryptographically verify ROAs and drop similar routing information that may be received from other networks.

This significantly improves Internet security by preventing distribution of invalid route advertisements that may lead to parts of the Internet being unreachable or being hijacked by malicious networks.

Awal has worked with networks in the Asia-Pacific region to increase the percentage of valid routing information, thus improving the region’s secure routing.

Mark Tinka, SEACOM
Mark has been in the routing and network engineering industry for several years, active in both the Asia-Pacific and African regions as a network operator and trainer.

Working with RPKI since 2014, Mark explained how routing hardware from Cisco and Juniper has helped improve RPKI support over the years. He also described the process of deploying RPKI in Africa and some of the challenges he faced.

Kevin Blumberg, TORIX
Kevin spoke about implementing MANRS principles from the viewpoint of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP).

TORIX is an IXP in Toronto, Canada that has grown from 1 Gigabit per second in 2000 to 1.1 Terabits per second in 2020. He said it was easy for TORIX to become a MANRS participant as it had been running Internet Routing Registry (IRR) based filtering for more than a decade.

He also said IXP operators are generally less restrictive and so IXPs can easily become a source of a BGP hijack where different networks trust the routing information they receive. Therefore, TORIX feel they have a social obligation to ensure the peering data at their IXP is valid. Without this, it would be easy to permeate route hijacks via IXPs and TORIX wants to prevent that.

Jorge Cano,
Jorge spoke about FORT, a free and open source RPKI validator. An RPKI validator helps routers quickly validate routing information received over BGP without burdening routers with more processing load. FORT works on both Linux and BSD that (the Mexican registry) are working on with the help of LACNIC. The validator is free to use and open to everyone.

Jorge ran a poll to see which validator was most commonly used by the audience. We learned that most participants were currently using the RIPE Validator, with a few already using FORT.

Tashi Phuntsho, APNIC
Tashi gave a presentation on why it is important to secure global routing, highlighting the issues with differences in validated ROA outputs observed with different validators, and the ROA outreach work by the APNIC Training team in the region. Tashi also noted the beta testing the APNIC Training team has done with ROSv7.

If you run an ISP, IXP, CDN, or cloud network let’s protect the Internet ecosystem together. Join MANRS!
25th Anniversary About Internet Society Growing the Internet

Keeping the door open

Last week we announced the names of twenty-five individuals who were selected as the awardees of our 25 under 25 program, an initiative which recognizes young people from around the globe who are using the Internet to make a positive difference.

The program forms part of the Internet Society’s 25th Anniversary celebrations this month, including a special recognition ceremony planned in Los Angeles, California on Monday 18 September for the 25 under 25. We invited all twenty-five awardees to Los Angeles to take part and receive their awards in person but we have learnt that unfortunately, not everyone will be able to travel. Three of the awardees have not been granted visas to enter the United States.

On hearing this news one awardee, Mariano Gomez, penned us an open letter. In it, he explains his frustration at a process which required him to travel over several days to a ten minute interview which resulted in rejection. He described with utter clarity the irony of being denied entry due to the very conditions he hopes to address with the innovations he is pursuing on the Internet.

We understand and applaud Mariano’s statement. Not only are we disappointed that he and two others from our 25 under 25 awardee line-up will not be able to join us in L.A. as we celebrate their achievements, we are also dismayed by the existence of regulations in the U.S. and elsewhere that prevent these and other young people from exploring their potential.

At the Internet Society, we stand by the heroic accomplishments of each of our awardees. Every one of 25 will be receiving their award regardless, whether in person or otherwise. In addition, we are supporting those who cannot be with us with travel costs to attend other Internet Society events being held in their own countries during our global online meeting where they will be able to participate in the ceremony remotely.

The power of the Internet lies in its ability to transcend boundaries, to condense time and space and to overcome physical and geographical limitations and restrictions. Even if there are those who would see borders closed and barriers put in place, we will continue to look to the Internet as the means for the world to connect, collaborate and share.

This is why the Internet must remain open, globally-connected and secure and why we are using it as the way to have a global conversation that connects our community around the world. Our InterCommunity 2017 event is not just a meeting, it embodies the idea that lies at the heart of the Internet Society and its values – that the Internet is for everyone.

25th Anniversary About Internet Society

Join Global Celebrations to Inspire the World

The Internet Society’s story has been 25 years in the making.

The foundation for a global community of people dedicated to bringing the Internet to everyone started in 1992. We have come a long way since then, and today our mission has never been more important or challenging.

This milestone year presents a unique opportunity for us all to reflect on our rich heritage, and to consider how we can impact the Internet for the next 25 years. Our community has a critical role in guiding the decisions that must now be taken for the future Internet in today’s rapidly changing world.

This September, to commemorate the Internet Society’s 25th anniversary, we’d like you to join in a series of global celebrations to inspire the world to take action in shaping tomorrow and in ensuring that the Internet remains a positive force for future generations. We will honor innovators and visionaries who advanced the early Internet at our 2017 Internet Hall of Fame ceremony. We will also recognize 25 under 25 next generation leaders who are using the Internet to make a difference for their communities and beyond.

After 18 months of research, we will launch The 2017 Internet Society Global Internet Report: Paths to our Digital Future. This glimpse into the future explores perspectives from across our global community on the key forces driving change on the Internet. The report provides an actionable set of recommendations to encourage our community, stakeholders, and influencers toward positive actions in keeping the Internet open, global and secure.

Our global membership meeting, InterCommunity 2017, will serve as the cornerstone of our 25th celebration. The Global Internet Report will set the stage for a truly global discussion on the critical factors that will shape the future Internet and prepare us for the next set of challenges. I encourage you to join online or in person at one of the more than 70 interactive and celebration nodes around the world. InterCommunity begins on September 19 at 00:30 UTC. For more information visit the InterCommunity website.

In conjunction with InterCommunity, and as part of our continuing work to build our organization’s presence and visibility, we will also be launching an external campaign aimed at raising awareness of the Internet Society around the world and of the work we do to shape the future of the Internet. The campaign will feature members of our global community as Everyday Heroes whose actions have a powerful impact on tomorrow’s Internet.

This is an exciting time to tell our story. We are investing in our mission and our global community to build a stronger Internet Society for the future.

Let’s join together on this special occasion to #ShapeTomorrow and celebrate our work for #thenext25.

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Help Shape the Future of the Internet

This year, the Internet Society celebrates its 25th anniversary.  Our own history is inextricably tied to the history of the Internet. We were founded in 1992 by Internet pioneers who believed that “a society would emerge from the idea that is the Internet” – and they were right.

As part of the celebration, this September we will launch a comprehensive report that details the key forces that could impact the future of the Internet. The report will also offer recommendations for the Future and we need your input.

Our work on this started last year, when we engaged with a broad community of Members, Chapters, Internet experts and partners. We conducted two global surveys that generated more than 2,500 responses representing the business, public policy, civil society, Internet development, academic and technology communities from 160 countries and economies. Individuals from 94% of the Internet Society’s global chapters participated in the survey. We interviewed more than 130 Internet experts and hosted 15 virtual roundtables. My colleague Sally Wentworth has shared some thoughts on these conversations as she presented the project to UN trade experts in April, in Geneva.

Throughout the project, our community reaffirmed the importance of six “Drivers of Change” and identified three areas that will be significantly impacted in the future: Digital Divides; Personal Freedoms and Rights; and, Media, Culture and Society. These “Impact Areas” are core to the Internet Society’s focus on putting the user at the forefront when considering the future of the Internet.

This has been community-driven from the beginning to the end, and as we reach the final stage, we would like your input on recommendations for Internet leaders and policy makers to ensure the development of an open, trusted, accessible, and global Internet in the future.

We’ll discuss these recommendations in September at our global membership meeting, InterCommunity 2017.  It’s open to all.

Unleash your imagination. Tell us how we can address emerging issues while harnessing the opportunities that the future will bring.

Building Trust Growing the Internet Internet Governance

Speech of Dawit Bekele at the Intercommunity 2016 in Praia, Cape Verde

Bom Dia

Your Excellency Eng. David Gomes, Board Chairman, ANAC

Your Excellency, Commissioner for Telecoms and Information Technologies at the Economic Community of West African States

Dear Mr. Richard Barnes, member of board of trusties of the Internet Society

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to speak on behalf of my organization the Internet Society, in Praia at the Intercommunity, a novel meeting that talks about the Internet on the Internet. For those of you who do not know the Internet Society, please allow me to say a few words about it.

The Internet Society was established in 1992 by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, two pioneers of the Internet, with a vision to bring the Internet to everyone. This vision seemed unachievable back then. Today, we have about a third of the world’s population with access to the Internet and more and more organizations are joining us in our vision to bring universal access to the Internet. Even though the Internet Society focused initially in supporting the activities of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), today the Internet Society is a worldwide organization working in the Internet technology, policy and capacity building areas. In particular, it facilitates open development of standards and protocols and the multi-stakeholder administration of the technical infrastructure of the Internet. In Africa, the Internet Society is known for its pioneer technical capacity building programs, its more recent and hugely successful interconnection and traffic exchange program, its support for the development of the DNS industry including the ccTLD registries, its support for Internet standards deployment such as IPv6 and DNSSEC and its support for the creation of community of practices through its African Interconnection and Peering and the African DNS Forums.

In Cape Verde, we organized, together with the African Union, two workshops on the development of Internet Exchange point in 2014 under the AXIS project.

In the last few years the Internet Society focused its activities in Africa and around the world on two important issues: bringing Internet to the unconnected and improving trust on the Internet. These issues are also the focus of our meeting today.

The Internet Society is backed by more than 80,000 members, 110 Chapters around the world amongst which 31 are in Africa, as well as more than 140 Organization members.

Now, let me say a few word about our meeting Intercommunity 2016. InterCommunity is designed to celebrate the Internet’s ability to rise beyond boundaries and bring people together. Today, thousands of people from around the world will discuss about three important issues for Internet Society and Internet in general, namely, Internet access, trust on the Internet and Internet Governance. There are fifteen physical meetings interconnected through the Internet like here in Praia. But there will also be people participating from their homes and offices as well.

But why do we have this meeting and more particularly, why do we have it in this format? The answer is simple. The Internet offers new possibilities, enables new meeting formats and empowers people who might otherwise not be able to join discussions at the regional and global level. It is a natural move for the Internet Society to make use of the power of the Internet and thus bring together its global community to discuss, exchange, learn, share and, last but not least: HAVE FUN!

InterCommunity thus offers an opportunity for the regions to talk about their initiatives in the area of access, trust and Internet governance on both regional level during the intra-regional part of the meeting, but also to profile some of the regional aspects at a global level.

More specifically, here in Praia, we will start with one hour of opening speeches confined within this room. This will be followed by an hour and a half of discussion with other African cities that have been selected for this meeting, which are Yaoundé in Cameroun, Maseru in Lesotho, Ndjamena in Chad, Accra in Ghana, Johannesburg in South Africa, Calabar and Lagos in Nigeria.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for taking a few hours of your precious time to come and attend this meeting. The Internet is built collaboratively by people from all around the world and from all the sectors and I do believe that this discussions will not only help the Internet Society push its mission but also help promote the Internet in Cape Verde and around the world.

Thank you, Obregado!

Growing the Internet

Internet Society to Partner with Economic Community of West African States to Promote an Open, Trusted Internet

The Internet Society is teaming up with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to promote the benefits of the Internet to people throughout West Africa.

ECOWAS is a group of fifteen West African countries and it promotes economic integration across the region. The Internet Society will work with ECOWAS to encourage greater use of the Internet by people in West African through joint activities.

Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society and Isaias Barreto da Rosa, ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecommunications and Information Technologies will be in Praia, Cape Verde on September 21 to announce this partnership during InterCommunity 2016, a global forum for the Internet Society’s 90,000+ worldwide members. Experts and members will come together through online events across the world for conversations on the issues that matter the most– connecting the unconnected and increasing trust in the Internet. Similar InterCommunity events will also be taking place in Africa in Maseru, Lesotho and Yaoundé Cameroon.

To take part in the InterCommunity Africa event, please visit the ICOMM16 website.

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Humans of InterCommunity

Internet Society members from around the world are gathering online this week for Intercommunity 2016. But in a big, geographically spread out, international organization like ISOC, sometimes it’s hard to get to know your fellow members. We talked to a few members from around the world to find out what they love about the Internet, and ISOC, and what they’re looking forward to at Intercommunity.

“The Internet is the most democratic system of all, because the cost of sending signal is the same as receiving it unlike traditional media. That has allowed me to create content to influence changes in my country and in my community. I’m looking forward to IComm 2016 for the chance of meeting people that know about the power of change the internet has and can show me new ways of using that. I’m particularly interested in how to get more women involved in technology. Society has always described computer science as just for men, but it is not like that. Women involved in this science is because women can bring more innovation, different ideas, different projects and can develop and provide bright ideas in technology.”

– Manuela, Dominican Republic

“I first connected to the Internet at an Internet Cafe in the year 2002. It was when I created my first email address. It was such an exciting experience for me. I’d already read so much about computing and the Internet. Since then, the longest I’ve gone without being online is a week. I am looking forward to finding out ways the Internet can be made accessible to people in remote villages in my country, Ghana. Most rural areas have no means of connecting to the Internet or even cellular network.”

Julius, Ghana

“I learned that the Internet is the most democratic system of all because the cost of sending signal is the same as receiving it unlike traditional media. That has allowed me to create content to influence changes in my country and in my community. I’m looking forward to IComm because it gives me the chance to meet people that know about the power of change the Internet have and can show me new ways of doing that.”

Victor, Venezuela

“I learned to be a sysadmin online. I literally learned my job from the Internet. Back in 2001 I got a job, doing technical support, at a small local cable company called Sun Country Cable.  Sun Country had just shy of 1000 customers that shared a 10Mb Internet connection.  At the time I had almost no knowledge of networking. I honestly couldn’t tell you what the difference was between a router, a switch or a hub. My practical computer experience was mostly limited to messing around on windows 95, 98 and 2000.  Shortly after I landed that job, the sysadmin/network admin, that had built the ethernet/IP network and all services, left. So an ASP programmer friend and I decided we could manage the network and systems together. My friend had never seen Linux before, so I was the “Linux expert”, but he had some ASP programming skills and was able to manage the NT web server that we had, so we got to work on figuring everything out. I would work my 8 hours at Sun Country and then go home to my wife and 1yr old son and stay up late into the night, online, reading articles and mailing list postings in an effort to understand what it was I had seen that day at work. The learning curve was pretty much straight up.”

Mason, Canada

“What I’m looking forward to about IComm is the open sessions and remote viewing from different parts of the world. I’m excited to have different people coming together to talk about policies, governance and technologies on Internet.”

Mel, Philippines

“In heard about the Internet Society in 2016. I was motivated to join because of the Society’s goal of connecting the unconnected globally. This goal align with the goal of my Digital Entrepreneurship project, which is to encourage Nigerian youth maximize income earning potentials of the Internet.”

Oulsoji, Nigeria

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Security by Social Design

I recently visited Nairobi, Kenya where I took part in the Nairobi Intercommunity 2015 Hub. After the room had filled with paper airplanes ranging from ingenious origami that sliced the air in almost romantic ways to improvised ballistic models we had a small panel discussion on the concept of collaborative security.

In a panel with Peter Muia, Senior System Engineer at KENET, and Tyrus Kamau, Head of Information Security at Airtel Money Africa, we talked about collaborative security. It is in these sorts of discussions where the concept really starts to live.

During the discussion Tyrus described how he experienced the gap between graduates and industry. I believe he used the term ‘dual tragedy’: Industry is not able to fill positions with capable staff while recently graduated ICT-ers are unemployed. That gap between what education offers and what the industry needs is not only a Kenyan challenge. I’ve heard these sounds before also in my home country of the Netherlands and in the United States.

Good IT professionals take the maxim of ‘security by design’ to heart. It is important to consider the security of a system whilst designing it. Bolting on security as an afterthought is not just difficult, sometimes it is a (prohibitively) expensive exercise. While good security specialists have skills that may be hard to acquire (creativity and curiosity), the mindset and methodologies are something that the education system, peers, and mentors can expose you to. Those environments can be created.

Tyrus had done just that: taken the initiative to organize boot camps for groups of students. Expose them to cyber security topics through high-intensity hands-on courses. That resonates with the collaborative security approach. Trust in the Internet can be maintained only by the action of many, and in order to scale that we need to consider security at design. That is not only when we build systems but also when we educate our students. By taking local action (putting your money where your mouth is) and trying to find an approach that has the largest impact (thinking globally) the boot camps can act as a magnifier that results in a generation of security-savvy engineers from which not only Kenyan industry but the whole Internet benefits.

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Discussing Internet-related challenges and progress in the Pacific Islands @ PacINET 2015

PacINET 2015, the annual conference of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC), was held on Day 0 of NetHui. This was scheduled in-between the two sessions of InterCommunity 2015 and brought together stakeholders from the region to discuss various issues related to Internet use in the Pacific Islands.

As part of the rich agenda, I provided an update on ISOC’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as what we have done with the Pacific Islands community thus far this year. I also stressed the need for continued collaboration between organisations working in the region as well the need for avoiding duplication of efforts and activities.

The programme included updates from various organisations working in the region, including an update on the Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting that was held in June in Tonga where ISOC presented on Collaborative Security and also helped with sponsorship. This Ministerial Meeting was important as it identified the next phase of ICT development strategies and focus areas for the Pacific Islands.

During the Q&A session at PacINET, I also raised the point that the Pacific Islands Chapter should be a part of the CROP ICT Working Group which is charged with developing the ICT agenda for the Pacific Islands. I pointed out that in past incarnations of CROP ICT, PICISOC had been an active participant including contributing to the development of the Pacific Plan. It was encouraging to receive a commitment from USP (University of the South Pacific, who are the lead coordinating agency for CROP ICT) that PICISOC will receive a formal invitation to join the group and PICISOC Board Members will be following up on this.

The Internet Society is a founding partner of the ISIF programme that provides assistance for development related projects. Two of the past awardees from the Pacific Islands provided updates on their projects and there were also country presentations from Fiji and an update from Vanuatu on the recovery efforts after Cyclone Pam devastated the country. ISOC contributed to the relief efforts in Vanuatu by providing power generators that were used to restore communications services.

The Pacific Islands face many challenges. The great distances between countries and the dispersed population is a key issue in the provision of services, as is the relatively small market size in most economies. However, the Internet is also something that helps empower these communities and gives them an opportunity to actively participate in the global economy. This is why continued and open access to the Internet – and all the services and applications it helps enable from education to health to financial systems – is even more critical. Over the years, good progress in improving Internet access has been made in the Pacific Islands but there is still much to do.

The Internet is rapidly evolving and there is some new application or service released just about every day. More people are constantly coming online and participating in the new global Digital Economy. It is critical that the people of the Pacific also have every opportunity to participate. The Internet is for everyone, and belongs to everyone – and it can do much to alleviate the tyranny of distance and time that has for so long impacted the Pacific Islands – and its ability to be a part of this new global economy.

Doing this needs getting a few things right:

·       Development of infrastructure, and having appropriate policy and regulatory measures to effect progress

·       Developing communities, and empowering them in the use of ICTs and the Internet

·       Building human capacity – policy, technical and operational – such that all opportunities available can be maximised

The above forms the core of the Internet Society’s Access and Development strategy, and we will explore this in greater detail in a future post.

Its been a while since I have had the opportunity to attend PacINET; it was good to be able to participate this year and meet friends old and new. There were many discussions and ideas, and we look forward to furthering the dialogue on these with our friends in the Pacific.

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InterCommunity 2015: Using the Internet, for the Internet

Last week witnessed the culmination of months of planning and preparation as we gathered our global community together for our first ever InterCommunity event, a meeting which our community told us it wanted to hold. It was no ordinary meeting and I believe that what we have achieved together sets a new precedent for how we communicate as one Internet Society.

Our Board of Trustees and staff took on prominent roles in facilitating key discussions about some of the most important and pressing issues facing the future of the Internet, helping to ensure that the two global sessions were sufficiently engaging and that they reflected some of the differences in regional perspective that the meeting was originally designed to highlight. Volunteers across the world contributed both to the agenda as well as to the operation of this global hybrid meeting.

But what happened outside the two global sessions is equally, if not more important. The conversations that took place between participants in the different ‘node’ locations that were established to provide a physical reference point for anyone joining the meeting in person, enabled us to reach a new level of interaction between the people and places that form the basis of the Internet Society’s global membership. What is clear is that the context of the meeting enabled us to have an open, inclusive, sincere and honest exchange of views on a global scale. In achieving this, InterCommunity fulfilled much of its intended purpose.

For me, this fact demonstrates the success of the meeting on a number of levels. Firstly, we succeeded in bringing people together and in connecting them. Through a desire to engage, we have shown the strength and enduring commitment of our bottom-up community in working for a better Internet. Just looking at some of the attendance statistics from the meeting confirms the level of engagement and the role that InterCommunity can play in being a reference for future discussion:

  • We received registrations from 142 countries around the world
  • We hosted over 1,600 participants in the global sessions
  • These included over 1,000 online viewers across both global sessions. There were many more in viewing nodes.
  • 2,482 chat messages were exchanged during the global sessions

The second important take-away for me is that InterCommunity has showcased how we can use the Internet to connect, communicate and collaborate. From the farthest corner of the earth, Auckland, New Zealand, we successfully harnessed the Internet’s power. We connected a total of 15 nodes in cities around the world – Accra, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Geneva, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Manila, Montevideo, Nairobi, New York, Ottawa, San Salvador, Santo Domingo, Tunis and Washington DC. Just a few years ago, it would have been virtually unthinkable to use Internet technology in this way, but with the help of a robust network in a New Zealand hotel ballroom and using widely available, affordable applications, we were able to provide numerous ways to connect and communicate between the nodes and from anywhere with a browser. Indeed, we reasserted the agility of the Internet in supporting this kind of interactivity and extent of global engagement.  We successfully demonstrated that the technology that started out with roots in the world’s first packet networks can now successfully connect people on every continent on earth. In this sense, the Internet itself is it’s own greatest champion.

Above all, InterCommunity has highlighted to me that the Internet is the key to securing its own future; the vehicle that we must use to organize and enhance the greatest modern-day invention and unparalleled global resource. It also highlights the need for a globally connected and open platform, unhindered by artificial barriers to human communication.

The Internet Society intends to continue the global conversation on the Internet, for the Internet. We will take our learning from InterCommunity and expand, adapt and adopt future meetings to advance our Mission. We will use our belief in the attributes of this great technology to ensure that it continues to bring opportunity to everyone, everywhere. I hope you will join us.

We would love to know what you thought of InterCommunity 2015. I hope you are able to spare a few minutes to take this short survey about your experience to help us make future InterCommunity events even better!

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Asia-Pacific @ Intercommunity 2015

Auckland, New Zealand was the main hub for InterCommunity 2015. The global nature of the event meant that it needed to be held over two timeslots to accommodate timezone differences. The ISOC team in Auckland, together with the Board of Trustees, were up bright and early for an 08:00 A.M. kick-off for Session 1, which catered to the Americas and parts of Africa. Session 2 started 10 hours later at 06:00 P.M., this time for Asia, Europe and Africa. The hub activities itself were held as a part of NetHui Day 0, an annual event that discusses Internet-related issues in New Zealand. Interaction between the hub and the various interactive nodes around the world (as well with viewing nodes) was very good and there was some great commentary and exchange of ideas. Individual remote participants were likewise able to interact via chat and social media. InterCommunity had some 2,300 registrations from some 141 countries, demonstrating the global community that the Internet Society is. It was a milestone achievement for the organisation in being able to connect with its membership and stakeholders around the world.

Asia-Pacific had four nodes during InterCommunity 2015, each representative of a sub-region: The main global hub Auckland (Oceania) and interactive nodes in Bangalore (South Asia), Hong Kong (East Asia) and Manila (Southeast Asia). In addition to these, there were multiple viewing nodes set up in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. These interactive nodes held roundtable discussions on a specific topic of local relevance prior to the cross-over to the main hub in Auckland.

In Bangalore, a local session was held to discuss local concerns on net neutrality, centering on the importance of equal access, as well as the opportunities and threats that it carries. The controversial zero rating practices that prompted debates on the issue, and the impending regulator report on the subject has made India the center of Internet governance discussions recently. The panel shared different perspectives on how with the help of the Internet, India could bridge its own digital gaps. It was recognised that the Indian public interest would be best served by developing a more holistic policy framework that reflects the country’s aspiration to become a digital society as laid out by the government’s “Digital India” strategy. Recognizing the Internet’s far-reaching impact on the country’s future and society while also acknowledging the continued lack of understanding of its potential, the experts further recommended that future Internet policies and those relating to its application be widely discussed and that consultations with broader groups be held.

The Hong Kong node, hosted by the ISOC Hong Kong Chapter at Cyberport 3 had over 40 participants in attendance. It held a pre-InterCommunity panel discussion on Collaborative Security, which had panelists from the University of Hong Kong, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Hong Kong and the Professional Information Security Alliance (PISA) Hong Kong. The discussions revolved around cybersecurity and ISOC’s collaborative security initiative, and generated interesting views on themes like transparency and trust.

Meanwhile, the Manila node gathered stakeholders to discuss Internet connectivity in the Philippines—currently a topic of investigation by both the Senate and the Congress ICT Committees. Internet in the country has been ranked among the slowest and most expensive in Asia by online firms such Akamai and Ookla. Panelists from civil society, the regulator and the telecom incumbent noted that ICT has yet to make its way to the government’s investment priority plan.  And while there is abundant international bandwidth flowing into the country, and a sufficient number of ISPs to provide last-mile access, domestic backhaul network remains a restricted space and provisions are needed to allow more players in this middle mile market.

Participants in the Manila node are anticipating the enactment of new legislation that can help to create a more conducive environment for broadband expansion, such as the new Competition Act and the Department of ICT bill. They have also called for amendments to existing, and in some cases, antiquated laws amidst a fast-changing communications landscape, including the Public Telecoms Policy Act of 1995, and the Radio Control Act of 1931, which currently governs spectrum allocation in the country. The regulator, along with other stakeholders have likewise proposed the set up of a universal access fund and identified spectrum user fees, from which the government earns $44.4 to $66.6 million a year, as possible resources for public investment in infrastructure, particularly for underserved areas.

From Nepal to Sri Lanka to Singapore and all the way down to New Zealand, the Internet Society’s first truly global meeting was a roaring success, with social media abuzz with comments from Asia-Pacific, which can be found using the hashtag #icomm15.  To the ISOC community—our chapters, members, partners and supporters—in the region, and to all of you who participated in this one-of-a-kind event, thank you for making it happen, and thank you for making it great.

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Join InterCommunity 2015 on July 7/8 to talk about Internet security!

InterCommunity 2015 logoThis week you have a unique opportunity to offer your opinion on how we can make the Internet more secure!  On July 7 and 8 our global Internet Society membership meeting, InterCommunity 2015, will bring together thousands of people all around the world to address critical questions around the future of the Internet – how it is governed, how it is secured and how we bring the rest of the world online.  YOU CAN JOIN IN DIRECTLY by going to this site to register:

You can join in from your computer or mobile device in your home, at your office or wherever you can get connectivity.

This is a global meeting happening ON the Internet – and FOR the Internet!

In some cities across the world we will have “regional nodes” where people will be gathering together in a location to join into conversations with each other – and then to join into the global conversation.  You are welcome to gather in one of those locations… or to join in from wherever you are.  There are opportunities to connect in and have your voice heard from wherever you can connect.

As you can see on the InterCommunity agenda, the meeting will be running twice to bring in everyone around the world and will have different people and different segments.  The goal is to bring all our members together, to exchange views and to come together to use our collective strength to address these critical issues and bring about a stronger and more secure Internet.

Please READ THIS POST from Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown for more information!

I’ll actually be in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the regional node there where I’ll be leading part of the global conversation about collaborative security and how we can all work together to make the Internet more secure.  If you are there in Ottawa, I look forward to meeting you face-to-face.  If you are online, I look forward to interacting with you.  The topics we cover here on Deploy360 are all about making the Internet more secure and accessible… all key themes here in InterCommunity 2015!

Please join with us!  It’s gonna be great!

P.S. What?  You aren’t a member of the Internet Society?  No worries… it’s free to join and become a member!