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Applications Open: Internet Society Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum

The twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 to 21 December 2017, on the theme, Shape Your Digital Future!

The Internet Society’s IGF Ambassadors programme provides the following support to participants:

  • A round-trip, economy class airline ticket to attend the meeting
  • Hotel accommodation for the duration of the meeting
  • US$400 stipend to offset incidental expenses
  • A certificate of participation after successfully participating in the IGF Ambassadors programme.
Participants should be prepared to pay for any other travel expenses not specifically outlined above. These may include, for example, visa application fees, travel needed to obtain a visa, travel medical insurance, and other related expenses. To avoid undue expenses, it is best that applicants confirm that a host country visa-issuing embassy is available in their country or within close proximity before applying for the IGF Ambassadors programme. Ambassadors may wish to use part of the $400 stipend to offset incurred costs, but please be aware that the stipend is not paid until the Ambassador arrives at the meeting.

Those of the age group 20-40, with an interest in Internet Governance and a commitment to serve the Internet,  who wish to apply for this fellowship, follow the instructions at page https://www.internetsociety.org/what-we-do/education-and-leadership-programmes/next-generation-leaders/igf-ambassadors-programme

For any clarification, you can email India Chennai Chapter at isocindiachennai AT gmail dot com

Sivasubramanain M

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ISOC Chennai – ICANN DNSSEC KSK event at Chennai

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other.

ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers ( Names and Numbers) across the world.

When typing a name, that name must be first translated into a number by a system before the connection can be established. That system is called the Domain Name System (DNS) and it translates names like https://wikipedia.org into the numbers. These numbers are called Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

ICANN coordinates the addressing system to ensure all the addresses are unique. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet.

Recently vulnerabilities in the DNS were discovered that allow an attacker to hijack this process of looking some one up or looking a site up on the Internet using their name. The purpose of the attack is to take control of the session to, for example, send the user to the hijacker’s own deceptive web site for account and password collection.

A technology called DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) secures this part of the Internet’s infrastructure. You can read more about DNSSEC here:

https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/dnssec-qaa-2014-01-29-en

ICANN organises DNSSEC Training and Events worldwide. The Internet Society India Chennai Chapter would co-organize a DNSSEC event at Chennai on July 9, 2017. ICANN would host this event.

This would be a half-day session on DNSSEC with particular attention to the KSK rollover for the technical community in Chennai.  The event is open for ISPs, Network Operators, DNS Administrators and other Interested parties, preferably for those whose line of work relates to DNSSEC. Please reach out to the companies / organizations including educational institutions, Law and Order Agencies, Banks, ISPs, IT Companies and independent professionals you may know to be likely to have an interest in this topic.

The session would cover the following topics during 9 30 am – 1 pm, followed by Lunch

dnssec
Domain Name System Security Extensions

 

DNS and DNS Security Overview
Why DNSSEC?
Root Zone DNSSEC KSK Rollover

 

There is no Admission fee. However,  pre-registration is required as seats are limited to 30. The form is at page https://goo.gl/forms/YQO2KxCfTaVWul1X2 (short link)

( The above link points to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeT88T3jM5gn0Oyjk_cXTMI98xLwOa3jVbFNfN0rvkc7Ozlpw/viewform?usp=sf_link  )

After Lunch we will have an hour of discussions on the policy aspects of DNS.  This session would be for Business and Community Leaders who have an interest in Internet Policy, who would join us on invitation. If wish to recommend names of Business / Community Leaders whom you might have expertise and interest in the security aspects of DNS, please pass on the names by email to isocindiachennai AT gmail DOT com The invitees would join other participants for Lunch at 1 pm which would be followed by about 60 minutes or round table discussions on the policy aspects of DNS.

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Freedom on the Net Report

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Internet freedom

Freedom House has released this report on Internet freedom. Posted for an overview of issues worldwide. Freedom House says that Internet freedom declined around the world in 2016.

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Posted as seen published by Freedom House.  Please post comments to share your views on this report.

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NextGen@ICANN57, Hyderabad, India. Fellowship applications open

Do you want your voice to be heard in YOUR region and by the global Internet community?

ICANN is looking for the ‘next generation’ of individuals who are interested in becoming more actively engaged in their own regional communities as well as taking part in the future growth of global Internet policy.  Important work is happening every day at ICANN; if you are ready to start your journey, read the information below to see if you are eligible for THIS ICANN Meeting.

ICANN Nextgen
ICANN Nextgen

Prospective members of the NextGen@ICANN initiative must be:

  • Living or studying in the region of the respective ICANN meeting and between the ages of 18 and 30.  Since applicants must be from the region in which the meeting is being held in, it’s important to understand what ‘regions’ mean. ICANN has established five geographic regions: Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. ICANN‘s meetings rotate through these geographic locations using the new ICANNMeeting Strategy. For those over the age of 30, be sure to apply for the ICANN Fellowship program if you meet the Fellowship criteria (Learn More).
  • Able to spend the time allotted for the ICANN meeting, actively participating and in attendance at all required events, as noted by the organizers of NextGen.
  • Interested in Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, and other topics covered at the ICANNmeeting.
  • Willing to present a 5-10 minute project at the meeting. This could be a presentation of research you are working on or have completed, an activity you are doing related to ICANN‘s work, a website you are affiliated with that is related to ICANN‘s work, a thesis project you are working on, etc. All NextGen presentations may be attended by members of the ICANN Multistakeholder community who are in attendance at the ICANN Meeting, as well as NextGen Ambassadors and other NextGen participants.

By applying, applicants are stating they are willing and able to spend the period of the ICANN meeting with the NextGen@ICANN group and will attend all required events. Each individual is provided a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. NextGen participants are required to secure their own visas for travel at their own expense, as well as obtain any travel or health insurance, if desired, at their own expense. If you wish to apply for NextGen@ICANN, you must provide your personal information, however it is voluntary to choose to apply.

Upcoming Launch Dates: 

ICANN57 (Meeting C) in Hyderabad, India to be held 3 – 9 November 2016

  • Application Round open: 13 June 2016 at 23:59 UTC
  • Application Round close: 22 July 2016 at 23:59 UTC

More information here.