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We organized a round table event with a select list of 25 participants at Residency Towers on 22 October to discuss the broader policy aspects of (Cyber)Security. Prior to this event, on invitation from NIT Calicut Alumni (Chennai Chapter) we had a conversation on “Internet and Internet Governance and the Stakes”
The link below points to the recording of the one hour session with the Chennai Chapter Alummni of the NII. Please follow the link to watch the event. Our voices sound a little different due to a recording error.
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:
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
DNS and DNS Security Overview
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/
( The above link points to: https://docs.google.com/forms/
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.
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.FOTN_2016_BOOKLET_FINAL-1
Posted as seen published by Freedom House. Please post comments to share your views on this report.
Here is a video from the European Summer School of Internet Governance by Wolfgang Kleinwächter which presents the History of Internet Governance in perspective. The lecture is in public domain.