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Chapterthon 2020: A Time for Internet Society Chapters and SIGs to Shine

The Internet Society 2020 Chapterthon is live and moving fast! We’re so excited to see the applications that have already ticked in.

What is Chapterthon?

Chapterthon is an opportunity for Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to engage their members in a worldwide Internet Society competition. Out of dozens of applicants, one Chapterthon winner is selected and awarded prize money. But the real winner is the global community, who benefit from projects that help people connect to the Internet and help them do it securely.

This year is different – one that’s been full of difficulties, but also tenacity, creativity, and uplift. So we’re doing Chapterthon a little differently, too. We’re dedicating it to the people and the medium helping us through.


I Heart the Internet

Internet Society Chapters and SIGs have developed innovative solutions to help their communities through COVID-19. We want to shine a light on their work and make sure it becomes a resource for all. So we’re asking Chapterthon participants to submit tutorials and manuals for their creative and impactful projects. These blueprints will become part of the “I Heart the Internet Knowledge Hub,” a resource for peers and partners around the world to broaden the impact of their innovations and solutions.

Members: This is your time to shine! 

All Chapter members are encouraged to pitch their project ideas to their Chapters. Send your idea and an estimated budget to the Chapter Board. To help prepare your application, download the questionnaire.

The Chapter Board is responsible for selecting and submitting the project that will represent the Chapter in the Chapterthon. Only one project can be presented per Chapter. Only applications submitted via MemberNova within the deadline will be accepted. Projects must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

Good luck with your 2020 Chapterthon submissions!

We can’t wait to see how you are helping to ensure the Internet continues to be a lifeline, enriching people’s lives during this crisis and in the years to come.

Learn more about Chapterthon 2020!


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Member News: Ethiopia Launches Internet Society Chapter

Ready, set, launch: An Internet Society Chapter launched recently in Ethiopia, with a goal of advocating for the development and expansion of open, secure, trustworthy, and affordable Internet access to everyone in the country. The idea of starting an Internet Society Chapter came from a workshop, “where we became conscious of the fact that more than 85% of the Ethiopia population is losing countless opportunities every day because they don’t have access to the Internet,” wrote Adugna Necho, a networking professor at Bahir Dar University. “We believe the Internet is for everyone and we are here to work with all people – from communities to businesses to governments and ordinary people to connect the unconnected and create a bigger and stronger Internet in Ethiopia.”

More Internet, please: The Internet will keep people connected while the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, the India Chennai Chapter notes. Governments should resist urges to shut down service, the Chapter says. “With factories, offices, public places, transportation, schools are colleges shut down, and no clear picture of whether normal life would resume in 4 weeks or 4 months, it is the Internet that could make life go on,” the Chapter writes. “While it is necessary to keep an eye on fake news and the dangers of fake news causing panic, it is equally important to keep the Internet globally connected, perhaps even with directives to access providers NOT to disrupt connectivity to any user under any pretext together with a heightened awareness among Governments that everyone needs Internet …”

Internet values: The Switzerland Chapter, with support from other organizations, has launched a new project, called VIT Labs, an urban laboratory for collective learning and outreach on the “Values of Internet Technologies.” A long-term goal is to encourage people to use more secure and privacy-respecting digital platforms and tools.

Education is key: The Benin Chapter recently hosted a training session on free software, computer hygiene, and cybersecurity. Trainer Oliver Kwami talked about free software as a tool for the benefit of Africa’s development, and he emphasized Internet education about cybersecurity and cybercrime.

In it for the long term: The Israel Chapter has revised the registration rules for domain names, expending the renewal period from two years to five years. The .il registry manages close to 250,000 domain names. “The clear advantage of long-term registration or renewal of a domain name is mitigating the risk of losing control of this asset when users forget to extend it,” the Israel chapter wrote. “That way, owners can guarantee their domain name continues to point to their online content, establishing an online reputation that improves the website’s search ranking.

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Member News: Internet Society Chapters Focus on Security

Security on your mind: The Internet Society’s Chapter in Benin recently hosted a conference focused on online security and on connectivity issues. Much of the discussion focused on instability of connections in the country, with participants concerned about degraded connections. Participants also talked about limited coverage for mobile services. On the topic of security, speakers urged Internet users to regularly change their passwords, avoid default passwords, and prevent third-party apps from connecting to the services they use.

Secure messages: The Israeli Chapter has focused on the security of messaging and social media apps recently. The Chapter recently posted a guide on how to prevent Instagram accounts from being hacked and a guide on how users can protect their privacy on the Tik Tok messaging app.

Privacy for the young ones: Meanwhile, the Chapter in Portugal, working with the Kids Safe on the Net project, has launched an initiative to improve awareness among Portuguese youth about the importance of online privacy and how they can maintain their privacy.

Good privacy: The Netherlands Chapter recently gave its support to the Good ID initiative, an approach to identity management that prioritizes data privacy and security. Good ID aims to give Internet users more control over their digital identification and their privacy. “The various personal data scandals in recent years have shown that respect for the privacy of citizens is not yet highly regarded by many parties,” the Chapter said.

Governance and security: The Peru Chapter recently sponsored Internet Governance Forum Peru, which focused on Internet infrastructure, regulation, digital citizenship, and cybersecurity. Among the topics were “Digital Citizenship and Online Rights: How do we educate new generations to function in a digital world?” and “Internet Regulation: Brake to innovation or opportunity?”

Tech workers unite: The New York City Chapter hosts regular webcasts on Internet and other tech topics. On Feb. 5, the webcast featured  Lizzie O’Shea, author of “Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us about Digital Technology.” She talked about how tech workers – from Silicon Valley to India to Brazil – are using platform cooperative principles to organize for the benefit of not just themselves but society as a whole.

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Member News: Internet Society Highlights from 2019

It’s been a busy year for Internet Society Chapters around the world, with members pushing to extend Internet connections to remote areas, involved in public policy, and focusing on cybersecurity. Here are some of the highlights in 2019:

Extending Internet connections

Community awareness: The Madagascar chapter provided awareness training on community-based broadband networks in the rural areas of Ambohimasina, Antambolo, and Morarano-Antongona during February and March. “Our main objective was to ensure that people using the Internet continue to be convinced of its usefulness,” the Chapter wrote. Another goal was for local leaders to have access to the Internet for the “purposes of innovation, creativity and economic opportunities for their municipality.”

Network planning: In Nigeria, the Internet Society Chapter began planning to set up a community network in Zaria, a city in the northern region of the country. The Internet Society provided startup funds of about 10 million naira, or “about the cost of a fairly used Toyota Corolla,” the Chapter noted. “By being very frugal and leveraging on existing infrastructure being contributed by community members, this will cover the cost of the initial wireless hardware required to connect at least 12 locations across Zaria.”

Connecting classrooms: The Kyrgyzstan chapter was very active in 2019, with members setting up the Ilim Box, a digital library, in several schools, including facilities in the Issyk-Kul region. The chapter also launched an Internet Exchange Point in the city of Osh aimed to improving connectivity in the region, and it hosted a roundtable focused on connecting remote areas of the country.

Policy activism

Caution needed: The Dominican Republic Chapter commented on a plan to roll out automated voting systems by calling for a cautious approach. Automated voting systems must prove their capabilities “through tests, audits, certifications and public debates,” the Chapter said.

Copywrong? The Estonia Chapter was involved in a vigorous debate over the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which requires online platforms to filter or remove copyrighted material. Amid concerns about the effect on content creators, the Chapter urged the Estonian government to refuse to approve the directive.

It’s your privacy: The Chapter in Panama hosted a forum on a new personal data privacy law. The law requires residents give prior consent for their data to be used. Participants said it’s important for the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information to be politically independent, and that residents need to be better informed about the importance of privacy.

Yes to encryption: The German Chapter in June protested the government’s stance in favor of encryption backdoors. “Once again, the Federal Ministry of the Interior believes that security in the country can be increased by compromising the encryption of Internet services,” the Chapter said. The government demand that messenger services tap into their customers’ communications “jeopardize[s] the security of Internet services.”

Focus on security

Always ready: The Chapter in Israel alerted websites that about 5,200 could be affected by a February update of global DNS servers, potentially causing disruption to websites around the world. Most websites in Israel had prepared for the updates, but a few had not, the Chapter noted.

No hijacking! The Portuguese Chapter in March called on its members to contribute to the security of the Internet by advocating against the practice of BGP hijacking.  From Cloudflare: BGP hijacking happens when attackers maliciously reroute Internet traffic. “Attackers accomplish this by falsely announcing ownership of groups of IP addresses, called IP prefixes, that they do not actually own, control, or route to. A BGP hijack is much like if someone were to change out all the signs on a stretch of freeway and reroute automobile traffic onto incorrect exits.”

Safety first: The Nigerian Chapter celebrated Safer Internet Day by training students at the Ajibode grammar school on safe Internet uses. The training focused on bullying on social media, among other topics.

Including everyone

No trolling or doxing: The Asia Pacific and Delhi chapters hosted a webinar on diversity and inclusion on the Internet. Topics covered included the tech gender gap, surveillance, linguistic barriers, censorship, and online harassment. Trolling, doxing and revenge porn were discussed.

The search for balance: In February, the Panama Chapter hosted a webinar on inclusion, with a focus on the search for balance and consensus among public, private, and civil society actors.

The international Internet: Several Chapters focused on domain name internationalization during 2019. The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines chapter, for example, pointed to a paper on universal acceptance from the ICANN Universal Acceptance Steering Group focused on the use of non-Latin characters in email.

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Rural Development Special Interest Group Organizes Internet Connectivity Tag 2019

In November, the Internet Society Rural Development Special Interest Group (RD SIG) organized an event called the Internet Connectivity Tag 2019 in Bangalore, India to deliberate on emerging technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) and security, and what this means for rural development in India.

RD SIG invited a number of distinguished speakers to the event, many of whom are Chapter members. Adarsh B.U., for instance, is the president of RD SIG, a member of the Bangalore Chapter, and the program chair of the Hyderabad Chapter, which is currently being established. B.U. has been recognized as one of the top eight IoT thought leaders for his contribution towards the advancement of IoT in India. At the event, he organized an interactive, hands-on session with Contiki OS and Cooja Simulator.

Leading up to the event, RD SIG issued a call for fellowship applications from which over 300 expressions of interest were received. Out of the applicants, seven fellows from different parts of India were selected to participate in the event.

Highlights from the event included a presentation by Abhijan Bhattacharyya on IPv6 in the context of 5G for digital convergence. In his talk, he looked at the promise of 5G in fueling a convergence of applications and the essential role of IPv6 in supporting the core network for this convergence. Towards the latter part of the event, Bhattacharyya demonstrated the use of SimuLte for 5G simulation.

Adding more depth to the conversation on 5G and IPv6 was Nicolas Fiumarelli, who presented remotely from Uruguay. He focused on current and future applications of the technologies and shared some of the activities undertaken by the Internet Governance Forum Youth Ambassadors in his country.

The other remote speaker was Mohit Sethi from Finland. He spoke on the topic of wireless LAN security. He examined two new features: WiFi Enhanced Open for verifying open systems and Simultaneous Authentication of Equals for insurance against word reference assaults in home systems. He clarified the deficiencies and security vulnerabilities of WPA3, and gave a few thoughts on security in an enterprise wireless network with IEEE 802.1x and Extensible Authentication Protocol.

Sanjay Adiwal gave an informative talk on the Domain Name System and its security, while Prasant Misra delivered a fascinating presentation on the real-time analysis of traffic flow and how this has helped traffic authorities make better decisions and policies.

Oh behalf of RD SIG, we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all the participants, speakers, and sponsors for making this event a success and allowing us to reach out to multiple communities. The event was supported by IEEE Ramaiah Students Branch, IEEE Bangalore Section, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, and Moradabad Institute of Technology.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the Rural Development Special Interest Group, drop us an email at info@ruralisocsig.org!

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Member News: Innovative Projects to Help Close the Digital Divide

Vote of Confidence: Voting is open for Chapterthon 2019, the global Internet Society Chapters marathon, where Chapters can develop projects within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of the Internet. This year’s theme is Connecting the Unconnected. Twenty-eight Chapters – from Argentina to Zimbabwe – have submitted projects.

Keep the connections: The Venezuela Chapter is among several groups calling for large technology companies to maintain the availability of their services to Venezuelans. While an executive order from U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to block support for the government of Nicolás Maduro, the order does not ban the Internet and other technology services from serving the nation, the chapter notes. Access to the Internet and online services is “critical” because it brings access to independent news and allows citizens to express their opinions, the chapter said.

Trading chips: The Washington, D.C., Chapter recently hosted a conference on digital trade, including the impact of some nations’ policies that require data to be stored locally. “Data has become the most traded good and/or service across borders,” the Chapter said. “Meanwhile, many countries have adopted policies that inhibit digital trade, including requirements that data be stored locally or restricting services provided by foreign firms. Such policies not only affect U.S. Internet and technology firms, but the users and small businesses that rely on an open digital environment.”

A big party: The Spain Chapter helped organize the Tech.Party.2019 events, attracting more than 700 participants. Topics included cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, free hardware, renewable energy, and recycling. At one conference, the Internet Society’s Raquel Gatto talked about how encryption is under threat worldwide, with governments asking for backdoor access to encrypted communications.

Indigenous representation: The New York City chapter recently hosted a discussion on how Indigenous people are represented on Wikipedia. Columbia University School of Social Work’s Sophia Leveque talked about ways to make the online encyclopedia more inclusive.

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Member News: Helping Schools Get Access to Internet, Educational Materials

News from Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups across the world:

Library in a box: This month, the Kyrgyzstan Chapter installed an electronic library called the Ilim Box in secondary schools in the southern part of Issyk-Kul region. The device allows the schools to access educational resources when they don’t have an Internet connection. All the data is stored in the device itself, with only a power supply needed.

Refresher course: Earlier this year, the Paraguay Chapter helped set up improved Internet access and an electronics lab at Colegio Técnico Nacional, a secondary school in Asunción. The equipment at the 1,500-student technical school had become obsolete, and many classrooms lacked an Internet connection and modern computers.

Student governance: Sticking with our focus on education, the Benin Chapter hosted students from the National Institute of Technical and Industrial Sciences of Lokossa earlier this year to talk about Internet Governance issues. Chapter members talked to the students about ways to take care of the Internet and how to pay attention to its development.

Internet for everyone: The Israel Chapter is focused on ways to bring access to more Arab residents. “The Israeli Internet Association sees a narrowing of the digital divide between Arab society in Israel and Jewish society, and in particular the expansion of the accessibility of individuals in the Arab society to the Internet and their ability to use it, as a powerful lever for the rapid socio-economic advancement of the individual and Arab society in Israel, to contribute to reducing the gaps,” the Chapter says.

Exchange rates: The Chad Chapter recently hosted an event to discuss the possible operation of an Internet Exchange Point in the country. An exchange point would allow the direct interconnection of networks, rather than through one or more third-party networks outside of Chad. Direct interconnection would lower costs and latency, while increasing bandwidth, the Chapter says.

Encryption, please: Members of the U.K. Chapter recently joined the Internet Society to call on world leaders to support a secure and trusted digital economy for everyone by backing strong encryption. The Chapter signed a letter responding to calls from some countries for encryption backdoors for law enforcement agencies. “Digital security is not optional,” the letter said. “It is the foundation of our connected economies and societies. Without digital security, we can neither trust nor shape technological developments.”

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Moving Forward to an Internet That’s Interplanetary in Scope and Function

The IPNSIG (InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group) has been a Chapter of the Internet Society since February 2014. We are pleased to announce that we recently created a blog dedicated to everyone interested in IPN and DTN, and computer networking in general. It is a first step in providing nonspecialists with easy-to-understand explanations of what IPN is and how it works. Each week, we will post news about the exciting world of IPN, summaries of academic research, or links to IPN in the mainstream media. We’ll also be announcing upcoming IPNSIG events and activities.

Our mission
We aim to realize a functional and scalable system of interplanetary data communications before the year 2020. We will accomplish this objective by engaging the public’s interest in funding and executing the research and technology development necessary to make InterPlanetary Networking (IPN) a reality. We will educate them about the critical need for a reliable, scalable space data network to enable cost-effective exploration and eventual commercial use of the inner solar system. We will excite them about the potential role these same network systems technologies can play in solving communication problems here on earth.

What is IPN?
It is a solution to the constrained network environment present in space data communications and, more generally, in the emerging Internet of Things.

TCP/IP, the core technology running today’s Internet, assumes essentially instantaneous, continuous end-to-end connectivity, and fails when it encounters delay or disruption of any significant length (about 4 seconds). However, delays and disruptions are inherent in data communications at interplanetary distances, with the shortest Round Trip Time (RTT) for a radio signal to travel to Mars and back being about 7 minutes. Other factors contribute to the network constraints existing in interplanetary communications, but delay is the most significant factor making existing Internet protocols impractical for use.

While igniting public interest, the INPSIG will engage with those researching and developing the technologies and the standards that are advancing interplanetary exploration by advancing Interplanetary Networking. We will investigate commercial use of IPN technologies (most specifically, DTN).

What is DTN?
Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) is an approach to computer network architecture that seeks to address the technical issues in heterogeneous networks that may lack continuous network connectivity. Examples of such networks are those operating in mobile or extreme terrestrial environments, or planned networks in space.

The IPNSIG membership is international and interdisciplinary in scope. We continue to engage in a number of research, public education, and academic outreach initiatives.

We are all about realizing the dream of interplanetary exploration. Effective space data communications systems are critical to that make that effort succeed – just as important as the spacecraft that deliver the instruments or humans into space.

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This article is a product of Scott Burleigh (NASA/JPL); Jay Wyatt (NASA/JPL); Keith Scott (Mitre Corp./CCSDS) and Mike Snell (IPNSIG)

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Creating Networks – Youth and Internet Governance

The “Youth Observatory” is a project created by the members of the Youth SIG of the Internet Society, which seeks to build a participative platform which uses different tools in order to bring the knowledge of the governance and the Internet’s principles to the youth, no matter the language, sex, race, religion, building new capacities among them. Participants: Juliana Novaes, Carlos Rubí, Ángel David Santiago, Eduardo Tome, Giovanna Michelato, Guilherme Alves, Isabela Inês, Jhon Caballero, Paula Côrte Real, Juan Pablo González, Augusto Luciano Mathurin, Renata Ribeiro.

The Youth Observatory is a non-profit organization, made up of members of the Internet Society’s Special Interest Group (Youth – SIG), which seeks to build a participatory space where, through different platforms, tools and communication channels, young people can exchange knowledge about Governance and Internet principles.

This organization was born in the context of the Youth@IGF 2015 initiative, a program led by Internet Society and the Internet Management Committee in Brazil (CGI.br) that tried to increase the participation of young people in areas of discussion on Internet Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the time, the forum was attended by 120 young people from the region.

Since its creation, the Youth Observatory has been working on the promotion of various events, projects and initiatives that involve and bring young people closer to issues related to Internet Governance, some of these have been: YouthLACIGF, held since 2016 as an event preparatory for the LACIGF, the book “Analysis of a Connected Youth” (2017) and workshops in national and international forums on Governance, among other initiatives.

Creating Networks
The Creating Networks project is an initiative funded by the Internet Society Beyond the Net Funding Programme. Its objective is to map the current initiatives and organizations that involve young people and information and communication technologies. In addition to the mapping, the project aims to organize capacity building webinars and workshops.

The importance of training and networking for organizations and youth
The Youth Observatory believes in the enormous potential of young people to exchange and disseminate knowledge in the information society. Currently, new technologies generate various social, regulatory and technical challenges for society. Therefore, it is important for youth to be involved in these issues so that we are prepared to become future leaders and policy makers. In the same way, we recognize the importance of skills to be developed in order to ensure the well-being and job stability of young people in the new digital age.

Beyond the Net Grant
The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is an opportunity offered to the Internet Society’s members, so that they can contribute at a local and regional level through their chapters and Special Interest Groups. Beyond the Net supports original initiatives that have an impact on Internet Governance issues, as well as the development of policies within the framework of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Goals
The project has two main objectives:

The first is to identify initiatives that involve young people and work with issues related to the Internet and ICTs. In order to do this, a survey is being conducted with questions about the relationship of organizations with topics such as technology and other issues about Internet Governance. As a result of the initial part, a map will be developed and published on the Youth Observatory website, which can serve other local and international communities in a connected network.

The second objective consists in the organization of workshops and face-to-face sessions on Internet Governance topics.The results of both stages will be published in the form of a general guide, where the development and experiences of the project will be known, and the materials that were used will be shared to the general public.

How to participate?
If you are part of an organization that has projects involving the training or commitment of young people in issues related to information and communication technologies, be part of our network! To participate, complete the following form with some basic information and we will get in touch soon.

Do you have a great idea to make your community better via the Internet? Apply for a Beyond the Net grant, which funds projects up to $30,000 USD, and follow Beyond the Net on Twitter!


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Criando Redes – Juventude e Governança da Internet

O Observatório da Juventude é uma organização sem fins lucrativos composta por membros do Grupo de Interesse Especial para a Juventude (Youth – SIG) da Internet Society, que busca construir um espaço participativo, com diferentes plataformas, ferramentas e canais de comunicação para que jovens possam trocar conhecimentos sobre Governança e princípios da Internet.

A organização foi criada no contexto do Youth@IGF 2017, um programa liderado pela Internet Society e pelo Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil (CGI.br), que tentou aumentar a participação dos jovens em tópicos de discussão sobre Governança da Internet na América Latina e Caribe. Em sua primeira edição, contou com 120 jovens da região.

Desde a sua criação, o Observatório da Juventude trabalha na promoção de diversos eventos, projetos e iniciativas que envolvem aproximam jovens das questões relacionadas à governança da Internet. Alguns deles foram YouthLACIGF, realizado desde 2016 como um evento preparatório para o LACIGF, o livro “Análise de uma Juventude Conectada” (2017) e oficinas em fóruns nacionais e internacionais de Governança, entre outros espaços.

O que é o Projeto Criando Redes?
O Projeto Criando Redes é uma iniciativa do Youth Observatory, criada em 2018, que consiste na elaboração de um mapa de iniciativas que envolvam jovens e tecnologias da informação e comunicação (TICs). Além do mapeamento, o projeto se propõe a realizar sessões de capacitação, como webinars e oficinas em parceria com as organizações citadas.

Importância da capacitação e criação de redes para organizações e jovens
O Observatório da Juventude acredita no enorme potencial dos jovens para gerar e trocar conhecimento no contexto da sociedade da informação. Atualmente, as novas tecnologias geram vários desafios sociais, regulatórios e técnicos para a sociedade, portanto, é importante que os jovens se envolvam nessas questões, de modo a se tornarem futuros líderes e formuladores de políticas. Da mesma forma, a modernização da sociedade torna necessário o desenvolvimento de habilidades para garantir o bem-estar e a estabilidade da juventude no mercado de trabalho e na nova era digital.

Beyond the Net Grant
O Beyond the Net Funding Programme é uma oportunidade para os membros da Internet Society contribuírem em um nível local ou regional, através de um Capítulo. Beyond the Net oferece financiamento a projetos originais e que causem impacto na pauta da Governança da Internet e para desenvolvimento de políticas relacionadas com as TICs.

Objetivos
O projeto tem dois objetivos principais:

A primeira é identificar iniciativas que envolvam jovens e trabalhem com questões relacionadas à Internet e às TICs. Para isso, uma pesquisa será conduzida com perguntas sobre o relacionamento das organizações com a Internet, tecnologia e outras questões sobre a Governança da Internet. Como resultado da conclusão da parte inicial, um mapa será desenvolvido e publicado no site do Observatório da Juventude, que pode servir outras comunidades locais e internacionais (rede conectada).
O segundo objetivo consiste na criação e realização de workshops e sessões virtuais e  presenciais sobre tópicos de Governança da Internet e temas específicos relacionados ao objeto das organizações para que sua participação nos espaços de Governança da Internet seja mais forte e mais produtiva.

Os resultados de ambas as etapas serão publicados na forma de um guia geral, que conterá o desenvolvimento, as experiências do projeto e os materiais usados para que possam ser usados ​​pelo público em geral.

Como participar?
Se você faz parte de uma organização que possui projetos envolvendo a capacitação e o compromisso de jovens em pautas de tecnologia da informação e comunicação, venha se juntar à nossa rede! Para participar, complete o seguinte formulário com algumas informações básicas e nós poderemos entrar em contato.

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The Internet of Food is on the table

The food sector is one of the few large remaining sectors that have not been radically transformed by new technologies yet. Up to now, the Internet in particular was not involved as much as other sectors. However, in a not-too-distant future, the everyday question “what’s for dinner?” will be answered by algorithms managed by the next generation of food companies. When these algorithms are governing the food industry, they will also be governing people as well as their health and well-being.

As food is online, we will start realizing how important network design has become for our existence. The question “what’s for dinner?” will be replaced by “who decides what we eat?”. The Internet Society members, Johan Jörgensen, Michael Daun and Patrik Fältström, assure that this is the most profound question that the tech revolution has asked so far. That is the reason why they created a Special Interest Group on Internet of Food to focus on general discussions around the future infrastructure and standards for the digital world of food.

The project leader Johan Jörgensen explains: “The initial work in the SIG has been about discussing which standards already exist in the food sector and understanding where the gaps are. The world of food does not lack information, but it lacks open access to information. We came to the conclusion that we need a unique food item ID, collecting all data from food producers, distributors, consumers and other sources. At the moment that is the real core of our work. The conclusion has been supported by several discussions during the SIG public presentations in the USA, UK, Chile, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden and through a web-casted Google-hosted seminar.”

Have you identified a potential food ID system?

“A hypothesis could be a universally unique identifier (UUID) – a 128-bit number used to identify information in computer systems, that can be generated without requiring a central registration authority or coordination between the parties that are generating it.

Here is an example: Xxxxxxxx-f00d-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx 

We think that UUID is a strong contender for further investigation to avoid adding more complexity to an ID system. It could make the work of service providers, search engines and other operators much easier in putting standards to good use. We don’t say that this is necessarily the right way to go, there are other ways… even DNA, though it is still too expensive to use.”

How could tech and data move the food system in the right direction?

Increased service levels can be a good thing, provided that the creators of the algorithms are governed by sound values. But what if the values are subordinated to other goals, for example the manipulation of consumption habits for the sake of profit maximization? The development of the digital food system is raising a big concern. Can we rely on the market and self-regulation to give the planet the food system it needs? The answer is no. Thus, we need to take action and activate policy-makers and policy-thinking. We also need to engage network design as a part of the system development and avoid the future of food to end up with monopolistic, devastating consequences. Any infrastructure supporting digital aspects of food should be free, unlimited, open, secure and based on values such as Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.

What are the aims of the Internet of Food SIG?

We have started a discussion that will hopefully lay a solid foundation for future digital infrastructure standards of the global food system. We participate in the development of the backbone protocols that will facilitate a free and transparent flow of information regarding an unlimited number of food objects, with an individual ID. The ultimate goal is to turn those discussions into operational technical standards that are incorporated in what is commonly known as ”the Internet”, thus making food digital on a global scale. A common infrastructure that takes into account the specific properties of food will facilitate openness and innovation and let us feed the planet in a healthy and sustainable way.

The Internet of Food theme has been laid on the table.

We need to ask ourselves “who decides what we eat”. Join the discussion now!

I wish to acknowledge Johan Jörgensen, Patrik Fältström and Michael Daun who greatly assisted me in writing this article through their insight and expertise and the Discussion Document on The Internet of Food From “What’s for Dinner?” to “Who Decides What We Eat?”

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