[Internet Society Blogs] Internet Society Middle East Regional Bureau Participates in MENOG 17

MENOG 17 took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Muscat, Oman on 19-20 April 2017 under the patronage of .om Domain Names Administration and the cooperation of RIPE NCC, the Internet Society, and OmanTel.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG), a community of technical professionals such as Internet service providers, telecom operators, mobile operators, content providers, and regulators. The countries represented in MENOG are Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, KSA, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, UAE, and Yemen.

Salam Yamout


[Internet Society Blogs] Stand for Leadership: The choice is yours

The world of today mostly buzzes with social media and hashtags. For a youth it’s a complicated dynamic world of Internet with tons and tons of messages and notifications that pop up every other minute, and where no Internet means no life.

As a journalist, blogger, activist and a consultant, the Internet made me who I am and still I am exploring the possibilities of my virtue. Nothing was easy but the point is standing for change.

I realized the power of Internet when I published a story in one of the citizen journalism sites, Ground Report, and it was picked up by Access Now and they launched an international campaign “Nepal Shutdown Showdown”.

Shreedeep Rayamajhi


[Internet Society Blogs] Will Artificial Intelligence Change The World For the Better? Or Worse? Read our new policy paper

Artificial Intelligence (AI) i s a concept that has a long standing tradition in the realm of science-fiction, popularized by Hollywood movies and iconic writers such as Isaac Asimov. However, AI has also received increased attention in recent years following news of progress in the field and the prospect of new, tangible, innovation such as self-driving cars. The Internet has played an important role in these developments, particularly as the platform for AI enabled services  – some with significant implications for the continued development of a trusted Internet.

Ryan Polk

Carl Gahnberg


[Internet Society Blogs] You Don’t Change The World By Thinking like Everyone Else

We are young.

We have a bunch of emotions, energy and dreams.

As young people, we truly believe that our world can get better. Most of the time we do not have fears. We try new things, new trends, new food, and new technology. We are open to hear new ideas and fight for new causes. All this helps us to come up with innovative ideas.

I have seen lots of great ones!

Some of you have developed these ideas, and now you have projects, groups, businesses, and movements. However, not all of these ideas get the attention that they deserve.

But now you have the chance.

Verónica Arroyo


[Internet Society Blogs] Survey Paints A Bleak Picture of the Current State of Trust Online

The 2017 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust paints a bleak picture of the current state of trust online. A majority of those surveyed said they are more concerned about their privacy than the year before, with an almost even split between those “much more concerned” and those only “somewhat more concerned”. When asked whether they agree with the statement “overall, I trust the Internet ”, only 12% of respondents strongly agreed and a further 43% somewhat agreed. This means only a little more than half agreed that they trust the Internet, and some even expressed some reservation by choosing to respond “somewhat agree”.

Sally Shipman Wentworth


[Internet Society Blogs] Olaf Kolkman Speaking on Internet of Things (IoT) Security in DC and NY This Week

Internet Society Chief Internet Technology Officer Olaf Kolkman will be speaking this week in both Washington, DC, and New York City on the Internet of Things (IoT), collaborative security, and our recent merger with the Online Trust Alliance . Two of the three events will be livestreamed and all have open registrations to attend in person.

Megan Kruse


[Internet Society Blogs] ARDA 1.0: A pulse meter for Africa’s peering and interconnection landscape

Do you want to understand more about how the Internet is connected in Africa?  Today we are pleased to announce the African Route-collectors Data Analyzer (ARDA) system. This new systems aims to present data collected at African IXPs in ways that can be easily extrapolated into practical business, policy, developmental, technical, or research opportunities for everyone involved in the peering and interconnection ecosystem.

Michuki Mwangi

Roderick Fanou