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IoT, Smart Tech policy soon

Internet's Governance - 2 hours 6 min ago
Telangana Government will unveil in a few weeks a policy on Internet of Things and Smart Technologies detailing the support measures and ...
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Telangana Government will unveil in a few weeks a policy on Internet of Things and Smart Technologies detailing the support measures and ...
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Consumer privacy is more important than net neutrality

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
That was the core flaw of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, net neutrality policy, and broadband privacy order.
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That was the core flaw of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, net neutrality policy, and broadband privacy order.
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“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
If the US adopts a "dig once" policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade ...
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If the US adopts a "dig once" policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade ...
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Google to extend Internet access to 3 lakh villages in India by 2018: Anandan

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
Interacting with more than 500 startups,entrepreneurs and policy makers here, Mr Anandan said the number of Internet users was growing ...
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Interacting with more than 500 startups,entrepreneurs and policy makers here, Mr Anandan said the number of Internet users was growing ...
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12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 Election

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
In December 2016, the Supreme Cyberspace Council, responsible for making internet policy, ordered the administrators of Telegram channels with ...
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In December 2016, the Supreme Cyberspace Council, responsible for making internet policy, ordered the administrators of Telegram channels with ...
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Compare Free Car Insurance Quotes Before Renewing a Policy

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
"Online car insurance quotes can help you find a policy that is ... said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company.
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"Online car insurance quotes can help you find a policy that is ... said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company.
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GitHub allows employees to own their own ideas with new IP policy

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
They're even soliciting issue files or pull requests to help improve the policy, because in the eternal parlance of the internet, IANAL.
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They're even soliciting issue files or pull requests to help improve the policy, because in the eternal parlance of the internet, IANAL.
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County to consider creating by-local policy

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
The Ravalli County Commission is planning on developing a policy of ... $15,485 the county spent last year with the internet-sales company Amazon.
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The Ravalli County Commission is planning on developing a policy of ... $15,485 the county spent last year with the internet-sales company Amazon.
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Owner of .feedback lacks transparency

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has ... by establishing, publishing and adhering to clear registration policies”.
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has ... by establishing, publishing and adhering to clear registration policies”.
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How to Digitally Secure The Remote Teleworker

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
... internet use. Create and enact a cybersecurity policy, ensuring that it covers concepts such as phishing, scams, and social engineering tactics.
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... internet use. Create and enact a cybersecurity policy, ensuring that it covers concepts such as phishing, scams, and social engineering tactics.
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Internet Society to Hold the First Ever Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue in Rwanda

Internet's Governance - 3 hours 6 min ago
Countries such as Kenya and Rwanda have created policy environments that enable innovation and they are now seeing the benefits of the Internet ...
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Countries such as Kenya and Rwanda have created policy environments that enable innovation and they are now seeing the benefits of the Internet ...
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2017 North American IPv6 Summit to Be Held at LinkedIn Headquarters

CircleID - 3 hours 7 min ago

​​The collective North American IPv6 Task Forces announced the 2017 North American IPv6 Summit will be held at LinkedIn headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. The two-day event (April 25-26), designed to educate network professionals on the current state of IPv6 adoption, will feature a variety of speakers from leading organizations, including LinkedIn, ARIN, Google Fiber, Microsoft, Cisco, Comcast, and others. The IPv6 North American Summit, first held in 2007, will cover such topics as exemplary IPv6 adoption, best practices in IPv6 deployment, methods for driving increased usage of IPv6, current IPv6 adoption trends, and future IPv6 growth projections. Awards will be presented to the top 10 North American service providers who achieved connecting over 20% of their subscribers with IPv6.

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Owner of .Feedback in Breach of Registry Agreement, Rules ICANN

CircleID - 4 hours 28 min ago

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has ruled that .feedback owner Top Level Spectrum (TLS) is in breach of its registry agreement. Barney Dixon reporting in IPPro The Internet: "In an unprecedented review by a standing panel of the public interest commitments dispute resolution policy, ICANN found that TLS engaged in conduct that 'violated its commitments to operate .feedback in a clear and transparent manner'… They argued that the registry had perpetrated 'deceptive practices in the .feedback top level domain in violation of its public interest commitments'. The brands accused TLS of self allocating numerous domain names corresponding to brands, many of which were withheld during the TLD's sunrise period."

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Republican Red-Tape Purge May Help AT&T, Comcast Track User Data

Internet's Governance - 10 hours 11 min ago
The war on regulations has a new target: an Obama-era privacy rule that internet-service providers say would make it harder to compete in the ...
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The war on regulations has a new target: an Obama-era privacy rule that internet-service providers say would make it harder to compete in the ...
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Maintaining privacy in the Internet of Things

Internet's Governance - 11 hours 41 min ago
In the earliest years of the Internet, websites could not recall users. ... Besides, tracking policies are disclosed in those agreements we all consent to ...
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In the earliest years of the Internet, websites could not recall users. ... Besides, tracking policies are disclosed in those agreements we all consent to ...
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Policy needed to regulate shut down of mobile networks: Panda

Internet's Governance - 12 hours 21 min ago
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir had suspended all internet services for several months to quell the protests following the killing of Hizbul militant ...
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Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir had suspended all internet services for several months to quell the protests following the killing of Hizbul militant ...
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Interpretation on the 2016 Annual Results of V1 Group

Internet's Governance - 13 hours 41 min ago
Since national policies related to sale of lottery tickets through internet were still not issued, there are high degree of uncertainties in the policies and ...
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Since national policies related to sale of lottery tickets through internet were still not issued, there are high degree of uncertainties in the policies and ...
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EFF's Emerging Alignment With Offshore Internet Pharmacies

CircleID - 21 hours 18 min ago

The last few years have been challenging ones for members of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association.

First, in 2010, they lost their ability to advertise in the US search space after the US Department of Justice noted that many seemingly "Canadian" pharmacy websites "sell drugs obtained from countries other than Canada" when shipping medicines into the US, and major search advertising programs tightened their policies, effectively excluding CIPA's members from advertising in the US.

Then, one of the organization's founding Canadian pharmacists was convicted of selling counterfeit drugs to US residents that weren't really from a pharmacy in Canada.

Then, they began losing their ability to process credit card payments, after we and others helped reveal that the drugs sold by CIPA's so-called "international Canadian internet pharmacies" often aren't really from Canadian pharmacies.

Then, one of their flagship members, CanadaDrugs.com, got indicted for selling counterfeit cancer medicines to US clinics through the pharmacy's wholesale chain.

Then, a director of an internet pharmacy certifier widely used by CIPA members, PharmacyChecker, got indicted for hiding counterfeit drugs supplied by CanadaDrugs in his garage. (The charges were dismissed, reportedly after the guy cut a deal with DOJ.)

There's more, but you get the point: it's been a bad few years for internet pharmacies that, even if able to produce a Canadian pharmacy license, don't necessarily send US residents drugs from real Canadian pharmacies.

These developments have been a threat to the commercial interests of CIPA's members. In response, CIPA appears to have aligned with the Electronic Freedom Frontier (EFF) to attack the Healthy Domains Initiative (HDI), a collaboration designed to identify best practices for registrars related to child pornography, rogue online pharmacies, copyright violations and online abuse. A key rationale for the HDI is to stave off intrusive government regulation: if private companies can develop and implement reasonable anti-abuse policies, it removes the incentive for governments to come in and regulate the internet.

The EFF calls these initiatives "shadow regulation." (Cue up the spooky music and Guy Fawkes masks.) Unfortunately, the EFF supports its argument by misrepresenting numerous facts that seem to be taken straight from CIPA's playbook.

So what's really going on here — what's EFF's ax to grind?

Well, let's look at the facts, at the EFF's arguments, and then who stands to lose money from the HDI initiative.

First of all, EFF's Jeremy Malcolm, the EFF's point person on this issue, discloses in his blog that he was visiting the Canadian International Pharmacy Association the day of his article, and he advocates for the CIPA and PharmacyChecker certification programs as credible. (Lest you think I consider these companies our competitors: I don't, because we don't certify online pharmacies that operate illegally, and they do.) After all, CIPA's members market themselves as "Canadian" but source many of their drugs from cheaper, offshore (non-Canadian) locations in order to improve their profit margins. PharmacyChecker, meanwhile, has over the years certified multiple online pharmacies selling prescription drugs without a valid prescription, not to mention some engaged in counterfeit drug sales. In any case, EFF out of one side of its metaphorical mouth (inaccurately) attacks the HDI as promoting the commercial interests of "Big Pharma," but from the other side of its mouth in essence advocates for the commercial interests of "faux-Canadian" internet pharmacies.

Second, the EFF apparently doesn't know how registrars actually deal with rogue online pharmacies. In nearly all cases I'm aware of where a domain name has been suspended (as in, somewhere between 99.99% and 100%), registrars voluntarily take action against rogue online pharmacy domain names because they used to sell prescription drugs, often controlled substances like Vicodin or steroids, without a prescription. Does the EFF argue that registrars should modify their terms and conditions to permit this? Do they argue that registrars, when they find out that they are (inadvertently) providing services to customers whose activities can kill someone, are supposed to just let it continue and assume the liability — criminal, civil or moral — that could potentially result from that?

Third, the statements made by EFF's Mr. Malcolm's are inaccurate. He characterizes LegitScript as a "big pharma trade group" and refers to our "rogue" online pharmacy list, which is widely used throughout the internet and payment industry to identify illegal online pharmacies, as a Big Pharma creation. That's flat-out false. These false accusations are what the "Canadian" Internet pharmacy industry falls back on whenever anyone has the temerity to criticize them for bad activity. LegitScript isn't "funded" by anyone (and never has been), the vast majority of our revenue comes from dozens of companies like Google, Bing, Visa, and various payment providers for whom we perform monitoring services, and the only people who create our "rogue" list are LegitScript analysts. No external entity, whether pharmaceutical company or otherwise, has any influence or control over it.

Fourth, EFF in essence appears to argue that if an online pharmacy is offshore, it can't be illegal because no laws apply to it. This argument fails to understand basic legal principles, and is easily refuted by hundreds of indictments and convictions in this sector. If that were true, how could CanadaDrugs be under indictment for selling fake cancer drugs from offshore locations (many of their drugs have historically been sourced through a warehouse in Barbados, by the way), and how could multiple other offshore pharmacy operators have been convicted at all?

Fifth, whether willingly or unwittingly, the EFF should understand that it is being used by an industry with commercial motives. They are a pawn in a larger game. The offshore internet pharmacy industry is trying to claw its way back into internet companies' good graces in order to boost sales. But while their marketing campaigns have featured smiling senior citizens and shiny maple leafs, these internet pharmacies have laughed all the way to the bank as they've sent cheap, sometimes substandard or fake drugs from warehouses in Turkey, India, Mauritius, Barbados, and other locations. Does EFF believe that these for-profit offshore internet pharmacies merely have the health and safety of patients at heart?

In all of this, it's important to keep in mind what EFF is really asking of the internet community: to assume the risk of doing business with criminal enterprises and forego reasonable steps designed to avoid more intrusive government regulation. This isn't to internet users (or registrars') benefit, but is to the financial benefit of dodgy online pharmacies who want to be back in the game and make more money. Of course, offshore online pharmacies don't like the HDI's initiative, but they can't exactly say, "We don't like it because we will lose money." Instead, they need to wrap their arguments in empathy for patients, concerns about internet freedom, and accusations that anyone who doesn't agree with them is part of a nefarious "Big Pharma" plot. And the EFF is helping them do that.

I'll stop there. The point is, the HDI is a serious, well-intentioned effort, and it's not just about internet safety, but is also about creating an internet that in the long term is free from government regulation. The EFF doesn't help by making inaccurate statements and letting itself be used by online pharmacy trade groups that promote or certify illegal activity. Whatever else they may think, the EFF's criticism of HDI plays right into the hands of a multi-billion dollar industry seeking to establish its own credibility at the expense of internet users' health and safety and a healthy, balanced internet.

Editor's note, 22 March: Some parts of this post revised by author.

Written by John Horton, President of LegitScript

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Facebook bans developers from using data for surveillance

Internet's Governance - Tue, 2017-03-21 22:46
Their new policy bans developers on both Facebook and Instagram from ... spends a lot of time trying to make the Internet safe and secure for users.
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Their new policy bans developers on both Facebook and Instagram from ... spends a lot of time trying to make the Internet safe and secure for users.
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Google revises ad policies on controversial videos

Internet's Governance - Tue, 2017-03-21 21:46
Advertising on the internet involves a complex system that automatically ... As part of the changes, Google plans to expand a policy that prohibits ads ...
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