#425 August 10th, 2015 – US Prepares to Share Internet Governance

This week’s headline story: US Prepares to Share Internet Governance

icannThe oversight of key functions of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS) is the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is part of the U.S. Commerce Department. The NTIA provides those services through a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a not-for-profit organization that was established by the NTIA in 1998.

In recent years, there has been international pressure to move Internet governance from the U.S. Commerce Department , to a “global multi-stakeholder community.” The pressure scaled up significantly when leaked documents shed light on NSA international surveillance programs.

Last week, the organization tasked with handling the transition from the NTIA to an international model published its proposal online and put out a call for public comments on the plan. The proposal outlines the governing structure and processes that the new body would use to oversee key Internet functions.

While it’s a transition that’s been planned since the Internet’s early days, the actual process is raising some political concerns, especially among U.S. Republicans who worry that the plan could give undesirable regimes around the world more control over the Internet.

ICANN Floats Plan To End U.S. Oversight of Internet [NewsFactor]

Other Headline News…

  • Google Fiber Heads to San Antonio [NewsFactor]

    Congratulations to San Antonio!You are the next stop in Google’s campaign to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to cities across the U.S. Google’s recent announcement brings to nine the total number of communities where the company either has already installed, or will soon install, Google Fiber for gigabit-per-second connectivity.

in Information Security News…

  • Massive New Android Flaw Puts Hundreds of Millions of Devices at Risk [NewsFactor]

    Check your Android device for the Stagefright vulnerability [ZDNet]

    Two major security flaws in Android have been recently uncovered that put hundreds of millions of devices at risk. Stagefright spreads via MMS messaging and once infected, the hackers pretty much own your device. The second, Certifi-gate could allow attackers to “gain unrestricted device access, allowing them to steal personal data, track device locations, turn on microphones to record conversations, and more,” according to security firm Check Point. Make sure to apply software updates when they are provided, and use caution when downloading apps and messages.

  • Android Firms Team on Monthly Security Fixes [NewsFactor]

    Google, Samsung and LG have pledged to issue monthly security updates for their mobile devices in the wake of the recently discovered vulnerabilities that could affect 95 percent of all Android devices.

  • OS X Zero-Day Exploit Leaves Mac Users Vulnerable to Hackers [NewsFactor]

    Apple users have largely skirted the bugs, viruses and other malicious software that plague Microsoft Windows and Google’s Android. Recently, security researchers have discovered some major flaws in iOS that should concern Apple users. Researcher Stefan Esser published details about a zero-day vulnerability in OS X without telling Apple first. It’s no surprise, that hackers have launched exploits of the vulnerability before Apple has had a chance to patch it.

  • Firefox Users Urged To Download Latest Security Update — Now [NewsFactor]

    Users of the Firefox browser are urged to update to Firefox 39.0.3 to fix a dangerous vulnerability and protect themselves from an exploit that has been found in the wild.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • T-Mobile Passes Sprint, Becomes No. 3 Carrier [NewsFactor]

    T-Mobile has surpassed Sprint to become the third-largest wireless carrier, despite Sprint reporting one of its best quarters in years.

  • Microsoft Releases Sway Presentation Tool, Windows 10 App [NewsFactor]

    Sway, has come out of preview and is now available to all eligible Office 365 users. Microsoft says Sway is an “entirely different way to express yourself and bring ideas to life.” You could think of it as PowerPoint built from the ground up specifically for the Web and mobile devices. Sway adapts to fit the device you are using for the ideal interactive presentation.

  • Facebook Lets Businesses Message Customers Privately [NewsFactor]

    Facebook is giving advertisers an avenue to send private messages to users. Now, when an ad appears in a Facebook user’s news feed, the advertising business can include a “send message” button in the ad. The button allows users to click in and send private messages to the business. Likewise, if a user posts a comment on the business’s Facebook page, the business can then send the user a private message.

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