How can the open standards organizations of the IETF and W3C "strengthen the Internet" against large-scale pervasive monitoring? That is the topic up for discussion at the "Strengthening the Internet Against Pervasive Monitoring (STRINT)” workshop planned for February 28 and March 1, 2014, and jointly sponsored by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the W3C.
The workshop is by invitation-only and has a deadline of Monday, January 20, 2014 (by 11:59 UTC) for submission of either position papers or Internet drafts. More information can be found on the "How To Participate” page. As noted in a message to the perpass mailing list today, there are already 43 submissions being considered by the workshop program committee - and while a submission is required to be considered for attendance, not everyone will get a chance to present.
As described on the W3C workshop page, as well as on the similar IAB workshop page, the overall goal of the workshop is to help steer the direction of both IETF and W3C work to strengthen the Internet in the face of the kind of large-scale pervasive monitoring that we've now seen. At the the last IETF meeting, the technical plenary and related sessions concluded that pervasive monitoring represents an "attack" on the Internet's infrastructure. This upcoming workshop is part of the ongoing dialogue about how to prevent these kind of attacks.
Questions to be discussed at the workshop include:
More information about the actual workshop will be published on the STRINT workshop agenda page on February 7, 2014. The sites indicate that all accepted documents will be published for public viewing.
If you're interested in potentially attending and being part of the discussion steering future work on this topic within the IETF and W3C, you have a short window here to submit a paper. Do note that by design this workshop is happening on the weekend prior to IETF 89 in London, where there will then be further discussions coming out of the work that happens at this workshop.
By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies. Dan is employed as a Senior Content Strategist with the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are entirely his own. Visit the blog maintained by Dan York here.
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