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Why 5G Is in Trouble (and How to Fix It)

I have a somewhat unconventional view of 5G. I just happen to believe it is the right one. It is trapped inside a category error about the nature of packet networking, and this means it is in trouble. As context, we are seeing the present broadband Internet access model maturing and begin to reach its peak. 5G eagerly anticipates the next wave of applications. As such, 5G is attempting to both extend and transcend the present "undifferentiated data sludge" model of mobile broadband. more

What Does the Future Hold for the Internet?

This is the fundamental question that the Internet Society is posing through the report just launched today, our 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. The report is a window into the diverse views and perspectives of a global community that cares deeply about how the Internet will evolve and impact humanity over the next 5-7 years. We couldn't know what we would find when we embarked on the journey to map what stakeholders believe could shape the future of the Internet... more

Innovative Solutions for Farming Emerge at the Apps for Ag Hackathon

Too often, people consider themselves passive consumers of the Internet. The apps and websites we visit are made by people with technical expertise using languages we don't understand. It's hard to know how to plug in, even if you have a great idea to contribute. One solution for this problem is the hackathon. For the uninitiated, a hackathon is a place of hyper-productivity. A group of people converge for a set period of time, generally a weekend to build solutions to specific problems. more

Why Farmers Are Using Wifi to Grow Your Grapes

Recently, California farmer Craig Thompson got a pretty nifty upgrade for his irrigation: a broadband-connected Hydrawise control system that would automatically manage and monitor the irrigation of his olive and grape fields and collect data to alert him if there was a problem. He woke up the next morning to fields he could have assumed were appropriately hydrated, but the Hydrawise system quickly proved its worth when he looked at the data coming out of it. more

The Internet is Dead - Long Live the Internet

Back in the early 2000s, several notable Internet researchers were predicting the death of the Internet. Based on the narrative, the Internet infrastructure had not been designed for the scale that was being projected at the time, supposedly leading to fatal security and scalability issues. Yet somehow the Internet industry has always found a way to dodge the bullet at the very last minute. more

The Sustained Potential and Impact of Mobile & Wireless Technologies Access for Emerging Economies

I believe Mobile Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are and very well remain powerful and best-suited technologies that will help provide connectivity and digital access in a much faster and cheaper way for developing countries of the globe. Thus, they are to be leveraged within their most strategic and profitable functional or usage contexts. Mobile access technologies along with relevant innovations have formed a powerful springboard for the Internet to be significantly accelerated in terms of access, usage and penetration. more

Questions About Cuba's 3G Mobile Expansion

ETECSA, Cuba's telecom provider and sole operator of fixed telephony, mobile, and data in the country, is rolling out 3G mobile service in Havana and elsewhere in the country. Telegeography reports there are now 229 3G base stations in Cuba... ETECSA says 3G coverage is available in all of Havana, provincial capitals and tourist resorts. AT&T says there is GSM/GPRS coverage for 85% of national territory. more

A Diversity Success Story from the Apps for Ag Hackathon Competition

Deema Tamimi had one plan for the 2016 California Apps for Ag hackathon: get in and get out. She thought the weekend-long event would be a good opportunity to meet people, but she didn't feel ready to launch a new app, and so she planned on stealing away soon after the hackathon began. This, despite the very impressive resume she'd accrued and the fully-formed idea for a gardening-based app that had been brimming for half a year. But something magical can happen when so many engineers, experts, change-makers, and creatives converge at a hackathon. more

The Role of FttH in the Development of 5G

As the roll out of FttH remains a slow process, it is no wonder that more and more people are looking towards mobile as a potential alternative. Obviously, mobile communication has improved over recent years in providing excellent access to broadband; and it has also become more affordable. At the same time, there is the fabulous hype about 5G, and the PR and media machines of the vendors involved make you believe that this will become a real competitor to the slow moving FttH developments. more

Internet for All Now: Legislation That Needs Your Support

California was recently reminded that rain can be very dangerous. In February, the nation's tallest dam, the Oroville dam in northern California, became so overloaded with rain that over a 100,000 people had to evacuate their homes. Many of them ended up at the fairgrounds, a common place for rural communities to gather in times of disaster. Many rural fairgrounds remain unconnected to broadband Internet services, which can make a dangerous situation worse. Especially during critical times, the public must be able to access resources and communicate with their loved ones through the Internet. more

Agriculture At High-Speed: Project Updates on Bridging California's Rural/Urban Digital Divide

When farms are connected to the Internet, we all benefit. Agriculture that gains real-time information about plants, soil, atmosphere, and irrigation, dubbed "precision agriculture", can save farmers 20-30% of their water consumption while increasing productivity by 20-70%, according to Valley Vision. The San Francisco-Bay Area Internet Society Chapter is pleased to announce that we have started phase one of our collaborative project, "Bridging California's Rural/Urban Digital Divide with Mobile Broadband"... more

NFV Orchestration Without Network Visibility: OS MANO Needs Operational Improvements

Open Source (OS) Management and Orchestrations (MANO) is a European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) initiative that aims to develop a Network Function Virtualization (NFV) MANO software stack, aligned with ETSI NFV. The main goal of MANO is to simplify the onboarding of virtual network components in telco cloud data centers. The initiative has gained impressive momentum among leading Communication Service Providers (CSPs) around the world as part of their NFV programs. more

Who Would You Nominate for the Internet Hall of Fame? (Nominations Open Until March 15)

Who do you think deserves recognition in the Internet Hall of Fame? Do you know of someone who has played a key role in the Internet's development who should be recognized? (And is not already among the existing IHOF inductees?) If you know of someone who deserves the recognition, nominations are open until March 15, 2017. As outlined by Internet Society President & CEO Kathy Brown in a blog post today, the Internet Hall of Fame seeks to honor three types of inductee. more

Virtual Assistants Market on the Rise, Poised to Rule in 2017

In Spike Jonze's 2013 film "Her", the main character Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with a Siri-like virtual assistant. It is an intelligent computer operating system, a variance of AI envisioned by the high technology developers of today. We are still far away from creating AI capable of thinking and learning for themselves, not to mention living in symbiosis with them. However, Intelligent Virtual Assistants can be perceived as a step towards the fulfillment of the idea. more

An Ethnographic Study - What are Cubans Doing Online?

Aida Zekić, a student at the University of Uppsala, Sweden has published her master's thesis, "Internet in Public: an ethnographic account of the Internet in authoritarian Cuba." The thesis reports on interviews of 50 Cuban Internet users at nine WiFi hotspots in Havana during September and October 2016. She asked pre-planed, but mostly open-ended questions of 25 men and 25 women. She tried to identify people between 25 and 50 years old, but a few were a little older. more

News Briefs

FCC Approves Google's Project Loon Balloons for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

China Blocks WhatsApp, Says Messaging Service Should Stop Spread of "Illegal Information"

Bluetooth-Based Attack Vector Dubbed "BlueBorne" Exposes Almost Every Connected Device

Verizon, AT&T Speeds Slow After Unlimited Data Plans Launch

Over 50% Accessed LinkedIn Over IPv6, Historic Milestone Says Company

European Countries Continue to Lead IPv6 Adoption, Reports Akamai

5G Frequency Fees Are Waived in Singapore to Help Drive Market Tests

FCC Gives Approval to LTE-U Devices

FCC Ends Inquires Into "Zero Rating" Programs

Report Looks at Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps

Experts Concerned Over Looming Security Risks of Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking

Amnesty International: Popular Mobile Apps Failing to Adopt Basic Privacy Protections

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Federal Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

Internet, Mobile Connectivity a Lifeline for Refugees, Reports UNHCR

IPv6 Now Dominant Protocol for Traffic Among Major US Mobile Providers

US Congress Questions Pokemon Go's Impact on Data Usage

China Nearing Full Mobile Broadband Coverage

Obama Administration Announces $400 Million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

The Netherlands First Country to Implement Long Range (LoRa) Network for IoT

Approved: Apple Patent to Allow Disabling iPhone Cams via Infrared Emitters - Censorship Fears Ensue

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Internet Governance: An Antispam Perspective

IPv6: Extinction, Evolution or Revolution?

WiMAX vs. LTE

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Afilias Updates – Sponsor

New Chinese "Mobile" Top-Level Domain Now Available

Global registry services provider and dotMobi registry operator Afilias today announced the general availability of its first Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) at the top level: .移动 (.MOBILE in Chinese). more

Afilias Announces Its First Internationalized TLD With the Launch of .MOBILE in Chinese

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced that March 14, 2014, is the sunrise launch date for its first Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) at the top level: .移动 (.MOBILE in Chinese). more

Introducing goMobi and Afilias' New goMobi-Powered Mobile Website

With goMobi's simple intuitive tool, a business can have their new mobile site up in minutes! Better yet, goMobi sites work on any Web-enabled phone, saving resource constrained businesses from any development time for multiple phone apps for different operating systems - goMobi just makes it happen! more

Afilias Limited Acquires .Mobi Domain Registry, Expands Market Leadership

Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and the registry operator for .INFO, today announced that it has acquired mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd., the sponsoring organization and registry operator for the .mobi top-level domain. more

Industry Updates

Major Media Websites Lose Audience Due to Slow Load Times on Mobile

DeviceAtlas Wins 2017 IHS Markit Innovation Award

DeviceAtlas' Deep Device Intelligence Now Addresses Native App Environment

Airpush Chooses DeviceAtlas to Provide Device Awareness to Mobile Ad Network

DeviceAtlas Releases Q2 2016 Mobile Web Intelligence Report, Apple Loses Browsing Market Share

What are the World’s Most Popular Smartphones

Mobile Web Intelligence Report: Bots and Crawlers May Represent up to 50% of Web Traffic

Best Practices from Verizon - Proactively Mitigating Emerging Fraudulent Activities

The Latest Mobile Web Report Q4 2015 from DeviceAtlas

2015 Trends: Multi-channel, Streaming Media and the Growth of Fraud

DeviceAtlas Brings Device Awareness to HAProxy

DeviceAtlas Granted Patent on Device Detection Accuracy Method

SpotXchange Chooses DeviceAtlas to Target Ads to Specific Devices

5 Ways Google Brillo Can Change the Device Landscape

Sophia Bekele's Keynote Speech on "Africa: The Next Frontier for Mobile Technology"

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