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June 8, 2018 | 0 comments

Mike Jensen began his career studying the impact of acid rain pollution in the 1980s. But he abandoned his research when it became apparent that dealing with the problem required a more informed public rather than more articles in scientific journals.

So, he first switched fields to journalism, and then to electronic communications, when these tools became accessible to the public in the early 1990s. Since then, he has spent almost 30 years working with innovative new technologies and business and policy models for bringing the Internet to isolated regions and developing countries.

His activities have taken him to more than 40 countries, mostly in Africa, where he has helped establish Internet-based communications systems. This work earned him a spot as a Global Connector in the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame.

Unlike many fellow IHOF members, however, his career path has been less traditional. He didn’t study computer science or math, instead earning his bachelor’s degree in biology at Queens University, Belfast, in Northern Ireland, and then going to Canada to work on his master’s degree at the University of Guelph.

After waking up at 2 a.m. one night to the realization that his acid rain research would likely have little impact, his move to journalism was driven by the need to raise broader awareness of the problem. He began by volunteering at the local community radio station and newspaper in the small town of Guelph outside of Toronto, where he...

May 22, 2018 | 0 comments

With a background in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, Shigeki Goto sees a natural partnership between the two disciplines.

The current president of Japan’s National Internet Registry, Goto helped develop the network in the mid 1980s after a stint at Stanford University. The registry, in turn, led to the formation of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center, a non-profit address registry for more than two dozen countries along the Pacific Rim.

A 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Goto is also the chairman of the Cybersecurity Research & Development Strategy Committee of Japan’s National Information Security Center.

Goto said he hopes AI developers will soon collaborate more with cybersecurity experts to facilitate research and faster data processing. 

“We need sharing of data,” Goto said. “The one positive side of AI is that many people still believe that if we collect the data, we can do something with it.

“We should be sharing the information so we can prevent bad incidents.”

May 14, 2018 | 0 comments

Everything old is new again for Internet Hall of Fame inductee Ed Krol. 

The author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet,” one of the earliest non-technical guidebooks, and “The Whole Internet” book series, Krol helped create the web’s early infrastructure through the development of regional networks.

He also laid the foundation for the Federation of American Research Networks, which promoted networking development among public sector professionals and those in higher education.

Worried about Internet access becoming a political issue, Krol compared the status of net neutrality to efforts by telephone companies in his tech career’s early days. In the 1980s, telephone companies frequently balked at allocating telephone lines and bandwidth to upstart Internet networks, claiming a greater need for consumer and business landlines. 

“We need to be able to protect the ability of innovators to use the Internet in a way they see fit while not being constrained by a competing business interest.”

Watch our full with Ed Krol interview below:


May 4, 2018 | 0 comments

An experiment is underway to better understand the security protocols protecting commonly used domain name system servers. 

In partnership with the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, Cloudflare launched new speed and privacy enhancing domain name system servers in April as part of an experiment to root out distributed denial of service attacks. 

The Cloudflare-APNIC experiment uses two IPv4 address ranges, 1.1.1/24 and 1.0.0/24, which were originally configured as dark traffic ranges and have since been reserved for research use. Cloudflare's new DNS uses two addresses within those ranges, and 

Since its launch, multiple operational systems have been outed for breaching internet routing standards, including those used by Vodafone and Fortinet VPN. 

In a blog post, Geoff Huston, an Internet Hall of Fame inductee and APNIC’s chief scientist, said the experiment should yield additional insights into how DNS works, particularly with respect to security and user privacy.   

"We are now critically reliant on the integrity of the DNS, yet the details of the way it operates still remains largely opaque," he wrote. 

"We are aware that the DNS has been used to generate malicious...

April 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Ermanno Pietrosemoli is known as a pioneer, both for his efforts to connect Latin American to the Internet and for setting a world record for distance of a Wi-Fi signal.

What many don’t know is that also brought the first data connection to Venezuela in 1996, an early achievement that he credits to “sheer luck.”

While it may have indeed been luck that got the ball rolling, it was his dogged determination,  and a little scheming, that brought the project to fruition.

While visiting the University of Maryland on a sabbatical in 1991, Dr. Glenn Ricart introduced Ermanno to Saul Hahn, from the Organization of American States (OAS) who told him about a program to help Latin American universities get connected to the Internet via satellite. OAS had donated to the Venezuelan Government a satellite gound station (VSAT) for Internet access.

“Once I returned to Venezuela, I tried to find out what happened to the VSAT that had been sent to Venezuela,” Pietrosemoli said.  “I found out that it was still in the original crate in the basement of a government office. It had been sitting there for several years and nobody had ever opened the box.

With the help of Ernesto Lorenz, a friend that worked at a satellite company in Caracas, a training course on connecting to the Internet via satellite was organized at ULA, and  a request to borrow the VSAT for that purpose could not be refused.

Getting the connection was easy. Getting the funding to pay...