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  2. Nov 2020
    1. For fair investment criteria, members of the mechanism can build off the Blue Dot Network (BDN) certification model. The BDN’s participants—Japan, the United States, and Australia—certify development projects as “market-driven, transparent, and financially sustainable” with the objective of attracting private sector investment.25Criteria for certification originated from the G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment, the G7 Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development, and the Equator Principles. Drawing from internationally agreed-upon principles lends transparency and credibility to BDN. Drawing from consensus principles likely would translate smoothly to the wider pool of proposed mechanism member states. It also would provide a solid framework for member states to collaborate on providing technical assistance for states to increase their own capacity to prepare investment projects.

      ||TerezaHorejsova|| We should include this in the survey of financing of digital infrastructure

    2. the Digital4Development strategic framework

      ||StephanieBP|| Could you follow-up on this initiative? We may include it in the DW

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    1. And although the technology lowers the potential security threat from China, it creates new openings for hackers.

      Basically, no change here. Alleged security risks by China will be replaced by other threat actors (be they state or individual).

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    1. The second route follows the Northern Sea Route along the Northeast Passage, hugging Russia’s coastline. Named ROTACS

      On Arctic Connect (initiative led by the Finnish). The text explains one of the purposes of the cable and links some of the challenges linked to this route (ownership, data security...) ||Jovan||

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    1. RUSSIANOPTICALTRANS-ARCTICSUBMARINECABLESYSTEM(R.O.T.A.C.S.)

      This is the main artic cable.

      ||NatasaPerucica||Could you see what the current situation is?

    2. B. AVAILABLETECHNOLOGIES

      useful summary of the main telecom technologies.

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  3. Oct 2020
    1. The big guns of Silicon Valley, Google and Facebook, are in the race to bring high-speed broadband to Africa via submarine cables.

      Cable scramble for Africa.

      ||Jovan||

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    1. However, a reportby the United KingdomIntelligence and Security Committee titled Foreign Involvement in the Critical National Infrastructure; The implications for national securityobserved that “[a]ny policy which seeks to block all Chinese companies from any future contracts relating to [Critical National Infrastructure] projects is not only impractical but, crucially, given the predominance of Chinese-manufactured and -developed equipment, is unlikely to result in the national security protection envisaged.

      Interesting conclusion.

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    1. "The problem isn't the folk who are driving all those trucks through these gaping holes. The problem is that it was the people like me who produced insanely shitty code in the first place that made all these holes,"

      What is the problem with cybersecurity?

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    1. As far as I know, this is the first court decision that treats IP numbers as asset. It is an interesting development which will completely change legal status of IP numbers.

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  4. Sep 2020
    1. This article warns against the risk that new EU's Digital Service Act (DS), which is currently in public consultations, may lead turn well-intentioned policies to protect users into unintentional disruption of the Internet 's technical operations.

      It can happen if EU DSA lets content policy be addressed on the level of Internet infrastructure (IP numbers and domain names).

      Article describes EU DSA as equivalent of Article 230 of USA DCA. Reflecting similar discussion in the USA, the article warns about two main aspects:

      • right and responsibility of Internet intermediaries to remove content (Good Samaritan clause);
      • lack of clear definitions of terms such as 'harmful content' and 'dis/misinformation'.
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    1. The Internet was envisioned as a decentralised network which facilitates communication between two endpoints. However, a discussant pointed out that the landscape of network traffic is wholly different now: video streaming makes up a significant chunk of the traffic now, with Cisco estimating the 80% of the Internet Protocol traffic will be video by 2021.96 Since video hosting is dominated by a few companies such as Youtube, Netflix, and Facebook, there has been an emergence of “super-nodes” in the Internet. This has been followed by a concerted effort to be efficient at meeting such consumers’ needs, which further contributes to changing the network topology. For example, several companies employ edge caches at various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to optimise user performance

      The changing of the network topology is a fascinating and ongoing development, which will have important economic and political implications. We need to ensure that we understand the pieces of the puzzle (what is going on) and that we update our related courses accordingly. There are several passages in this report that explain the flattening of the infrastructure (decreasing use of Tier 1, blooming of CDNs, edge computing, IXPs and concentration is these markets). I have tagged you ||GingerP|| because of the IG course. May also be of interest, ||VladaR|| ||Jovan||

    2. n the digital networking world, we are seeing more and more data traffic go ‘dark’. Content service operators are using their own transmission systems or slicing out entire wavelengths from the physical cable plant. This withdrawal of traffic from the shared public communications platform is now not only commonplace, but the limited visibility we have into this activity suggests that even today the private network traffic vastly overwhelms the volume of traffic on the public Internet. And the growth trends in the private data realm also is far greater than growth rates in the public Internet.

      Traffic 'going dark' is an interesting way to put it. What does it mean for our capacity to detect surveillance? What does it mean for the discussion of global digital commons? In general, the Internet has always been private-led and its resources have mostly been under the control of the private sector. This means a trend towards further privatization. Another interesting reflection for the IG course ||GingerP|| and may be of interest ||Jovan|| and ||VladaR||

    3. Transit is changing in ways that can reduce demand for traditional Tier 1 international transit. As IXPs are more widely used, CDN use grows and data is stored closer to users, and large platforms build their own infrastructure.

      Reflect this change in the infrastructure module of our IG course, if we have not done so. In previous sections of this ISOC publication, there are good explanations on how the infrastructure is flattening, including because of IXPs and CDNs. ||GingerP|| we had this discussion some time, ago. It could be useful to take a look and see if there is anything that could still be added to the course module.

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  5. Aug 2020
    1. Submarine Cable Map

      For course on digital policy while following 'life of one digital pacet' here is an interesting open source solution for visualisaiton.

      ||Jovan|| ||VladaR||

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  6. Jul 2020
    1. the Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia

      ||VladaR||||AndrijanaG|| Do we follow national reactions to 'Huawei' challenge? It could be an interesting monitoring (map).

      Any info if the Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia introduced national 'Huawei' law or it is government decision?

      ||TerezaHorejsova|| ||Pavlina||

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  7. Jun 2020
    1. This is a discussion paper as a response to the call for comments on another paper, titled as An Analysis of the “New IP” Proposal to the ITU-T, posted in the Internet Society’s website that intends to represent the ISOC’s opinion and position. My hope is that this paper will also be posted in the ISOC’s same place so that the community easily gets a full knowledge of the topic and knows the complete story from the both sides to make their own judgement on the topic. Comments are welcome, please email those to internet.evolution101@gmail.com.

      New IP or 'Huawei' proposal is gaining momentum. Here is one in-depth analysis.

      ||AndrijanaG|| ||sorina|| ||VladaR||

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