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The Internet Infrastructure Coalition supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation in America and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry.Learn More
The Internet Infrastructure Industry is under threat by a number of different forces. The U.S. Federal government has reassigned Copyright protection online to the Department of Homeland Security and is drafting laws that subvert due process and bring great risk to U.S. based web hosts and their clients. Learn More
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Congratulations are in order to our member Parallels. Parallels Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Solutions is now Odin. Parallels’ virtualization software suite for Mac and mobile devices will continue on as Parallels:
To support a deeper focus into both our consumer and service provider areas, Parallels is becoming two distinct brands: our service provider team is now Odin, while our cross-platform solutions team will continue to use the name Parallels.
Our name might be changing, but the products our partners depend on and the value we bring to them will not. As Odin, we’ll continue to provide the latest technologies and first-class service to our partners, but with a narrowed scope on delivering the solutions that service providers need to succeed in the cloud. By fully and solely focusing on our service provider partners, we’ll be able to accelerate innovation and improve customer service.
You can read more about Parallels’ new lease-on-life as Odin and new products and opportunities thats will come with that branding on Odin’s blog (Formerly the Parallels’ Service Provider blog.)
We’ve Changed Our Name – Parallels Service Provider Business is Now Odin
The debate around encryption and cryptography on the Internet has ebbed and flowed for almost twenty years. The initial debate primarily centered on the export of cryptography and encryption technology, the “Crypto Wars.” In the last three years, the debate has focused on the use of encryption to facilitate the privacy of data. To help understand this debate, and provide additional resources for those attending or missed the World Hosting Days night.Talk: “Banning Encryption, introducing Back-doors, wholesale Monitoring: Does this Improve our Security or is it Bullshit?” You can find more info about that night.TALK here. You can engage the conversation across social networks through #BanningEncryption.
UPDATE: Here are some photos from last night’s event!
I’ve compiled a short list of commentary and articles on encryption.
The Crypto Wars are Over!
Announcement that the crypto wars of the 90’s were over.
Washingtonpost.com: Encryption Special Report
1998 Washington Post description on how encryption works and the policy debates surrounding it.
Americans’ Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden
Study on attitudes towards privacy following the NSA revelations.
Tiny Constables and the Cost of Surveillance: Making Cents Out of United States v. Jones
Discussion of how to view privacy in the age when the expense to government of surveillance is cheap (the Bankston-Soltani Principle.)
Wiretap Report 2013
2013 Wiretap report shows only incidental effects to LEA of encryption.
The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle
Report that US and UK spies compromised SIM cards.
Influencers: Stronger encryption on consumer devices won’t hurt national security (+video)
Poll of security and privacy professionals dispute claims that encryption threatens national security.
James Comey, F.B.I. Director, Hints at Action as Cellphone Data Is Locked
FBI Chief Comey takes stand on push toward encryption.
UK Parliament report on privacy and transparency in surveillance.
‘Going Dark’ Versus a ‘Golden Age for Surveillance’
Article from the Center for Democracy and Technology discussing why freely available encryption and cryptography technology is important.
The i2Coalition is proud to join with New America’s Open Technology Institute and a broad coalition of more than 40 organizations and companies in calling on our leaders in Washington to reform the USA PATRIOT Act. The letter, which was sent to President Barack Obama, Congressional leaders, the U.S. Department of Justice, and National Security Agency (NSA), calls for the end of bulk data collection practices, including reform of Section 215.
Several provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to expire on June 1, including Section 215, one of the most concerning parts of the legislation. It is critical for Congress to develop a strategy, at the minimum, to reform the USA PATRIOT act that focuses on the need for transparency in all surveillance matters.
In 2013, international concern erupted after the world became aware of the National Security Agency’s data collection practices. The NSA, through the FBI, compelled service providers to hand over phone records on hundreds of millions of unassuming people. In its overreach, the government claims that Section 215 gives them the authority to this bulk collection and massive invasion of privacy.
Section 215, which allows government agencies to collect data for national security purposes, has been interpreted by authorities to include metadata from millions of individuals who are not actually
accused or even suspected of criminal activity. The overly broad language of Section 215 puts business records, Internet usage, and detailed call logs in jeopardy and is an invasion of privacy for individuals and business in the U.S.
Furthermore, experts have weighed in and the data collected is needless for national security. From the President’s Review Board to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the verdict is clear that this surveillance has not prevented a terrorist attack or even identified a threat. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO, ret.) and Martin Henrich (D-NM) agreed in their November 2013 amicus
brief, which clearly stated that the bulk collection has not given “any intelligence of value.”
The invasive surveillance practices are not only a clear violation of personal privacy and civil rights, but they have caused both short and long term economic consequences that are negatively impacting business across the nation. The full impact on current and future business losses has yet to be realized. Cloud companies are losing customers outside the U.S. due to privacy concerns. Consumers rightly demand service without the threat of surveillance and are going elsewhere based on the actions of the intrusive government in the spurious name of security.
There have been Congressional attempts to address privacy concerns though the USA FREEDOM Act, but the bill posed a problem because it didn’t give us the needed transparency pieces we wanted either. However, we will continue to have eyes on the resurgence of the legislation and opportunities to protect privacy and rebuild the economic damage caused by surveillance.
Jobs and economic growth are being harmed due to the status quo. Consumer confidence needs to be restored. The Cloud has a right to provide service without surveillance. Regaining confidence of the
global market must be a priority for Congress to restore the strength of the U.S.-based Cloud. Please join us in calling on Congress to vastly reform or sunset Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. Click here to download [PDF] the full text of our letter.