On 19 July 2023, a video went viral on X (formerly Twitter) showing two women from Manipur’s Kangpokpi district being paraded naked by a mob of hundreds of men. The footage sparked outrage across political spectrums. Netizens voiced their anguish and dismay regarding the treatment of the women as well as the fact that this […]
Electronic government (e-gov) services enable citizens and residents to interact with their governments digitally via the Internet and are considered an indicator of resilient local Internet service. The Domain Name System (DNS), which maps domain names to Internet addresses, underpins e-gov services. Therefore, if the DNS services of e-gov domains fail, government services become unreachable. […]
Earlier this week, a tweet caught our attention noting that Pulse partner, Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), was showing social media platforms in Ethiopia were now accessible without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), bringing to an end a 158-day service blocking order by local authorities. As per the Pulse Shutdown Tracker, local authorities […]
It is increasingly common for governments to shut down the Internet on a national or sub-national level in an effort to solve specific problems, including control of civil unrest, stem the flow of misinformation, or prevent cheating on national exams. As of the start of July 2023, governments and other actors across 15 countries have […]
If you’ve followed my series of posts on the benefits of HTTP/3 (QUIC) compared to HTTP/2 (TCP), by now you might think that these new protocols seem too good to be true. They improve performance, boost security/privacy, and are the perfect bedrock for future-proof experimentation and improvements in the years to come. Still, the protocols have […]
So far in this series, I’ve detailed how QUIC and HTTP/3 have overcome the security and privacy issues that plague the Transport Control Protocol (TCP) and HTTP/2 in a future-proof way. In this post, I’ll look at how they compare when it comes to perhaps the most important feature of any protocol: performance. Comparing HTTP/3 […]
Imagine using your phone at work to connect to a virtual meeting via your office WiFi network. The video conference is going overtime but you need to get to a client meeting across town. The facilitator says there are only 15 minutes left so you decide to watch the rest while you walk to your […]
The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a cornerstone of the Internet, helping to load Web pages, stream videos, and fetch data for your favorite apps. Last year a new version of the protocol, HTTP/3, was standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the organization in charge of defining Internet technologies. Since then, HTTP/3 and the related […]
The decentralized web, also known as Web 3.0, is an innovative approach to the traditional web we currently use. It provides users with more resilience, security, and control of where their data is stored. However, because of its decentralized and peer-to-peer (P2P) structure, Web 3.0 makes measuring and monitoring its performance challenging. In this post, […]
The Internet Society Nigeria Chapter has been collaborating and informing the national regulator on threats against the Internet, including nullify rumors of Internet shutdown during the recent Nigerian elections.
Last month, Hanna Kreitem and I participated in MENOG22, an event organized by the RIPE NCC in Manama, Bahrain. It is the major networking and peering event in the region attracting 183 attendees from 29 countries for two days of presentations, and lots of discussions and interesting exchanges during the breaks and the social event. During […]
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