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Chapter Project on Measuring Rural Broadband Complete

At the beginning of 2017, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter teamed up with the Geographical Information Center (GIC), California State University, Chico to carry out a research project, “Bridging California’s Rural/Urban Digital Divide with Mobile Broadband”. The project was funded by the generous support of the SF Bay Area ISOC Chapter through the Internet […]

IGF 2017: Participating Remotely, a How-To Guide

Anna Loup is a Fellow for the SF Bay ISOC’s Working Group on Internet Governance. She is a doctoral student at Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, researching the social, political, and economic implications of the Internet’s policy and technical structures. Here she writes a how-to guide to participating remotely in the IGF 2017 conference in Geneva […]

Your online freedoms are under threat – 2017 Freedom on the Net Report

Nicolas Seidler is Senior Policy Advisor at the Internet Society. He joined the organization in February 2010 and currently leads ISOC’s work on Internet and Human Rights issues. He also engages in key global Internet governance issues and processes. Here he writes about the Freedom of the Net Report released on November 14, 2017.  As more […]

Mobile broadband holds great promise for rural connectivity, but is it enough?

Brandie M. Nonnecke is the Working Group Chair for the SF-Bay ISOC’s Working Group on Internet Governance. She is a postdoc at CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley. Here she writes an opinion post on the risks of lowering the barriers on quality of service in rural areas, and highlights feasible strategies for quality digital inclusion.  Broadband […]

Chapter Board Attends ARIN 40

Representatives from the SF Bay Area Chapter Board attended the ARIN 40 Meeting, which took place on 6 October 2017 in San Jose, California. Held twice a year throughout the American Registry for Internet Numbers’ (ARIN) service region, ARIN Meetings offer an opportunity for anyone in the Internet community to engage in policy discussions, network with colleagues, […]

Report From the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Meeting 99

Mischa Spiegelmock, Chair of the SF-Bay ISOC Chapter’s Working Group on IoT, Internet Technologies and Access, attended the recent Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 99 Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. Find out about his experience as a first-timer in his comprehensive report below.   The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an organization dedicated to stewardship of […]

Rural Broadband Project: September Update

Leah Symekher, Project Leader and Advisor to the Board, and Susannah Gray, Chapter President & Chair, spent two days in Sacramento, California, in August to meet with farmers, AgTech and rural infrastructure experts and the “Bridging California’s Rural/Urban Digital Divide with Mobile Broadband” project team members from the Geographical Information Center (GIC), California State University […]

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. Entering the […]

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 […]

Wireless Innovations for a Networked Society

  Fatema Kothari is the Vice President for San Francisco Bay Area ISOC organization. Here she writes about a recent industry event she spoke at, emphasizing the need to build people-centric connectivity solutions.   Last week, I had the honor of moderating an engaging panel discussion at Mozilla on the need for community networks and […]

Blaming Technology and the Rule of Law

Imagine that Ford was held responsible every time one of its Mustangs broke the speed limit. Imagine that the company responded by limiting the speed of its vehicles to 65 MPH, or that the company was required by the government to report every speeding car to highway patrol. It sounds far-fetched, but is actually a […]

IoT Security Through Open Certification

Mischa Spiegelmock is the Working Group Chair for the SF-Bay ISOC’s Working Group on IoT, Internet Technologies and Access. He gives an overview of why we need to take security for IoT seriously and the need for open certification.        The more jaded nerds who’ve been around the block a few times here in San […]

A Diversity Success Story from the Apps for Ag Hackathon Competition

And the winner is… 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 […]

New Chapter Working Groups Open Closed Doors

One thing was clear from a recent presentation by the new leaders of the SF-Bay Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter Working Groups, inclusion and collaboration will be the key to these groups’ success. As Dr. Brandie Nonnecke, the Internet Governance Working Group (WG) Chair said, “We haven’t yet cracked the code on what ‘multistakeholder’ means.” But […]

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 […]

Agriculture At High-Speed

Agriculture At High-Speed 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 […]

SF-Bay Area Chapter Receives Funding for Rural Broadband Project

At the end of the 2016, the SF-Bay Area Chapter learned that it had been successful in securing funding from the Internet Society’s Beyond the Net program for the “Bridging California’s Rural/Urban Digital Divide with Mobile Broadband” project. The Chapter will be working together with California State University (CSU) Geographical Information Center (GIC), Chico and Valley […]

Shadow Regulations and You

Shadow Regulations and You: One More Way The Internet’s Integrity Can Be Won Even those who care about net neutrality might not have heard of the aptly-called Shadow Regulations. These back-room agreements among companies regulate Internet content for a number of legitimate issues, including curbing hate speech, terrorism, and protecting intellectual property and the safety […]

Vint Cerf Talks About the Internet of Things – NANOG68

The SF-Bay Area ISOC Chapter team was lucky enough to catch Vint Cerf‘s Keynote presentation during the NANOG68 Meeting in Dallas this week. Vint’s presentation on Cyber-Physical Systems focused on the reliability, ease of use, safety, security, privacy, autonomy and interoperability of the IoT. Abstract: “Users will expect reliability, safety, privacy, ease of use, scalability, […]

U.S. Government Announces IANA Transition to Go Ahead

18 August 2016 – On 16 August 2016, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to allow the IANA Functions Contract to expire, representing the final step in an almost 20 year process to transition the Internet’s domain name system (DNS) to the private sector. ICANN has informed NTIA that it has […]