The Internet Governance Forum, transparency, and stalkerware

As the Internet approaches its fourth decade, it’s worth remembering that in that short amount of time, we’ve seen monumental, global change — both in the real world and, of course, in the digital one.

With that in mind, the fifteenth Internet Governance Forum debates featured more than 200 sessions with focuses on data, the environment, inclusion, and trust. Because of COVID-19 concerns, it took place digitally this year, and this year’s roundtable discussion on Internet security included Eugene Kaspersky.

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In addition to Eugene talking about cybersecurity and transparency, the event included plenty of excellent debates. Some of the Kaspersky team, including Felix Aimé from the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), discussed stalkerware, potential ways to address it, and how researcher teams (including ours) can raise awareness about the problem.

To learn more about stalkerware, including what it is and how it works, check out the brilliant Coalition Against Stalkerware.

Moving on from that, we have the hugely thorny issue of trust in the supply chain — and specifically, tackling the difficult task of ensuring trust in a worldwide supply chain.

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Throughout the event, the dedication of everybody involved — private entities, governments, and individual citizens — really stood out. They’re all working tirelessly toward a safer and more open Internet.

We also held our Global Transparency Initiative event, examining trust, transparency, and the future — not to mention the idea that trust can be earned through openness and transparency; that the erosion of trust isn’t a given. Sadly, we’ve seen time and again stories about the fracturing Internet and what a balkanized Internet would mean for people and businesses around the world. The future doesn’t have to be that way.

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