There is no doubt information and communication technologies (ICT) have had a transformative effect on society. In addition to the democratising effect that has helped improve political and financial wellbeing, they have led to new approaches to business, innovation and the exchange of ideas across borders. The internet continues to provide new opportunities to improve the lives for the 3 billion or more people in the world who use it.
Unfortunately, lack of security lurks behind the internet’s engine of progress. The internet itself has an architecture that dates back to the 1970s and assumes trust. In addition, lack of adequate regulation and cooperation (e.g. cross jurisdictional agreements to capture cyber criminals) impacts security.
In this briefing article, ICANN’s RICHARD LAMB describes the technical moves to plug a longstanding security gap in the internet’s ‘phonebook’.
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