At NetHui last week one of the most
interesting sessions was
Is there an app for that?.
The issue was that while apps can be easy to use, they are little walled gardens within an app store
which is another level of walled garden.
Last week I was in Auckland NZ for the Internet Society board meeting
and the impressively successful InterCommunity
2015 online event.
Immediately after that (in the same room, even) was
NetHui 2015, an annual event about the Internet
by and for New Zealanders.
NZ is an unusual place. It has the population of Louisiana spread out
over an area the size of California, with about 1/3 of them in and
near Auckland and the south island still very sparsely settled, with a population
still small enough that it feels like everyone knows everyone else. It is
as developed as any other first world country, but is a long way from
other similarly developed countries. (Australia is 3 1/2 hours away
by air.) It has close connections to many
small Pacific islands, and has a significant number of Maori, who have
gained considerable economic influence in recent decades.
Every year M3AAWG
gives an award for lifetime work in fighting abuse and making the
Internet a better place.
Yesterday at its Dublin meeting they
it to Rodney Joffe, who has been quietly working for
over 20 years. I can't imagine anyone who deserves it more.
Since he wasn't able to attend in person, they made a video of an
informal interview in which he recounts a lot of what he's done,
with a few comments from his friends.
Adblock Plus is a very popular little program
that plugs into your web browser.
As its name suggests, it keeps ads from appearing in your web browser.
While users love it, advertisers and some webmasters hate it.
Its authors, Eyeo, are a small German company that has been sued in German
courts several times, and won every time.
This week a Munich court ruled in its favor again.
The Spamhaus Project just published
long article about the botnets they've been watching during 2014.
As this chart shows, we're not making any progress.
(Yellow bars are bot controllers on compromised hosts, red bars are