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To Thwart Spies, IETF Wants to 'Strengthen the Internet'

By Network World

November 11, 2013

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The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has discussed what it can do to protect the Internet from government spying. IETF chair Jari Arkko recently spoke about the need for the engineers behind the Internet to push for new standards that would make it more difficult for government intelligence agencies to spy on Internet users en masse. Arkko suggests extending SSL-like encryption to all pages of the Internet and improving encryption algorithms. He also said businesses and website operators could be encouraged to adopt these methods by making them part of the HTTP 2.0 protocol.

Another strategy could be promoting more secure alternatives to the Web tools that leave users vulnerable to monitoring. "As that work matures, we might be able to expect to improve both efficiency (being able to use multiple paths) and security/privacy (in order to tie those paths together) at once, which could be a compelling prospect," Arkko says.

Using the Internet for government surveillance is an attack the IETF needs to defend against, according to the meeting's attendees.

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