It’s Cracked, so take it with a grain of salt until others confirm, but there appears to a massive law enforcement censorship effort going on at Standing Rock. TL:DR – law enforcement agencies from multiple states are using planes and drones equipped with Stingrays to disrupt the ability of cell phones at Standing Rock to connect to the internet. They’re coupling this with DDoS attacks aimed at the camp’s secure wifi hotspots along with their own honeypot unsecured wifi hotspots designed to hack protesters’ devices and accounts. This is censorship on the level of Egypt trying to shut down the internet during the Arab Spring.
This is why a surveillance state can’t be allowed to exist, it only works if the people running it are benevolent.
“The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet’s naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet’s governance.” ~ Dave Lee, BBC News, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37114313
Attorney Scott McCullough will discuss the policy and law aspects of the internet naming system. Andrew Donoho will be discussing the basic technical hierarchy and how countries get involved with limiting access to the name space. I.e. how a government can block Twitter.
Should managing the global name space be the responsibility of the technorati? Or governments? How can we prevent dictatorships or religious autocracies from getting veto control over the administration of global top level domains? (Because of delegation, they can block the DNS at their borders.)