TL;DR: Tech giants butt heads with China over anti-doxxing, Microsoft scrambles to patch a critical vulnerability to active attackers, and a new speed record is set by the Japanese.
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Internet News Roundup: Speeding Into the Future, Emergency Windows Patches, and More...
This month in internet news, we’ve seen tech giants butt heads with China over anti-doxxing, Microsoft scramble to patch a critical vulnerability to active attackers, and a new speed record set by the Japanese.
In more news, thought leaders consider the future of the internet, explore how fast the internet needs to be, and ask who actually owns the internet.
Take a look.
Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw
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Earlier this month, Microsoft released an emergency patch for Windows Print Spooler after uncovering a remote code execution flaw that bad actors were actively exploiting. The flaw allows attackers to remotely run code with system-level privileges—which means they can install programs on victims’ computers, delete or change data, and create new accounts.
Users have been advised to install the updates immediately or take steps to protect their systems. >>Read more
The Future Is in Symmetrical Broadband Internet Speeds
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As Congress deliberates a massive infrastructure bill—and a potentially once-in-a-lifetime amount of broadband infrastructure funding—the future of internet speed and access hangs in the balance. The question at the heart of the debate is, “How will legislators define the minimum speed requirement for taxpayer-funded internet?”
Naturally, cable companies want the minimum standards possible to reduce costs and resource requirements. Their definition of high-speed internet sets max speeds at 100 Mbps of download and 20 of upload (100/20 Mbps). With a 100/20 Mbps infrastructure, companies can build on existing cable infrastructure.
But this definition won’t meet the future needs of Americans—a future that is not far off.
Investing in a symmetrical future with matching download and upload speeds of 100/100 Mbps will require deploying fiber infrastructure, which has capacity that far exceeds that minimum standard, making it both a short- and long-term solution. >>Read more
5G Latency: Why Speeding Up the Networks Matters
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Latency is a measure of responsiveness—for mobile users, this means the time needed for data to travel to its destination on the internet and back. And in an age of high-speed online gaming, VR, and telemedicine, low latency is the key to unlocking the potential of 5G.
In this FAQ, we learn about current latency standards, the push for lower latency, when to expect 1 millisecond latency, and what it will take to achieve low-latency service. >>Read more
The internet is an essential part of modern life, with billions of users. But who actually owns it?
Make Use Of dives into this question, examining the history of the internet, who has a piece of the infrastructure pie, and who controls and regulates the internet and its data. They explain that, while governments and organizations like the World Wide Web Consortium set internet standards and attempt to regulate the internet, control is largely consolidated among a few communication companies and ISPs that own most of the internet’s infrastructure and data. >>Read more
American Internet Giants Hit Back at Hong Kong Doxxing Law
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The Asia Internet Coalition, which represents Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and other tech companies, released a letter addressed to the Hong Kong government outlining concerns with a recently introduced anti-doxxing law.
Following pro-democracy protests and a crackdown on national security, Hong Kong—once a haven for internet freedom—faces increasing surveillance and censorship efforts by authorities. The letter emphasizes the need for more specific language and exemptions in the law to protect tech companies from sanctions. They warn that the new rules could impact due process and freedom of expression and could force the companies to stop providing services in the city. >>Read more
Data Transmission Speed Record Clocks Blistering 319 Terabits per Second
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Japanese engineers shattered the record for data transmission speed (set less than a year ago) clocking a rate of 319 terabits per second (Tb/s) through optical fibers spanning 3,000 km—nearly twice the speed of the previous record.
The engineers achieved break-neck speeds by using an innovative four-core optical fiber (compared to a standard single-core) on existing fiber-optic infrastructure—which bodes well for future implementation of this technology. >>Read more
Solving the Puzzles of the Internet
| William King
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Get to know Subspace’s Chief Technology Officer William King in this brief interview as he shares some of his biggest accomplishments, his WFH routine, and how his love for solving puzzles launched him into a career building the next generation of technology. >>Read more
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