How the internet’s engineers are fighting mass surveillance

Gigaom

The Internet Engineering Task Force has played down suggestions that the NSA is weakening the security of the internet through its standardization processes, and has insisted that the nature of those processes will result in better online privacy for all.

After the Snowden documents dropped in mid-2013, the IETF said it was going to do something about mass surveillance. After all, the internet technology standards body is one of the groups that’s best placed to do so – and a year and a half after the NSA contractor blew the lid on the activities of the NSA and its international partners, it looks like real progress is being made.

Here’s a rundown on why the IETF is confident that the NSA can’t derail those efforts — and what exactly it is that the group is doing to enhance online security.

Defensive stance

The IETF doesn’t have members as such, only…

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