Netblocks and Internet Society: Organizations for a Freer Internet

Netblocks and Internet Society: Organizations for a Freer Internet

Netblocks and Internet Society: Organizations for a Freer Internet

As is public knowledge, today, around the world there are many countries and regions with a «alta tasa de conflictividad», either for reasons geopolitical, political, social, economic, cultural, religious, among others. From all of America to parts of Europe, Asia and Africa we usually see by TV, Radio, Press and Internet mainly, especially through the Social, «lucha entre los Gobiernos y sus Ciudadanos», or between the different sectors of the same society (nationality) or of different peoples (countries).

Reason that sometimes forces certain governments and public or private organizations to try to control or block certain content, information or communications, mainly on the Internet. And this is the reason why, around the world they have been created vigilant institutions of the different mechanisms or mass social media, global or regional. And among these we can mention 2 very well known, which are «Netblocks e Internet Society». These global organizations work to promote a freer and more open Internet for all.

Among others better known and with more political and institutional power, we can mention the «Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO)». The «UNESCO» is an agency within the System of the «Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)». Furthermore, she is the only one within it with the mandate of promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.

Netblocks and Internet Society: Unesco

In other words, the «UNESCO» is the leading agency in promote, defend, monitor and advocate freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a fundamental human right. And when it refers to the press, the term usually covers all Social Media, in other words, TV, Radio, Press and Internet and Social within them.

Organizations for a freer Internet


«Netblocks» is a recent Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), founded in 2017, which monitors the cybersecurity and Internet governance by monitoring the freedom of internet access.

Basically the organization «Netblocks» focuses its investigation on the possible or actual incidents of telecommunications outages, controls over internet access and flow and cybersecurity measures implemented, mainly by the Governments on their Citizens. The results of their investigations are frequently covered and reported by the Social Media.

Netblocks: International NGO


In addition to monitoring and reporting incidents or violations of the correct use of the Internet, «Netblocks» also provides tools to the public so you can help observe the possible or actual internet blocks and certify the economic consequences of these on the affected websites.

«Netblocks» has been famous for reporting cyber incidents (censorship / blocking) on ​​social networking sites, media or national or foreign citizen associations by countries, such as Pakistan, Sudan, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Ecuador, Turkey, Iraq, Hong Kong, India, among others.

Projects and Initiatives

Between the Projects and Initiatives what supports «Netblocks» are:

  • Internet Shutdown Observatory: Organization that uses innovative measurement, classification and attribution techniques to detect Internet interruptions, online censorship and cyber attacks on critical infrastructures for the defense of human rights, democratic processes and digital prosperity.
  • COST (COST - Cost of Shutdown Tool): Software tool created in conjunction with the organization called Internet Society (Internet Society) that allows to efficiently measure the cost of Internet interruptions caused many times by Governments to try to convince them about the harmful commercial and financial effects of the same , in addition to the social and political effects.
  • Other programs, such as:
  1. Block Crawler: Discovery tool for legally restricted or censored HTTP resources.
  2. whois-rdap: RDAP Client Library for IP Address WHOIS Lookups (RFC7482).
  3. pcap-engine: PCAP packet capture and management tool to achieve digital forensics on network traffic.

Internet Society

La «Sociedad Internet (Internet Society)» was founded in 1992 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Having from its earliest days, as one of its main reasons for being, the task of provide an organizational structure for the Internet.

Society Internet: global organization for the Internet


In addition to monitor and prevent / avoid attempts to close or limit discussions on key issues such as net neutrality or to rethink the implications of policies related to ciberseguridad by the States / Governments or Large Companies. In other words, and quoting its own official website:

"It is a global organization united by a common cause and governed by a diverse Board of Trustees dedicated to ensuring that the Internet remains open, transparent and defined so that we can all enjoy it.".

It is made up of a:

"Organization Member Advisory Council includes representatives from businesses, academic institutions and the non-profit sector. Together, these people help us figure out the best way to build a better Internet. The more diverse voices we have, the more effective we will be when it comes to influencing policy and promoting best practices. Your membership is critical to achieving these goals".

Netblocks and Internet Society: Conclusion


«Netblocks e Internet Society» They are not the only organizations currently working to assure everyone a freer and more open Internet for all, but they are the best known. And not only Governments or States are usually reasons for alarm for Citizens in Internet matters, also the Large Technological (GAFAM) multinationals are often involved in bad or incorrect handling of it.

And as is normal, not everything is perfect or pink. That is to say, «Netblocks e Internet Society» they do not report or do not usually report on possible or real attacks, blockades and censorship by governments of European countries, the US or others, to other countries and governments contrary to their interests. Very surely because of the way in which they are really constituted, that is, the origin of the members that comprise it.

But whoever poses a threat Internet is the ideal space for which we all must fight, to achieve the protection of human rights globally. The Internet guarantees us the plurality and privacy necessary for allAspects that are often violated or affected by companies and governments, in favor of economic or political benefits in repressive contexts or excessive control of public life.

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