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Posted on 26 July 2016 by GÉANT
AARC steps into its second year with praise for achievements already made

On 27-28 June the achievements of the AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project were presented to the European Commission’s reviewers, who recognised AARC’s strategic value and were very supportive of the work achieved so far in the project's first year.

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Posted on 25 July 2016 by CESNET
Part of Spielberg’s holocaust digital archive located in Prague

The Malach Visual History Center at the Charles University in Prague is a node within a network of digital backup archives of one of the world’s largest projects based on the oral history method, backed by the famous American film director Steven Spielberg. The new hierarchical repository with capacity ready for up to 8PB, is connected to the CESNET e-infrastructure node with the speed of 10Gbps, optionally extensible to n x 10Gbps.

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Posted on 19 July 2016 by Jisc
University of Bristol joins Jisc’s shared facilities in VIRTUS’ data centre

VIRTUS Data Centres, the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider, today announces the latest member of the first national shared data centre for research and education, offered by UK higher, further education and skills’ digital services and solutions organisation, Jisc.

The University of Bristol joins 16 education and research establishments already benefiting from the shared facility at VIRTUS’ LONDON4. The university will use the data centre to host systems for business, teaching and research, including the next generation of BlueCrystal, their sector-leading high performance computing (HPC) facility. This is part of a ten-year strategy which will see the university shift the balance of their systems from on-site to third-party hosting.

The easy-to-use shared data centre framework agreement provided by VIRTUS and Jisc enables the University of Bristol to take advantage of the state-of-the-art, agile and flexible data centre ecosystem. It opens doors for increased collaboration for research projects and allows the 17 organisations to partner with each other to unlock innovations.

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Posted on 18 July 2016 by GÉANT
REFEDS Community urges Shibboleth upgrades as IdP reaches End of Life

The Shibboleth Identity Provider is one of the main software components used in identity federations worldwide and one of the most popular software choices for people deploying federated identity for research and education. In May 2015 with the release of version 3 of the Identity Provider, the Shibboleth team announced an End of Life date for version 2 as 31 July 2016. This date is now just two weeks away and from the end of July no critical security bugs will be fixed in version 2.

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Posted on 18 July 2016 by Internet Society
Live webcast of IETF 96 in Berlin

IETF 96 is taking place 17-22 July 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Selected sessions will be webcast and remote participation is available for the entire meeting. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the world’s premier Internet standards setting organization, responsible for developing many of the Internet’s most important standards, including HTTP, JSON, WebRTC, and IPv6. More than 1200 technologists are gathering this week in Berlin to discuss technical standards underlying the Internet of Things, privacy and security, and Web-based collaboration.

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Posted on 18 July 2016 by RIPE NCC
DNS Privacy (by Geoff Huston)

The DNS is normally a relatively open protocol that smears its data (which is your data and mine too!) far and wide. Little wonder that the DNS is used in many ways, not just as a mundane name resolution protocol, but as a data channel for surveillance and as a common means of implementing various forms of content access control. But all this is poised to change. Now that the Snowden files have sensitized us to the level of such activities, we have become acutely aware that many of our tools are just way too trusting, way too chatty, and way too easily subverted. First and foremost in this collection of vulnerable tools is the Domain Name System.

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Posted on 15 July 2016 by GÉANT
Heads-up for t​​he 2016 Compendium survey

Every year GÉANT invites NRENs to participate in the Compendium survey, which was developed as part of the global collaborative Common NREN Model (CNIM). This usually happens around spring. Due to new improvements in the process, this year NRENs will be requested to complete the GÉANT survey August-September. A notification message will follow upon the survey opening date.

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Posted on 15 July 2016 by GÉANT
Linus Nordberg of SUNET appointed a director of the Tor Project

A whole slate of new directors have agreed to serve on the board of the Tor Project, following their election on 12 July 2016 by the previous board. Among them is Linus Nordberg of SUNET, who is a longtime internet and privacy activist and has been involved with Tor since 2009. The Tor network is a group of volunteer-operated servers that allows people to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. The new board will have oversight of the Tor Project as it moves into its second decade of operations.

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Posted on 12 July 2016 by GÉANT
MSP group invites lightning talks and presentations on funding for innovation

The GÉANT Special Interest Group on the Management of Service Portfolios, SIG-MSP (formerly known as TF-MSP) invites community participation in its next meeting, on 12-13 October, hosted by GARR in Rome. The main theme for discussion will be potential sources of funding for projects and innovation, and lightning talks on a range of subjects would be welcome.

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Posted on 11 July 2016 by GEANT
3rd phase of CAREN project in Central Asia launched

Over 500,000 researchers, academics and students across Central Asia stand to benefit from the launch of the 3rd phase of the EU-funded Central Asia Research and Education Network (CAREN) project which resumes regional R&E connectivity after the previous project phase ended in August 2015.

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