The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF), two of the bodies responsible for developing and codifying internet standards, have announced a workshop in London aimed at combatting the “pervasive monitoring” revealed by Edward Snowden.
Pervasive monitoring targets protocol data that we also need for network manageability and security. This data is captured and correlated with other data. There is an open problem as to how to enhance protocols so as to maintain network manageability and security but still limit data capture and correlation.
The overall goal of the workshop is to steer IETF and W3C work so as to be able to improve or “strengthen” the Internet in the face of pervasive monitoring. A workshop report in the form of an IAB RFC will be produced after the event.
Further information is available on the workshop website.